Okay, I'd like to know exactly what mind control has been used on everyone to dupe the planet into thinking this passes as "tasty", because it seems like I'm the only one not drinking the Kool-Aid here.
Or in this case, Ramune.
So if you watch Dagashi Kashi, it's very likely that you have seen Hotaru (Not Sailor Saturn, though they both have purple hair) drink a bottle of Ramune soda, a carbonated beverage that comes in a wide variety of flavors. My local Five Below store picks up about four of the flavors, so curiously, I snagged a bottle for less than $2. I love to try out Japanese snacks and different sodas, so this was a no brainer of a purchase.
Examining the bottle pictured below, it's hard to tell what exactly "Original" is supposed to taste like. There are pictures of a piggy incense burner, lanterns and all types of summery images all over the bottle, so I'm going to guess that "original" is supposed to taste like the beach. The ingredients are corn syrup, sugar, carbonated water and "artificial" flavor, so it's anybody's guess what they were aiming for.
For the unindoctrinated, opening the bottle is something of a painful chore. After ripping off the plastic wrapper, you need to push apart the green plastic cap, which will push out a T shaped plunger. Then, you push the plunger with all your might down on the top of the bottle, forcing a glass marble down into a chamber. You can use the plunger to put a light cap on the bottle between sips, and when you pour the soda, the marble stops it from spilling out too much. It's an interesting gimmick, but I don't like risking injury pushing the hard to force glass apart just to get a 6 ounce beverage open.
But more frustrating than the packaging, which is the pop equivalent to a glass blister package, is the taste.
Original Ramune is awful.
The sharp, bitter taste is only slightly offset by a syrupy sugar. It's like a more mild Alka-Seltzer but minus the enjoyment. At first I thought this was just excess carbon from the water mixed with glass shards, but the further down I went, the worse the taste got.
Baffling are the Amazon reviews and the myriad of blogs praising the original flavor. I've seen the terms "sweet" and "fun" thrown around, and comments from parents praising the health hazard bottle, buying it by the case, and I just can't understand what the enjoyment of it is.
Original flavor Ramune is like club soda mixed with Goody powder headache medicine. It's nasty and leaves a filmy aftertaste. Save your money and avoid this carbonated concoction.