Adventures In Japan – Magikarp Taiyaki

Adventures In Japan – Magikarp Taiyaki

Hello everyone!

I’m back with a brand new type of post: Adventures in Japan! These posts will cover interesting things I’ve done in Japan, sometimes Pokemon related but not necessarily.

Today’s adventure: Magikarp Taiyaki!

I talked about the Magikarp Taiyaki originally in this post, but to recap: Kuriko-An, a chain of taiyaki centered food stalls, started selling Magikarp shaped taiyaki at five of their locations in the Tokyo and Yokohama area. The five locations are Yokohama (West Gate Shop), Minato-Mirai, Akihabara, Asakusa-Nakamise-Doori, and Kichijouji. I originally said Magikarp was only available with red bean filling, but actually, he also comes in chocolate and custard.

One Magikarp taiyaki costs 210 yen, including tax.

I was under the impression these Magikarp taiyakis were limited, so I was really happy to hear they’re still on sale, and the first thing I did when I had a chance to visit Akihabara during the day was to get one! The store was very easy to find and is about a minute away from the JR Akihabara station Electric Town exit.

The wrapper for the taiyaki has a Pokeball on one side and lyrics from the Magikarp song on the back.

My favorite taiyaki flavor is custard, so since the option was available, I chose custard for my Magikarp. Honestly, it tasted very taiyaki-y, which isn’t bad! But don’t go in expecting something amazing. The batter for the taiyaki pastry is not very sweet, but it is fluffy and soft, so that’s a plus, and the custard was yummy if a little messy (but that’s why they give you the paper wrapping).

All in all, I’d give it a 10/10 because it’s Magikarp shaped and was cute! If you’re in the Akihabara area (or one of the locations I mentioned above) and can buy a Magikarp treats, I highly recommend at least getting one for the experience.

Until next time!

Merchandise Overview – February

February

[Gacha] Sleepy Friends: Sun & Moon (Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Rockruff, Pikachu)

2.1

[Pokemon Center] Vulpix Poncho Promotion
[Pokemon Center Campaign] Sapporo Re-opening Part 2: Coaster + Art Card distribution starts

2.4

[Pokemon Center] March Monthly Pair Pikachu

2.6

[Candy Toy] Pokemon Collection Candy Sun & Moon (Solgaleo, Lunala, Togedemaru, Litten, Rowlet, Popplio, Komala, Rockruff, Dex Rotom, Pikachu)

2.7

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Togedemaru Plush

2.9

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Jolteon, Sylveon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Plush (Eevee, Glaceon, Leafeon)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Alola Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush

2.11

[Pokemon Center] Pokedolls Part 2 (Pikachu, Bewear, Ditto)
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Center Plush Part 3 (Dartrix, Torracat, Brionne, Jangmo-o, Passimion, Lycanroc Midday/Midnight)

2.14

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection – Large Plush (Espeon, Umbreon)

2.16

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon Plush (Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, Alola Meowth)

2.21

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Pikachu Face Cushion
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party – Large Pikachu Plush

2.23

[Banpresto] Pokemon Sun & Moon – Large Meowth Plush
[Merchandise] Mocchi-Mocchi Cushions (Snorlax, Gengar, Jigglypuff)

2.25

[MonColle Get] Part 5 (Lycanroc, Alola Rattata, Absol, Drowzee, Yungoos, plus 3 secrets)

Friday Pokemon Announcements – March Monthly Pair Pikachu + February Banpresto Prizes

Hello everyone!

Tonight’s announcements were pretty sparse, so I’ll be including the Banpresto update for February as well.

First up, the Monthly Pair Pikachu for March was officially announced on the Pokemon website. The theme for March is, unsurprisingly, Hana-Matsuri (Girl’s Day) which is on March 3rd. The pair will come out February 4th and will cost 2,808 yen after tax.

Moving on to the Banpresto side of things!

As a reminder before we dive into prizes, Banpresto is a company that creates prizes for game centers. These prizes are not sold to customers directly; you need to either win them yourself or get them second hand.

The Pokemon Tea Party continues from January with two new plush. The Pikachu Macaron cushion and large Pikachu plush will both be available starting February 21st (Tuesday).

The Nebukuro Collection is not slowing down with more releases into February.

There will be two sets of large plush. Jolteon and Sylveon will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday) and Espeon and Umbreon will be available starting February 14th (Tuesday).
The smaller set of plush, featuring Eevee, Glaceon, and Leafeon, will be available starting February 9th (Tuesday).

Alola Hype continues with some popular Alola type Pokemon plush.

