Anime isn’t always just action or adventure. Sometimes the food turns out to be as memorable as the story and characters.
Anime has been gaining popularity among youth and the general public in recent years. The creativity and variety of each storyline bring something unique to the table that fans won’t find anywhere else. The lovable and easily recognizable characters quickly become fan favorites and are portrayed as cosplayers at various conventions such as Otakuthon and Anime Expo.
The anime features wonderful graphics and stunning animations. Vivid or bright colors enhance the fantasy world that fans love. The food in the anime also looks more attractive and delicious. Fans will want to taste the different animated dishes, or at least try to recreate the most iconic dishes at home if they can’t find them in the supermarkets.
Updated April 19, 2022, by Jessica Faith: Anime has become an integral part of modern pop culture and has impacted many people’s lifestyles. The rise of popular anime like Attack on Titans, My Hero Academia, Naruto Shippuden, and Demon Slayer has captured the hearts of many fans in recent years. It was only a matter of time before fans became curious about the anime foods they saw their favorite characters eating and sought more information.
14- Melon Pan
The melon stir-fry is one of the most iconic Japanese snacks ever. It’s a sweet, soft, and fluffy Japanese bread with a lattice pattern on the sugar cookie crust (which looks like a melon rind). Although it’s called a melon pan, it’s rarely flavored with melon. Instead, it comes in flavors like chocolate, matcha, and strawberry. Those curious about this type of bread can find it in most grocery stores and bakeries in Japan.
Melon Pan is often seen in anime when the main character is late for school and grabs some food on the way. This tasty snack is Shana’s favorite snack in the anime Shakugan No Shana. She also appears in animes like Free!, Gintama, Amagami SS, Natsume’s Book of Friends, and Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend.
The Japanese parfait is very popular in Japan, especially it’s chocolate and banana flavored version. Although the dessert is not one of the traditional Japanese delicacies, it is very popular among fans. Fans can find this delicious ice cream in many Japanese cafes or even make it at home. The most traditional way to make a Japanese parfait involves ice cream, mochi, red beans, corn flakes, fruit, and other toppings like pocky, but other variations exist.
Japanese parfait is one of the most popular desserts in anime and is a common feature in Sailor Moon, Tokyo Ghoul: Root A, Vampire Knight, Zombieland Saga, Someday’s Dreamers, Vampire Princess Miyu, After the Rain, and Fuuka. A strawberry parfait is also available in Akame ga Kill and Gintama.
Ebi Fry is an easy deep-fried shrimp dish. Commonly served in Asian countries like Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, this dish is great for bento boxes, snacks, and home-cooked meals. If you want to try it at home, you need five ingredients: shrimp, egg, flour and breadcrumbs, and a dipping sauce of your choice.
The crab dish appears in many anime, e.g. B. Natsume’s Book of Friends, Sailor Moon, The IDOLM@STER, Squid Girl, Tari Tari, Urahara, Restaurant to Another World, Ninjaboy Rantaro, and Log Horizon.
Originally from China, this dish consists of a thin batter filled with meat (e.g. pork) or vegetables (cabbage, green onions, garlic, and ginger) and served with soy sauce. Nowadays, however, the fillings can be varied and even vegan. Gyoza is often served with a bowl of ramen or as an appetizer in ramen restaurants.
This dish is known as iDOLM@ster’s favorite food and is also eaten in other anime such as Food Wars, Dorohedoro, Sakura CardCaptor, and Ms. Koizumi Loves Ramen Noodles.
10-Nikuman (also known as Chuka Man or Baozi in Chinese)
Nikuman is a soft Japanese steamed bun filled with ground pork. They are steamed in a bamboo steamer and served hot. Nikuman is the perfect salty snack and comfort food for cold nights. You can find them in some supermarkets, at festivals or as street food.
Today there are many variants of the Nikuman: fans can choose between flavors such as red bean paste (anman), curry (kareeman), or a variant filled with vegetables. This snack is made by Shoyo Hinata from the anime Haikyuu! , Usagi from Sailor Moon and even Chihiro in Enchanted City.
Pocky is a chocolate-covered stick pastry and is one of the most popular Japanese snacks that can easily be found in supermarkets. It comes in different flavors like Strawberry, Matcha Green Tea, Banana Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, and many more.
