Regardless that the TV anime sequence and manga sequence for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has been off for some time, it’s lastly that a part of the recognition of a franchise when the primary key artwork is slapped onto any product that’ll take it. Generally, it’s simply an present product with Nezuko on the entrance, different occasions, it’s this:
A Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba carbonated vitality drink.
Now don’t get me fallacious, Demon Slayer will get me pumped up as a lot because it does anybody else, however I don’t know if I want an additional buzz whereas watching small Nezuko run round a spider-infested forest.
The designs on the Asahi Dodekamin Vitality Drink are consistent with the standard packaging for the Dodekamin model, one which has collaborated with anime earlier than, although the BIG 600ml measurement is new for Demon Slayer. For the reason that collaboration ended, the BIG bottles have stayed, although with none Demon Slayer decals on them – it’s important to marvel if extra folks will purchase the drink after making an attempt it for the Demon Slayer promotion…
In any case, there have been eight totally different designs. I attempted searching for extra designs to indicate off in photos, however these had been the one two in my space. You may see that after one of many bottles has been drunk (the day earlier than – vitality drinks might be no joke!) the picture on the label, on this case, Tanjiro, turns into extra clear. Whereas the one with the drink nonetheless inside is a bit more desaturated in yellow from the colour of the liquid.
By way of style, surprisingly it tastes precisely just like the Australian drink Passiona, which could be very loosely flavored after passionfruit. After being in Japan so lengthy, when the drink hit my lips, I felt like I used to be a child once more consuming a budget drink on a sizzling summer time day – although with out the kick of the guarana.
Although, not less than for me, that comes with some downsides. The preliminary style was candy and refreshing, however the aftertaste was horrid, leaving an odd odor out of my mouth (which due to a masks I now should odor) and out the bottle. The opposite Australians I shared it with didn’t appear to thoughts although.
With out the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba branding, I in all probability wouldn’t decide up the drink once more. When you could have the likes of Pocari Sweat to refresh you on a summer time day, or Coke Vitality to offer you a fast buzz, consuming Asahi Dodekamin Vitality Drink simply doesn’t appear value it. Even when it’s the most cost-effective choice.
(All photos had been taken by Daryl Harding)
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll Information. He additionally runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff known as TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photographs of his travels on Instagram.