Think you got what it takes to be a Big Shogun Space Avenger? Time to put your money where your mouth is.
Japan is well into the autumn season now and it’s a great time of year to spend outdoors. The cool weather is perfect for a stroll through the colorful foliage or a picnic in the park. That’s exactly the mood our writer Masanuki Sunakoma was in when he found himself in Oita City one fine autumn day.
Bentos make a perfectly portable picnic platter for such an occasion. However, something about this particular weather also tends to strengthen a man’s appetite, and Masanuki was looking for something a little heavier than usual.
So it was a stroke of luck that he encountered Big Shogun Bento just ten minutes drive from Oita Station. Its signage boasted the “strongest mega helpings” and even the phone number “8181” was read to mean “I’m stuffed!!” in Japanese (with a little liberty taken in the pronunciation).
True to its name, Big Shogun had an array of meat-laden bentos with names reminiscent of boss characters from old NES games like Miso Karaage Meteo Bento, Chicken Nanban Niagara Bento, and Big Shogun Galaxy Monster Bento.
But it was the Big Shogun Space Avengers Bento that caught Masanuki’s eye. This fully-loaded lunch box is originally priced at 3,980 yen (US$35), but was on sale for only 2,980 yen ($26) at the time.
Not one to pass up a deal like that, Masanuki ordered one. However, a meal of this scale needed to be ordered a day in advance, so his picnic would have to wait.
The following day he returned to Big Shogun Bento, excited to take on the Space Avengers Bento. As the shop keeper hauled out the massive meal in a blue floral print bag, Masanuki face went pale.
“It’s really heavy,” the clerk advised, “so be sure to keep an arm underneath it.” Masanuki gently accepted and cradled the bento as if he were being given a child.