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Friday, November 8, 2013

Sweet Manga Buns At 7-11

See that bun pastry in the photo above featuring that stretchy-faced manga character? I have no fricking clue what is all about - owing mostly to my ignorance to Japanese comic books.

Is it just me or are there as many similarly drawn Japanese manga characters out there as there are spandexed Western superheroes?

Anyhow... getting the pie-in-the-eye treatment here is Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who wants to be a pirate... from the manga called "One Piece" by writer-artist Oda Eiichiro (and other nameless folk who work behind the scenes of the comic book). 

I suppose it must be popular for someone to make these Gum Gum Fruit-filled (blueberry jam and whipped cream) sweet buns.

Actually... One Piece is mega popular.

One Piece has sold some 300 million copies of its 71 volumes (and counting) manga series since it debuted in 1997.

What's One Piece all about? Fug if I know. I went to and read up on it there... but to save you the trip... here's what the folks at MangaFox had to say:

Gold Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.

Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy who defies the standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.

Nicely done MangaFox! Nicely done.

Still... the description fails to mention the reason I am writing this here blog masterpiece today.

In the world of One Piece, there is something called Devil Fruit, that when eaten gives the consumer fantastic powers.


Sure! Like a stretchy body - which is how Luffy is pictured on the packaging... a stretch cheek. Other deadly wicked powers include one becoming a living skeleton or gaining extra limbs when you needed them.

There are supposed to be 40+ different Devil's Fruits out there... and the good folks at 7-11 have brought you one of them.

Hey... 40 different varieties is a lot for anyone to come up with for mass appeal. Just be thankful they made one flavor.

These sweet buns are being sold at 7-11 for the tasty price of ¥150... which is about US/Cdn $1.54... which seems like a very fair price.

If anyone in Japan feels like going to the local 7-11—it's down on the corner... there's a 7-11 on most corner streets in Japan—and trying it... and then letting me know if it's tasty and what superpower you get!

Andrew Joseph

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