Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide
As many of you have probably heard, Dagashi Kashi is returning for a season 2! That's right, Hotaru is back with all her friends in a brand new season full of hijinks, and most importantly, more wild dagashi candy for you to enjoy! A lot of you may remember that during the simuldub of the first season, I posted weekly snack buying guides, each examining the snacks that were featured in that night's episode. The guide got longer and longer each week as I found more and more to research. I had a blast writing the first guide, and I cannot wait to bring you guys more snacks and where to buy them, as we dive yet again into the twisted, crazy world that is Dagashi Kashi. I hope you will all join me again in 2018 when season 2 drops, as we explore more about crazy snack girls and cheap Japanese candies from the 50's. Season 1 was super fun, so season 2 should be great too! Hotaru, Kokonotsu (Coconuts), Saya, and To Endo are all back for more adventures, and are even joined by an all new character! Plus, a new studio and a new staff are added to mix things up! Check out the awesome trailer below! As Hotaru said in Season 1, "Are you crazy?! There's no way I could quit cold turkey! Dagashi is the reason for my existence. I need it like I need air, do you want me to suffocate?!" Of course she's back, she just couldn't stay away from that sweet dagashi! I look forward to seeing you guys back for season 2 of Dagashi Kashi!
Season 2 Trailer:
I was so excited when I heard the news that season 2 was coming out in the near future, Dagashi Kashi was seriously one of my favorite shows in recent years, especially in the slice of life genre. I really enjoyed all of the characters, and the voice actors were just perfect. It is going to be very interesting to see where season 2 goes, and how things will play out after the season 1 finale. Many questions are yet to be answered (sort of), and there are tons more dagashi to talk about, so get ready season 2! For those who need to catch up on the past guide, I have posted a link to a word doc. with the archived version of the season 1 guide. Unfortunately, it removed all of the pictures, but the links are all still on there, so I apologize for the inconvenience.
Google Drive download
To get ready for the new episodes, I wanted to share with you all some pictures I took while on a recent trip to Japan. It was my first time out of the country, and I could not miss the opportunity to go to the place where dagashi candy got its very first start. Way back in the 1950's, a candy craze swept Japan, and it all started in a small city a few hours outside of Tokyo, called Kawagoe.
Dagashi candy shops started becoming extremely popular in Japan in the 50's, and during its heyday, there were more than 70 dagashi shops on one street alone. That street came to be known as Kashiya Yokochō, or Penny Candy Alley. Today, there are about 20 dagashi shops that are still in operation on Penny Candy Alley, most of which have been operating since the early 50's. It was an incredible experience that I am just so excited to share with you all. I hope you enjoy these pictures and words below, and I will return in 2018 for season 2 of Dagashi Kashi! Have a nice week everyone!
Hotaru Shidare with new character, Hajime Owari.
Here is a list of the new staff:
Director: Satoshi Kuwabara (Black Jack, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal)
Series Composition: Mayumi Morita
Character Designer: Nana Miura (Young Black Jack)
Chief Animation Director: Akemi Kobayashi
Music: Tomohata Ohsumi, Nobuaki Nobusawa
Music Production: Pony Canyon
Animation Production: Tezuka Productions
Setting Cooperation: feel.
Penny Candy Alley
My trip from Tokyo to Kawagoe took about 2 hours, travelling first by bus, then subway train, and then two more buses. After the long journey, I arrived at Penny Candy Alley early in the morning, just as the sun began to rise, and the first candy shops started opening their doors for the day's business. Needless to say, I was the only tourist in sight. As I got ready to enter into place that put dagashi candy on the spot, I thought back on the show Dagashi Kashi, and how awesome it would be to finally try some of the snacks from the TV show. It was going to be great! I entered into the alley just as some of the locals began to show up in the morning.
It was quite a sight to behold, seeing all of the different shops stretch down the alley and around the corner. There were shops of all different kinds! Some were very traditional, having the classic dagashi candies that were shown in season 1 of Dagashi Kashi. Imagine the Shikada Dagashi Shop, it's that style. It was really cool to see some of the same dagashi, as well as some I hadn't seen before.
Candy is the primary item sold on Penny Candy Alley, however, there are a variety of sweet treats that you might not expect. "Among the treats sold are various candies, rice crackers, karinto (sugar coated, deep fried cookies), ice cream, and cakes made of red bean paste and sweet potatoes. Also available are small toys and accessories which make nice souvenirs to take home."
As the morning got into full swing, swarms of small school children on field trips began to arrive at the Penny Candy Alley, in waves, all eager to buy as much candy, cakes and sweets as their pocket change will allow. I was surprised, to say the least, as I towered over the kids. It was so funny to see all these Japanese school children in their uniforms, and I'm the only tourist around. I can only imagine what they thought. Lol Soon, the shops were filled with kids buying and eating snacks right there in the alley, talking chatting, and having fun. Some got ice cream, and others got a popular street food called Takoyaki, that is considered a fun junk food. The main attraction, of course, was the dagashi candy!
I was having a great time, just browsing from shop to shop, but it was time I got into some shopping myself. I may have gone a little overboard, as I left with bags full of candy, treats, cakes, and more. Lol There was just so much to choose from, it was hard to say no, especially when it was something I had seen from Dagashi Kashi. The locals seemed very happy to be working at their shops, and many were older couples. There was even a small Ramen shop, just in case people wanted some lunch. There was an ice cream shop with sweet-potato fry "dippers," and a crispy baked goods place. It was a really fun area to hang out in!
It was like stepping back in time, with traditional buildings, clothing, toys and snacks from another era. It was an incredible experience. Dagashi has such a unique history, that makes it very special as a nostalgia item in modern day Japan. "While the modern dagashi was developed after World War 2, dagashi has been around since the Edo period (1603-1868), though the region of origin is unknown." After WWII, Kawagoe became the central spot for all of Japan's dagashi activity. Penny Candy Alley became very popular, as more shops opened. 'Dagashi', made from starch or corn, was the commoner equivalent of the more expensive 'jōgashi', which was higher quality and made from white sugar." Today, there are hundreds of different kinds of dagashi.
As I was wrapping up my dagashi filled journey, I found a last few shops near the end of Penny Candy Alley that were just packed to the brim with snacks of all kinds, many of which I recognized from Dagashi Kashi. It was so cool, because the candy was so cheap, you can just buy a ton of it, filling your bags as much as you can carry. By the end, I had 4 full bags of candy. This last store was the icing on the cake, and was just so cool to see.
It was an awesome time, and I am really glad I was able to document this trip and bring it to all you Dagashi Kashi fans. To see what it's like at Penny Candy Alley, and to connect more with the show and the dagashi candy! I hope you have enjoyed reading about Penny Candy Alley. If you are interested in learning more about the history of dagashi and Penny Candy Alley, check out this half-hour documentary by NHK, "Old Fashioned Sweet Shops." It is a great watch! As we get closer to the release of season 2, I will be posting snack reviews of some of the stuff I got while in Japan, so look out for those as well. Thanks for reading, have a fun, snack-filled day!! See you in season 2!!
"Dagashi is truly a gift from heaven above... thank you for giving us this bliss.
Good read, and the first time I've seen the name of the new character. The name Hajime Owari, in case anybody doesn't know (or even cares to know), is a natural contradiction. Hajime translates as begin, and Owari is finish.
I'm surprised to know that takoyaki (the infamous octopus balls) are being sold here though. I bought them daily as my evening snack in Tokyo for two reasons. Easy to eat while doing paperwork or finishing reports, and the fact that I'm pretty sure that the original translation of takoyaki was something along the lines of ambrosia. They're HIGHLY addictive. I still would have expected something more along the lines of taiyaki in a junkfood district though.
Looking forward to the new guide and reviews.
Good to see you back nubguy! Definitely looking forward to Season 2 solely just to see you put the research into finding all the food!
Thanks! I really appreciate that!
Hajime's name is quite funny now that I know the translation! Lol I can't wait to see what kind of character she is, based on a name like that. Could she be even more crazy than Hotaru?
That's cool! Sounds like its a good meal. How did you like your time in Japan? Yeah, it was pretty awesome! There was one shop that had that, and several other cooked items. Although, now that you mention it, I think I did see taiyaki there as well, but I didn't try any. I was kind of nervous to try that filling lol is it good?
That's great to hear, I'm glad you're looking forward to it. I'll be sure to show you guys some awesome dagashi!
Thanks classyspartan! It's good to be back! lol That's awesome of you to say man! I really appreciate that. I'm definitely ready to get back into some intense dagashi research! I can't wait to begin! This new season looks like its going to be good.
Thanks! I really appreciate that!
Hajime's name is quite funny now that I know the translation! Lol I can't wait to see what kind of character she is, based on a name like that. Could she be even more crazy than Hotaru?
That's cool! Sounds like its a good meal. How did you like your time in Japan? Yeah, it was pretty awesome! There was one shop that had that, and several other cooked items. Although, now that you mention it, I think I did see taiyaki there as well, but I didn't try any. I was kind of nervous to try that filling lol is it good?
That's great to hear, I'm glad you're looking forward to it. I'll be sure to show you guys some awesome dagashi!
A lot of anime names are intentionally made similar to represent traits. At some point, if I ever get around to the time to make a list, I think a lot of people would be interested in knowing what their favorites actually mean as some are very funny and others very descriptive.
I honestly didn't want to come back, but would have ran into problems with work if I hadn't. The only shop I tried the taiyaki from was a permanent shop halfway between my local supermarket and apartment. They served a couple different types of filling in theirs, but most vendors were strictly red bean paste (which tastes a lot like a strong flavored vanilla). Although it's rather good when you get used to it, the texture seems to be a bit difficult for most westerners to get used to. If you're not sensitive to the texture of foods, I'd definitely recommend it. To me, it seemed like a cross between a cookie and a jelly doughnut, but some of the others I knew from the US said the filling had too much of a thick, or rubbery, feel to be enjoyable. I'd also tried one which had some type of cocoa filling, but it was rather rich and bitter for my tastes. I'm sure you know by now, the Japanese do have some rather unusual flavors for their candies and snacks though.
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Snack Review - Part 1
Hey all! We are down to a handful of days until Season 2 of Dagashi Kashi drops on FunimationNow! Each week, I will be following the simuldub and bringing you the latest in dagashi research, as well as commentary on all of the fun that Hotaru and crew get into during the season. With new characters, not to mention an entirely different creative team, we are sure to be in for something new and exciting! We can expect to see all of our favorite voice actors return to the roles they made so memorable in Dagashi Kashi season 1. Get ready for new episodes, airing every Monday at 4 PM ET, and then join me on Tuesday nights on the Funimation forum, as we deep dive into the crazy world of cheap Japanese snacks! Just be careful not to get a sugar high! And don't chew the Russian Roulette Gum, trust me!
As we get ready for the new season, I wanted to share with you something that came in the mail, a box of snacks mailed straight from Japan via Japan Crate, a monthly subscription box that sends you Japanese snacks and candies. This one is really cool! For the month of January, Japan Crate teamed up with Kodansha Comics to create an Attack on Titan themed dagashi box!
This is a cool box, if I do say so myself, and I am excited to get into it, and tell you guys all about it! I am writing this at one in the morning, and as I type these words, I am preparing to tear open this box and review each of these snacks right now for your dagashi pleasure. This will turn out to either be a great idea, or a really, really bad one. Haha, I don't really know what to expect, but we will see what's inside! What is cool is that it came with a booklet with a description of each snack, so I will be able to describe it to you guys in detail and tell you where you can buy it as usual. I will also post info on how you too can get in on the Japanese Crate experience. Let's not stand on occasion now, the Titans aren't going to feed themselves after all! I'm talking to you Captain Ervin! Let's do this.
Upon opening up the box, I found an Attack on Titan snack booklet, as well as a small card with a download code for a digital version of the Attack on Titan comic anthology, created by some of America's best comics writers and artists. Right off the bat, it's clear that the Japan Crate subscription box is bringing you not only snacks, but a variety of other anime and manga themed products that tie in directly with what's going on at any given month. The subscription comes with several different subscription options, including a premium Japan crate, among others. I will be reviewing the premium Japan crate for the month of January, with the Attack on Titan theme, from Japan Crate and Kodanasha Comics.
The first snack I am going to try this night is going to be a classic. By the way, eating a bunch of dagashi snacks in the middle of the night sounds a lot like something Hotaru would do. Lol So, as I said, I'd like to start with something that I know I am going to like, as sometimes you get surprised by some of the flavor profiles when it comes to dagashi. Everyone knows Pocky, it's a classic Japanese snack that most everyone in America is familiar with for one reason or another. For me, I grew up eating Pocky because of my local Suncoast store (some of you may remember this awesome store, which had a lot of anime merchandise and Pocky). Many of you have probably had the regular flavors, such as chocolate or strawberry. In truth, however, there are a ton of flavors, most of which do not make it to the states. It is for this reason that I am really excited to try this one out first.
Colorful Shower is a fun name, and the Pocky looks fun too! Despite the wild name, the flavor isn't quite as out there as the name suggests. The flavor for this Pocky is lemon, as denoted by the picture of the fruit on the front of the box. According to the dagashi booklet, "To celebrate the New Year, take a bite of these special lemon cake flavored Pocky! The colorful shower of sprinkles makes it feel like a celebration! Did you know 'Pocky' comes from the onomatopoeia for chomping down ("po-kki po-kki") on these delicious biscuits. So chomp away like a Titan!"
The snack is all white, with colorful sprinkle dots scattering the outside of the Pocky stick. It is a really good flavor of Pocky, very light, sweet flavors with a strong lemon kick, without being sour. The crunchiness of the Pocky pretzel stick is perfect, adding a nice texture along with the exuberant flavor. It is a light, bright flavor that contrasts nicely against some of the heavier ones, such as chocolate. Pocky is a good, safe snack, and I am glad that they sent me some of this, as I will be saving this for later! Haha! Now, I am going to have a few more sticks of this good stuff here before I dare to try something a little more edgy, a little more umami, you might say.
Check out the links below to find out where you can get this delicious Japanese snack staple (note: This is a limited edition flavor, and will be somewhat hard to find):
I hate to think about how those field rations the Survey Corps had to eat when outside the safety of the walls. It definitely wouldn't include any dagashi, and I have a feeling that Hotaru would make for a lousy scout anyway. That does pose an interesting question though... what if Titans attacked the Shikada Dagashi shop! Oh no! Would Coconuts use the dagashi to come up with a way to trick the Titans? I digress.
The next dagashi snack I am going to give a try is something that, to be honest, I am a bit dreading. It is a snack that I have talked about last season, as it was featured on one of the episodes I believe. It is none other than Cabbage Taro. "There is actually no cabbage in these at all," the booklet reads. Okay, I'm back in. It continues, "They are covered in a rich Japanese brown sauce and seaweed that make the puffs look like little cabbages." Okay, I'm back out. "The manufacturer does not confirm or deny that this is the reason the snack is called Cabbage Taro."
As I opened this snack up, I was instantly hit by the smell. It was a strong, potent smell, that immediately made me cringe. This does not bode well. Mind you, it is now past 2 in the morning, well beyond the time any sane individual would consume such cheap Japanese treats. Let it not be said that I never did anything for you all. Let the night continue! (Dagashi medics are on standby in case of emergency) Okay, I've stalled on eating the snack for as long as I can, I have to do this...
Yeaaaaah... I didn't care for that one too much. I'm not even sure how to describe it really. The texture was kind of like a Cheeto puff, but the flavor was way weird. I have no words to describe that flavor, which I guess is kind of the umami flavor, which they say is the 5th basic flavor. We in the United States are used to the first four: sweet, sour, bitter and salty. However, the Japanese discovered the 5th basic flavor, umami, is a savory taste. People who haven't tasted this flavor should try it if they can, as it is quite a trip! I will be moving on from the Cabbage Taro with haste.
Check out the links if you have the stomach of a Titan:
- Amazon.com (30 packages [bulk])
- Amazon.com (single serving)
- Munch Pak (out of stock)
- You can also get Cabbage Taro in this Dagashi Pack for $10 on Amazon.com
The next dagashi snack not only sounds delicious, but it also looks so friggin' cute! It is a wee, tiny little chocolate banana! Adorable! The Japan Crate snack booklet says that, "Chocolate bananas are always a favorite at Japanese festivals and now it's made in a candy form for you to enjoy! May you feel like a Titan eating this bite size banana!"
As I take a bite into the tiny chocolate banana, I am struck at once at how much it tastes exactly like a real chocolate banana. The flavors are spot on! It tastes great I have to say! On top is the cute little banana design, and underneath is a layer of chocolate. Together, the two combine to create a harmony of flavors that just works. This is a dagashi candy that you would be coming back for time and time again for its sweet, tasty flavor. The only downsize is, well, its size, which might leave you wanting. At any rate, this is a good one!
- I couldn't find this one online, so I will have to do more research, but in the meantime, here is a DIY kit instead:
Chocolate Banana DIY Wagashi kit:
The next dagashi is another mini one, this time some sort of gummy fruit hand. Oh, yes, it is our good old friend the Maken Gummy Cola. We saw this last season when the gang was using the candy, which is a small, gummy hand on a gummy string. The hand is either a rock, paper or scissors symbol, denoted by a fist, an open palm, and two fingers respectively. The idea is that you can play Rock Paper Scissors with these gummy candies.
"Titans don't listen to the old adage, 'Don't play with your food.' Now you don't have to either with this fun cola gummy! Each pack is shaped after a hand from rock-scissors-paper and is reminiscent of stretchy hand toys. So feel free to play with this candy!"
As I open the package on this dagashi, I see the clock strike 3 am. This is quickly turning into an all nighter, but what is a dagashi researcher to do! As delirium from the sugar and lack of sleep starts to kick in, I suspect things are going to get weird. Hey, with Hotaru, I'll be in good company.
So, let's keep this thing going and try out the Maken Gummy. With this being a cola candy, it seems like it will be pretty standard, flavor wise. Texture wise, though, is a whole other story. Let me see here. Ah, yes, that is quite good. The cola flavor is intensely sweet, with the cola blasting your taste buds. Like a splash of soda hitting your tongue, this gummy candy is a refreshing bite of something good. The texture is great, a nice gummy that has the right amount of chewiness. Cola fans, get your "hands" on these ASAP, by following the links below:
The last of the mini-candies included in the January Attack on Titan Japan Crate is called Bottle Sour Candy, and, just as it sounds, it is a bottle of, you guessed it, sour candy. Japan Crate has this to say, "While this looks like a drink, it is in fact a powdered candy! You can pour it directly into your mouth or eat it from your hand. Try some sprinkled over yogurt! It comes in three flavors: Strawberry, Green Apple, and Cider."
Opening the small bottle, I am hit with the faint smell of sugar as it wafts softly through the air. It smells quite pleasant, and I pour the grain-like substance into my mouth, the sugars bunches and clumps up, and then begins to dissolve, like Ramune candy. The flavor is strawberry, and it is a subtle taste that creeps in on you, not overpowering, but just enough. As the candy dissolves, it gives you a slight fizzy feeling, creating an interesting effect. The Bottle Sour has eluded me, and I haven't been able to find anywhere to get it in the United States yet. However, it is very similar to Ramune candy or powder, so that would be a good alternative.
