In Japan, Kentucky Fried Chicken is a cultural institution. People not only love it but the Colonel’s chicken has been linked with Christmas for decades. And KFC, it seems, likes anime Kaguya-sama.
— KFC (@KFC_ES) June 11, 2021
This left anime fans saying they’d love an official collab between the anime and KFC (as well as wondering why Spain’s official KFC Twitter was so much better than the US one).
Kaguya-sama’s creator, manga artist Aka Akasaka also tweeted the following:
Dear Kentucky Fried Chicken,
I love coleslaw to death. Please somehow make it possible to order cole slaw through Uber (Eats). This is a total coleslaw maniac request. Thank you in advance for your help.
Akasaka didn’t at KFC with this request, and the banner between the two didn’t stop there!
Now, today, the official Kaguya-sama anime Twitter account, tweeted out a photo of a KFC meal with a mini, smiling Chika Fujiwara.
— アニメ「かぐや様は告らせたい」公式 (@anime_kaguya) June 24, 2021
Which Akasaka retweeted and to which, Spain’s KFC Twitter replied with:
— KFC (@KFC_ES) June 24, 2021
Does this mean KFC is going to collab with Kaguya-sama? Not sure! This could just be Twitter flirting, which is amusing enough, really.
Colonel Sanders-san has appeared in anime, there is anime and manga-style fan art, and previously KFC created a dating sim called I Love You, Colonel Sanders. In case you missed it, check out Kotaku’s review right here.
The Colonel’s connection to Japan runs deep. He visited Japan three times: in 1972, 1978, and May 1980. The last of which was the Colonel’s final international trip as he was diagnosed with leukemia the following month and passed away later that year at the age of 90. His famous suit (well, one of them, at least) is even on display at a KFC in Osaka!
One of the most famous Kentucky Fried Chicken connections to Japan is the “Curse of the Colonel.” In 1985, a statue of the founder was thrown into Osaka’s Dotombori River after the region’s beloved Hanshin Tigers took the Japan Championship Series.
From that point on, the team suffered an 18-year losing streak. The Colonel statue was finally fished out in 2009 (pictured, above), missing his left hand, feet, and trademark glasses.