Your anime-loving sweetheart will (not) believe his or her luck.
It’s sometimes hard to see underneath all the giant robots and psychoanalysis, but science fiction anime Evangelion actually has a lot of romance going on in it. At one point or another protagonist Shinji’s heart and/or loins are stirred by guardian/roommate Misato, fellow mecha pilots Rei and Asuka, and mysterious young man/apocalyptic alien Kaworu. Then there’s the tangled emotional web of attraction made up of the interpersonal relationships between Misato, old flame Kaji, scientist Ritsuko, shadowy mastermind Gendo, Ristuko’s late mother Naoko, and Gendo’s late mother Yui (who also happens to be Shinji’s mother).
With all that love in the anime’s air, maybe it’s not so surprising that one Japanese confectioner looked at the calendar, saw Valentine’s Day was coming up, and said “Hey, let’s make some Evangelion chocolates!”
Tokyo Chocolate, a subdivision of confectioner Mary’s, seeks to combine traditional chocolate-making methods with fresh, novel ideas that have a Japanese angle. Previously, that concept has taken the form of things like these Mt. Fuji-shaped crunch chocolates.
But right now, Tokyo Chocolate will also be happy to sell you set of 10 pieces of Evangelion chocolate, which it boasts make heavy use of Japanese-sourced ingredients, in order to “draw out their delicate flavors and sensibilities” in the same manner of the Japanese animated hit.
The chocolates come in a box decorated with the Nerv logo on the lid and a drawing of Evangelion Unit-01 on the underside. Each of the 10 pieces represents a different figure or organization from the anime.
▼ Left row, top to bottom: Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Kaworu, Mari
Right row, top to bottom: Unit-01, Unit-00, Unit-02, Sachiel the Angel, Nerv logo
The set sells for 3,240 yen (US$27). In the Tokyo area, it can be purchased at the Evangelion Store in the Parco department store in Ikebukuro, as well as at branches of department stores Isetan (Shinjuku, Tachikawa, and Haneda Airport Terminal 1 locations) and Mitsukoshi (Nihonbashi, Ginza). Be advised that quantities are limited, so if you’re looking to pick up a pack, you’ll want to act more quickly than the tragically indecisive Shinji.