Snack Review - Part 2
We have now reached the halfway point of the snack box, and I want to take a moment to show you guys a dagashi drink that I am saving for a special occasion. You'll know why in just a moment. This clear, soda beverage is quite unique, and has a bit of a mischievous side. "Trick your friends with this white cola [called Gabunomi White Cola]. The color won't make you believe that this tastes just like cola. Plus the delicious taste will make you want to guzzle it down just as the word, 'gabunomi,' suggests!" Grab this fun drink at the link below:
I need a break from all this weird crap, I need something more normal! Please, dagashi gods, lend me your ears! I pray thee, send me divine dagashi providence, so that I may be delivered from dagashi sin! Oh, look, potato chips!
There are a couple of different types of potato chips included in the snack box, and I am going to review them one after the other, so that I may better compare them to each other. First to be reviewed is the "Potato Chips Salt and Hokkaido Konbu," followed by the "Uma Salt Potato Chips," and finally, the "Onigiri Senbei." The last one is not technically a chip, but I am including it in this category. Which chip shall reign supreme!
The Potato Chips Salt and Hokkaido Konbu sounds scary to me, only because Konbu is a type of seaweed. Personally, I tend not to desire to have seaweed bits on my chips, soooo we shall see how this goes. One of the biggest problems is that I can be a picky eater sometimes, and dagashi can get really out there, so it is definitely a new challenge for me at times. Some dagashi are sweeter than others, and the umami flavor comes into play a lot with certain types of dagashi.
The booklet states that, "You won't be able to resist stealing these potato... chips. These special edition chips use carefully harvested potatoes from Hokkaido for an especially delicious taste. The Konbu flavor adds a unique savory flavor that has a borth or meaty taste, so you too can snack like a Titan."
Yeah, that didn't help make this any more appetizing. In fact, it made it worse. Lol I open the loud, plastic bag expecting another strong, umami scent to burst through my nostrils to assault my senses. However, this is not what happens. Instead, I smell the soft, alluring smell of potato chips. I am getting excited now as I type this because of the Hokkaido potatoes, sounds intriguing! Okay, it's now or never!
That is pretty good, actually, a nice crunch to it, and good salt levels. The Konbu doesn't stand out as a "seaweedy" type flavor, but instead is a very subtle umami flavor that brings a nice balance to the potato chip. It doesn't overpower the taste buds, but instead heightens the natural savory flavors present in the potato chip. The high quality Hokkaido potatoes add that extra level of deliciousness, making this one damn good chip. This is a bag of chips I would eat on a regular basis, they're that good. Pick up this awesome snack at the following locations:
- Snackoo (Hokkaido Potato Fries)
- Various chips and other salty snacks, from either JLIST or JBOX
- Snackoo (various chips)
- Global Rakuten (various Japanese potato chips)
Hold on, before I try the next chip, I need to put on my manga eyes! These beauties came with the snack box! They're called "Henshin! Transform Glasses," and they come in "48 different styles." These come in the Japan Crate subscription boxes, if you're keen on getting a pair for yourself.
That's better. Now, I can continue.
The second bag of chips that came in the box is called Uma Salt Potato Chips. I am interested to see how these compare to the last bag. "Sasha would agree that there is no such thing as too many potatoes. These chips are perfectly salted and have a tasty umami flavor thanks to a blend of bonito flakes, dried anchovies, and konbu. But do not fret, they are not fishy, just savory deliciousness."
Again, I open the bag, and I am not taken aback by a foul odor, but instead, I am drowning in a sea of crispy potato goodness. Looking inside, I see that these chips have a beautiful brown crisp around the edges. They look great, but how do they taste? Wow, that is very good! Way better than I expected. You hear stuff like bonito flakes and konbu, and it sounds like it would be weird, but it really isn't. In fact, this chip has even more of that savory flavor that the last chip had, but this is even stronger. This is a flavorful potato chip, unlike any we have over in the United States. It is an incredible testament to the ingenuity of Japanese cooking, baking and snack-making.
Okay, let's finish up the chips category with a bit of a wildcard. Onigiri "Senbei is a staple of traditional Japanese snacks. Typically they are shaped into circular disks but these are specially shaped into triangular onigiri (rice balls)."
Oh, woah, they look a lot more like chips than I thought they would. Although, they are much puffier and fuller than a potato chip. What the what are these things again? Rice things? Wikipedia says that Onigiri Senbei is "a Japanese rice ball candy." Cool, that's about what I was thinking. I can definitely taste the rice in them, they almost have the taste and texture of a rice cracker. There is a type of flavor, which might be umami again, but it adds an extra kick to the taste of this, making it not entirely like a rice cracker. It really is quite a unique and powerful flavor. The thick, crunchy snack is a different experience altogether from the thin crispiness of the potato chip. Check these out here:
Oh, hold on one second, I think I heard my alarm go off. Let's see here, oh yes, it looks like it's 4:20 in the morning. I'll be right back, you wait here, and I'll just be one moment. Don't worry, I won't be long. Make yourself comfortable, there are some waters in the fridge and plenty of dagashi in the drawer over there, I won't be more than a few minutes.
I am back, dear readers, thank you for not wandering off somewhere. I had a few "dagashi" related things to get to, no big deal, what did I miss? I seem to be awfully hungry all of a sudden, how strange. If only I had something to snack on... hmm... something to snack on... something like... like... ah, hell, I dunno. Anyway, I have to get back to finishing up this forum post, or I'll be here all night. Maybe by the time the next guide comes out I'll figure out something to snack on, but until then, let's get into the next dagashi!
We are now in the home stretch, as we count down the final four dagashi snacks from the Attack on Titan themed snack subscription box from Japan Crate and Kodansha Comics. Thanks to both of them for the great box, head over to kodanshacomics.com and japancrate.com to check out both of their wonderful wares. Kodansha has a couple of good deals going on right now, which you can read about below, including a "Pay What You Want" for the entire Attack on Titan digital manga catalog:
The first of the last four is called the Konnyaku Jelly Stick, which I've actually had before, they are pretty good. "Konnyaku is from the Konjac plant that grows in Asia that gets processed into flour and mixed with water and lime water. It has almost no calories and is high in fiber so you can eat this completely guilt free!"
"WARNING: Konnyaku does not dissolve like gelatin so to prevent choking it must be chewed carefully especially by the very young and elderly."
I bite into the jelly, chewing carefully as instructed. It works almost like an otter pop, with you squeezing more jelly out as you eat the snack. It has a very nice, sweet flavor. It almost tastes like some sort of fruit, but I believe that is actually the taste from the Konjac plant intself. Quite a unique flavor profile. Not something I would have expected to like, but it is a very good, jelly candy, if you're into that kind of thing. Just be careful not to get any on your keyboard when you're writing any snack blogs... It's sticky!
Okay, the next one is a little bit complicated, and involves a lot of DIY. It is an Odangoyasan D.I.Y. Kit, which is a fun kit that lets you make interesting candy creations. "Come home to your own mini feast of Japanese desserts in this fun DIY. You can create a variety of treats with different wagashi (Japanese dessert) shapes and enjoy a taste of traditional Japan with a modern DIY candy twist!"
Whereas dagashi is traditional Japanese candy, wagashi is traditional Japanese confections. This combines the two together to create a new, DIY candy project. This one looks really cool, and what's great is that Japan Crate posts the English translation of the instructions on their blog. It has a lot of steps, and since it is almost 6 in the morning now, I think I will save that one for later. Maybe I can post it later today, once I have a little more time. Nonetheless, it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! Be sure to stay tuned for more on that fun wagashi treat! Try out some DIY kits yourself and see what it's all about:
- Amazon.com (various DIY kits)
- Various DIY kits, from either JLIST or JBOX
- tofu cute (various DIY kits)
- ebay (various DIY kits)
As the sun comes up on another day, I finish my snack review with the final two items in the box. Both look pretty weird, so it seems fitting that I should finish off with these two. I hesitate which to taste first. I think I'll go with the one that looks terrible first, and end on a strong note. That sounds like a solid plan, which I'm sure will fail miserably somehow. I really wish I didn't have to get through this one, it really sounds awful to me. Haha
This next dagashi snack somewhat resembles the Umaibo snack that debuted during the first season of Dagashi Kashi. A long, puff-like cylinder with some sort of powder on the outside that makes it a specific flavor. However, this is not an Umaibo. No, this is what is known as the Big Bar Z Milk. "Big Bar Z is the Titan sized version of the smaller original Bar Z. This light, crunchy puff is covered in a white chocolate to emulate a sweet milk flavor!" Oh, god, can it truly taste as bad as it sounds? I really hope not...
Oh man, that's a strong scent of dairy. Oh, boy. Lol This is just scary! A puff shouldn't taste like milk! Alright, I am going to take my first bite. Huh, strange. The texture is not too bad, but it certainly isn't my favorite. I think I need a second go to really see what that tastes like, one just wasn't enough. Huh, that is so bizarre. You know, I don't hate that, I really don't. It's like a milk Cheetos. The white chocolate on the outside of the puff has a softer texture to it, which combines with the crunchy texture of the puff itself to create a texture unlike anything I've tried before now, and, it really does taste like sweet milk! Who would have thought! If you are brave enough to give this oddity a try, there are some options available:
The last dagashi in the box is one that looks, at the same time, very weird and very delicious. It looks like some sort of chocolate bar with white and brown swirls running through the center. I've saved this treat for last in thinking that it looks like it might be a yummy candy bar. The dagashi is called Black Thunder Kinako, and with a name like that, how can you go wrong, right? The snack booklet says, "We can't all have our own Thunder Spears to fight Titans with, but we can draw strength from Japanese favorite, Black Thunder! This time it comes in Kinako flavor [roasted soybean flour], infusing a sweet soy powder in the milk chocolate."
The candy bar doesn't evoke the usual scent that I would expect from a chocolate bar, it is something I can't quite place. It might be the Kinako flavor. I'm not too familiar with roasted soybean flour, so I can't say for sure, but it definitely doesn't smell like anything I recognize. It tastes very earthy, even more so than coffee. According to Wikipedia, "It contains a cocoa-flavored cookie bar mixed with Japanese-style rice puffs, coated with chocolate." So, the white bars running through the bar are the rice puffs, and the bar itself is less of a chocolate bar, in the traditional sense, and more of a cookie bar. The roasted soybean adds a robust flavor to the bar that makes it a bit more bitter than I usually enjoy. This is a dagashi for fans of coffee and nuts, and other things of that nature. You can get one for yourself by going to these select, online retailers:
- Napa Japan
- Kyoto Kitsune (20 pack [bulk])
- Amazon.com (various Black Thunder bars)
- World Market (Chocolate Cookie bar)
- White Rabbit Japan (10 pack)
- Rakuten Global Market
Last season, JLIST and JBOX brought you some amazing Dagashi Kashi sampler sets, each designed after the manga with each candy appearing in Dagashi Kashi. Well, the duo is back again this season to bring you the four Dagashi Kashi sampler sets. Check them out at the links below!
- Dagashi Sampler Set 1, from JLIST or JBOX
- Dagashi Sampler Set 2, from JLIST or JBOX
- Dagashi Sampler Set 3 - Sold Out
- Dagashi Sampler Set 4, from JLIST or JBOX
- Also available, a Dagashi Bento Pack from both JLIST and JBOX.
Alright everyone, I just stayed up all night like a madman. That should demonstrate to you the magnitude of the importance that is Dagashi Kashi! So, get ready for the all new simuldub of Dagashi Kashi Season 2, and don't forget to stock up on your favorite snacks! The first episode of season 2 drops on FunimationNow this Monday, at 4 PM Eastern Time. Then, head over to the Funimation forum every Tuesday night to check out the new entry in the snack buying guide! We are sure to be in for some great antics, and of course, a ton of amazing new dagashi! I can't wait to see what Hotaru, Kokonotsu, and the rest have been up to! Thanks for coming back to join me on this adventure! Welcome to all who are embarking on this journey for the first time! You're in for the long haul now, but don't worry, there's candy! See you next week!
Episode 13 - Big Katsu, Peperoncino, and...
Hey everyone! Welcome back to Dagashi Kashi, here for a season 2! We are getting into the characters and their fun day to day activities, as well as the crazy dagashi that Hotaru brings for her friends to try. Every week, I am going to be following the simuldub to bring you all of the legal locations that you can get dagashi from, so that you can be just like Hotaru and Kokonotsu (Coconuts)! Dagashi translates to cheap sweets, and they are a nostalgic Japanese treat from the 1950's. This show is a lot of fun, and season 2 does not disappoint! I must apologize about the lateness of this first post, I am getting used to my new schedule. I will be sure to have next week's entry out earlier in the day, so that you can get into it sooner! Alright, let's check out the episode!
The first thing to note is that these new Dagashi Kashi episodes are no longer the full-length 23 minute episodes, but rather, shorter 12 to 15 minute episodes. The new shorter format runs during the same half-hour block as another short show called Takunomi, which translates to Drinking at Home. I found this short episode length to be a bit disappointing, but at the same time, I’m interested to see what they can do with the format. It looks like there is a heavy emphasis on the jokes and snacks, with the larger plot taking more of a wayside. However, it is too early to tell if this will hold true, and we know there are several new characters that are yet to be introduced. One more note is that the animation is noticeably different, but still really great. I can tell it's a slightly different style, but it doesn't seem to affect the overall characters in any major way.
Now, let's check out the episode!
We open up on a snowy scene in Coconut's hometown, and we get our first look at some of our main characters.
Shockingly, Shikada Dagashi shop is in ruins, and it looks as if no one has been tending the shop for a long time. Saya says she understands that Coconuts can be oblivious sometimes, but she has to know: what the heck is going on?! It is a surprising opening for season 2, as we see that in Coconuts absence, things have gone bad fast.
Season 2 of Dagashi Kashi picks up three months after the season 1 finale. For those who can't quite remember what happened at the end of season 1, this is what I wrote in the season 1 snack buying guide:
"The [finale] ends with Coconuts chasing after Hotaru as she heads to the bus stop to leave. The rain is pouring down, and Coconuts runs as fast he can to make it in time. He ends up getting their before her, and they start to talk. Coconuts tells her he is afraid that he is keeping her from her dreams of traveling and creating her snack company. Hotaru tells him that he is way off the mark. Hotaru says that, if she wants to travel, she'll travel. 'And besides, building the world's number one snack manufacturer isn't a dream, its reality.' Hotaru is determined to achieve her goals, no matter what. She explains to Coconuts that, yes, she does come every day and she always tries to convince him to take over his father's dagashi shop. 'Most importantly though, i just go to have fun, and to hang out with our friends. But thank you so much. I appreciate your consideration on the matter.' Hotaru says that it's like the Sakuma Drops. She can't force Coconuts to take over, but maybe, if she gives him time, he will figure it out on his own. As the sun shines behind her, Hotaru turns to Coconuts, and says, 'Shall we go?' Coconuts smiles and says, 'Okay!' As they walk off towards the ocean, Hotaru comments that she's never seen a bus stop there, and Coconuts replies that it'll show up eventually. 'Oh, really?' 'Guess you'll have to wait and see.'"
So, three months from that moment, we pick up to find that Coconuts has been distracted from the dagashi shop with his dream of becoming a mangaka, creating manga comics in his spare time. Kokonotsu's father ran off and left him in charge of the dagashi shop, and he has let it get run down and dirty due to his inattention.
Then we get to see the new season opening song, which is a fun, light song with a lot of really silly art. We see all sorts of versions of the characters, as well as a bunch of different snacks. Youtube - Season 2 OP
After the credits, we return to Shikada Dagashi to find Coconuts holding down the fort while his father is gone, apparently having cleaned the place up for business. Gone are all the dust and debris, and in their place is the usual image of the dagashi shop we are used to seeing.
All around the shop are delicious snacks of all kinds, and Coconuts can think only of eating some "good food," a hearty meal that will fill him up and leave him satisfied. However, unfortunately for Coconuts, all he has is candy. Coconuts ponders his manga, looking it over. We can see that he is really good at drawing manga, and if he were to pursue it professionally, he would likely find much success. Which adds tension to his decision of whether to follow his dreams to become a mangaka, or whether to follow in his dad's footsteps and take over the shop.
As Coconuts sits behind the counter, I suddenly get the feeling that Hotaru cannot be far away. Almost as if to say just that, Coconuts begins to wonder what he would like to eat, he thinks about the popular dish Tonkotsu. Coconuts is overcome by a strange sensation, and he gets the feeling the he may have just said something that would summon Hotaru, like some sort of dagashi demon. Just as he predicted, Hotaru appears post haste, to deliver some much needed dagashi knowledge.
So, Hotaru runs to Shikada Dagashi, and when she arrives, she is panting and out of breath, and she starts feeling sick. So, she has a Ramune soda to refresh herself. Check out the links below to get some sweet, refreshing Ramune soda. Soon, Hotaru is acting silly and goofy as usual, and coconuts asks why she ran all the way there. The English voice actress for Hotaru, Tabitha Ray, does an incredible job here once again, bringing so much humor and silliness to the character.
Where to buy:
It is at this point in the episode that we get to the first snack on our snack buying guide, the Big Katsu!
Apparently, Hotaru has been waiting since season 1 for Coconuts to say the word Tonkotsu, so that she could bust out the dagashi, Big Katsu. Also, very funny that Hotaru has brought her own bowls. Clearly, she has been wanting this for a long time. This one already sounds fun, and I love the connection between what Coconuts wants to eat for dinner, Tonkotsu, and what Hotaru has brought as a dagashi substitute, the Big Katsu. Tonkotsu is a breaded, deep-fired pork cutlet.
As we know from season 1, Hotaru loves to combine dagashi with other foods to prepare creative meals, including rice. We see a shot of the Big Katsu on top of the steaming rice. Coconuts comments that Big Katsu isn’t pork, it’s fish, and Hotaru flips out on him, saying, “It’s in the Tonkotsu style, how can you not know that?!”
Hotaru says that squids have everything to do with how Big Katsu was originally created. Hotaru starts delving into the “secret history” of Big Katsu, and tells of a Japanese company that was creating some unnamed product using squids. However, for whatever reason, they were having trouble finding suppliers for the squids, so, they decided to use fish instead.
Thus, a line of fish-flavored products were born, which eventually led to the company to expand their products. Hotaru says that they tried to surpass the flavor of real dried squids, and Coconuts thinks that is ridiculous. Hotaru only scolds Coconuts to “try and keep up." She explains that they simply decided to do a Tonkotsu flavor, and Coconuts is left in disbelief at the anticlimax of the story. Hotaru asks, “You're sayin’ squids can only surpass other squids?” – Amazing line! Lol
They end up eating the dagashi on the rice, and Hotaru scarfs it down ravenously, her face filled with enjoyment. Even Coconuts seems to enjoy the dagashi dish.
We have our first dagashi of the episode, which is Suguru Big Katsu. Wikipedia has the following to say on the matter: Big Katsu "is a type of Japanese snack food. In name and appearance it is similar to breaded pork cutlets, but instead of pork it contains shredded fish surimi, first introduced in 1987"
Kyoto Kitsune also chimes in, stating that Big Katsu is "crispy and a little bit spicy it is perfect for the aperitif with a good beer but also during afternoon with a soda. This snack is inspired by the popular dish called 'onkatsu' (pork dumplings), and tastes little bit same."
I know what you're thinking, this is all great and good, but where in the dash gon dagashi can I get some of these dagashi! Well, my friend, I shall tell you just that! Feast your eyes on these interweb links!
