If Anime Characters Were Snack Foods

I don’t watch anime as much as I used to, but, boy, would I binge if I had the time. The worst part of anime is that empty feeling when you finally finish a series. But that feeling is lessened a bit by gorging on snacks. So why not discover which anime characters would work well as snacks?! 

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Death Note Ryuk: Trader Joe’s Apple Fruit Snacks

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Death Note fans know that if there’s anything a shinigami loves, it’s apples. While Gods of Death have no need for food, Ryuk loves munching down on apples from the human world. He even goes through withdrawals if he doesn’t have them. But apples are perishable and, as we all know, fruit snacks are forever. Forever is a long time, but so is the life of an apple-loving Death God. Apart from being apple-flavored, these fruit snacks are also not shaped like any typical fruit—they’re more like jagged fruit chunks. If Ryuk was a fruit chunk, I’m sure he would be appley and spikey, just like these. 

Pokémon Squirtle: Gushers

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As a child, I watched Pokemon religiously. And if I can tell you anything, it’s that the leader of the Squirtle Squad is in fact a Gusher. Gushers’ iconic hexagonal shape has always made me think of Squirtle, so I’d consider the whole gang of them to be one cute pack of Gushers. Where does all that extra water come from when Squirtle attacks? Naturally I assumed that it stores water in its shell like some sort of camel. And if its water supply is in its shell, it’s one squeeze away from popping—exactly like a Gusher. 

Hunter X Hunter Gon Freecss: Gogurt

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Gon may be wiping the floor with his adversaries, but he is still very much a child. A child who packs a punch! What better snack to represent Gon than a zippy childhood snack with a fun twist: Gogurt (who can resist yogurt in a tube)! His pointy hair reminds me of the stiff, jagged top of a tube of Gogurt. Plus, Gon is constantly pushing himself too far and getting injured—either because he rushes into a fight without a solid strategy, or because of the power imbalance between him and his opponents. He always ends up sacrificing something, be it a few broken bones, or worse yet, his Nen abilities. This constant sacrifice is represented by the tearing of the Gogurt tube to reach the yogurt inside. So clearly, the moral here is to stay safe and protect your yogurt.

Attack on Titan Eren Jaeger: Warheads Candy

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Eren just wants to watch the world burn, and so do Warheads. Normally, a Warhead candy is more of a candy than a snack food, but Eren carves his own lane and constantly defies the odds (for better or for worse), so I feel an exception can be made here. Throughout the series, all Eren wants to do is fight. I mean, I would be salty too if a Titan ate my mom. And “salty” is exactly how Sporked staff writer Danny Palumbo described Warheads during our hard candy taste test. Another reason these two go hand-in-hand is their popularity. I doubt Warheads are anyone’s absolute favorite candy, just as I doubt angsty Eren is anyone’s favorite AOT character (sorry Eren!).

One Piece Monkey D Luffy: Fruit by the Foot

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He’s silly, he’s stretchy, he’s Luffy from One Piece! Being that Luffy got his super stretchy powers from a fruit, it’s only fitting that the food that fits him most is the world’s longest fruit snack. Fruit by the Foot, particularly the Cherry and Orange flavor, matches Luffy’s color scheme, including his famous straw hat and red shirt. Fruit by the Foot is also usually parted down the middle. This reminds me of Luffy stretching his long arms out to perform an attack, like his famed Gum Gum Pistol. As Luffy gets older and wiser, he diversifies his Gum Gum techniques, much like how we get older and diversify our fruit snack preferences to include more than just long bois.

Which anime characters do you feel like could be snack foods? Comment yours below!

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About the Author

Naajia Shukri

Naajia Shukri is the legit biggest fan of candy corn. She is interested in all things food, art, and beauty. After living in Korea for the past two years, she has gotten back to her L.A. roots, frequenting thrift stores and art museums.

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