7-11 Rolls Out ‘One Piece’ Gum Gum Fruit Pastries In Japan
In the pirate-filled world of Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and anime series, gulping down a piece of the legendary Devil Fruit grants eaters phenomenal powers -- an ultra-stretchy body, becoming a living skeleton, generating limitless appendages out of thin air --- but strips them of the ability to swim. So fans will probably be pleased to discover 7-11 stores in Japan are selling a sweet bun version of OP star Luffy's Gum Gum Fruit filled with whipped cream and blueberry jam with none of the potentially career-ending side effects.
Currently available for 150 yen (about $150 USD), the Gum Gum sweet buns look pulled straight from Oda's sketchbook, albeit slightly more 3D. Since no two pieces of Devil Fruit are alike in the One Piece manga, 7-11 would probably have its hands full trying to release all of the approximately 40 (and counting) fruits found in the series. Given that One Piece has generated more than 300 million copies across 71 volumes since 1997, 7-11 actually probably wouldn't have much trouble marketing that many Devil Fruit pastry offerings from a consumer demand standpoint... but designing and stocking 40 flavors seems a little more daunting than the convenience stores could reasonably manage. It's not like you can get rid of the Slurpee machines to make space when the rest of the store is already full of other OP food and drink offerings.
You can take a look at the Gum Gum pastry available at 7-11 in Japan below. If you'e a CA reader currently in Japan, definitely let us know how they taste in the comments if yo ho ho, you take a bite of Gum Gum.