- Kyoto Kitsune (30 pack)
- Tokyo Treat Shop (sold out)
- Rakuten Global Market (30 pack)
- From Japan
- Available in Amazon Dagashi 35-pack
- Also available in the Dagashi Kashi Sampler 4
This brings us to our second and third dagashi snacks, amatarrako dried squid flavor and ika ajiten. These two snacks are shown during Hotaru's secret history of the company that created Big Katsu. She describes them as the first snacks that were created using fish in imitation styles.
The theme of this episode seems to be dagashi that can served as meals, and I find this very interesting. We didn't see anything like these snacks last season. The first snack is Amatarakko Dried Squid Flavor. Hotaru describes this snack as "sheets of fish, soaked them in sauce: amatarakko, sweet dried squid style."
The second dagashi, ika ajiten, is described as "deep fried, sauceless." Both snacks are fish snacks that imitate the texture and taste of dried squid. The company created these imitation squid snacks because they were cheaper than actual squid, and that allowed them to sell their products at a price affordable to childrens' pocket money.
These specific dagashi have been hard to track down, and I couldn't find anywhere that allows for the purchase of these snacks. No matter how much I search, I could only come up with the barest of information. However, these fish snacks aim to imitate dried squid, so I'll hook you up with some dried squid dagashi instead!
Episode 13 - Part 2
Getting back to Dagashi Kashi, we now see Hotaru as she keeps going on about how amazing Big Katsu is, and Coconuts finally snaps at Hotaru, saying that you don’t need rice to enjoy the snacks, and that you really shouldn’t even compare dagashi with real tonkotsu. Despite that, he is happy that Big Katsu came about in such a way. This makes Hotaru smile, and she says that she knew he was a dagashi genius. She promptly praises his knowledge and skill, and then runs out of the shop, off into the distance. As she does so, she says that maybe Coconuts will get a video blog like his dad one day. Coconuts mutters under his breath that he really hopes not.
Meanwhile, at the Endo Coffee Shop...
We now flash to a scene of Coconuts, Saya and To hanging out in Saya and To's family coffee shop. This is where we get our first look of To for the season.
Saya is craving some pasta, and Coconuts and To comment that she should make her own, as she is very skilled at making pasta. Saya starts talking about how she wishes she could go to a fancy Italian restaurant, with “hot waiters,” but there are none in or near their small, country town. To doesn’t get what Saya is saying, and offers to cook her some pasta instead. Saya just groans and moves on to her work.
Just as Saya begins talking about pasta, Hotaru appears again, having run here from who knows where. Again, she is out of breath, and Coconuts begs her to stop running everywhere just to look cool. So funny! I am guessing that for some reason, Hotaru is hiding in places nearby, waiting for keys words, and then running at top speed into the store? I guess she heard the word pasta, and that was her cue. Man, they sure are accentuating Hotaru’s crazy side this season. Haha At any rate, Hotaru is here to save the day!
Hotaru wastes no time getting into her solution for Saya's problem. It's simple: Hotaru will make her pasta instead!
This brings us to our next dagashi snack, the 60th Sweet: Pepperoncino Mini Cup.
Hotaru says, "You must be surprised. Yes, Master Saya, spaghetti exists in the dagashi world.” To which Saya replies that she’s not impressed, and that it’s not even a unique idea.
To comments that it looks like cup noodle, to which Coconuts replies that it was originally made by an instant ramen company.
They put in some water, cook it for three minutes, and then drain the water.
The final step is to add in the seasoning packet, although Hotaru says to use half the packet.
Saya wonders why the flavor is familiar, and she accuses Peperoncino of just being Salt-flavored yakisoba. Saya says that this pasta is a lie!
Then, Hotaru reveals the big twist. The reason Hotaru only used half of the powder was because half of it made pasta style, while the whole packet, without draining the water, made ramen style. “Take a look at this packet," Hotaru says.
Saya wonders if you just throw out the rest of the powder, and Hotaru says, “no, no,” in a funny French accent. Hotaru says that you can use the rest of the powder and some hot water to make an “after dinner soup.” Saya freaks out, and is amazed at the versatility of this seemingly simple dagashi treat.
Saya ends up loving the pasta, saying that it tastes delicious!
Saya fell in love with this awesome dagashi pasta/ramen, and now you can too! You can get the exact brand of Peperoncino as seen in this episode in the Dagashi Kashi Sampler 4.
Here are some more types of Peperoncino pasta that you can grab as well:
We end the first episode with Hotaru shouting the French word, optimo?, which translates to delicious. She encourages the group to shout it out, to which they begrudgingly comply.
The final shot of the episode is on Saya’s goldfish, which goes back to season 1 when we first learned about the goldfish at the summer festival. Saya recalls a time when they were younger, and Coconuts spends all his money trying to win her a fish, only to have one given to him by the salesman. Saya has kept the goldfish the entire time, and now he has grown to a great big size.
Cut to credits for our first look at the season 2 ending song, which is again, a whole lot of fun! Youtube - Season 2 ED
The final scene of the credits is Hotaru holding an adorable gingerbread house with Hotaru and Coconuts standing together.
That sums up the first episode of Dagashi Kashi season 2! Wow! What a great start to the season! We had some silly jokes and hijinks, as well as several new dagashi. Building on the first season, we continue forward in the amazing saga of Hotaru and Kokonotsu. The new, smaller sized episodes don't detract from the overall enjoyment of the show. I had a lot of fun with this episode, from Hotaru running around everywhere, to her silly French accent. It will be interesting to see how the new characters are introduced in future episodes. The English dub voice actors bring all the fun back from the first season, refining their characters even more. All of the characters in this first episode, for me, were firing on all engines. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and I cannot wait for next week's episode! What did you all think? Did you like it or not? Comments and thoughts? Leave them in the comments below, and I'll get back to you!
Before I let you go, I wanted to introduce a new segment that I will be doing each week, where I take a look back at dagashi we have previously seen in season 1, highlighting some of my favorites. The segment will be called Dagashi Classics, and I hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane.
The first dagashi I want to shine a spotlight on is a fun, dagashi gum that doubles as a crazy, high stakes game. I am, of course, referring to the infamous 29th Sweet: Beware of Sour Grapes!
This gumball by Meiji comes in a pack of three, and in a variety of flavors. The alternative name for this gum is Russian Roulette Gum, and this is because two of the gumballs are filled with a sweet juice, while one is filled with an extremely sour juice. Have you and your friends choose one, and chew at the same time. You will soon know who the loser is! This one is great to share!
Get some of these below to shock your friends with this sour game:
- Amazon.com (pack of 20)
- Lotte's Fusen No Mi -- Green Apple Flavor
- Rakuten Global Market
- Blippo (sold out)
- Tokyo Treat (sold out)
- Also available in the Dagashi Kashi Sampler 2
The last dagashi classic I will take a look at this week is the 21st Sweet: Sakura Daikon!
Sakura Daikon is an extremely popular sweet dagashi snack in Japan, especially with children. Sakura Daikon is a round piece of the daikon radish that has been soaked in sour plum. This is a classic for sure! Sakura Daikon is hard to find outside of Japan, and the ebay link I used from last season is no longer good. However, you can still get Sakura Daikon as part of the Dagashi Kashi Sampler 2.
Ever wonder what a Dagashi Bar might be like? Check out this article to find out!
Check Out Dagashi Bar for All You Can Eat Japanese Snacks!
That's all for this week's Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide! I am so glad to be back, bringing you the play by play for all of Hotaru and Coconut's crazy adventures! I hope you have enjoyed this first entry, and please feel free to comment below. Dagashi Kashi is a fun show about friends and snacks, and these new episodes promise to be a wild ride! Stay tuned next week as we get into the next episode of Dagashi Kashi! Until then, I'll see you at the Dagashi Bar!
Hey everyone! Just a quick update, I wanted to let you know that I will probably be posting new guide entries on Wednesday afternoons instead of on Tuesday nights, only because I have night classes on Monday and Tuesday. I hope that's not a problem, thanks for following my blog, and I'll be back tomorrow for episode 2! Thanks for understanding!
Episode14 - Baseball Board Game Gum, Pop Pop Boat, and...
What's up, everyone? We are back for another edition of the Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide, I'm your host, nubguy, bringing you the latest in dagashi knowledge straight from the source! Each week, we recap the new simuldub episode of Dagashi Kashi, and break down all of the snacks that were featured in any given episode. Tonight's episode was fun and had a lot of funny moments. Feeling hungry yet? What's better during a storm than to curl up in a warm blanket and eat some good food? Without further ado, let's begin the guide!
The episode opens with a raging typhoon battering Coconut’s hometown with torrential rain. Saya and Coconuts are stuck indoors together, and “have to play inside.” Coconuts says that he is worried about Hotaru and Tō, who were supposed to come over later. Coconuts hopes that nothing bad has happened to them because of the Typhoon. Then, we cut to the OP song!
On a side note, one of my favorite parts of the opening theme song is when Coconuts reaches to grab Hotaru’s shoulder, and Coconut’s dad bursts out of her like a disguise, much to Coconut’s horror.
After the OP ends, the episode wastes no time and gets right into the first dagashi, something known only as the Baseball Board Game Gum. Saya says that she thought it was a toy, and Coconuts tells her to press the button. As Coconuts explains, "the gum goes through the baseball board game part and pops out there."
I’m not sure about this one, calling it a board game is a bit of a stretch. It’s not like you can interact with it or anything. However, Coconuts points out that although it is simple, it is enough to entertain children… and Hotaru. “You press a button and something happens.”
Depending on the color of the gum, the child (or Hotaru) might receive a voucher to use at the store. This makes the children want to use the Baseball Board Game Gum over and over again. Coconuts thinks this is pretty clever, as they end up spending more money than they realize, however, Saya wonders if this is scam.
Coconuts defends his actions, stating that he thought the kids could have some fun while they made money at the same time. Saya realizes that she has hurt Coconut’s feelings and quickly tries to reassure him, saying that as long as the kids are having fun, that’s all that matters.
Saya also says that kids aren’t dumb, so they wouldn’t spend all of their allowance money on just the gum game. Yeah, I think you might have spoken too soon, Saya. Take a look for yourself.
Hotaru is hunched over the Baseball Board Game Gum, laughing maniacally like a crazed lunatic, when Saya asks how many times she’s played the game. Saya’s words break Hotaru out of some sort of dagashi trance, and Hotaru suddenly realizes in terror that she has been playing the game for a while. Not only that, but she had only been able to get the “no voucher” green gum balls.
Saya is shocked that Hotaru hasn’t won a single voucher, and adds, “more importantly, when did you get here?” I love that Hotaru just keeps showing up out of nowhere, and nobody seems to know how or why. It is amazing!
Coconuts says that only Hotaru would play the Baseball Board Game Gum that many times, and Hotaru takes it as a compliment, saying, “Really, you think so?”
I feel really bad about this one, as I try not to come up with nothing during my research, but I cannot find anything like Baseball Board Game Gum. Bummer! It seems that this one is really obsure, and the only mention I seem to get is for stuff about the episode. Haha Here are some kits to make your own gum though, so that's kind of cool.
- "Glee Gum" Gum Kit
- Amazon.com - Gum Kit
- Walmart - Chewing Gum DIY Candy Kit
- Chewing Gum Lab
- Scientific Explorer Gum Fun Kit
Saya points out that Hotaru is completely soaking wet (duh, there’s a typhoon going on outside!), and Coconuts suddenly realizes this fact himself, having somehow been oblivious to it up until that point.
Coconuts sees that Hotaru’s clothes are all wet, and that her face and hair are covered in water. Coconuts, still having a huge crush on Hotaru, gets really embarrassed and frantically leaves to go get a towel for Hotaru. The screenshot below of their three faces is just so funny. Coconuts silly smile, trying to hide his true feelings, Hotaru’s unconcerned and oblivious face, and Saya, who just looks like she’s thinking, “Really?”
Saya is surprised that Hotaru would go out in such bad weather, but Hotaru replies that “personally, I think typhoons are the best time to go outside.” Wait, what did she just say? Lol Let me run this video back real quick, let’s see here… okay, it is confirmed, she just said that typhoons are the best time to go outside. Okay, that's interesting.
For those who aren’t totally familiar with the term, a typhoon is the same thing as a hurricane, the only difference is the location. Both are weather phenomenon known as tropical cyclones. According to the National Ocean Service, “In the North Atlantic, central North Pacific, and eastern North Pacific, the term hurricane is used. The same type of disturbance in the Northwest Pacific is called a typhoon. Meanwhile, in the South Pacific and Indian Ocean, the generic term tropical cyclone is used, regardless of the strength of the wind associated with the weather system.”
The typhoon is only getting worse, as the rain comes down in sheets. Despite the severe weather, Saya is still planning on going home.
Coconuts says that it is too dangerous and that Saya should stay the night at the Shikada Dagashi shop. Hotaru says that it will be just like a sleep over, and this time, it’s Saya’s turn to get embarrassed. Saya blushes and says, “Woah, stay here?”
Saya starts fidgeting and says that maybe they should think about it first, but Coconut’s dad Yō appears from the back of the shop and tells her it would be safer for her to stay at the shop that night. He also mentions that it is Summer break, so it should be fine.
Due to the typhoon raging outside, Yō gets the sudden urge to throw on a raincoat and go check on the rice paddies. This is another great gag that I am really enjoying each episode, where Yō suddenly disappears on his son, making Coconuts in charge of everything. Coconuts shouts, "Whaaaat?" Coconut’s father departs with a hearty shout, “You kids make good choices, okay?”
Britannica.com states that, “Paddy, also called [a] rice paddy, [is a] small, level, flooded field used to cultivate rice in southern and eastern Asia. Wet-rice cultivation is the most prevalent method of farming in the Far East, where it utilizes a small fraction of the total land yet feeds the majority of the rural population. Rice was domesticated as early as 3500 BC, and by about 2,000 years ago it was grown in almost all of the present-day cultivation areas, predominantly deltas, floodplains and coastal plains, and some terraced valley slopes.”
Yō proceeds to run down the street, stumbling along as the rain poured down around him, his gleeful laughter trailing off into the distance. Below his feet, a warning to the viewer can be seen with the translation above his head.
Coconuts sighs and calls his dad an idiot as the rain drenches their clothes in rainwater.
We cut to a new scene, and Saya and Coconuts are together, as the typhoon continues to get worse. Coconuts is staring out the window, and is getting concerned because Tō, Saya’s brother, was supposed to come over and hasn’t shown up yet. Just as he says this to Saya, who should show up but Tō, who is drying his hair after having taken a shower. Now, I didn’t catch this the first time, and I had to rewatch it several times to confirm, but Tō actually mumbles in a sing-song voice to himself, as he walks into frame, that he, and I quote, “forgot to wash my butthole, uh oh.” Yup, you heard me right. Best part? Nobody reacts to this at all. They literally could care less. Lol They’re more surprised to see him than anything.
Tō says that he has been there the whole time, he was just taking a bath. That’s a long bath, and during a typhoon? Okay, sure, that’s cool. I’m sure it’s cool, guys. I’m sure that the National Weather Service Hurricane Safety Brochure doesn’t state in exact terms, “Water pipes conduct electricity. Don’t take a bath or shower or use other plumbing during a storm.” But I digress.
Coconuts asks him why Tō was taking a bath, and he gets very defensive. Tō was caught out in the storm and was soaked in the cold rain. He took a bath to get warmed up. Tō didn’t want to get left out of the fun and stay at home alone, so he ventured into the storm to get to Shikada Dagashi. Apparently, Tō agrees with Hotaru that typhoons are a great time to go outside. Did no one read the safety brochure!
Then, Hotaru decides that she and Saya should take a bath together, “sharsies.” Everybody freaks out!
So, Hotaru and "Master Saya" head in to take a bath together. Hotaru gets all excited and says that she wants to play, “Yes, indeedy.” Saya says, okay, and asks what she would like to play. Meanwhile, outside in the typhoon, Coconuts is trying to stop Tō from peeping in on the girls in the bath. To really wants to see Hotaru naked, but Coconuts says that it isn’t proper. Never mind the fact that Tō’s sister is in there too! Come on man, get it together!
The “Peeping Tom,” or rather, the “Peeping Tō” is finally stopped by Coconuts, who says that he will be labeled a criminal, or worse, a pervert.
Tō goes on for a while, and I do mean a while, about, dare I say it, “funbags” and “boobies.” Coconuts decides that no he wants to wait for the right moment, to see them the right way. Lol Alright, good job Coconuts. Tō, not so much.
Saya hears them talking outside, although she cannot understand what they are saying over the loud rain. She drops a bucket on top of Tō’s head and asks what they are doing. They stand there looking guilty, searching for any excuse to save their hides. Their excuse? They are trying to catch some bugs “or whatever.” Real smooth. She calls them out on this too. Lol Hotaru asks what she was doing, and Saya says not to worry, only a couple of bugs.
Meanwhile, getting back to bath time, we see that Hotaru and Saya are now hanging out in the bath.
They start talking about the game Hotaru wanted to play, and Hotaru produces a small, metal, toy boat. Hotaru calls it the Pop Pop Boat. Unlike most toy boats that just float on the water’s surface, the Pop Pop Boat is steam powered!
Step 1: Put water into the boat using a straw.
Step 2: Light the candle.
Step 3: Carefully place the candle inside the boat.
Step 4: Wait for the water inside the boat to boil, then watch as it sails away as the steam power pushes it through the water.
Hotaru claims that the Pop Pop Boat gets its named from the popping noise the boiling water makes. However, when Saya points out that it doesn’t really make a pop pop noise, but rather more of a swish swish, Hotaru says that she doesn’t really know the answer anyway.
Hotaru then goes on into a long speech about the history of the Pop Pop Boat, and Saya thinks to herself that Hotaru has a funny way of interacting with people, but that she was a cool person.
According to Wikipedia, "A pop-pop boat is a toy with a very simple steam engine without moving parts, typically powered by a candle or vegetable oil burner. The name comes from the noise made by some versions of the boats. Other names are putt-putt boat, crazy boat, flash-steamer, hot-air-boat, pulsating water engine boat. Around the world they may be called Can-Can-boot, Knatterboot, toc-toc, Puf-Puf boat, Poof Poof craft, Phut-Phut, or Pouet-Pouet."
"Credit for the first pop pop boat is usually given to a Frenchman named Thomas Piot. In 1891, Piot filed a patent application in the UK for a simple pop pop boat using a small boiler and two exhaust tubes. A 1975 article by Basil Harley mentions a similar boat seen in a French journal from 1880, indicating that this type of toy may have existed for many years prior to Piot's patent."
"A pop pop boat is powered by a very simple heat engine. This engine consists of a small boiler, which is connected to an exhaust tube. When heat is applied to the boiler, water in the boiler flashes into steam. The expanding steam pushes out the bottom of the boiler with a sound 'pop' and pushes some of the water in the exhaust tube, propelling the boat forward. Then the boiler is dry, no generating steam pressure, because no water inside the boiler. The column of water in the exhaust tube is no longer being pushed, but the momentum of the water keeps it going outward. This creates a lower-than-atmospheric pressure inside the boiler. The bottom of the boiler bulge inward (concave), making a sound 'pop' and normal atmospheric pressure is pushing the water back in. The cooled water that is brought back into the boiler is then heated and flashed into steam, and the cycle repeats. This constant flashing and cooling cycle of the engine creates the distinctive 'pop pop' noise for which the boat is named."
