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 Godzilla Resurgence (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.
The image (which seems to be by the same artist who did the packaging art for the Takoyaki snack and the Shin Godzilla Crunch) shows a cheerful and very cute version of Kamata-Kun getting ambushed by the Mothra larva, who has latched onto the former’s long tail. Kamata-Kun looks shocked—actually, he looks like he has a little crown floating above his head, but I think that is actually supposed to be a symbolic representation of Kamata-Kun’s emotional response. The city nearby also seems to be celebrating the match with fireworks. Actually, Nagaragawa in Gifu (the place of origin of Coms) is the site of a huge famous fireworks festival each year in August with hundreds of thousands of attendees each year. In the background we can see the Gifu Castle, and in the foreground an overturned boat and several birds. A burning torch can also be seen in the water near the boat. I am pretty sure these must be cormorants from the cormorant fishing festival, which also takes place throughout summer in the same area, and which features fireworks and fire lanterns. There is some text in Japanese in the corner that states, “With a bite from the Mothra Larva, the curtain is opened on a decisive battle!” And, just like with the War of Takoyaki packaging, we also see in very small text that this battle is just fiction. Which again begs the question… would anyone think this was a true story?!
How about the snacks? Well, Kamata-Kun gets a water manjuu with anko paste inside (the cute packaging showing his grinning maw), and Mothra gets a steamed chestnut shoukan. Now a manjuu, according to my dictionary, is a “steamed yeast bun with filling,” and a youkan is a “jellied dessert made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar.” The packaging says that the manjuu and the youkan taste better chilled in the refrigerator, so I dutifully did so before consuming. These Japanese snacks are a little trickier to consume than some of the previous snacks I ate. The manjuu is sticky and slimy and the youkan is also a bit squishy and gross-looking. However, neither tastes bad. The manjuu slides down the throat easily (sorry, gross imagery) and is mildly sweet with a little punch of red bean, and the youkan of course has a stronger red bean taste with a steamed chestnut inside which makes it quite pleasant. I like red beans, and I like chestnuts, so for me, the youkan (and thus Mothra) wins the fight.
This monster snack doesn’t feature any extras in the box unfortunately, but at least in this case it doesn’t feel like there is an obnoxious ploy to get fans to buy multiple boxes. There is also just something nice here in that Coms is celebrating their home city, with art that references popular places and events that take place there. And, as I said before, it is just appropriate to see Japanese snacks this time, since many of the Kaiju Kuisine I have Konsumed tend to be Western snacks. Recommended for the adventurous kaiju gourmet.
Love that box art!
Cute, individually-wrapped goodness
Kamata-Kun’s slimy water manjuu
Mothra’s tasty youkan