This “Attack On Titan” bento box isn't so much appetizing as it is appalling. How hungry (or brave) would you have to be before getting up the guts to dig into this fearsome flayed face?
“Attack on Titan” (Shingeki no Kyojin, or “Advancing Giants”), written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, is a popular manga series that debuted in Japan in 2009. Set in a dystopian future in which humanity is under attack by giant predatory humanoids called “Titans”, the series has branched out to other media such as an anime television series, video game adaptations, an upcoming live action film adaptation... and at least one bento lunchbox!
As featured on the always interesting Rinkya Blog and at Pixiv by its creator, who goes by the name of Emiko, this eye-opening bento channels the frightening visage of a terrifying Titan through the otherwise innocuous art of bento box craftsmanship.
Emiko was kind enough to explain the step-by-step process required to create the “Attack On Titan” bento box using easily available ingredients including rice, surimi imitation crab meat, sausage, dried seaweed (nori), pickled plums (umeboshi), fried egg and sliced cheese. The surimi is what really makes the bento, er, titanic due to its uncanny resemblance to muscle tissue. Bet you never noticed that before!
Perhaps the most painstaking part of the production process was the careful and precise positioning of the 80-odd individual cooked rice grains required to simulate the Titan's wicked grin. Manipulating the small, sticky rice grains couldn't have been easy but the end result was definitely worth it.
One can only imagine the scene – a cafeteria full of manga-loving school kids – when Emiko's child revealed his (or her) “Attack On Titan” bento box for the first time. Scary or not, the opportunity to take carnivorous revenge on a Titan must have been impossible to resist... in other words, they ate it up!