Pop Pop Boat is a pretty neat toy, using some interesting mechanics! If you have a craving to bring one of these on your next "high-seas adventure," make sure you find one at any of the following links:
Later, Coconut’s dad calls on a payphone because his cell phone is dead. In the background, Coconut's dad can hear all sorts of weird things, like the fact that Hotaru is walking around without any clothes on. Haha
Suddenly, Coconuts has to go deal with his friends and hangs up the phone. Coconut’s dad then runs towards an Akonomiyaki shop, and his friend, Tamako Tamai, can be seen in a bubble, yelling at him not to come over.
Although only mentioned briefly in on-screen text in this episode, I would like to take a minute to talk about Okonomiyaki. According to the Just One Cook Book, "Okonomiyaki (literally means ‘grilled as you like it’) is a savory version of Japanese pancake, made with flour, eggs, tempura scraps (tenkasu), cabbage, pork belly slices and topped with a variety of condiments like okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayonnaise, dried seaweed, and dried bonito flakes. Better known as ‘Japanese pizza’ [or a 'Japanese pancake'] in the US, you can definitely prepare the filling and toppings however you like it. A wonderful way to use up your leftovers!" It is a really delicious food, and in Japan, there are even entire multi-storied malls dedicated entirely to okonomiyaki and nothing else.
You can get Okonomiyaki at some Japanese restaurants, but if you are feeling like you might be down to make your own, here are some Okonomiyaki recipes you can try:
- Just One Cook Book
- Serious Eats
- Serious Eats
- Budget Bytes
- Japan Centre
- No Recipies.com
- Okonomiyaki World
Cut to Coconuts, who is taking his turn to take a bath. Coconuts finds the Pop Pop Boat, and recalls found memories of when he was younger, playing with the Pop Pop Boat with his dad.
Coconuts finds the straw Hotaru used to blow the water into the boat, and he blushes thinking about how she had put her lips on the straw. Coconuts slowly brings the straw to his lips, when out of nowhere, Hotaru sticks her head into the bathroom and says, “Kokonotsu, you can play with it if you want.” Hotaru gives him this look, and Coconuts is completely embarrassed. The episode ends with Coconuts yelling, “Hotaru! This bathroom is occupied!”
Wow, what an episode! We had a lot of awkward situations in this episode, which led to some pretty funny moments. In this episode, we again see more examples of the various characters' crushes, such as Coconuts crushing on Hotaru and Saya on Coconuts. A bit of love triangle if you think about it, with To as the third wheel. It will be interesting to see if Hotaru returns his affections, or if dagashi is the only love in her life. This episode was also centered around fun and games, showing us a board game that also serves as a dagashi dispenser, as well as a toy boat that is powered by steam. We also got to take a peak at the delicious Japanese savory pancake called Okonomiyaki. I have to admit, this week's episode was definitely "snack-light," and I kind of wish they had more dagashi. That's okay though, because this week's episode was not light on jokes, and had more emphasis on the humor. I hope you have enjoyed this week's peek into the wonderful world of dagashi! Join us next time for more wild adventures, and more something called Beigoma? Who knows? Lol See you later!
Episode 15 - Beigoma, Reminiscence, and...
Welcome back Dagashi Kashi fans out there! We are back for episode 3 of the ongoing adventures of Hotaru, Saya, Kokonotsu, and To. Hotaru hasn't given up on convincing Coconuts to take over the Shikada Dagashi shop, and the gang gets into some fun and games. Coconuts has another embarrassing encounter, and we take a look into the past as we explore more about Hotaru's backstory. This episode was a nice contrast from last week's jokes-only episode, giving us some genuinely sentimental moments. Season 2 rolls on strongly as we start getting into the middle half of the episodes. Thanks for joining me again this week, it means a lot to have you all join in on the fun of dagashi! Now, let's put that aside for now and take a look at this week's Dagashi Kashi!
This episode opens with Tō and Coconuts playing an old game called beigoma. Beigoma are traditional Japanese spinning tops, which I am sure you are familiar with thanks to the anime Beyblade. They are often decorated with kanji for the names of famous athletes or sumo wrestlers. Even the prefix “bey” has the same sound as the original toy, “bei”-goma. However, unlike modern day Beyblade toys which are much more advanced, mechanically speaking, these original battling tops were made of metal, and used a wrapped string to give it momentum and spin. It appears that you wrap it so that a knot appears at the pointy part of the top where it spins, and then continue to wrap it around the base until it is completely spooled.
Tō finishes preparing the beigoma, and Coconuts begins to look at the directions to figure out how to throw it, when Tō just goes for it and throws the beigoma as hard as he can onto the ground, yelling as he does so. The result is epic! The beigoma slams into Kokonotsu’s foot, creating an epic explosion that looked like it was out of an action show like Dragon Ball Super. Even the next shot, when we see it slamming into his foot, the beigoma has these speed lines behind it, giving the impression that it is moving with intense force. Coconuts screams out in pain, and starts writhing around on the ground. To apologizes as Coconuts wails.
The credits end and we return to Tō and Coconuts trying to figure out how they can play some beigoma. Coconuts comments that they will probably need a barrel to play, and that’s when Hotaru shows up right on queue. Seriously, where does she keep hiding that she is within earshot at all times? She’s like a dagashi psychic or something! I love this line that she says too, it was delivered so perfectly. “Hey, Kokonotsuuuu… Are you ready tooooooo… play?!” Adorable! Lol Hotaru lifts the trash can over her head in triumphant glory. Coconuts asks where she got an empty trash can, and she shakes her finger at him and only says that it’s not important.
Suddenly, Hotaru begins to undo her skirt, and Tō and Coconuts freak out. Hotaru flings her long skirt away, only to reveal a shorter skirt underneath. She says that her skirt has two layers, and the two boys just sit back stunned.
Using the skirt, Hotaru ties it around the top of the garbage can, creating a perfect beigoma stage. This is actually quite accurate, as beigoma are often played with in Japan using mats that have been stretched across the top of a barrel.
Hotaru claims that she has mastered the beigoma, because it is one of the big three.
As Hotaru puts it, “You see, beigoma, menko cards, and marbles are the trifecta that make up the three sacred treasures of dagashi toys.”
Hotaru explains that because of beigoma’s long and rich history, there have been many techniques and tricks developed to be used with the beigoma. Hotaru throws out her best skill, some crazily named move, and throws it down with extreme prejudice. She misses the staging area completely and, poor Coconuts, it smashes right down on top of Kokonotsu’s foot. The same foot that Tō had hurt earlier in the episode. Wow, that’s pretty bad. Lol Some expert. As Coconuts writhes on the ground in agony, Hotaru just asks quizzically, “What’s wrong with him?”
After Coconuts settles down, they try to have a real match. Tō faces off against Coconuts, each pulling their strings and letting their beigoma fly. They both land into the arena, and beginning circling one another.
Hotaru points out that the key to a good throw is to pull back really hard when you are tossing it into the arena. Hotaru says that sometimes joining the fray last can give you the winning advantage, however, her beigoma is instantly knocked out as soon as is it enters the ring.
Devastated, Hotaru collapses to her knees in tears.
Suddenly, she gets up and starts talking about how beigoma are more than just technique, and that warriors of old used to put all their hearts and souls into their beigoma. Hotaru was always striving for improvement, “then, after years of hardship, the strongest beigoma was finally born!” The Hotaru Special!
Hotaru challenges Coconuts to a duel with her ultimate weapon, and says that the loser must do whatever the winner says. It is Hotaru’s secret plan to wipe the floor with Coconuts, and force him to take over as the owner of Shikada Dagashi. Epic guitar music is playing in the background as Hotaru and Coconuts prepare to go head to head. However, before they can begin their match, Saya shows up and says that she has been looking for them everywhere.
They give Saya a purple beigoma piece to play with, and she smiles, calling it “adorable.”
They decide to have a 4-way free for all! They get their game faces on before launching their respective beigoma. Hotaru believes that her secret weapon, the Hotaru Special, is going to beat all the other beigoma.
I think it’s funny that Saya doesn’t use a string to send the beigoma spinning. Instead, she just kind of throws it, giving it a nice spin, and it lands in the arena just as the others do. Saya and Kokonotsu’s beigoma begin battling, and Saya’s knocks his out of bounds after just a few hits.
Then Hotaru and Tō’s clash, and Tō is sent flying off into the distance. That leaves only Saya and Hotaru left in the contest. Who will win!
Hotaru says that it should be expected from a gaming genius like Saya, however, even a genius is no match for Hotaru! The beigoma clash violently, colliding again and again, sparks flying in all directions.
Finally, Saya’s beigoma launches Hotaru’s into the sky, sending it careening off the arena. Hotaru watches in despair as it soars through the sky.
The Hotaru Special skids across the pavement and tumbles into some brush. No one saw where it landed, so Hotaru’s favorite beigoma gets lost in the foliage. The group starts combing through the surrounding area, looking for Hotaru's missing beigoma.
As the search continues, Coconuts turns to ask Hotaru if she had found it yet, and is confronted with the form of Hotaru from behind, as she is looking for the beigoma in the grass. Coconuts gets more than a nice view, and is totally embarrassed.
Coconuts accidentally gets caught staring at Hotaru’s butt by Saya, who gets royally pissed as all hell at Coconuts. Saya’s eyes widen and she looks as if she might kill someone.
Saya loses her shit and smashes Coconuts' foot, the same one that both Tō and Hotaru sent their beigoma flying into, and Coconuts screams out in pain. Hotaru just turns around and is like, huh?
Where can you get the big three? Well, I'll tell you where!
The first in the big three is the one we've been discussing this entire time. I am referring to the beigoma battling tops.
A beigoma is a small top, a little over an inch in diameter, which is wrapped in a 20-inch cord. However, unlike traditional spinning tops, this one doesn't have a stem. The strings are pulled hard, sending the tops spinning onto a surface, such as we saw earlier with the barrel and matting. The idea is to knock your opponents beigoma out of the arena, or failing that, to outlast the other beigoma and continue spinning when the other top stops.
Some believe that beigoma may have come to Japan from China, based on wooden Koma toys. First established in the Heian Period in Japan, the original version of the toy was made out of seashells, and became extremely popular during the Edo Period. By the 20th century, they were being made out of lead. They were very popular in Post World War II Japan, from around 1945 to the early 60's. Today, beigoma are made out of cast metal. There is currently only one factory left that still makes beigoma, and it is located in Kawaguchi, Saitama prefecture. Despite that fact, there are still many people who love beigoma, and competitions are held regularly throughout Japan, ranging from small affairs to large events. Beyblade has also had an impact, giving the beigoma scene a bit of resurgence with young people in Japan.
Beigoma are a fun toy ripped right from the pages of the past, and this one seems like it might be hard to get here in the states. Unfortunately, it looks like it is going to cost you a pretty penny if you want to get an authentic cast metal beigoma. Check out these ebay links to see where you can grab one for yourself:
Episode 15 - Part 2
The next toy in the trifecta of dagashi toys is pretty self-explanatory. Marbles. I'm sure most of you have played with marbles at some point in your childhood. Small, glass beads that roll around and knock other marbles out of a circular arena. However, there is a special type of traditional Japanese flat marble that is used in a game called Ohajiki.
Amazon.com has this to say about the traditional game of Ohajiki:
"Ohajiki is a traditional game for Japanese children. Players take turns flicking small, coin-shaped pieces called ohajiki with their fingers, to hit other pieces. In the old days, they used pebbles, or pieces from another game called "Go". Today, the pieces are usually made of glass. When playing, make a circle with your thumb and index finger (or middle finger), then flick one piece with your thumb. This game became very popular as an indoor game for girls during the Edo period (from 1603 to 1867). How to play: (1) All players lay down the same number of ohajiki pieces on a flat surface, and then do jan-ken (rock, paper, scissors) to decide the order of play. (2) The first person to take a turn gathers everyone's pieces, using one hand, and then scatters them on the surface. (3) The player then indicates two pieces, and draws an imaginary line between them to show how he or she intends to hit one with the other. (4) If the player hits the piece as indicated, he or she keeps it. Otherwise, it is the next person's turn. At the end of the game, the person with the most pieces is the winner."
You can get your Japanese marbles for Ohajiki at any of the following locations:
The third and final of the dagashi toy trifecta is something very unfamiliar to me, a strange little card game called Menko cards.
Menko cards, also known as Bettan or Patchin, is a card game played between two or more players. According to Wikipedia, "Each player uses Menko cards made from thick paper or cardboard, printed on one or both sides with images from anime, manga, and other works. A player's card is placed on the hardwood or concrete floor and the other player throws down his card, trying to flip the other player's card with a gust of wind or by striking his card against the other card. If he succeeds, he takes both cards. The player who takes all the cards, or the one with the most cards at the game's end, wins the game."
The website dking-gallery.com states that "the history of the menko spans 250 years, beginning in the middle of the Edo Period (the early 1700's) when menkos were made of dried mud or clay. The word 'menko' literally means small object with a face, and quite a few of the early menkos carried the face of a person or animal."
"Through the years, the medium for making menkos changed. New materials were used including tile, wood, lead (and other metals), and finally paper. The making of paper or cardboard menkos began around the Japan-Manchuria wars of the mid 1890's. These cards were block printed, blank-backed, and round. Some were hand tinted. As might be expected, due to Japan's preoccupation with military manifest destiny in Asia, most of these menkos portrayed faces of samurai warriors, famous politicians, or soldiers."
"In the 1920's and 30's, Japan embarked on an era of 'cultural renaissance' in which the country whole-heartedly adopted new Western ways of all types in an effort to stand tall as a 'modern' nation. All sorts of new motifs began appearing on menkos, such as religious subjects, Western comic characters, exotic animals, Silent-era Japanese theatrical stars, and figures playing sports such as baseball and soccer."
Rare Fatty Arbuckle Photo Menko
Menko cards are still popular today, and are still played with, however, not as much as they were in the past. If you and your friends want to get into playing Menko, then check out some of these places:
Then, the second half of the episode we take a major switch, and go back in time to when Hotaru was just a small child. We are given a transition image showing the young Hotaru dressed in what is probably a school uniform.
The child Hotaru walks into a dagashi shop run by an older, balding gentleman with a moustache.
The man sees her come in and recalls that this strange young girl had been coming in every day. Hotaru complains that the whole place is disorganized, and that the shelves were too high for kids like her to be able to reach. The old man thinks to himself that she comes in every day and lectures him on how to run the store properly.
Hotaru says that all the clutter must be done on purpose, to make her feel at home. She commends him on this, but decides to test his dagashi knowledge. Hotaru asks him when dagashi was born, and when he only grunts in reply, she starts off on a long history lesson all about how dagashi was born.
History tells us that the first dagashi were made using millet starch syrup. Millet is “a fast-growing cereal plant that is widely grown in warm countries and regions with poor soils."
"The numerous small seeds are used to make flour or alcoholic drinks.” Using the starch syrup to make dagashi from millet was considerably cheaper than jōgashi, which were made with white sugar instead of millet starch syrup and were considered higher quality. Dagashi were created during the Edo Period (1603-1868), and they were originally called ichimon snacks. These early versions of dagashi could be purchased for 1 yen.
Later, during the Post WWII era in Japan, there was a dagashi boom, and it was at this time that most of the iconic dagashi we have talked about were created. The boom lasted from the 50’s into the 80’s. During this time, dagashi shops were everywhere in Japan, and they were popular “hang out” spots for kids getting out of school. These days, we have a combination of both the new-school dagashi and the older, traditional dagashi.
Hotaru then walks over to a box of beigoma, the battling tops from earlier in the episode. Hotaru asks the dagashi shop owner if he can tell her the history of the beigoma.
The dagashi shop owner says that the game was originally played in the Heian Period (794-1185) using something called “baigai?” seashells, which were spiral seashells filled with sand and sealed with molten wax.
The game was first called baigoma, before the more modern version was created and the name was changed to beigoma. Hotaru is super impressed by all his hard work, and tells him to keep it up! Hotaru says that his shop is so important because it is the only one in town.
Hotaru then tries to teach the old shop owner to smile, saying that it will help bring in more customers. The shop owner tries to smile, but all he can muster is an intense smoldering.
Hotaru says, “Scary.” Hotaru comments that, now that she mentions it, she hasn’t seen any other customers at the store in a long time. The owner comments that maybe kids just aren’t that into dagashi anymore. The man then apologizes and says that he shouldn’t have said all that stuff to a customer. We get a glimpse of the sign outside the dagashi shop, which reads: “General Goods and Dagashi/Morimoto Store.”
Hotaru puts her money down on the table, and buys a dagashi and a beigoma, and smiles, saying, “I’m going to come back tomorrow, and the day after. Every single day. So long as this place has dagashi.”
As she leaves, she says, "Keep the change," and as the shop owner realizes she left exact change, he smiles to himself.
We cut to the present day, and we see Hotaru staring solemnly into the distance, an orange glow cascading down as the sunset begins to bloom.
Hotaru is looking at an empty lot between two buildings, the remnants of what used to be. A sign is posted in front of the lot that says, “Land For Sale.” Lying on its side is the once proud sign that hung above the shop. “General Goods and Dagashi/Morimoto Store.”
Suddenly, Hotaru’s solemn look turns into one of happiness, as she smiles and remembers all the fond memories she made at the Morimoto Store.
Hotaru calls up Coconuts and tells him that she loves Shikada Dagashi. Coconuts at first thinks Hotaru is going to say that she loves him, but he quickly realizes that she’s talking about dagashi. He laughs it off as the episode ends and the credits roll.
Oddly enough, in anime all about cheap snacks, there was actually only one dagashi on display this episode. It was in a brief scene at the end, when young Hotaru is buying a beigoma and some dagashi from the nice dagashi shop owner. Hotaru decides to grab one more item in addition to her top, and she chooses the Hokkaido Dice Caramel.
The website Hokkaidolikers.com stated that this popular snack has a long history, going back for many years. They interviewed “Donan Shokuhin," the producers of the Dice Caramel, and got the info straight from the source. The original caramel candies were simply called "Dice Caramel," and were first created by the Meiji company in 1927. The idea behind the caramel candies was a "playable snack," which quickly took off with children. It would remain a popular dagashi favorite for more than 90 years.
In recent years, however, the lines of production began to fade, and after a while, Meiji stopped producing Dice Caramels all together. However, Donan Shokuhin, a member of the Meiji Group, set themselves to the task of carrying on the Dice Caramel legacy, reforming their whole business model around the caramel candies. In March of 2016, the Dice Caramel stopped national distribution in Japan, and became a Hakkaido exclusive treat! It was renamed the Hokkaido Dice Caramel, which is the version shown in this week's episode of Dagashi Kashi.
Ryotaro Ishihara, president of Donan Shokuhin, stated that, "Our office design uses dice and route of the factory tour use motifs from dice. Dice Caramel is the identity of our company. If Meiji will no longer produce it, I negotiated directly to continue producing Dice Caramel as a souvenir from Hokkaido. We looked over the taste and ingredients again, and started selling as ‘Hokkaido Dice Caramel’ from this June."
Ryotaro Ishihara, President of Donan Shokuhin
The Hokkaido Dice Caramel is a brand new take on a classic Japanese tradition dating back for 100 years. Chie Honma, a member of the development team, said, "We changed condensed milk, which is the main ingredients of caramel, to a Hokkaido product. Also, we added a freeze dried milk powder from Hokkaido to make a richer taste of milk. We use beet sugar from Hokkaido, too.”
