wow. I only know Doraemon. Is Doraemon's favorite food basically Anpanman's head???
Doraemon is also awesome! His favourite food is something similar to anpan, but it's called dorayaki (hence his name Dora-emon. Dorayaki is red bean paste sandwiched between two sweet pancakes instead of filled inside a bun). That's a lot of red bean paste connection.
Germany is really missing out without Doraemon. Italy is obsessed with him though.
I've noticed that about Italy---they show/used to show TONS of Japanese anime on TV that other European countries don't. Like Tiger Mask, Attack Number One, Captain Tsubasa and Doraemon. Weird eh!
and don't forget Sampei! We did have Mila Superstar and Kickers though.
I saw a lot of Anpanman and Doraemon stuff and merchandise when I lived in Japan. It's amazing to see how popular they are with kids. Also, anpan is tasty! I particularly liked the tiny ones you could get in packs of five at the university convenience store. Some of them were filled with white bean paste, and I kinda liked that more than regular anko. I guess it was called shiro-an?
Yeah, there is A CRAP LOAD of Anpanman and Doraemon merchandise, eh. This also makes me want to buy the Doraemon comics and reread them!OOoh, I like the little anpan too, although I'm usually not the biggest fan of anko. (I also prefer koshi-an (the smooth anko) to tsubu-an (the lumpy one). Kinda picky when it comes to anko.) I like shiro-an though! Nom!
Yeah, I like koshi-an better than tsubu-an too. A bit unrelated, but I have to mention that shiro (shiroi?) taiyaki filled with custard was one of the best treats I had in Japan! Speaking of taiyaki also reminds me of this song: http://youtu.be/Dq2xiLxAiIs