Kaiju Kuisine

  • Shin Godzilla: Battle at Nagaragawa White Water Manjuu vs. Black Steamed Chestnut Youkan! Here is a Godzilla snack I can get behind. Like a good-natured fan-fiction, it imagines what would happen if the second form of Godzilla from Shin Godzilla (2016) faced off against the Mothra larva. I think of it as the Godzilla larva vs. the Mothra larva. How fun is that? The actual snacks, too, are traditional Japanese snacks, which, if alien to the Western palate, still seems appropriate for a Japanese monster themed snack. (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // December 14, 2019
  • Earlier this year I happened to go to the Shinjuku Godzilla Store near the time in which Godzilla King of the Monsters (2019) was in theaters, and I was thrilled to find—in addition to the Godzilla Store itself—a limited time special store had been put up specifically for the release of the aforementioned MonsterVerse film. While I was not wild about KOTM (much the opposite), it was still really fun to see the wide variety of goods that were for sale at the time—and I was able to pick up a wide variety of Godzilla-themed snacks. Oddly, at that time, the only snacks I found that were themed around the Godzilla King of the Monsters film at the store were these—the Godzilla King of the Monsters Choco in Sables, from Coms (again). Let’s take a look. (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // December 1, 2019
  • Along with the amazingly named Shin Godzilla: War of the Takoyaki crackers, snack company Coms also released the Shin Godzilla Crunch: Black Crunch vs. White Crunch. With incredibly cute art of Kamata-Kun appearing in Osaka, and a snack not dissimilar to the excellent Godzilla Ole Crunch Collection, we have another winner on our hands here—plus, another cute Godzilla diorama is included with the box! (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // November 29, 2019
  • Apparently there was an entire line-up of Mt. Mihara sweets made this year. In addition to the Godzilla Honey Pie,  the Godzilla Crunch Ole Collection, and the Izu Oshima Godzilla Curry, we also have the Godzilla Bar Cheese Cookie from the same company. This takes some of the same design aspects of the previous two snacks and creates something new and frankly delicious. (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // November 24, 2019
  • It’s been a long time since I wrote a review for a Godzilla curry—the last one was way back in 2016 with my review of the Yokosuka Godzilla Curry. Well, time keeps right on marching along, and along with the Godzilla Crunch Ole Collection, we now have a new curry from Izu Oshima—the Izu Oshima Godzilla Curry! And I have to say, as far as it goes, this one is much better than the Yokosuka Godzilla Curry. I would totally eat this one again.

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    Kaiju Kuisine // November 22, 2019
  • This… might be the best named Godzilla snack of all time. The Shin Godzilla: War of the Takoyaki senbei cracker snack from Coms is one of the most hilariously packaged Godzilla snacks I have encountered yet. The image on the package is yet another shot of the now-classic Godzilla 2016 posing with claws outstretched and curving upwards… but this time rendered in an adorable shiny chibi style. This Godzilla is standing in front Osaka Castle (perhaps on one of his trips to Universal Studios Japan?) and is assaulting a bowl of Takoyaki with purple mouth lightning, and zapping eight more airborne Takoyaki treats with his back-blasts. It seems the people of Osaka are bombing the Big G with treats! In the corner reads the text: Takoyaki vs. Godzilla. At the bottom, perhaps most delightfully of all, is the following: “Can the Takoyaki which has been smashed flat into senbei crackers triumph over Godzilla?” (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // November 10, 2019
  • Here is one of my favorite Godzilla sweets so far. The Godzilla Crunch Ole Collection is really delicious. I love the crunch flavor, and the design is also on the fun referential side as well. As an added bonus the packaging  isn’t just your usual Shin Godzilla-holding-food design, which has become the rage since the 2016 Godzilla movie became a box office success. Let’s jump right in (to the volcano, so to speak). (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // November 2, 2019
  • Since I started reviewing Kaiju Kuisine, I have consumed a wide variety of ramen-themed monster-snacks and reviewed them here—from Baby Star Dodekai Ramen snacks, to the Godzilla Butamen cup (probably my favorite of all), to the Godzilla vs. Evangelion Box: Garlic Ramen and Spicy Chicken Flavor (second favorite, and most fun due to the play factor). Today I want to review a new release, simply called Godzilla Ramen, created by Hachiroumen and sold Surou Kaabu, with assistance from a company called… river pond (no capitals). Flavor-wise it’s probably the worst, but the gimmick is still clever. (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // October 12, 2019
  • Tokusatsu no DNA: From Godzilla to Shin Godzilla Cola Flavor Drops: this is another one of those Godzilla-related snacks that I can’t help but kind of puzzle over a little bit. I picked it up at the Tokusatsu no DNA exhibit back in January (along with the Godzilla Honey Pie and a few other things), and I just have to kind of wonder: Why cola? At least with, say, the arare crackers we have a snack that originates from Japan. At least with the Godzilla curries, we have something spicy that sort of goes along well with Godzilla’s nuclear breath (and, as I love to mention over and again, curry was the source of Godzilla’s fiery breath back in the Japanese version of the Godzilla Game Boy game). At least with pies you can say it’s part of the omiyage/souvenir culture. But cola drops, along with fruit-flavored chocolate bars and chocolate wafers, really puzzles me. (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // August 12, 2019
  • When I visited the Tokusatsu no DNA exhibit in Tokyo in January, I was happy to find a few more Godzilla snacks about which I could write reviews. Any fears of these starting to vanish the further away we get from Shin Godzilla (2016) aren’t materializing yet. Although with a new Godzilla movie on the way, perhaps this will be the norm. Anyway, the biggest package I picked up was the Godzilla Honey Pie. Let’s have our usual rundown! (more…)

    Kaiju Kuisine // July 19, 2019