Chie Honma, Member of the Development Team
Hokkaidolikers.com concludes, "It was very hard to make the caramel more delicious and protect the first tastes because many fans loved the original flavor. Also, the new package is out. Not only the bar with five boxes but 5 bars set for souvenirs. There are 179 cities and towns in Hokkaido and quizzes regarding the name of the cities printed inside the package. How perfect this is for a souvenir!"
They sound pretty delicious! If you are so inclined, you too can get in on the caramel action by following these links:
- Napa Japan
- Rakuten Global Market
- Rakuten Global Market (various packs)
- Sano Shop (10 pack)
So that wraps up this week's episode of Dagashi Kashi. It was a fun episode, with some really funny scenes. The games were a lot of fun to see and learn about, and the one dagashi we got this week looks yummy and is available for purchase online. I have to say, I really liked this episode, we got some interesting backstory on Hotaru. She grew up going to the same dagashi shop almost every day, and she became close with both the store and the store owner, and I think that she was sad when the owner sold the property. When Hotaru calls Coconuts at the end of the episode, she says that she just wanted to call to say that she loves Shikada Dagashi. Part of the reason that she wants Coconuts to run his father's dagashi shop is because it is a very important part of her life. Hotaru loved the Morimoto Store, and now that it is gone, she is clinging to Shikada Dagashi. Hotaru knows that she is meant to inherit her father's candy company, but being at the dagashi shop with her friends is the happiest place Hotaru can be, and she wants to hold on to that as long as she can.
This week's classics will be two of my favorite ones that I have gotten to try. The first is one called Seven Neon.
This candy is like a pixie stick, with sugar in a tube that you use to suck the sugar into your mouth. It's just sugar, so of course it tastes good. Lol You can get these in the Dagashi Sampler Pack 2 from either JLIST or JBOX
The other classic I want to show you this week is Cocoa Cigarettes.
What we have here is a box of Orion's Cocoa Cigarettes, made by the Orion Star Candy Company. The candy itself is a hard candy in the shape of a cigarette, flavored with cocoa and peppermint.
You can grab a pack of cocoa cigarettes any of the following locations (partake at your own risk Haha):
- Amazon.com (variety pack)
- ebay (including Sanji cocoa cigarettes from One Piece
- Japan Centre (macha flavor)
- Global Rakuten Market
- Included in a dagashi pack from Sears.com
- Also available in the Dagashi Sampler 1 from either JLIST or JBOX
Alright everyone! That's all for now! We were given a fun filled episode that got rather emotional at the end, giving us some insight into Hotaru's feelings and motivations. Also, we got another scene of Coconuts crushing on Hotaru, and Saya getting irritated. Who will he end up with? And will Hotaru finally be able to convince Coconuts to take over Shikada Dagashi? And where the heck are those new characters? Join us next week to find out the answers to all of this (maybe), and more! As always, have a great week and thanks for being here!
Next week on Dagashi Kashi!
Episode 16 - Homerun Bar, Fireworks Festival, and...
Welcome back to the Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide! If you're looking for something tasty to eat, then you're in the right place! Hotaru has set aside a place for you at Shikada Dagashi, and Coconuts is waiting at the register to ring up your purchases! Just another regular day at the Shikada Dagashi shop! All is not well in paradise, however, and Hotaru has something on her mind. It is the night of the Fireworks Festival, and everyone is excited for the big event. Coconuts makes plans, but Hotaru has plans of her own. What will happen when Coconuts takes a chance? Find out this episode!
Each week, we take a look at the new simuldub episode of Dagashi Kashi season 2, and go into the events and situations, as well as the dagashi candy that is heavily featured in that week's episode. Then, I break it down so you can purchase the snacks at various locations online. Going into the history and backstory of dagashi and the people and companies that create it is a fun part of the experience, and we often find out fun and interesting facts! Alright, let's get to it then! Episode 4 - Homerun Bar, Fireworks Festival, and...
Episode four opens with Saya and Coconuts talking on the phone about a fireworks festival going on that night at the beach. Saya reminds Coconuts that he needs to ask Hotaru if she wants to go. They agree to meet at beach where the festival is being held at 5:00 PM. Saya reminds Coconuts not to forget to call Hotaru.
This was a very special episode, and the creators decided to omit the opening song and ending song. Instead, they used the extra time to give us more story. Coconuts, still on the phone with Saya, goes outside thinking that Hotaru might be somewhere nearby. Lo and behold, Hotaru is right outside Shikada Dagashi, trying to decide what type of ice cream treat she’d like to enjoy. Hotaru is never far from Shikada Dagashi.
She tells Coconuts that she needs a moment, before deciding on an ice cream bar covered in white paper. She takes it out of the freezer and presents it to Coconuts.
Hotaru holds the ice cream out in front of her, and says, “I’ll take this one, please.”
“The Homerun Bar, it’s so much more than just a delicious ice cream treat. It’s a snack innovation. The Homerun Bar is an ice cream bar whose origins can date back to the first ice cream snacks in Japan." Hotaru also says that the Homerun Bar was the first ice cream “that let you win a free snack.” Hotaru says that you used to be able to win all sorts of prizes, but nowadays, you can only win more Homerun Bars.
Coconuts comments that, of course, Hotaru just wanted the free ice cream, that’s why she was acting so serious. However, Hotaru points out that she always is serious when it comes to dagashi.
Hotaru admits, though, that maybe she was being a bit serious, this time. She has a strange look on her face as she begins to eat the Homerun Bar.
Mieto's Homerun Bar ice cream appears to have a very interesting texture, as well as being an unusual rectangle shape. In the episode, Hotaru comments that the company used to give out extravagant prizes in the Homerun Bars, but these days, all you can win is more ice cream. The bar comes in regular vanilla, as well as many other flavors, and is covered in a thin laser of fondant.
The Homerun Bar was the first ice cream bar sold in Japan, starting in 1962. The company celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Homerun Bar in 2010. The packaging seen above was newly adopted for the anniversary, however, the packaging originally looked like this:
Just as in the show, the ice cream stick has writing on it, which indicates if you are a winner or not. This is a fun dagashi ice cream treat that is common in 711's and Lawson's across Japan. Unfortunately for you all, ice cream doesn't travel long distance very well. Sorry! Strike three, you're outta here!
Getting back to Dagashi Kashi, Hotaru is eating her ice cream, which makes Coconuts blush. Coconuts confessed that he wanted her to win, and Hotaru says that he shouldn’t want to have to give away an ice cream for free. Coconuts advised that the manufacturers plan for the number of free vouchers, and that it doesn’t really cost anything against the shop or company. Hotaru, impressed once again by his dagashi knowledge, praises Coconuts, saying, “You really are brilliant at this.”
Coconuts suddenly remembers the Fireworks Festival, and awkwardly ask Hotaru if she wants to go with him to the festival. He doesn't mention it, but he means to invite Hotaru to hang out with Saya and Tō at the festival. Only, she gets the wrong impression and asks if he means just the two of them, and Coconuts blushes again. Coconuts doesn't know what to say.
We get our first glimpse of the ice cream stick that Hotaru is holding. We can only see some of the words at this point because the rest is covered in ice cream. The first word is “Meito,” which is the name of the company that manufactures the Homerun Bar.
Without hearing his answer, we cut to the outside of Shikada Dagashi, as Coconuts runs to catch up with the bus as it speeds away. They have missed the last bus to Kashiga Beach, and now have no way of getting to the fireworks festival.
What do they do, you ask? Good question. Do they take a taxi? Maybe an Uber? Nope, they ride on a bike with Coconuts pedaling. Hotaru sits on the back of the bike, ordering Coconuts to speed up so they don't miss the festival.
Meanwhile, at the fireworks festival, Saya and Tō are waiting for Coconuts and Hotaru to arrive. Coconuts can’t answer since he is busy with Hotaru on the bike, and Saya worries that something might have happened. Tō reassures her that they are just fine, but that they might not be able to meet up because of the crowds. Saya shrugs and smiles, thinking about Kokonotsu.
She is wearing a yukata, a light cotton kimono that is worn at casual events and around the home. Yukata are made from a breathable fabric, and are popular at summer events such as the fireworks festival. Saya dressed up in a pretty yukata to impress Coconuts, but of course, he is nowhere to be seen.
We return to Hotaru and Coconuts as the sun is beginning to set in the background. Coconuts is pedaling like a madman, panting and sweating as he pushes himself to move the bike faster. He says that he feels like he is having a heart attack.
It is at this point that we realize that Coconuts has not told Hotaru about Saya and Tō, who are already waiting at the festival. Instead, Hotaru is under the impression that only the two of them are going to see the fireworks. Coconuts didn’t mean it that way at first, but seizes on the opportunity to spend some alone time with Hotaru. Coconuts wishes that he hadn’t lied to Hotaru, when without warning, Hotaru flings herself off the bike. Hotaru runs as she hits the road, trying not to trip and fall in her high heels.
Suddenly, Hotaru trips and is flying through the air, tumbling towards the ground. Coconuts calls out to Hotaru, turning to watch as she falls. Somehow, Hotaru lands with cat-like grace, and says, “Hey, let’s take a break.”
Coconuts and Hotaru sit down beside each other on a bus bench that looks out over the ocean, the brilliant stars twinkling in the sky above.
Coconuts decides to come clean about his lie, when Hotaru apologizes for making things complicated. Coconuts says that she didn’t, but Hotaru continues, “I just wanted to talk to you alone.”
“For the first time, I feel like I’m able to look at things differently. It’s all thanks to you, and Saya and Endō as well. Every day is an adventure. I’ve never had such a fun summer break before.”
Coconuts agrees, adding, “Yeah, it’s been great, really. For me, anyway.”
Hotaru goes on to say that her current situation is going against her original mission, which is to inherit her father’s candy manufacturing company. Hotaru has been having so much fun at Shikada Dagashi, but it is not what she is supposed to be doing. Hotaru says that is the reason she wants to talk with Coconuts alone. As she turns to look at Coconuts, he shouts Hotaru’s name. What was he going to say? We will never know, as the first sparks of the fireworks begin to erupt into bright colors.
Hotaru and Coconuts look up in wonder at the beautiful display, and Hotaru smiles warmly. Coconuts remembers that the fireworks are being launched over the ocean, so they have the perfect, front-row view of the show.
Coconuts says “Awesome,” and Hotaru closes her eyes. Turning to look at Coconuts, Hotaru sticks out her hand, holding the ice cream stick from earlier in the episode. “Kokonotsu, look.”
Coconuts looks at the stick and is shocked to read “Meito Homerun!” This means that Hotaru has won the free ice cream. Coconuts can’t believe it, and asks if she really won. He says, “But you never win!”
As beautiful piano and violin music plays, Hotaru grabs Coconuts by his jacket, and brings him close to her face. The two are right next to one another, and Coconuts turns red as Hotaru stares right into his eyes. Hotaru says, “This may be surprising, but I’m actually a very forgetful person.”
Leaning in even closer to Coconuts, Hotaru whispers, “Which is why, I’d like you to keep this. So, I won’t lose it.”
The music crescendos as the fireworks go off behind them, and Hotaru and Coconuts look deeply into each other eyes.
Hotaru lets go off Coconuts’ sweatshirt, and walks over to the other side of the road. She says that if she lets Coconuts hold onto it for her, the next time she is craving a Homerun Bar, she says she'll be all like, “Pay up sucka! And then I’m getting ice cream for free!”
Behind Hotaru’s back, Coconuts is nearly passed out, his heart beating a mile a minute. In his head, he repeats the same phrase: “I thought she was gonna kiss me!” Then, Hotaru turns to look at Coconuts, musing, “Tell Master Saya and Endō I’m sorry I kept you to myself tonight, okay?”
Hotaru knew that Saya and Tō were at the festival the whole time, but she deliberately asked Coconuts if they could go with just the two of them together. She wanted to talk to Coconuts alone, and spend that special moment under the fireworks with no one else but Coconuts. Hotaru says, “I should get going, goodbye.” The two share a final smile before parting ways, the fireworks still blossoming in the night sky behind.
With a click of her heels, Hotaru strides down the ocean road, a smile across her face as she walks confidently towards her goals. The love of Hotaru's friendships fills her heart to bursting, as she cherishes the fond memories of her time at Shikada Dagashi with her friends. Coconuts doesn’t know it yet, but this is Hotaru’s way of saying goodbye. Hotaru disappears beyond the horizon, and the effervescent lights dance in the midnight gloom, as the fireworks fade to black.
Episode 16 - Part 2
The next day, it is pouring rain, coming down in sheets. It is like a few episodes ago when the typhoon had struck Japan. Somber piano music picks up as Coconuts stares at the sky. “It rained the next day. So, when she didn’t show up, I thought that was why. No one likes to get rained on.”
“Then it rained again the next day, and I thought that was why again.”
Then, we cut to a scene in Coconuts room. We see a page of his manga, but he can’t concentrate, drawing a girl who looks a lot like Hotaru. We see that, once he realized this, he tried to scribble the drawing out.
“After that, it was sunny for a while…”
We then see several scenes of Coconuts looking in all their usual spots, but he can’t find Hotaru anywhere. Several days pass, perhaps weeks. One day, Coconuts goes to the Endo Coffee shop and talks to Saya.
Saya offers him some coffee, iced or not, and he accepts, asking for iced. She brings him a glass of iced coffee, which he drinks quickly.
Interestingly enough, iced coffee in Japan is made using an uncommon method. According to The Complete Guide to Japanese Iced Coffee, "Japanese Iced coffee is simply coffee brewed with hot water, directly onto ice. Other cold brew methods like immersion or slow drip use ice cold water and steep the coffee grounds for 6-12 hours. Brewing coffee with hot water quickly dissolves the desired flavors and aromatics in ground coffee. This allows you to extract the range of interesting flavors that coffee can produce without having to wait for hours. The coffee cools instantly as it contacts the ice, this rapid cooling locks in the flavors and volatile aromatics."
The Complete Guide to Japanese Iced Coffee is exactly as it sounds, containing a comprehensive list of the various types of Japanese iced-coffees. Not only does it list them, but it also tells you the ingredients you need and how to make it at home. So, if you are a coffee enthusiast, then this is a must read.
Coconuts thanks Saya for the coffee, and Saya asks, “Uh, you’re leaving already?” Coconuts says he must get back to the shop. Saya says, “By the way, I haven’t seen Hotaru around. Is she out of town or something?” Coconuts stops in the middle of the doorway, his eyes widening.
Turning back, Coconuts smiles, and admits, “I’m not sure.”
The orange glow of the sunset burns bright as Coconuts sticks his hands in his pockets and walks towards the horizon.
As Kokonotsu looks down at the ground, his face sunken in despair, he holds the stick from Hotaru’s Homerun Bar. Coconuts mutters, “Summer is almost over… and, winter is coming…”
We come to the end of another episode of Dagashi Kashi, as we leave Coconuts to ponder what his future holds. The snacks played a smaller role in this episode, and we instead focused on the relationship between Coconuts and Hotaru. Even in the beginning of the episode, Coconuts comments how Hotaru is acting more serious than she usually does. Hotaru knew ahead of time that she was going to be leaving the next day, and she wants to speak with Coconuts alone because she has several important things to say to him.
Most importantly, though, Hotaru truly cares about Coconuts. Hotaru says that she wants him to hold onto her free ice cream stick, because she is actually a forgettable person. If Coconuts holds onto it, she can get it at a later date. Hotaru might say that it's because of the ice cream, but I think that the real reason she gave it to him is because she wants a reason to come back. Hotaru tells Coconuts to keep it safe, so that she doesn't lose it, meaning that she doesn't want to lose Coconuts. Hotaru says to apologize to Saya and Tō on her behalf for keeping Coconuts all to herself for the night. Hotaru wanted to make that night special, before she left to go back home. She smiles at Coconuts as she wishes him a good night.
As Coconuts would soon learn, that was the night she left town. For whatever reason, Hotaru is no longer coming by Shikada Dagashi, and this has worried Coconuts to no end. He can no longer work on his manga, and he is neglecting his friendships towards Tō and Saya. Coconuts likes Hotaru a lot, and now that she isn't coming by the shop every day, he feels a void in his life. Not only does Coconuts miss Hotaru, but the way she left has only confused him even more. The episode ends with an awesome Game of Thrones reference, a line that Coconuts says as he walks sullenly through the streets. "Summer is almost over… and, winter is coming…” This line foreshadows more serious events to come, and implies that after their amazing summer break, things went down hill during winter. Only time will tell as we make our way through Dagashi Kashi Season 2.
Another episode rolls on by, and with it comes a new set of Dagashi Classics. These are snacks featured in past season 1 episodes which I feel deserve to be highlighted for their tried and trued nature. As always, follow the links to find out where you can get some of the candy for yourself.
The first snack on our Dagashi Classics tour is not only a dagashi, but is in fact a meal. Well, "meal" might be a bit of an overstatement. This bite size ramen will have you saying, "Why did I buy this again?" Tiny bits of chicken-flavored ramen in a shot-sized container.
You can get Yatta! Men, the tiny little ramen, as part of the Dagashi Sampler Set 2. This set has a bunch of the other Dagashi Classics, as it is based on the snacks in the manga.
Another fun ramen dagashi is the butamen!
Butamen are sold in dagashi shops all over rural Japan. To cook the butamen, add around 180ml of hot water, cover, and wait for three minute. Fairly standard, as far as ramen instructions go.
Butamen are ramen cups that come in different flavors and feature fun, vibrant characters on the packaging. You can buy a bit of butamen in several locations:
- ebay (various flavors)
- ebay (various sellers)
- Bonanza (5-flavor pack)
- Tokyo Treat
- Also available in the Dagashi Sampler Set 1
The next dagashi is a classic, delicious Japanese doughnut. The Miyata's Young Doughnuts are a popular treat in Japan, and are a sugar covered doughnut. According to Essential-Japan-Guide.com, "Japanese-style donuts are similar to American-style donuts in that they are round and have hole in the middle. But that’s about where the similarity ends. Japan’s donuts tend to be a bit on the smaller side, and they are significantly less sweet than American donuts."
Young Doughnuts are a great way to start any day, and luckily for you, I know just where to find them!
Want to try making your own Japanese-style doughnuts? Then check out some of these recipes that you can try at home:
- Genius Kitchen
- Japan Centre
- Cookpad (25 recipes)
- Okinawan Black Sugar Donuts
- The Spruce.com
- Just One Cookbook
The third and final Dagashi Classic from season 1 we will be taking a look at this week is called Kurukuru Bou Jelly. It is a long, thin cylinder filled with a sweet jello-like substance. I have tried this myself, and it is pretty good. Mostly just sugar. Lol They come in many different colors and flavors.
The tubes are made of plastic and can be stored for awhile. You can get Kurukuru Bou Jelly as a standalone product, or as a part of the Dagashi Sampler 1:
There is a lot of Dagashi Kashi merchandise on the internet. For example, check out these cool Hotaru PVC figures:
In fact, both Amazon and ebay have a ton of Dagashi Kashi merchandise! Be warned, not all of it is safe for work though. The Right Stuf Anime also has some cool merch.
You can also pick up Season 1 of Dagashi Kashi on Bluray from the Funimation Shop with cover art by the manga's creator, Kotoyama.
We've seen Dagashi Kashi inspired by real-life dagashi, but did you know there are real-life dagashi inspired by Dagashi Kashi? Check out this Anime News Network article to find out more!
