In a world where pieces of fruit give you the power to teleport opponents' heads off their shoulders or turn yourself in a giant scarecrow, perhaps one of the strangest characters in the world of the Grand Line in One Piece is Tony Chopper. Certainly, Chopper is one of the strangest crew members of the Straw Hat Pirates, being a reindeer that has the ability to transform multiple times. Now, to honor this bizarre character from the franchise, Japanese 7-11s' are releasing some insanely cute snacks that take the form of Monkey D Luffy's favorite deer.
Anime News Network shared the information dump via their Official Twitter Account that shows off the recently released One Piece snacks, bringing to life the "doctor" of the Straw Hats in his most adorable form for both fans of the franchise and newcomers to enjoy:
#Interest Feast on Adorable One Piece Chopper Snacks • Japanese Seven Eleven stores are currently decked out with snacks inspired by anime's favorite reindeer. The "Taberareru Mascot" (edible mascot) snack line started releasing its take on One… https://t.co/tWzqyBc2zw— Anime News Network (@Anime) September 1, 2019
The snacks themselves are around for a limited time only in Japan, acting as a part of 7-11's "Taberaru Mascot" line, which has seen other characters from anime and Disney, for example, created as delicious treats. The Chopper snacks come in two flavors with cherry blossom and chocolates flavors respectively.
While not in the US now, this is hardly the first time that 7-11 has created some crazy contributions to the world of edible treats. The convenience store chain has always been known for its frozen drink the Slurpee, but do you remember when they attempted to create a "pizza sandwich" that replaced the bread of a sandwich with pizza slices? Though not nearly as successful as the former, said sandwich will always be burned into our brains for its uniqueness, that's for sure.
Chopper, as mentioned earlier, is the doctor of the Straw Hat Pirates, travelling from port to port with them and gaining the ability to transform into a number of different forms from normal reindoor to hybrid to full blown human thanks to its effects. Much like the rest of Luffy's crew, Tony took the time skip to train and gain a better mastery of his abilities just in time to put them to the test in Wano Country.
What do you think of these new snacks from 7-11? Would you like to see them arrive here in the west? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the Grand Line!
Eiichiro Oda's One Piece first began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997. It has since been collected into over 80 volumes, and has been a critical and commercial success worldwide with many of the volumes breaking printing records in Japan. The manga has even set a Guinness World Record for the most copies published for the same comic book by a single author, and is the best-selling manga series worldwide with over 430 million copies sold. The series still ranked number one in manga sales in 2018, which surprised fans of major new entries.