Constantly scowling penguin is incapable of service with a smile, but he looks adorably delicious anyway.

Lazy as Gudetama may be, Sanrio’s lovably lethargic character doesn’t really need any help running his restaurants. After all, as an anthropomorphized egg, Gudetama is already incredibly well-suited to serving as inspiration for all sorts of themed foods and drink items.

Nevertheless, another Sanrio star is coming to lend a hand at the Gudetama Cafe in Osaka, and it’s one who shares Gudetama’s aversion to the sugary sweetness radiated by so many of Sanrio’s other characters.

Bad Badtz-Maru, the surly penguin with the signature scowl, will be appearing at the cafe as part of a lineup of four collaborative items. Starting things off, Badtz-Maru crawls inside a warm blanket made out of his Sanrio brethren with the Badtz-Maru Taking a Break in a Gudetama Furon Hayashi Rice (1,150 yen [US$10.40]), with fluffy white rice covered in demi-glace sauce.

The pair get a little more personal space with the Gudetama and Badtz-Maru Mini Mini Burger Set (1,200 yen), though the Badtz-Maru burger seems to be stuffed with roast beef instead of any sort of patty.

Gudetama and Badtz-Maru team up for their third, and final, starchy dining option with the Gudetama and Badtz-Maru Tiramisu Pancake (1,150 yen), which, as is often the case with dessert pancakes in Japan, comes with a side of sliced fruit and berries.

And last, if you prefer your desserts Japanese style, there’s the Gudetama and Badtz-Maru Anmitsu Parfait (1,100 yen), featuring agar jelly and a skewer of sanshoku dango mochi dumplings.

All customers receive a Gudetama/Badtz-Maru placemat and sticker to take home with them, and, as is standard at Japanese themed cafes, each drink also gets you a coaster.

▼ The Gudeatama/Badtz-Maru placemat

Badtz-Maru clocks in for work on October 1, and the four crossover items will be available until November 30.

Cafe information
Gudetama Cafe / ぐでたまかふぇ
Address: Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Kita-ku, Kakuda-cho 5-15, Hep Five 7th floor
大阪府大阪市北区角田町5-15 HEP FIVE 7F
Open 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Sources: @Press, IT Media
Images: @Press

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