Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.
This week’s topic: McDonald’s in Japan
If you’re checking out new shows from this Spring 2013 season, you may have seen the pilot episode of Hataraku Maou-sama. In it our main character, Maou, goes from the life of dominating an entire world, to the poor living conditions on Earth as a part-time worker at a fast-food burger joint.
In anime, you’ll often see your favorite characters visit a fast-food burger place at least once in the series. McRonalds, WcDonalds, the name is changed in various ways to dodge that license infringement. But we all know what it is in the end.
Believe it or not, after eating at a McDonald’s in Japan, I didn’t feel horrible about myself afterwards. In fact, when I got back to Los Angeles Airport and grabbed a bite to eat, I felt like the quality was so much lower, even by fast-food standards. That is because the ingredients used are slightly different, such as using Fish Oil instead of Canola or Peanut.
To be more clear, the food menu is also different. While it include the “staple” McDonald’s items like the Big Mac, Nuggets, and McFlurry, there are also Teriyaki Burgers, Bacon-Lettuce Burgers, and even burgers with Egg on it. Pretty gourmet for a fast-food joint, right? Additionally, the drink sizes are different, kind of promoting the idea of less consumption.
Unlike the States where people are always in-and-out when it comes to fast food, places like this have become hangout spots for many, especially the middle-high school kids. This has also caused some oftentimes dumb antics, considering you got a bunch of young adults hanging out at one place that would likely pull off some fun, yet retarded, ideas.
For more insight, you can also check out this guy’s written experience with the vast difference between American and Japanese McDonald’s. If you ever get the chance to visit Japan, odd as it may sound, I definitely recommend checking out a McDonald’s just to experience the sheer difference in that culture affects food styles.