Thanks for joining me for another week! This episode was really emotional and sentimental, and was actually one of my favorites. The interactions between Kokonotsu and Hotaru were quite sweet. I can't wait to see next week's episode to see how things go from here. If next week's preview is any example, then we are sure in for something wild. Here's to another week of the crazy snack show! Enjoy your week everyone, and try not to collect too many Menko cards! It's habit forming!
Episode 17 - Ambulance, Get a Move On, You Cod!, and...
Welcome to the newest entry in the Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide! We are taking a look today at episode 17, as we follow Coconuts through his trials and tribulations. Now that Hotaru is out of the picture, Coconuts has been left in a funk. What is it going to take to get him back to his old self? Coconuts must decide what he is going to do next, and if running the dagashi shop is really what he wants. All of these thoughts are swirling in his head, mixing with his dream of becoming a mangaka. What will he choose? In this episode, we get more character development, as well as some very funny scenes, and some interesting dagashi too! Not to mention Saya and Coconuts share a very cute, special moment. What will happen next? Let's find out on this week's episode of Dagashi Kashi!
Episode 17 opens up with the same shot of Saya walking in the snow that we saw in the very first scene of the first episode of season 2. I didn’t catch it at the time, but going back and watching episode 13, we see Saya telling Coconuts that she understands that he’s kind of oblivious, but why the heck is the Shikada Dagashi shop all worn down and in shambles? Coconuts realizes that he hasn’t been paying attention, and he has let the store go to ruin. Saya claims it looks like a “hobo snack shop,” and she isn’t wrong. Lol Coconuts reflects that it has been “three months since then.” At the time, we did not know what that meant, other than that three months had passed. However, what Coconuts was really saying was that it had been three months since Hotaru had left without a word.
After we return from the opening credits in that first episode, the dagashi shop looks nice and pristine. I had originally thought this had meant that he had cleaned, but this was actually a preview of events to come. All the events with Hotaru in the first few episodes were leading up to that first moment shown in episode 13, filling in the gaps that lead up to episode 17. With episode 17, we return to that first moment of Saya wondering why Shikada Dagashi is so run down. Now we know, with everything that has happened in the last episode, why Coconuts is not feeling great. Now, we will see how Kokonotsu “Coconuts” Shikada handles moving forward now that Hotaru Shidare is no longer a constant presence in his life.
Coconuts promises Saya that the shop is doing just fine, and that it’s nothing to make her worry. Coconuts returns inside and is greeted by his father, Yō, who groans, and says, “Uggh, the shop is a lost cause… oh, welcome home.”
“A lost cause?” Coconuts asks, to which his father replies, “I think it’s time to admit we’re done for.” As they observe the dagashi shop, they see that the shelves are nearly bare, with only a few models lying sparsely about, and empty bins where dagashi once resided.
“Are you okay?” Yō asks, as Coconuts drops his bag and begins to tremble and whimper.
Now, we go to the credits for this episode, listening to the fun opening song, before we cut back to the episode. During the credits, one of the companies listed in the credits is Lawson. Lawson is a common convenience store found everywhere in Japan. They must be a sponsor of the show, which makes sense, since they probably sell a good many of these snacks in their stores.
Lawson listed in the opening credits, possibly as a sponsor.
After the credits finish, we come back to the scene of Coconuts sitting across a table from his father, Yō. The two are discussing what to do about the shop’s financial situation. Before they begin getting into their conversation, the camera zooms in on a small, brown bottle that Yō is holding in his hand. However, this is not a real bottle, but is, in fact, one of our old dagashi friends, the Bin Ramune. We previously saw this dagashi back in a season one episode.
Bin Ramune is a simple dagashi in a fun packaging. Ramune is a common Japanese soda drink, that most of you are probably familiar with in some capacity. It has a taste that is somewhat similar to sprite. In addition to the traditional Ramune flavor, there are also a bunch of other flavors as well. Now, taking this original Ramune flavor, we can then make it into a candy. Ramune flavored drinks, candies and popsicles can be identified by their iconic light blue tint. The origins of Ramune are still somewhat hazy, but it is believed that the British first introduced Japan to lemonade in the 1800's. After getting a taste of the drink for themselves, the Japanese set to the task of crafting their very own version of the drink. Thus, Ramune was born, and its long legacy was introduced to the world. In the first season of Dagashi Kashi, Hotaru treated us to this exact story, telling us how American Naval Commodore Matthew Perry was the man who first brought the lemonade to the land of the rising sun in 1853.
Check out this hilarious clip from season 1:
Youtube - Dagashi Kashi Ramune Origin English
Hotaru as Commodore Matthew Perry
Ramune candies are often semi-hard candies that dissolve into fizzy powder in your mouth, or else they already start out as powder. In this case, the Bin Ramune is the powdered version. The Ramune powder is inside the cake-cone-like bottle that acts as a real soda bottle would. Stick a straw inside and you can slurp up the ramune powder as if it were a drink. After you finish it off, you can bite into it and finish off the bottle. Feeling adventurous? Hotaru suggests going right in and taking a bite of the whole thing at once!
Ramune sodas are also really good! You can often get these at local stores that sells Japanese products, such as an Asian market, or an anime/manga store. According to jpinfo.com, "Half the fun actually lies in popping the bottle! It’s almost a mandatory experience for anyone visiting Japan to have a go at the signature bottle sealed with a glass marble called a ビー玉 B-dama. After guzzling the delicious drink, the glass marble and bottle make for a simple yet delightful toy. As an interesting side fact, the bottleneck was designed by a mechanical engineer by the name of Codd, and only the original Ramune soda bottles use it!"
Japan Centre adds, "From its humble beginnings in small, local districts of Japan to its present-day status as a symbol of modern Japanese popular culture and summertime, it is clear that Japanese ramune drinks have had an exciting history. Whether it is the distinct ramune bottle (a Codd-neck bottle stopped with a glass marble) or the refreshing lemon-lime flavour of the drink itself, ramune is a much-loved beverage across the country and an essential experience for all Japan enthusiasts."
You can find many locations to purchase Ramune drinks online:
Back at Shikada Dagashi, Yō says that he is sorry to be blunt, but they barely have any customers at the dagashi shop. No customers means no money, and no money means no way to afford repair costs for the shop. Coconuts sits in stunned silence, and admits in his thoughts that he had known this was coming for a while now. Coconuts thought that if he had just stuck around long enough, things would turn around at the dagashi shop. This has not turned out to be the case, unfortunately.
Coconuts thinks, “I was waiting for it… just waiting.” Every day he hopes to see Hotaru stride through that door to reclaim her free ice cream. However, every day that passes is one more day without Hotaru. With a newfound resolve, Coconuts suddenly jumps up and pleas with his father not to close the shop.
Coconuts claims that his reason to want the shop to keep running is that he has a free ice cream bar and it can only be used at the store it was purchased at, and nowhere else. Yō says that he likes Coconut’s determined look.
Yō laughs and says that he knows the stick belongs to Hotaru. Yō has seen Coconuts staring at it when he thought he was alone. That’s why he thinks it belongs to Hotaru.
Yō tells Coconuts that he better be careful, or else everyone will think he’s a “total creeper.” Coconuts shouts at his father, accusing Yō of being the pot calling the kettle black.
Yō smiles, looking up at Coconuts, and decides that they should get to work if they are going bring the life back into their withering dagashi shop. First, they have to clean up the store!
They start racing each other out the front door, and Yo warns Coconuts not to run inside. Suddenly, Yo slams his foot into the door and his little toe gets caught in the doorway. Yo breaks his toe and has to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance. Coconuts comments how his father would be in the hospital for an entire month. Yo leaves Coconuts in charge of Shikada Dagashi while he is gone.
Coconuts walks through the front door and into the interior of the candy shop. Looking around, he knows that is looks bad, and he has been ignoring it for the last three months. Ever since “Hotaru’s disappearance,” Coconuts hasn’t been the same. He feels distracted and uninterested.
We cut to a scene shared between Saya and her brother, Tō. Saya is very worried about Coconuts, and says, “I mean, like his eyes have always looked pretty dead, but lately their worse than those deep-sea fish.”
Saya and Tō agree to try and cheer Coconuts up. As they approach Shikada Dagashi, Saya warns her brother not to mention Hotaru around Coconuts as it is still a sore subject. They arrive at the candy shop to find Coconuts busy at work, cleaning the place up to bring it back to its former glory. Saya and Tō offer to help clean, and the three get to work. Coconuts says that he feels bad that they have to help him clean, and Tō just says not to worry, and that Tō feels bad that Hotaru ditched Coconuts. Saya slams her elbow into Tō’s face, sending him flying back.
Coconuts reassures Saya that it is alright, that he has made up his mind that Hotaru is going to come back one day. He is sure of it, and when she does return, he wants Shikada Dagashi to look better than it ever has before. Saya and Tō smile, and Saya replies, “Good, Coconuts.”
Coconuts also reveals that they are practically broke, and if they don’t make some money soon, the only food they’ll have to eat will be the dagashi. Yikes, that isn’t good. I feel like Hotaru wouldn’t mind that necessarily though. Lol
As the pretty, country-life style music plays in the background, we are treated to a montage of Coconuts and his friends cleaning up the shop. We see several shots of them acting silly while they finish making the place look nice.
Is that Hotaru on the cover of the magazine? Hmm, haha
Episode 17 - Part 2
Tō states that he is going to drop off the trash bags at the nearby dumpster. He leaves to do just that, and while he is away, Coconuts and Saya continue to organize the store’s shelves. Saya is working on the dagashi, putting them back in their proper places. With their backs turned to one another, Saya asks, “Let’s see. What comes after the Umaibo? Hey, do you remember Coconuts?”
What comes next is one of the greatest misunderstandings to ever happen in the dagashi world. Without missing a beat, Coconuts replies, “Get a move on, you Cod.”
Saya’s reaction is priceless. The music suddenly cuts out, and Saya turns to look at the back of Coconuts with a look of pure frustration and incredulity.
"Seriously? What the heck? Was I being slow? No, I wasn’t, right?”
Saya goes ballistic on his ass, thinking that Coconuts just called her a cod. She thinks to herself that she sacrificed her own free time to help him clean, and this is how he is going to act? Oh, hell no!
Saya almost beats the crap out of Coconuts before he shows her that he wasn’t insulting her, but rather, informing her of the answer to her question. She had asked what snack comes after the Umaibo, and the answer was Get a Move On, You Cod, the next dagashi treat in the Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide!
Once Saya sees the packaging and realizes her mistake, she calms down and the two can laugh together. Coconuts says that it is a play on the word and Saya apologizes as she giggles.
Coconuts tells her that she should try the snack. He goes on to say that Get a Move On, You Cod, is a popular snack with adults, who often eat it while drinking alcohol, or sometimes use it in soups. Saya opens up the bag, grabs a piece, and gives it a try.
Saya’s eyes light up, and she shouts, “You’re right, it’s delicious! Still though, that’s one heck of a name and illustration.”
Saya reads the back of the packaging, which encourages the consumer to take a bite and yell out, “Get a Move On, You Cod!” Thinking about actually doing that embarrasses Saya, and she asks if they are really supposed to yell that out? Coconuts agrees, “Are we?” Saya says that there is no way, that would be too humiliating. The two share an awkward silence before they burst out laughing.
Saya thinks to herself that saying such a silly thing wouldn’t have stopped Hotaru. She wonders why Hotaru just left the way she did, and if Coconuts might know more about why she left.
Suddenly, Coconuts starts talking about how it’s been awhile since they hung out, joking around and talking about dagashi. Coconuts admits that he knows he’s been acting strange lately, but that he also knows that Saya has been trying to cheer him up. Coconuts thanks her for everything she has done for him, which causes her to turn away from him to not show him her happy face. She tries to say that she didn’t do much at all, but Coconuts continues, saying that she has helped him more than she knows. He even says he is a little embarrassed. With her face turned, Saya can hardly contain how happy it makes her to hear those words from Coconuts. In her mind, she starts squealing, and thinks that she might just die from happiness.
Suddenly, Saya's brother, Tō, returns and interrupts their moment. Saya plays it off all cool, and uses her brother’s entrance to distract from her embarrassment. Saya says, “Oh, you’re back!”
Tō asks why it feels awkward all of a sudden, and Saya and Coconuts frantically say that there is nothing going on. Saya says that they were only “just talkin’.”
Tō flips out on Saya, literally, and gives her the finger. “You wanna’ get your groove on, you cod?!”
It seems that he is implying that she wants to make a move on Coconuts, to which she replies, “More like, how about you get a clue, you moron!”
Get a Move On, You Cod! No not you, dear reader, I was merely referring to the delicious dagashi snack. The snack is made from minced cod, as well as other ingredients, such as doubanjiang, fermented seasoning, hydrolyzed protein, salt, soy sauce, dried bonito extract, vegetable protein, sugar, and vegetable oils, among others. Fish is very common in Japan, so seeing it as a basis for dagashi snacks is no surprise. Unfortunately, despite the rather unique name, I was unable to find this exact snack online. I was hoping I could give this one a try!
So, as a substitution, I will... wait a second, hold up here now. I think I may have just found it! Woah, that was a stroke of luck! It isn't listed under the English translated name given in the show, which makes sense. I was looking for some fish dagashi and I found a link on Amazon.com. The packaging looks exactly like it does in the Dagashi Kashi episode. It even has the same guy with crazy purple hair and a guitar! That's awesome!
Without further ado, I give you, the Get a Move On, You Cod!, otherwise known as Tara Tara Shitenja ne-yo:
Finally, they finish cleaning the place up, and Tō comments that the place looks a lot better. Saya says that it is back to its former glory. Coconuts agrees, saying, “Mhm!”
All of a sudden, though, Coconuts starts pacing back and forth, talking to himself. He believes that cleaning the store up was not good enough, that they need something new and exciting to bring in customers.
“What do customers want? What’s convenient for them?” Coconuts says that he must put himself into his customer’s shoes. Saya is in awe, and Tō adds that Coconuts sounds pretty cool. Coconuts takes the compliment to heart, outstretching his arms and explaining the situation in the coolest possible way.
Coconuts says, “It’s true. Dagashi customers are thinking about more than just snacks when they’re here shopping. From plastic models to stationary supplies. The thing is, dagashi shops are like the forerunner to convenience stores. Hey, there’s an idea!”
Coconuts says, “We don’t have any convenience stores around here. If I can just capitalize on that…”
Meanwhile, Tō and Saya are looking around nervously, as if they have something to say that they would really rather not.
“So, uh, Coconuts,” Saya says, “about that…” Tō steps aside as Saya points out the front door and across the street.
“What… what… what?! There’s a new convenience store!”
Again, this was another great episode! We had Coconuts determination to move forward despite the odds, and with the help of his friends, he was able to return the dagashi shop to its former glory. We also had that really funny mix-up when Saya thought that Coconuts was calling her a cod. Lol That funny mistake led right into this week's main dagashi, which was a fishy delight. Finally, my favorite part of the episode came at the end. We are introduced to the new convenience store that has moved in right across the street from Shikada Dagashi. This is very true to life, as in Japan, convenience stores have taken over the landscape. Convenience stores are absolutely everywhere in Japan, and have run most small grocery stores out of business. There are many different chains, including Lawson, FamilyMart and 711. It is going to be very interesting to see how having this new convenience store so close will affect business, and how they will evolve to confront the new competitor. Shit is going to get real in the coming weeks! The showdown between Shikada Dagashi and Towns Mart begins now!
The ending song is so much fun! I can listen to this song all day! Youtube - Dagashi Kashi Season 2 ED
Welcome back to Dagashi Classics, the segment where I bring you back to the past, to take a look at dagashi snacks previously seen in Season 1. It can be good to revisit the classics every now and then, so let's take a look at our first dagashi.
This first classic dagashi is one that I don't think I was able to find last time. It is called Unchoco, or Poop Chocolate, and they come in little animal dispensers that "poop" tiny chocolate pellets.
As I stated, I was unable to locate a place that you could buy this snack the last time it was featured in season 1. However, I have now found out where you can get Unchoco! According to JBOX, "In Japan, poop is considered lucky, because the word in Japanese unchi is similar to the word for 'good luck.'"
What is interesting about Unchoco, aside from the fact that an animal poops out chocolate for your enjoyment, is that the tiny chocolates are grape-flavored. This makes for a truly unique dagashi. You can get Unchoco in a couple of spots:
And I know I posted this during season 1, but it is worth revisiting. This is the craziest snack food I've ever seen. Lol
Bizarre Japanese dessert
The last dagashi classic we are going to review this week is one of the very first dagashi ever created. First released in 1949, they still remain extremely popular with children and adults even to this day. I am, of course, referring to Fugashi.
When wheat gluten is steamed, it becomes a bread-like food called Fu (麩). Japanese-Products.blog states that "Fu is a traditional Japanese food with more than 600 years of history. And Fu has been used as main ingredients of snack foods since the Edo period (1603 – 1868) in Japan."
"The Japanese term, Fugashi is made up of two words, that is, ’Fu (麩)’ and ‘Gashi (菓子)’. The Japanese word, ’Gashi’ means ‘Snack’. Therefore Fugashi is a Japanese snack food whose main ingredient is dried wheat gluten (Fu). Fugashi is a stick-shaped sweet snack that is generally made baking the Fu coated with brown sugar and so on. The texture of Fugashi is crispy. The Fugashi snack is so cheap and popular among children that it is one of the most famous Dagashi snacks in Japan."
Fugashi is filling and delicious, and is available at the following sites:
"There is a recommended way to eat Fugashi that became the topic of conversation on the internet in Japan last year. The way to make Fugashi more delicious is really simple and easy. You just fry Fugashi in a pan of butter. The brown sugar of Fugashi melts and the snack becomes brown as if it were french toast. After the both sides of Fugashi are fried, serve the snack on a plate and enjoy it. It goes well with vanilla ice cream."
If you want to try your hand at making your own fugashi in the comfort and convenience of your own home, then check out this easy-to-make recipe:
Mochi-Fu (もちふ) 10pcs
Brown sugar powder 3tbsp
Mochi-Fu can be purchased on this Amazon.com link.
Put water and brown sugar powder in a pan and heat the pan on low. (Don’t stir the syrup or it will join together into pieces.)
As soon as the syrup becomes viscous, stop heating the pan and add Mochi-Fu.
Dress Mochi-Fu with the viscous syrup well.
Serve cooked Mochi-Fu on a plate and dry the surface of the Mochi-Fu. (If the dried surface of the Mochi-Fu is sticky, cover it with brown sugar powder.)
Dagashi Articles and Links
I suppose it was inevitable that I would end up adding in another section to the snack buying guide. Haha In this section, I want to showcase different articles and links that I think are fun and bring new information to the table. As I conduct my dagashi research, I often come across these types of links, and I will be sharing them with you here.
For example, I came across this Nerdist article while surfing Twitter yesterday, and it was so bizarre and cool that I just had to share it with you all. What you are about to see is what is known as a Japanese Water Cake.
"Every spring in Japan when the sakura trees bloom the National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, bringing in tourists for this special time of year. The bold, beautiful, pink hues aren’t just for viewing—but also consuming, as cherry blossom flavored treats tend to pop up like wildfire." The pink water cake uses cherry petal extract that is distilled from domestic cherry blossom petals, to obtain the cake's color and taste.
