Wondering what they’re eating at the anime show? This is what all those foods look like in IRL

A great way to try new foods is to watch shows that abound with unique foods such as the popular anime.

Have you ever seen an anime show and thought, “Wow, I have no idea what that is, but it’s delicious to watch,” Well, you’re not alone. There is something about watching food animations, especially done by the creators of the anime, which makes a person feel barbaric. To quench some hunger, fans can feel comfortable with their desired takeout or a snack of guilty pleasure, but it’s never really like satisfying the urge to try what their favorite characters are eating on the screen in front of them.

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The good news is that all the food seen in the anime is actually real – it’s a bit shaky to look at, shiny, and can carry steam and emoticons.


Catsudon is a big favorite in Japan and it’s really easy. This is a fried pork cutlet that is manageable cut into pieces and cooked until completely golden-brown and tender. Usually, it is served on a rice bed and topped with a fried egg and yes, it is as delicious as it looks!

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Yaki Dango

If you’ve ever seen anime characters holding Skywire with a giant, round balls piled up at the end, it’s Yaki Dango. This traditional street food is made with machiko, rice flour and is usually quite sweet. With a texture similar to cobbler, these delicious snacks are available all over Japan at any time of the year.

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The food that everyone is familiar with is Ramen. In anime though it is not usually instant ramen – it is pure raman with broth and chunks that are carefully prepared to make the most perfect ramen bowl you have ever seen in your life. Nari sheets, perfectly soft-boiled eggs, green onions, lightly cooked vegetables and occasionally some pieces of meat are all needed to make this great Ramen bowl.

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Although not every onigiri is adorned with an adorable face made of pebbles, it is! Onigiri is simple but delicious. These rice cakes are usually filled with some kind of jelly, fish or meat, so why all of them have a different appearance. Once they are made and they are made, they are then wrapped in nuri to finish salting.

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Curry is a huge part of Japanese culture and there are many curries around the world, Japanese curry is delicious and somewhat spicy. It is usually served with rice and anime, the characters are seen eating it at any time of the day. This is the right food to excite and comfort you during difficult days.

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These cute biscuit sticks may look like they were made for anime but they are not. The ‘cookie’ portion of the stick isn’t actually very sweet and tastes like a cracker with a slightly salty bite, and the top half of the biscuit is then coated with chocolate, macha, banana, cookies and cream, strawberry, or vanilla candy.

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Omuris always makes for a delicious presentation because this huge stuffed omelette once it bursts allows it to evaporate. Inside the omelette, the filling can contain anything from vegetables and meat to rice, creating the perfect casual meal. The omelette is topped with ketchup to give a sweet hint and is made for the perfect, balanced meal.

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Another popular dish seen in anime is tokyaki. These delicious seafood balls are made with a piece called toco before being fried and deep-fried. Pickled ginger and green onions are usually added to the mixture, adding a hint of fresh and tangy. That’s not all, though – this delicious dish comes to the fore with the generous help of raw veggies, dried bonito flakes and sauce.

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Another egg-based dish, Tamgoaki is uniquely easy to prepare but incredibly tasty. This omelette-like dish has been popular for some time for being a rolled omelette, which means that when cooked to make this ‘egg roll’ usually filled with vegetables, each egg layer itself rolls on top. The pan that was needed to make the perfect Tamagoyaki is called Makiakinabe and it is not very difficult to find it nowadays.

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