Trying the Newly-Released “Doraemonman” Steamed Bun
Everyone must know about Japan’s super popular anime Doraemon, right? In commemoration of Doraemon’s upcoming film “STAND BY ME”, he has been turned into a Chinese steamed bun! A collaboration product with the convenience store chain Circle K Sunkus, it is being produced for a limited time only so there was no way that I was not going to try it! With that, I promptly went to the nearest Circle K Sunkus on August 19th, the day it was scheduled to go on sale. “Is it really that popular?” was my thought when the first two stores I went to were sold out. At the third store, I was finally able to get my hands on the very last one there!
きっと皆さんの多くもご存知であろう、日本の大人気アニメ・ドラえもん！ そんなドラえもんが、映画『STAND BY ME ドラえもん』の公開を記念し中華まんになって登場！ サークルKサンクスとのコラボで、しかも数量限定というから、これは絶対に食べるっきゃない！ ということで、発売日当日（8月19日）にサークルKサンクスへ。相当人気なのか2店舗行ったところどちらも売り切れで、3店舗目でようやくラス１をゲットすることができました。
This writer felt a sense of relief upon finally obtaining a Doraemonman, especially after becoming covered in sweat from having to go around to three different stores in the middle of a Tokyo midsummer day where temperatures rarely go below 30℃. Out of breath, I gasped to the clerk, “A D-Doraemonman, please!” For a proper adult to be this overjoyed as such a thing is a little bit embarrassing, no?
Setting aside that trivial matter, I took my prize out of the bag right away!
What the heck! It was slightly misshapen! And the nose had been partially torn off!
Even taking into consideration my photography skills (or lack thereof), compared to the official pictures, it’s not quite the same is it?
It was smaller than I thought. It’s the size of the palm of my hand.
It looks like this from the side.
From the back, it has this unusual appearance.
I’m sorry Doraemon!! Tearing it in half, I saw that it has custard filling.
As for the taste, the most important part, it was pretty unremarkable (laugh). If they needed it to be delicious, maybe it would have been better to put a little bit more custard inside it? It also probably would have been better if the bread were a little bit thinner too. However, it was cute so let’s say it was okay?
There have been quite a few character-themed steamed buns sold in Japan from time to time. Hatsune Miku, the Slime from Dragon Quest, Hello Kitty, to name a few, have been turned into steamed buns before. “What kind of character –themed steamed buns will come out next?” is something we should keep in our minds from now on!
Written by Ayaya
Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.