Only In Japan-Mister Donut’s and Pon-De-Lion!!!!!


Hello and greetings fellow otaku,

Well about two weeks ago, I started reading an interesting manga series known as Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play. The series focuses on a young protagonist named Miaka Yuki, a junior high school student who has an obsession with food!!!! Now in the first volume of the manga, Miaka mentions some popular restaurants such as Denny’s, McDonald’s among others. But one of the most interesting places she mentioned was well know popular donut chain known as Mister Donut’s.

Now for those of you who do not know what the heck I am talking about, Mister Donut’s was a popular donut chain here in the states that first open it’s doors back in 1956. The chain was popular all across the United States until the 1990’s when it was acquired by Dunkin Donuts. Currently there are only a small handful of  Mister Donuts chains in the states. However the popular franchise is still going strong over seas in Japan, The Philippines among others.

Now your probably thinking, how is Mister Donuts still doing business after all these years? Well take a look at this picture and you will see what I mean.


So who is this cute little guy, well this is Pon-De-Lion the Mister Donut’s mascot (A play-on of words of the famous Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon). He and his friends are relatively well known for the franchise in Japan from stuffed animals to billboard signs. You can’t go anywhere in Japan without seeing these cute little characters. Here are a few videos featuring Pon and friends, and trust me they are really funny and cute.

And for those of you who are interested in looking at some of the character collectables that are currently available, you can check out the Japanese version of the Mister Donuts website by clicking on the link at the end of this post. and with that, this will wrap another edition of Only In Japan. So until next time, remember that there is a ton of great anime and manga out there. All you have to do is find it. Ltrs.

Mister Donuts Japan

Bonus Pic-(Pon and Friends)

Mr. Donut Animals

6 Responses to Only In Japan-Mister Donut’s and Pon-De-Lion!!!!!

  1. bluedrakon says:

    OMG – that stuff was funny. I remember those stores and logos when I was a kid.
    I am sure that these ads would never make it here as PETA would be up in arms.

    • Andrew B says:

      I remember that there were some locations where I lived as well, though I was very little at the time. And I tottaly agree with the PETA thing, these commercials would not air in the states at all. 😦

  2. Yi says:

    I like that tiger. It’s kind of cute.

  3. I was just reading Fushigi Yuugi the other day too, and noticed Mr. Donuts mentioned. Kind of amusing how an American food store can die out in America but still go strong over in Japan.

    Those commercials are kind of on the line between kawaii and kowaii to me. XP

  4. 15ft Gate says:

    15ft Gate…

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