I thought I should start off the reviews with one of the more unassuming-looking V-Day treats—the Godzilla Milk Chocolate from Stock Company Forusha, which—at least from the outside—just looks like an oversized Hershey bar (perhaps a… Godzilla-sized Hershey bar?). The bar, which cost 1080 yen by the way, looks rather big indeed—but then you open the thing and realize that Godzilla already took a big bite for himself and stomped all over your chocolate. And the chocolate bar itself is WAY, way smaller than the box.
If you look at the receipt I got from the Godzilla Store, this bar of chocolate is called the “Destroyed by Godzilla Slab of Chocolate,” and that is pretty accurate. I really love the design of the chocolate bar itself, even if it comes across as a bit of a rip-off. The general design of the bar follows the familiar rectangular breakable sections design of the classic Hershey’s bar, but this time with a large portion either smashed or bitten away. A chocolate version of Godzilla himself stands amongst the rubble, silhouetted in the middle of the smashed chocolate “city,” and there are even Godzilla footprints in the chocolate sections leading up to where the monster king is standing. The perspective doesn’t quite work, but the design is still brilliant.
As for Godzilla himself, he sports some pretty great details, from the textured skin to the triple rows of plates and even some teeth and his ear can be seen. The monster does not appear to have much of a neck (perhaps shortened so as to make the bar sturdier), and his arm just sort of ends in a nob, but I think he looks pretty good. If you look carefully at his spines, you can see that they are kind of irregular as well, and given the prominent ears, my guess is that this is supposed to be Shodai-Goji, or the original Godzilla from the first film designed by Wasuke Abe.
As for the chocolate itself, well, I ate the whole thing in preparation for this review… and I am NOT going to do that with the other chocolates, as my stomach Is not happy with me! I guess it was just too much choco for one afternoon. At any rate, the chocolate is pretty decent milk chocolate and definitely reminded me (again) of a Hershey’s bar. Basically, the bar did not differentiate itself in any way for me—it’s not extremely creamy or bitter or waxy or wacky, there are no nuts, no strange ingredients. Just a good, solid bar of chocolate that happens to be Godzilla-themed. (I wish they had made it dark chocolate, though).
While the chocolate itself may not be anything particularly special, and the volume of chocolate is not really, err, monster-sized, the chocolate is still good and the design of the bar is clever and should make any Godzilla fan happy. I especially appreciate that, after you open the box and remove the bar of chocolate, you will see the red background (which looks like it’s just there because red is a classic Valentine’s Day color) is actually the color of an ominous city skyline with searchlights shining out for any sign of the giant monster’s approach. If you interpret the background to mean that Godzilla has already stomped the city and the red sky is a reflection of rampant fires and destruction, then it’s actually kind of creepy. But maybe the red sky is actually, uhh, the color of love as Godzilla, acting like a giant radioactive lizard Cupid, brings couples across Japan closer. If you interpret it that way, then it’s actually pretty sweet—which is just what Godzilla chocolate should be. (Heck, I don’t want to eat radioactive chocolate. No thanks.)