"Everywhere in Japan—from Starbucks to McDonald’s—stores roll out their pink snacks for the occasion, and this year the Japanese convenience store Lawson is more than ready, revealing their celebratory offerings before the season even begins. This year Lawson has created their own version of the famed water cake. While water cake is popular in Japan, Americans seem to take an exception to identifying a clear blob as cake. The see-through dessert is Mizu Shingen Mochi, clear, jelly-like, and futuristically translucent, Lawson’s version is infused with the beauty of springtime cherry blossoms."
Water Cake with Flower
"In Japan this dessert is known as 'pururun' or jiggly, shakeable jelly that 'feels good going down your throat,' an interesting way to describe and sell food, to say the least. The word is also known to fans of the anime Pururun! Shizuku-chan, a story about little raindrop sprites. Is it a coincidence that this cherry blossom water cake looks similar to Ururoi, the happy, pink sprite in the series? Most likely, but if you love anime and snacks, this dessert combines cuteness with pink pastel pleasure. Cherry blossom season runs from March to mid-April in Japan, and Lawson has jumped the gun and started selling this seasonal delicacy as of today."
Check out this Cat Water Cake
Or maybe you're more interested in a traditional Japanese water cake, like this one shown here.
You don't have to go to a Lawson to get one of these though. You can make one of these right in your own home! Pretty awesome! Check out this recipe from Little Miss Bento
Have you been enjoying the music in Dagashi Kashi? Well, you're in luck! iTunes has the entire Season 1 original soundtrack. It has 48 songs for over an hour of music, and at a reasonable price. I really like all of the songs on this soundtrack, and they are a fun listen.
The last link I am going to share this week is for a great dagashi subscription box service that delivers brand new candy to your door, straight from Japan, every month. With different tiered levels and descriptions of all the snacks they send, this is a really great service for any dagashi enthusiast. Try it out and cancel at any time. Chances are you won't be disappointed with all the tasty snacks sent from Japan.
Thanks for joining me again this week! What an entry! That was a lot of work, I feel like need one of those dagashi "Namaiki" beers now to kick back and relax. Lucky for me I can get one of those in the Dagashi Sampler Set 1 from either JLIST.com JBOX.com or on an ebay link. I might even splurge and get myself the bonus DIY kit from Blippo or at Napa Japan.
The asianfoodgrocer.com says that "'Namaiki' is a Japanese term applied to youngsters who are usually surrounded by adults, so they foolishly adopt adult mannerisms and act obnoxiously beyond their age! This set features an excited Shin chan ready to drink beer and eat sashimi – typical 'adult' food. The alcohol-free DIY set allows you to make fake 'beer', which has a melon soda flavor; and tuna and squid 'sashimi' jelly, which come in strawberry and milk flavor, respectively. Each pack contains a plastic serving and sauce gold plate, chopsticks, plastic shaping mold, tuna powder, squid powder, namaiki beer powder, and soy sauce (syrup). Simply mix the ingredients, microwave, and refrigerate for one hour. For a video demo with specific instructions, watch this Youtube video."
Prove to yourself and all your friends that your an adult too, with this Shin Chan Namaiki Sushi Beer DIY Kit! You'll feel so grown up! That wraps it up for this week's entry in the snack buying guide! Now, I have a ton more research to do in preparation for next weeks episode. Please, see yourself out. Get a Move On, You Cod! ;)
Next Time on Dagashi Kashi!
Episode 18 - Convenience Store, Job Magazine, and...
Welcome to week 6 of the Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide! Where the heck is Hotaru? Has she given up on convincing Coconuts to take over his father’s shop? Are Hotaru’s true motives to recruit Coconuts’ father Yō, like she initially planned? And will she ever return? Meanwhile, Coconuts and the crew go up against a flashy new convenience store, and are wowed by its bells and whistles. Can Shikada Dagashi compete with Towns Mart, or will they go under like the rest of the mom and pop shops in Japan?
Funimation has this to say about Dagashi Kashi:
“The queen of succulent snacks is back in Dagashi Kashi Season Two! As Kokonotsu continues on his path to become a manga artist, Hotaru refuses to give up on bringing him to the side of Japanese snack foods. With new faces and new tasty treats to try, will Kokonotsu finally be swayed to take over his father’s sweet shop, or is it time to move on from this small town and follow his manga dreams?” Find out all that and more on Dagashi Kashi!
Before we get into the episode, I just wanted to talk a little bit about the creative team behind the show, both on the Japanese side, and the American side. As you may know, this season was created by a different animation studio than season 1, and by an entirely different creative team. However, both the original Japanese voice actors and original English voice actors returned to reprise their iconic roles.
Principal Studio – Tezuka Productions
Director – Satoshi Kuwabara
Character Designs – Nana Miura
Series Composition – Mayumi Morita
Script – Michiko Yokote
Chief Animation Director – Akemi Kobayashi
Art Setting – Minoru Nishida, Mariko Iwashiro
Art Director – Masato Shibata
Color Design – Yumi Aburatani
Director of Photography – Junya Kodama
Editing – Tamami Watabe
Sound Editor – Satoshi Motoyama
Sound Production – Pony Canyon Enterprises
Setting Cooperation – feel
Music – Tomohata Ohsumi, Nobuaki Nobusawa
Music Production – Pony Canyon
Hotaru Shidare – Ayana Taketatsu
Kokonotsu Shikada – Atsushi Abe
Saya Endō – Manami Numakura
Tō Endō – Tatsuhisa Suzuki
It is interesting to note that the Japanese voice actress who plays Hotaru is also the singer for the season 1 ending song, titled "Hey! Calorie Queen," and the season 2 opening song, titled Oh My Sugar Feeling!! by Ayana Taketatsu.
ADR Director – Kyle Phillips
ADR Engineer – Jai Woods
Script Writer – Kristen McGuire
Kokonotsu Shikada – Todd Haberkorn
Hotaru Shidare – Tabitha Ray
Yō Shikada – Jeremy Inman
Saya Endō – Sara Ragsdale
Tō Endō – Justin Pate
And the newest character and actor to join Dagashi Kashi!
Yutaka Beni – Christopher Wehkamp
Christopher Wehkamp is an accomplished voice actor, having performed such roles as Sieghart Muller in Izetta: The Last Witch, Shota Aizawa in My Hero Academia, Tatara in Tokyo Ghoul and Miles Edgeworth in Ace Attorney, to name a few. We welcome Christopher to the Dagashi Kashi team!
Episode 18 of Dagashi Kashi starts right where episode 17 left off, with Coconuts’ realization that a new convenience store has moved in across the street. How he missed the construction of an entirely new structure is beyond me, but then again, Coconuts has been really distracted with Hotaru’s disappearance. The episode starts with Coconuts, Saya and Tō peeking around a corner, sneaking a look at the new convenient store. Coconuts says, “Ah, man, this blows.”
Coconuts suggests that they should go inside and see if the convenience store is a fake. Saya is flabbergasted, and points out that it’s not like the store is made out of cardboard.
They move forward like they’re characters from Assassin’s Creed, running across the parking lot and crouching behind a street light. I love this screenshot of them conspicuously hiding behind the lamp post, and the dogs is just looking at them like he’s saying, “Huh, that’s odd.”
Good stealth is key to any operation.
“Woah, a real live convenience store.” Coconuts is in awe of the new convenience store, and can hardly believe it is there in their small country town.
Saya points out that he shouldn’t look so excited, since this is very bad news for Shikada Dagashi. Having a brand-new convenience store right across the street from the dagashi shop will create competition, making it hard for Coconuts to keep the shop running.
However, Coconuts knows all this, and yet, he can’t help but be excited. They live out in the boonies, so far from the big cities, that things like convenience stores are a new and exciting place to go. Having one right within in your hometown would be the coolest thing, and everyone would want to check it out. Coconuts says that even Tō has a giddy look on his face.
As they continue to spy on the new store, a man in a fancy, black, pin-striped suit walks up to them and starts yelling at them, asking what they think they’re doing. Man, is he scary. That’s intense. Lol Finally, we are introduced to our first new character of Season 2, Yutaka Beni, the manager of the new convenience store, Towns Mart.
Yutaka has a serious countenance about him, and he is very concerned with what Coconuts is doing. The man says that they probably are scared by the automatic doors, and he shows them how to use them properly. He warns them to watch themselves on their way in, and the three of them stare as the doors close, and jump back, startled from the sudden movement. Man, they really do live in the middle of nowhere.
As soon as they step into the store, Yutaka’s expression changes completely, and he smiles the biggest smile you’ll ever see, and greets them with an overzealous enthusiasm. The rest of his staff greet them similarly.
Coconuts and Tō are immediately in amazement at how shiny the store is, and Tō comments that they “have a crap ton of manga!” One cool thing about convenience stores in Japan is that they carry all sorts of manga, including monthly and weekly publications, such as Shonen Jump and Young Animal.
Coconuts puts two and two together, finally understanding that Yutaka is the store manager. Yutaka proudly proclaims that convenience stores are a “brilliant and perfected” part of Japanese culture, and that he has come to the countryside to spread that convenience store love.
Now, he says something interesting next. Yutaka says that he is the branch manager for the Kashigahama branch of Towns Mart. This is the first time I’ve noticed the name of the town in which this series takes place. It might have been mentioned in the Season 1 episode when they go swimming at the Kashigahama Public Swimming Pool, and have the fun with kurukuru bou jelly. As far as the countryside town of Kashigahama, it appears to be a fictional location made up by the author of the series. It is a beautiful, idyllic, quaint, small town, one that symbolizes all of rural Japan. These small towns are struggling to keep up, and when a brand-new convenience store rolls into town, it only makes it harder for the mom and pop stores to compete.
Also, it might be a coincidence, but the town name of Kashigahama even has part of the anime’s title in it, “Kashi.” If we consider the name of the town and its connection to the Dagashi Kashi title a bit further, we see that it was quite a deliberate choice. Let us break down the term Dagashi, and get to what it really means. Dagashi (駄菓子) is a Japanese word which translates to English as “cheap sweets.” According to Tvtropes.org, the word “dagashi” is a compound of two Japanese words, “da,” which means futile or negligible, and “kashi,” which translates as snacks. Fun fact, the title Dagashi Kashi (だがしかし) is really a pun on the words “dagashi kashi” (cheap sweets snacks) and the phrase, “daga, shikashi,” which is “an insistent and pompous way of saying ‘however.’” Since Coconuts’ hometown is called Kashigahama, it is kind of like the town of snacks in a way!
Speaking of puns, this show is full of them! Earlier, one our readers, @pleco_breeder , informed us all that a new character, yet to be introduced in the series at that time, with the name of Hajime Owari, was a pun name that translates to “begin finish.” It is a contradiction of sorts, and not the only pun name introduced this season. The new character we met in this episode, the Kashigahama branch manager of Towns Mart, Yutaka Beni, has a pun name as well. The last name of Beni is actually a play on the Japanese word for convenience stores, “konbini.” So, the fact that he is the manager of such a convenience store is a total pun! There are more than 50,000 convenience stores in Japan. Yutaka Beni is also a pun name because, as the Royal Horticultural Society says, “'Beni-yutaka' is a medium-sized, umbrella-shaped, deciduous tree producing big clusters of large, fragrant, semi-double flowers that open white and age to soft pink, in mid to late spring. Foliage turns red in autumn.”
This got me thinking, well hey, maybe this has been a thing the whole time and I just never realized it. Could all the characters in Dagashi Kashi have pun names? I had to find out!
Wouldn’t you know it but that is exactly what I found, or at least, I found one more! Kokonotsu, also known as Coconuts, is a pun name too. According to revolvy.com, Kokonotsu’s “given name is a Kun'yomi pronunciation of the Japanese numeral nine (九), Kokonotsu (ここのつ, "Ninth"); it works as a pun, referring to his being the ninth generation of the family that will run the [dagashi] store.”
Another interesting fact from Tvtropes.org? Apparently, “Tō wears sunglasses 99% of the time, including at night and indoors.”
You still need to wear those at night?
Coconuts and Tō are super excited about the new store. It has all sort of food and snacks, drinks and candies, plus manga and a ton of other really great services. Convenience stores in Japan are full of really cool things, such as ATM’s, copier & fax, ticket reservations for museums and shows, digital camera printing, free wi-fi, bill payment, delivery services and more. The food and snacks selection is amazing too, and the hot food there is much higher quality than convenience store food in America. Having had the privilege of going to a few Japanese convenience stores myself, I can attest to how much fun it is to make a run to Lawsons or Family Mart. And I mean they are absolutely everywhere in the big cities. Lol As such, the arrival of such a store in a small, rural town in Japan is a big deal for the locals. Tō is especially impressed by the store’s collection of “dirty magazines.”
After Yutaka finishes his introduction, he throws his arm back and smiles, apparently quite pleased with himself. Coconuts, Saya and Tō all stare at him, and Saya murmurs, “What a strange guy.” Coconuts replies, “Agreed.”
Yutaka continues, boasting, “Convenience stores have a versatile stock, thus, making them very popular. And yet small towns such as this stick to anachronistic shops. Like that dagashi shop across the way." Saya, Tō and Coconuts’ mouths drop in shock, as they realize that this guy is out to get Shikada Dagashi.
Yutaka believes that without change, a town will inevitably fail. It is therefore his mission to change this town. Like some sort of Light Yagami type, he envisions himself “a god of this new world.” He even has the same look in his eyes that Light had, don’t you think? That's some evil shit right there, I'm telling you.
At first, Tō and Coconuts aren’t sure how to react, and they think that this guy might be crazy. However, it is Saya who tells them to get a clue and realize that Yutaka is talking about running Shikada Dagashi out of business.
Coconuts confesses that he can’t just let Yutaka run him out of town because that is his family’s dagashi shop. There is no way Coconuts can just let that happen. Yutaka considers this for a moment, and says, “I suggest you take a good hard look at reality.” He points to their publications section which boasts a wide variety of magazines, manga, books and adult magazines as well.
Tō makes a beeline for the pornographic mags, and is chomping at the bits as he urges Coconuts to come see it too, saying, “Coconuts, check it out, man, they have dirty magazines!” Saya clocks Tō in the face, sending him crashing into the floor. He shouts out in pain as he falls. Man, I’m just starting to realize that Saya beats the shit out of her brother. Haha
Boasting further, Yutaka states, “We have daily necessities, as well as stationary and food. We also carry tea, alcohol, juice and soda. Not to mention our ready to eat foods and bento. We’ve got a copier, a fax, an ATM and friendly staff to boot. In short, we’re it! We have absolutely everything!”
Episode 18 - Part 2
Yutaka suddenly gets ever more serious, if such a thing is possible, and warns Coconuts that Yutaka hasn’t even shown him the snack section yet. Taking him there, he shows him the display case full of delicious confectionaries. Cakes and puddings and various other delights sit on fancy dishes, waiting to be ordered. “Behold! These are made with the finest ingredients and by the finest pastry chefs. It’s Kashigahama Towns Mart’s Specialty Section. I call it the Special Sweets corner! By Yutaka Beni.”
What we see here are some very yummy looking cakes and pudding desserts. What are they exactly? Is there any way we can try them out too? Well, after doing a little digging online, I was able to determine that the pudding snack shown in the picture above, with the colored paper wrapped around it, is an actual dessert that is served in convenience stores across Japan! It is an interesting treat called Asakusa Silk Pudding (浅草シルクプリン).
Tsunagujapan.com says this about the Asakusa Silk Pudding: "Just as its name says, this is a silky smooth pudding made with fresh eggs and creams from Hokkaido. The excellent combination of very rich custard pudding and bitter caramel has made many fans. It is in a cute, retro-chic glass container."
Japanesecooking101.com states that this specific brand of pudding is essentially a Japanese purin, which is "a flan-like cold custard dessert." The placard in the anime says that one of the puddings is a custard based purin, which is baked or steamed, and the other is a gelatin based purin, which is a no-bake dessert. I will give you some recipes of both custard style and gelatin style purin, so that you too can have delicious Japanese confectioneries. Follow these recipes to make some great creations:
Just One Cookbook states that "the main difference from the classic Crème Caramel (Custard Pudding or Flan) is the texture. The texture of Purin made with gelatin is similar to gelatin desserts like panna cotta, or French dessert Bavarian Cream, or Bavaria (ババロア) (I hope the comparison helps). It’s silky smooth and slightly firm, with a gentle wobble. The best part about custard pudding made with gelatin is that you can enjoy the silky panna cotta texture with rich custard flavors, just like the regular Crème Caramel."
Feeling really adventurous and innovative? Maybe you want to skip all the hassle and get straight to that good, good pudding. It's okay, I don't blame you.
Now, you can do just that! Introducing, the latest wild gadget from Japan, it is the Okashina Tamago Mawashite Mawashite Marugoto Purin (or, Pudding Whole Turn Turn Funny Eggs). Great name right?! I thought so too! Check this beast out, it is something to behold.
To read more about this interesting contraption, read the rest of this Huffington Post article.
You can even buy your own Pudding Whole Turn Turn Funny Eggs:
Some of the other desserts:
Saya freaks out, and says, “Wow, awesome! They’re so cute!” What Coconuts focuses on, however, is not the cuteness of the cakes, but rather their rather high price. Coconuts thinks this is a terrible idea. Yutaka concludes his point by saying, “Get it now? Things like dagashi stores are just ancient relics.”
Yutaka asks if Coconuts is speechless, but Coconuts admits that the cakes are too expensive, and that no one is going to buy them at that price. This strikes a critical blow to Yutaka, who feels it to his core. “Seriously? Too expensive?” Yutaka pleads.
There are many types of Japanese cakes, and here are just a sample of the available recipes out there for cakes. I love to bake cakes, so I am especially looking forward to making one of these cakes. I also want to try making some Purin as well. Check out these recipes:
- Just One Cookbook
- Run Away Rice
- Japanese Cooking 101
- Japan Centre
- rice in flour
- Japan Centre (various treats)
Coconuts believes that most customers would rather pay for something more affordable than some extravagant, overpriced dessert.
People prefer things that are “simple and cheap,” Coconuts tells Yutaka, like a dagashi candy that can go for about 10 yen (~¢9). Coconuts holds up a tiny box with a picture of an orange on the front. The text informs us that this dagashi is called Orange Gum.
Marukawa Orange Gum
According to the Official Marukawa Website, the Marukawa Confectionery Co., Ltd. was founded "in the year 1948. The Research & Development in Marketing and Technological progress have been enforced for supplying the better quality and delicious products to children all over the world as the expert and leading company in the field of 'Bubble Gum.'"
"In addition to manufacturing and selling Marukawa brand bubble gums which are well known as the long seller confectionery for about a half century, we are also manufacturing private brand bubble gums according to the customers' requirements."
- 1888 - Started as manufacturer of confectionery.
- 1947 - Started in manufacturing Bubble Gum.
- 1948 - Established Marukawa Conf. Co., Ltd.
- 1957 - Started in trading for all over the world.
Akechi Grocery describes Marukawa Orange Gum as a "delicious fresh orange flavor, it bursts from these juicy bubblegum chunks, making a fabulous combination of sweet and sour in every tender bite! Experience the fun of extreme bubble blowing action in every piece." Sounds really good! Not only does the gum come in orange flavor, but in many others as well, including strawberry, grape and melon. Once global distribution of the Marukawa gums began in 1957, they never stopped, and the gum is still shipped to many different countries around the world.
It is for that reason that it is so readily available in the United States. There are many different options to choose from when it comes to where you want to pick up your Marukawa gum. Either way, they should be delicious, chewy and juicy!