The famous snack appears in many animes, e.g. B. in Ga-Rei: Zero, where Yomi and Kagura play the iconic “Pocky game”. The game consists of two people biting one end of the stick and eating the middle. The one who gets there first is the winner. The game often ends with a kiss and can be thought of as the Japanese version of spin the bottle. But the snack is more than that: fans appreciate Pocky for its delicious taste and its simplicity.
Omurice is an omelet filled with fried rice, vegetables, and chicken. The omelet is doused with ketchup and served with a vegetable side dish. The tasty meal is suitable for any time of the day.
Omurice is another iconic food that is frequently featured in anime. In Attack On Titan, it’s one of Jean’s fondest childhood memories and even helped him win the cooking duel against Sasha. It also appears in Blue Exorcist: The Movie, where Rin prepares a dish from Omurice for Usamaro.
The classic bento box is a staple when it comes to anime. It is a homemade meal with rice, chicken or fish, and various vegetables. It is ideal for people who want to eat a balanced and healthy meal. The “home cooking” option gives people the freedom to bring what they want to eat.
The bento box is most commonly found in animes where students are having lunch in school, like in Sailor Moon and Sakura the Cardcaptor, or when workers are taking a break to eat. This is also common in anime where characters travel, like Pokemon or Inuyasha.
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped wheat dough filled with minced octopus, green onions, slivers of tempura, and pan-fried ginger. It is eaten with Japanese mayonnaise or takoyaki sauce and various side dishes. Takoyaki can be stuck on a stick or in a box with a toothpick or chopstick.
The salty, chewy snack is enjoyed by many anime characters, most notably Fat Gum in My Hero Academia. Tamaki, also from the same anime, has the quirk that he can manifest whatever he has just eaten and is still digesting. For example, in a fight against villains, he was able to turn his fingers into squid tentacles because he had previously eaten takoyaki.
There are several varieties of Dango, but one of the most popular is Mitarashi Dango. A Dango consists of 4 or 5 balls of rice flour dumplings that are coated in soy sauce after being grilled. The Dango balls are strung on a bamboo stick and eaten especially in spring. This delicious, sweet, and chewy snack is often paired with tea or eaten as a dessert.
Anime characters from Naruto, Sailor Moon, Clannad, Fruits Baskets, Demon Slayer, and many more enjoy this dessert.
Katsudon is a Japanese rice dish made from pork chops. The pork is breaded and fried before being placed on top of a fried egg, rice, and onion omelet. The dish is best-known thanks to the anime Yuri !!! On Ice, where Yuri Katsuki eats a bowl every time he wins a figure skating competition.
Katsudon is also known as Izuku Midoriya’s (My Hero Academia’s Deku) favorite food. The famous dish can also be seen in other anime such as Food Wars !: Shokugeki no Soma, Higehiro, and others.
Taiyaki is a fish-shaped pasta filled with red bean paste. There are other flavors for those who want to try something different, such as chocolate, custard, and sakura (during the spring season). For a more substantial snack, there is also the cheese Taiyaki.
The sweet and soft cake appears in Boruto, Kannon, and many other anime. However, one of the most memorable moments is found in episode 14 of the second season of My Hero Academia. Deku is coached by Gran Torino, one of All Might’s teachers and friends. Fans find that Gran Torino not only really likes this delicious snack, but he also uses it to teach Deku a valuable lesson.
Onigiri is a triangle-shaped white rice ball. Onigiri is often filled with vegetables or meat and wrapped in nori seaweed. Although it resembles sushi, onigiri does not use raw fish. The rice ball is popular in Japan for its accessibility and affordability. It is also an easy snack for those on the run.
Onigiri is one of the most common foods in anime. The cute triangular snack appears in Demon Slayer, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, Fruits Basket, etc.
The most common and iconic food seen in anime is the ramen bowl. It is the favorite dish of many popular characters such as Naruto, who loves to eat Miso Chashu Ramen at the Ichiraku Ramen store. Ramen is also eaten by Goku and Beerus in Dragon Ball. Dr. Stone’s Senku loves him so much that he even managed to “invent” it in the Stone Age.
Ramen is a Japanese soup. These are wheat noodles, vegetable or meat broth, spring onions, sliced chicken or pork, and a sliced hard-boiled egg. The beauty of making ramen at home is the freedom to add any vegetables or variations you want: sometimes naruto, spring onions, bean sprouts, etc. are added. Ramen can be spicy too, it all depends on what their fans want. For those who need it, ramen is great comfort food.