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Popular Japanese Snacks in Anime

Date Published: Last Update:2015/05/18 Food, Pop Culture & OTAKU , , , ,

Anime, though often exaggerated, is a portrayal of real life. In some anime, the creators make it as relatable to the audience through using real-life food. The most common among them would be Japanese cuisine like sushi, curry, and ramen. In this post, we will feature other popular foods and snacks that are usually seen in anime and how they made it more popular.

Japanese Snacks That Are Usually Seen in Anime

Melonpan

The name may be confusing but the melonpan or melon bread does not taste like melon at all. It is a type of sweet bun of enriched dough covered in a thin layer of cookie. They are so called melon bread because its appearance, which is recognizable by its crisscross pattern on top, resembles a melon especially the cantaloupe melon. The upper part of the bread is greatly loved by many that a bakery recently sold melonpan with only the top part.

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Melonpan. (Photo by Janine on Flickr)

The titular character of the anime Shakugan no Shana loves melonpan. She is often seen eating melonpan as her breakfast.

Anpan

Anpan is another type of sweet roll that is has a red bean paste filling. The bread’s history can be traced back to the Meiji Period (1868-1912) when Yasubei Kimura, a samurai who lost his job and wanted to create a bread that was more to Japanese tastes. Anpan was then born and made still popular until today.

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Anpan. (Photo by David Nichols on Flickr)

A manga which has also an anime version called Anpanman is about a superhero with the anpan as its head. The other characters of the series are also bread-themed and that includes Currypanman (bun filled with curry), Shokupanman (sliced white bread), Melonpanna (melon bread), and others. The shows target audience are kids and because of its popularity, it has been merchandised to many children’s products: from toys to snack foods to video games.

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The superhero Anpanman has an anpan has its head. When it is necessary, he takes a part of its head let it be eaten by children. (Photo by Eric on Flickr)

Dorayaki

Dorayaki is a Japanese version of the pancake. It consists of two pancake-like patties that are has a sweet Azuki red bean paste as a filling. The dorayaki has got its name from its appearance. Dora means gong in Japanese.

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Dorayaki (Photo by Hiroshi Yoshinaga on Flickr)

In Doraemon, one of the longest running anime of all time, the titular character Doraemon is fond of the dorayaki. It is his favorite food that he will do anything just to have it for snacks. He is also oftentimes fell for traps when dthe dorayaki is involved.

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Doreamon, the mechanical cat from the future, loves Dorayaki so much that he usually fell into traps when dorayaki is involved. (Photo by MIKI Yoshihito on Flickr)

Pocky

Pocky is a chocolate-coated biscuit sticks made by the Japanese confectionary company Glico. Aside from the original chocolate flavor, Pocky is also available in strawberry, almond, cookies and cream, milk, banana, green tea, coconut, and honey. There are also flavors that are only available in certain regions of Japan (azuki bean in Kyoto, Kobe wine in Kobe, etc.).

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The original chocolate flavor of Pocky. (Photo by Mike Mozart on Flickr)

It made its way into romance manga and anime through the Pocky game or Pocky kiss. It is somehow the pocky equivalent of the spaghetti kiss where two persons bite at opposite sides until they their lips meet at the middle.

Konpeitō

Konpeitō are colorful Japanese sugar candies that are often unflavored. Because of its appearance, it is very appealing to kids.

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Konpeito. (Photo by Refracted Moments™ on Flickr)

The most popular scene that Konpeitō is seen in a movie would be in Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away where the black soot spirits pick up Konpeitō before they went back to their holes.

What are other Japanese snacks that you saw in manga/anime? Share it with us in the comments!

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