The smaller sized plush, featuring Alola Raichu, Alola Vulpix, and Alola Meowth, will be available at game centers starting February 16th (Thursday).
The larger sized Alola Raichu plush will be available starting February 9th (Thursday) and the larger Togedemaru plush will be available starting February 7th (Tuesday).

If you prefer Meowth over his Alolan counter part, you’re in luck, as a fairly big Meowth plush will be available as a prize starting February 23rd (Thursday).
A fairly big sized Magikarp plush will be available as well, exclusively through Namco, starting February 9th (Thursday).

And that concludes our merchandise round-up for today!

Until next time~
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March Monthly Pair Pikachu

Merchandise Overview – January

1.1

[Pokemon Center] Special Skytree Center Moving Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Skytree Center Sun and Moon Pokedoll Pre-release (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Pokemeon Center] Spring Spring Spring! Promotion
[Pokemon Center] Pokemon Villains Part 2 – Gacha Figure Collection
[Pokemon Center] 2017 Lucky Bags

1.2

[Pokemon Center] 2017 Lucky Bags

1.7

[Pokemon Center] Monthly Pair Pikachu – February
[Pokemon Center] Pokeball Promotion

1.11

[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Large Plush (Flareon, Vaporeon)
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Plush (Espeon, Sylveon, Umbreon)

1.14

[Pokemon Center] Sun and Moon Pokedolls Nationwide Release (Litten, Popplio, Rowlet)
[Pokemon Center] New Pokemon Center Exclusive Plush (Alola Ninetails, Alola Sandshrew, Fomantis)
[Pokemon Center] Original Phone Cases (Snorlax + Sleeping Pokemon, Alola Pokemon Collection, Mimikyu)

1.16

[Merchandise] MonColle Get Vol 4 | Electric Types (9 Varieties)

1.17

[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party | Pikachu Candy Plush (3 Varieties)
[Banpresto] Pokemon Tea Party | Large Pikachu Plush

1.19

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends | Electric Type Plush (Ampharos, Pachirisu, Pikachu)

1.20

[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Large Pikachu Mascot Plush (3 Types)

1.23

[Merchandise] Pokemon Desktop Figures (Bulbasaur, Charmander, Gengar, Mew, Pikachu, Squirtle)

1.24

[Banpresto] Kororin Friends | Big Raichu Plush
[Banpresto] Nebukuro Collection | Large Plush (Leafeon, Glaceon)

1.26

[Banpresto] Large Rockruff Plush
[Banpresto] Rockruff Evolution Line Plush
[Banpresto] *NAMCO EXCLUSIVE* Magikarp Plush

1.27

[TCG] Sun & Moon Booster Pack
[TCG] Sun & Moon Special Set (Decidueye, Incineroar, Primarina)
[TCG] Sun & Moon special Set (Rockruff, Turtonator)
[TCG] Popular Card Sleeve Re-Release (Subway Bosses, Steven w/Metagross, Champion Steven, Chandelure, Eeveelutions)

1.28

[MonColle] Bewear, Zygarde Perfect Forme

Banpresto – Upcoming January Releases

Hello everyone!

I’m back with a new type of merchandise announcement post: Banpresto! In the past, I’ve quietly added these releases directly to the Monthly Overview posts, but I’m going to start creating posts like this once a month when Banpresto releases information for the next month’s prizes.

January promises us a bunch of really cute plush, including some adorable Rockruffs!

A new series, Pokemon Tea Party, will start in January with a big size Pikachu plush and three smaller plush all coming out January 17th (Tuesday).

If you love the Nebukuro Collection plush, and Eeveelutions, you have the January line-up to look forward to.

Big size plush of Vaporeon and Flareon sleeping bag Pikachus will come out January 11th (Wednesday).
Big size plush of Leafeon and Glaceon sleeping bag Pikachus will come out January 24th (Tuesday).

The three smaller plush (Sylveon, Umbreon, and Espeon sleeping bags) will come out January 11th (Wednesday).

The Kororin Friends series continues in January with an electric type theme!

The smaller size plush (Pikachu, Pichu, and Pachirisu) comes out January 19th (Thursday).
Large size Kororin Raichu plush comes out January 24th (Tuesday).

Rockruff (and Lycanroc) will be the first Alolan Banpresto prizes aside from the starter plush released in November and December!

The big size Rockruff plush and the smaller Rockruff and Lycanroc plush will all come out January 26th (Thursday).

Finally, we have a Namco game center exclusive: Magikarp! At a length of 15 cm, he’s not considered a big size plush, but if you’re a Magikarp collector, he’s pretty cute.

*All the plush mentioned in this post are prizes, meaning they can only be won from game centers and won’t be available for direct sale at Pokemon Centers.
They can also be bought second hand.

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Adults Love Pokemon Too (Banpresto Site)