Sexy Swordswoman Slices Calories for Cup NoodleJuly 10, 2011
Nissin Foods has recently released a series of commercials for the low-calorie versions of their popular Cup Noodle instant ramen. This latest version, for the Curry flavored noodles, features model/actress Yoko Maki as a veggie-slicing samurai.
This commercial shares some similarities with another samurai-themed ad also run by Nissin this year (the 40th anniversary of Cup Noodle), in which artist Takehiko Inoue (perhaps best known for writing and drawing the popular basketball manga Slam Dunk and samurai-era manga Vagabond) paints a larger-than-life (3 meters tall, to be exact) portrait of an Edo-era samurai.
According to Nissin, the ad, which was released after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, was intended to convey a message that “this country has hidden strength” and “to inspire the hope and courage to move forward”.