Well, it’s been a long time coming but it finally came. I’ve been wanting to see this Pokemon instant noodle cross my desk for a while. My son Andy is really into Pokemon. I mean really. You ask him what he had for lunch and you might get a ‘uhhh I forgot’ – but you ask him evolutions of all the grass-type Pokemon in the Kanto region are and he will give you a dissertation worthy of a TEDx speech. I’m serious – he has this stuff down pat.
Since it’s just after 4am and he’s still asleep, here’s a little sdomething about Pikachu, the yellow Pokemon featured on the front of this cup:
Pikachu (Japanese: ピカチュウ Hepburn: Pikachū) (/ˈpiːkətʃuː/; [pikatɕɯː]) are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.
The Pikachu design was conceived by Atsuko Nishida and finalized by Ken Sugimori. Pikachu first appeared in Pokémon Red and Green in Japan, and later in the first internationally released Pokémon video games, Pokémon Red and Blue, for the original Game Boy.
Like other species of Pokémon, Pikachu are often captured and groomed by humans to fight other Pokémon for sport. Pikachu are one of the most well-known varieties of Pokémon, largely because Pikachu is a central character in the Pokémon anime series. Pikachu is regarded as a major character of the Pokémon franchise as well as its mascot, and has become an icon of Japanese pop culture in recent years. It is also seen as one of the major mascots for Nintendo.
This one comes with a little round card you can collect – let’s check this cup out!
Sapporo Ichiban Pokemon Shoyu Ramen – Japan
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Probably contains meat and fish. To prepare, take out collectible card and add boiling water to fill line. Cover for 3 minutes. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge). Note – in Japan they’re known as Pocket Monsters.
The noodle block.
Pikachu fish cake.
Here’s the collectible card (click to enlarge).
Finished (click to enlarge). The noodles hydrated well and were light. The broth was a salty shoyu – nothing really amazing. The fish cake really jumped the shark here – perfect for kids. My son’s exact words were, ‘that’s a lot of Pikachu fish cake!’ 3.5 out of 5.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901734024057.