Check out these fine retailers:
- ebay (California)
- Walmart (orange)
- Walmart (strawberry)
- Global Rakuten Market
- Get in contact with their Overseas Trade Division if you're interested in bulk. Lol
Marukawa Head Office
Yutaka can hardly believe what he is hearing… “dagashi!” Coconuts tells him that dagashi is something that both children and adults enjoy, and that if Yutaka carried more items like that in his store, then Coconuts is sure that customers would buy them up. This new piece of information fires into Yutaka like a bullet, and Yutaka cries out, “I’ve been hit with knowledge!”
“Are you stupid? Do you want them to start carrying dagashi?” Hotaru asks. Coconuts didn’t even recognize that he was giving away free tips, but he admits that he probably shouldn’t have said that to Yutaka.
Yutaka thinks to himself that Saya is absolutely right in that Coconuts didn’t have to offer that piece of advice to a rival business. Yet, he did so without hesitation. This sentiment touches Yutaka’s heart, and he begins to cry. Yutaka’s inner monologue concludes with, “From now on I’ll face him with respect as a rival.”
When Coconuts asks Yutaka why he is crying, he gives the greatest answer of all time, saying, “I’m not crying,” before shouting at them, “You’re the ones who are crying!” That is just epic right there! I like this guy. Lol
As Coconuts walks home alone, he talks with his father, Yō, on the phone. Coconuts tells his dad about the new convenience store across the street, and the first thing Yō asks is if Coconuts checked out the adult magazines. Yō adds, “I see, men are vulnerable to those things, so… Don’t get too carried away with those things.” He seems to be very concerned about the magazines. And he keeps referring to the magazines as "them."
Yō adds, “I see, men are vulnerable to those things, so… Don’t get too carried away with those things.”
As Coconuts ends the conversation with his father, he arrives at Shikada Dagashi and looks out across the canal to the Towns Mart convenience store on the other side. Even from afar, Coconuts can see that there is a huge crowd gathered at the new store. Laughter can be heard from the happy patrons talking in the store’s parking lot. A sign in the front window says that the store is having an opening sale. Meanwhile, across the way, Shikada Dagashi doesn’t have a single customer. Dejected and feeling bummed out, Coconuts turns his head and proceeds inside the dagashi shop.
Coconuts jokingly announces that he has arrived home, knowing that there is nobody there to hear him talk. However, much to Coconuts' surprise, there is in fact someone waiting for him in the shop. It is none other than the manager of the Kashigahama branch of Towns Mart, Yutaka Beni. Yutaka admonishes Coconuts for being late to his first lesson, calling him “Dagashi Boy.”
Coconuts wonders how Yutaka managed to get inside the shop when no one was there, but this only enrages the already fervent convenience store manager. Yutaka bellows, “Excuse me… Shouldn’t you be welcoming your potential customer!!!” Coconuts' reaction is hilarious, as he just freaks out, jumping back quite a bit. The voice actor, as always, does a really great job with Coconuts, as he says, “Whaat? Um… sorry!”
The two sit down to a table and begin to have a conversation. Yutaka cuts right to the chase and offers Coconuts a job. Yutaka nearly leaps across the table as he makes his pitch to Coconuts. He wants Coconuts to come and work at the new convenience store across the street. Yutaka explains that he loves everything about convenience stores. He loves stopping in the middle of the night to go to a convenience store, or the zapping noise the lights make when they kill another flying bug, and he even loves the ash trays the construction workers use to smoke cigarettes on their work breaks.
Coconuts asks, “Why are you only mentioning the creepy parts?” Yutaka replies, “Why, that’s because I love all of it, Kokonotsu! Now, I will ask you one more time. Join our team!” Yutaka reaches an outstretched arm towards Coconuts, offering him the chance to join his team at Towns Mart.
Coconuts declines, stating that it is more important that he run his family’s dagashi shop. After all, he is the ninth generation who has inherited that very dagashi shop. Shikada Dagashi has a long, rich history and Coconuts doesn’t want to let that just fade away.
However, as soon as Yutaka tells him that the pay rate is 850 yen (~$8). Coconuts shudders, muttering, “Ugh… say what now?”
The average hourly wage in Kashigahama is 750 yen (~$7), which makes the offer extra exciting to Coconuts since he was offered $8. However, Coconuts has principles, dammit, and he won’t just back down because of a little cash. Oh, wait, he’s got what now? Right… uh huh… ah, yes, now I see. That makes sense. Bribe him with the lingerie magazines, smart move Mr. Convenience Store Manager. I’m on to you, bastard.
Yutaka suggests that if Coconuts starts working for Towns Mart, then he could buy the magazines on the down low while at work, and no one would be the wiser. Not only that, but there are many other perks that come with the job as well. The look in Coconuts' eyes is full of primal desire. He must have the magazines at all costs! He is seriously considering it, and Yutaka tells him that if he takes the magazines, then there is no going back, and he is part of the Towns Mart team. Coconuts reaches his hand up, going for the magazines, when an image of Hotaru flashes in his mind.
Coconuts utters Hotaru’s name under his breath, and he reaffirms his resolve. Coconuts says, “The pleasures I’m looking for aren’t in these pages. What I want, I’m going to grab in my own two hands.”
This part is awesome, as Coconuts stands up for himself and for his ideals. Coconuts doesn't need the magazine, because he is going to get the real thing, Hotaru Shidare, the girl of his dreams, and hold her tight with both hands.
Yutaka admits that he understands where Coconuts is coming from, but that he still hasn’t brought out his secret weapon. A job magazine has information about the Kashigahama branch of Towns Mart, and Yutaka’s team created the ad themselves so that people would be interested in coming to visit a store with such a friendly-looking staff.
We zoom in on a staff picture with the whole Towns Mart team, and it is, at this time, that we get our first glimpse at the second new character to be introduced this season. The girl on the right in the picture with glasses and the frizzy brown hair is our new character, and she goes by the name of Hajime Owari. Apparently, she is one of the workers at the new convenience store. It is an especially funny picture because the caption claims that it is “a work environment where the smiles never stop!” and yet clearly, Hajime Owari is not smiling whatsoever.
Coconuts can hardly believe that they would use such a superficial phrase. “There was one girl who was, like, shy, or whatever, but with time I’m sure she’ll open up.” Yeah, I get the feeling that isn’t true. Lol As Yutaka laughs manically, Coconuts just thinks, “Actually, I don’t blame her… he’s kind of a weird guy to open up to.” The episode ends with Hajime Owari walking by Shikada Dagashi, dragging a large suitcase behind her back.
Yutaka asks, “So, are you going to work for us?” Coconuts replies, “Uh, no. Probably not.” At his words, Hajime falls over flat on her face, perhaps having been hoping Coconuts would say yes. Or, perhaps she is just clumsy. It is a bit hard to tell at this point in the episode. Regardless, she appears to be a character who is just a bit out of it and aloof. I can’t wait to see more of her character, and to find out who is voicing her too! Next week’s episode should be a lot of fun!
Episode 18 - Part 3
Merriam-Webster defines classic as "1 a : serving as a standard of excellence : of recognized value classic literary works a classic case study on hysteria
b : traditional, enduring classic designs." The same can be said about certain dagashi, ones that have endured over the years, serving as a standard of excellence. These snacks have earned the right to be called Dagashi Classics. That means they're good!
The Dagashi Classic we are going to take a look at this week is one that is a favorite among crunchy-snack lovers. Baby Star Ramen, officially called Baby Star Crispy Noodle Snack in English, is a bag of broken ramen pieces covered in various ramen flavorings. There are a ton of flavors, such as "akisoba. chikin-ramen, yakisoba, shio-ramen (salt) [and] tonkotsu-ramen (pork bone broth). "
GoinJapanesque.com chronicled the history of Baby Star Ramen, starting from its earliest days. "Baby Star Ramen is a flavored fried noodle-style snack owned and sold by Matsuda Sangyo Co., Ltd. (now Oyatsu Company Ltd.) since 1959. At the time they were sold for 10 yen a bag, under the name Baby Ramen."
Left: Baby-chan, Center/Right: Bei-chan
"While being tasty doesn’t hurt, the real secret to the Baby Star Ramen’s popularity is the highly familiar mascot characters. Baby-chan, who was the mascot when the snack first came out, has now evolved to Bei-chan."
"This same company began selling the world’s first instant ramen noodles, 'Ajitsuke Chukamen (flavored Chinese noodles),' in 1955. However, this endeavor ended because of managerial failure, and as a result the title of being the 'world’s first instant ramen noodle' went to Nissin Foods’ Chicken Ramen. If the Ajitsuke Chukamen had been a success, then it would most likely have been remembered as at the official 'first' in the world."
Oyatsu Company, the manufacturers of the Baby Star Ramen dagashi snack, had more to add to the story. "We produced a snack food from a dust noodle yielded from the production process of instant ramen noodles, and that was the origin of Baby-Star.
A typical example of re-born food is Ocara (bean-curd lees), which utilize the residue of soybean milk accumulated during the production of Tofu. Preserves such as dried, smoked, salted, frozen, canned and bottled foods harvested in season are also, in a broad sense, example of re-born foods. What is attractive about re-born food is its low cost, for the material is something that would normally be wasted. Baby-Star is one such re-born food. It is a substantial meal because it is made from instant noodles, yet it is a low-priced re-born food. These are some of the reasons for the 'plentiful'-ness in Baby-Star."
"Another distinctive feature of Baby-Star is the way it is eaten-with the hands.
Tableware is necessary when we eat rice or drink beer, but we can eat a rice ball and drink canned beer with our hands. Likewise, a bowl is needed to eat noodles, but you can pick up Baby-Star, the dried noodle in a package, and eat it by hand anytime, anywhere. Baby-Star thus has two valuable properties: it fulfills the function of a substantial food like rice or beer, and it possesses the convenience of being able to be eaten like a rice ball or canned beer."
"It is said that the 21st century will be the age of the service economy, where not only goods but also services and functions are traded. In that aspect, the future of Baby-Star is promising. That is one of the unique reasons for the 'happy'-ness in Baby-Star. In Japan, until recently, we had meals only twice a day. However, today we are likely to have up to five meals a day: breakfast, lunch, a snack, supper, and an evening snack. Moreover, the distinction between a snack and a meal is said to be slowly disappearing. In conclusion of our consideration of the snack, we would like to emphasize that the proper role and distinct definition of the snack is something that tides you over when you are feeling hungry. That is the origin of our conclusion-'Plentiful and Happy.'"
Baby Star Ramen has the flavor and texture of dried ramen noodles, in the convenient snack bag style of a potato chip. Many different flavors means that you won't get tired of eating this snack on a regular basis. It is a staple in Japan that is enjoyed by all. If you want to see what all the hullabaloo is about, then take a look at the following links:
As we've seen Hotaru do on occasion, dagashi can be combined with rice and other foods to create a dagashi meal. Baby Star Ramen is one of the most versatile of the dagashi, and can be used to create many different dishes. Here are some ideas for you to try for yourself, just use these recipes and add in Baby Star Ramen:
Onigiri (Rice Ball)
Ankake Yakisoba Noodles
Ochazuke (Japanese Rice Porridge)
- Just One Cookbook
- The Spruce
- Pickled Plum
- Japanese Cooking 101
- Rot in Rice
- Just Hungry
- Japan Centre
- Otaku Food
- NHK World
"Monja-yaki is similar to an okonomi-yaki, which is a Japanese-style pancake using various savory ingredients." The difference is that Monja-yaki uses more liquid ingredients than okonomi-yaki. "If you go to an okonomi-yaki restaurant, there is a high probability that they will carry a dish using the Baby Star Ramen snack as a topping. It’s delicious!"
Dagashi Articles and Links
Welcome back to the links section of the guide, where I share articles and other links that I find fun and interesting. Looking for more information? This is your place to go.
The big theme of this week's episode and likely several episodes to come is that of "convenience stores." Japan has had a long and tumultuous history with convenience stores, and they have drastically changed that landscape of Japan. It is a fascinating story, with many different aspects. Here are a few histories of the events surrounding the rise of convenience stores:
- "A Mini History of Convenience Stores in Japan"
- "Japanese Convenience Stores Konbini"
- Lawson's history
- Japan’s convenience stores adapt to their traditional surroundings like cultural chameleons
- Every Amazing Thing You've Heard About Japanese Convenience Stores Is True
A week or two ago, I showed you the awesome Hotaru PVC figures available at Right Stuf and other online retailers. This week, since Hotaru is out of the picture, and Saya has taken the best girl spotlight for now, we shall focus on Saya and take a look at her PVC figure.
You can't get this particular PVC figure at Right Stuf just yet, but there are alternative websites that do have them in stock at the moment:
- ebay (new, lowest price)
- ebay (figures + merch, NSFW)
- Play Asia
- Plamoya Japan
- Hype Tokyo
- Solaris Japan
Also, not listed previously, but Amazon has a Premium Hotaru figure for sale:
Here's something kind of fun. The manga author, Kotoyama, posted this sketch of a character with the title "vape." I would like to believe that this character exists somewhere in the Dagashi Kashi universe. She seems like she'd be a cool character. I wonder what kind of pun-based name they would give her, and if she would get along with Coconuts, Hotaru, Saya and To.
In other dagashi news, more music is coming straight for your ear drums! I have been enjoying the Dagashi Kashi soundtrack immensely, often listening to it to relax or do some writing. I even wrote much of this post while listening to the relaxing, upbeat tunes of Dagashi Kashi. Now, I am back to show you some more music that is just as good.
The TV edit of the season 1 ending song was included in the soundtrack, however, there is a longer edit that is just awesome! It is available on iTunes as part of Ayana Taketatsu's EP, titled Lyrical Concerto - EP. The Japanese voice actress who plays Hotaru sings the full version of the ending song, "Hey! Calorie Queen," as well as an additional song titled "Asayake to Yakusoku no Uta." The EP also contains both instrumental versions of the two songs. It is a great set, and the music is great!
Next up is Ayana Taketatsu's debut album, "Lyrical Concerto," featuring original music by the talented singer and her band. There are 15 songs on this album, all of which are available on iTunes. The songs range from upbeat to more melancholy, and they complement each other nicely.
The next song is another Dagashi Kashi classic in the making. The new opening song for Season 2 is sung by Hotaru's Japanese voice actress, Ayana Taketatsu. She just recently released a new single called "Oh My Suger Feeling!! <Tv Size> - Single." This song is a lot of fun, as you have probably heard while watching the show.
Later that month, on January 31, 2018, Ayana Taketatsu released a new EP titled "Oh My Suger Feeling!! - EP." This EP, like her first one, has two original Dagashi Kashi songs, sung by her, with two instrumental versions of the songs. The two songs are called "Oh My Suger Feeling!!" and "Sepia Color." Both of these are really great songs, and I really like the tonal differences between the two pieces. Music fans, these songs are candy for your ears!
Another Dagashi Kashi artist, the singer for the first season's opening song, also has music of her own. You can check out MICHI's solo work on her album, titled "Sprint for the Dreams." There are 12 really good songs on this album for about 45 minutes of music. Check it out!
If you liked seeing those cakes and confectionaries earlier, then check out this NHK documentary called Begin Japanology Confectionery (NHK Documentary). It is sure to be fun and informative!
The last dagashi link I wanted to share with you this week is an article about a real life version of the Shikada Dagashi shop that opened in Japan! Courtesy of Digihara.net, the article says that a real life Shikada Dagashi shop would open "at a special traditional sweets outlet 'Nippon Ichi no Dagashi Uriba' in Shizuoka starting today for the summer festival! The real life Shikada is modelled exactly after the one in the anime."
And, for the fun of it, here is a bonus article all about dagashi's close cousins, wagashi and jogashi. Enjoy!
Thus concludes another week of the crazy snack show! We had some really cool developments this episode as we learned all about the new convenience store. Konbini, the ever-pervasive stores that have overrun Japan, have set their eyes on Kokonotsu's small country town of Kashigahama. This whole time Coconuts has been struggling with making the choice to pursue his manga dreams or take over his father's dagashi shop. However, if Towns Mart has anything to say about it, he may not have a choice in the matter. It is a battle to survive in the high-stakes world of snack sales. Who will win? The corporate giant with money, or the local boy with heart? Only time will tell!
As I wrap this week's entry, I just wanted to make a special announcement. I have decided to expand the Snack Guide Series into new territory! Starting soon, I will begin Snack Guides for two "new" series. Just as with the Dagashi Kashi Snack Buying Guide, I will recap the episodes and dive into the history and culture behind the food and drinks displayed in each episode. I'll bring you the latest spots where you can legally purchase those food and drink items, plus recipes and articles to top it off! I hope you'll follow along with me on this new step in the Snack Guide adventure! Thanks for reading up till now, and I hope you are excited for my new guide series!
The first show is a natural given, as it is actually airing currently during the same half-hour block as Dagashi Kashi. The anime is called Takunomi, which translates in English as "drinking at home." HiDive describes the series as such: "Michiru Amatsuki just moved to Tokyo to change jobs. She lives in Stella House Haruno, an all-female boarding house, where she makes new friends who also share her love for good food and drinks." A show all about food and booze, sign me up! As always, I will attack the research with the same vigor and enthusiasm as with Dagashi Kashi, so expect some deep cuts and minute facts, and, of course, tons of places where you too can get all the good stuff. Takunomi episodes are 15-minutes long, the same length as Season 2 of Dagashi Kashi.
Takunomi is currently streaming on HiDive.
The second anime is a web series called Love is Like a Cocktail, and it is even shorter than Dagashi Kashi and Takunomi, clocking in at a brisk 3-minute length per episode. Hey, that's the perfect amount of time to make a cocktail! That's awesome! I am a big fan of alcohol (haha) and this looks like it will be a lot of fun. Follow along during each guide entry to learn more about the drinks, the history and context for each one, how to make them and anything else that seems interesting and worthwhile. It might even be more fun to know the drinks ahead of time so you can drink along with the show! Lol Now, that would be an episode of anime! I hope you will tag along for the ride when I start the new guides! More details to come soon, so check back again to see any updates.
Love is Like a Cocktail is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.
That was a good episode! I like the new characters being introduced, as well as the new plot developments. Despite Hotaru's absence, the show continues to go strong, giving us more nice moments between Saya and Coconuts, as well as funny interactions between To, Saya and Coconuts. Plus, the crazy new Yutaka, manager of the Kashigahama branch of Towns Mart, added an entirely new level of wild into the mix. Not only that, but Coconuts had just found his fire again, and he was going to revitalize Shikada Dagashi to its former glory. Now, with the speed bump of a rival store slowing him down, Coconuts is going to have to reevaluate and come up with a new plan to bring in customers and fight back against the encroaching threat of convenience stores. Join us next week as we are formally introduced to the second new character of season 2, Hajime Owari. Who is she exactly, and what does she want here in Kashigahama? Could she be after more than she lets on? Join us again next week for another edition of the Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Snack Buying Guide! As always, fellow snack warriors, have a wonderful, snack-filled week!
I'll see you all...
@nubguy Got a notification that I was mentioned, but couldn't find it to respond, or even find out the reason. Sadly, because of the number of pictures embedded, the page is continuously changing, and jumping forward as they load. I would attempt to read through to find it, but am running behind on this series at the moment (only finished three episodes) and can't risk the spoilers. However, if you'd like to post anything separately, I'll happily respond.