Not too fond of testing my luck with gachapon machines orz;;
Title: Hakuouki Ochakashi Strap 薄桜鬼 お茶菓子ストラップ
Price: 200 Yen (w/tax per try)
Available: October 2011 (I think)
Maker: Takara Tomy
Description: There are 6 designs to collect. 土方歳三（京の銘菓 新撰組特製八つ橋）／斉藤一（雪うさぎの氷菓子寒天添え）／原田佐之助＆永倉新八（のんべえ酒まんじゅう）／沖田総司（苦いのはちょっと嫌。あま~いらくがんと金平糖セット）／藤堂平助（塩漬け葉っぱも美味しい桜餅）／風間千景（ちぃ様婚礼祝かすていら）
Official site: http://www.takaratomy-arts.co.jp/specials/hakuoki/gacha.html
I found out about this set of cute Japanese tea candy straps a couple of months ago and really wanted them. They were not available at that time, so I didn’t try to hunt them down. I kinda of forgot about them until last week. I passed by a local toy store and saw the Gachapon machine… *_* I… I should have walked away orz;;
Many tries and ~$$$~ after, I managed to get all the boys except one. Saito Hajime’s item just refuses to drop (ToT) and I finally gave up.
After I got home, feeling bothered because I am missing one item, I did a quick search online and I found the full set on sale for about 1,080 Yen on Amazon Japan! *cries* Well, considering there are fees to import it but at least I can get the complete set… The “fun” and excitement of not knowing what to expect in gachapon orz…
Anyway, here’s the quick review of the Hakuouki boys who like me enough to drop lol~
I’m biased, so I’ll only review Harada Sanosuke’s capsule in a bit more detail than the rest.
Usually these capsules contain an item and an information sheet each.
Close up of Harada Sanosuke and Nagakura Shinpachi’s strap. 原田佐之助＆永倉新八 のんべえ酒まんじゅう Heavy Drinker Sake Manjuu.
Back view. The straps measure about 10~15 cm long.
Next is Okita Souji’s strap. 沖田総司 苦いのはちょっと嫌。あま~いらくがんと金平糖セット Don’t really like bitter taste. Sweet~ hard candy and coloured sugar candy set.
The candy strap captures Okika’s cute teasing face :3
Back view. These candies taste very sweet and look exactly like the strap.
Hijikata Toshizou’s strap. 土方歳三 京の銘菓 新撰組特製八つ橋 Famous Kyoto brand specially made Shinsengumi Hatsu Hashi (“zig-zag bridge”, sweet with bean paste filling)
Side view. The real thing is quite yummy too.
Back view. Looks exactly like the sweet.
Todou Heisuke strap. 藤堂平助 塩漬け葉っぱも美味しい桜餅 Delicious Sakura rice cake with bean paste filling, wrapped with salt-preserved cherry leaf.
Kazama Chikage. 風間千景 ちぃ様婚礼祝かすていら Chi-sama Wedding Celebration Castella (sponge cake). Same flavour as these Hakuouki castella?
Side view. Looks like a book :D
All but the missing Saito Hajime’s strap :(
The information sheet. Saito Hajime strap. 斉藤一 雪うさぎの氷菓子寒天添え Snow Rabbit’s agar/gelatin served with sherbet.
Back view of the information sheet.
Since you’ve made it this far…
Here’s your chance to win a Kazama Chikage strap!
Instructions (Lucky Draw is CLOSED):
Leave me a comment at the bottom
Make sure you fill in your email address, so that I can contact you if you win. (^o^)/
Please be fair to others and enter only ONCE.
Closing date: end of 14 March 2012 (Japan’s White Day!)
I will randomly pick TWO winners at the end of the lucky draw.
Thanks for your participation! There are so many entries, I wish I could give more away!
I used a random numbers iPhone app to pick the lucky winners and they are:
1) aikara (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2) rei (email@example.com)
3) Ericha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Yep, there are 3 winners instead of 2. (^o^)/
I’ll email the three winners very soon for your address details. After you receive Kazama’s strap, please take a shot of how you use him and send it to me XD I would love to see it!