19 October 2010

The Melonpan Song

Digging something out from the past...

Sometime back in 2007, there was a song called The Melonpan Song (メロンパンのうた, Melonpan no Uta) which was sung by a then nine-year-old singer/songwriter girl named Yuppi (ゆっぴ). It's about how anpan has anko (red bean paste) inside, curry bread has curry inside, but melonpan has no melon inside.

The video of the song can be watched below:


A nicer quality version without subtitles can be found here.

I remember first encountering it from From Random Curiosity, when OMNI was still doing his daily anime blogging. It's a cute and innocent song, and not surprisingly anime fans would relate this to Shana, who is well known for eating melonpans. Apparently some had already suggested that this should be a theme song of some kind for her - perhaps an ending song for upcoming season / specials? ^^;

"Urusai, urusai, urusai!"

Writing this post about the melonpan reminds me of pineapple bun. And funny enough just like melonpan has no melon inside, pineapple bun has no pineapple inside, hence sharing more similarities between them XD

Now I remember how this Melonpan Song came back to me. It was because I was eating this luminescent-like green Swiss roll, which I was speculating whether it contains melon flavour or not. Turns out that it tastes just like ordinary ones, and this is probably how the song came back to me out of the blue.

Yes, that Swiss roll really is that green.

Thanks to Anonymous for pointing out this is actually a pandan Swiss roll, i.e. a Swiss roll version of pandan cake. I didn't buy this cake and haven't had prior experience of padan-related food so I've only known about it just then.


  1. cute song! haha and true =( why doesnt a melonpan have any melons >.<

  2. haha that sure is really green cake :P Never knew you could linked it to Shana!

  3. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that a pandan swiss roll?

  4. @ AstrayP03 (Zhe):
    Funny how both melonpan and pineapple bun are named because of their outward appearance, not because of what's inside them ^^;

    @ chubbybots:
    It was a really random train of thought. Maybe it's because my sister asking whether it is melon flavoured or not, then this song came to me after I found out that it isn't melon flavoured. ^^;

    @ Anonymous:
    Now that you mention it, I've checked the label of the cake and it is indeed a pandan Swiss roll. Never had anything pandan-related so I had no experience on it until just then. Thanks for the heads-up!

  5. Why does everyone remember shana and forget Poor Ren from DearS?

    I even remember one bit from DearS where Ren thought that melons were mythical fruits which you had to break open to get the Melonpan, making it a seed...
    Was a weird show to be sure.

  6. The song sounds like something from Katamari Damacy.

    I totally know what you mean with the pineapple bun thing too. I love pineapple buns. :9

  7. Oh yeah! And don't forget my other favorite: Cocktail Bun!

    Contains no cock, or tail, but ... coconut? Yum. (lol now you'll always think of cocks when you eat one!)

  8. @ gundamjehutykai:
    I think you know the answer yourself already - Shana is more prominent than DearS, and Shana herself popularises this melonpan a lot.

    But what you said about how Ren thinks about melonpans sure sounds odd o_o;

    @ Radiant:
    Haha Katamari Damacy? Is it because of how innocent the song sounds?

    And lol I probably won't think about eating a cocktail bun for some time thanks to you! ^^;

  9. Rie Kugimiya needs to cover this song in her best Shana-tan voice. She really does XD

  10. @ Persocom:
    Haha, Shana-tan is a good idea too. Not that I am a fan of her voice, but her voice singing this song will be interesting :o


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