Let me start this post off by saying: sometimes when you’re pals with Anne, she will ask you to be a surrogate plant parent to a vegetable ikemen boyfriend. She will ask you what your vegetable boyfriend type will be. Don’t resist. Give her your address. Receive the above box in the mail. This is my duty as official Tokyo correspondent to Chic Pixel, and I will take up any and all responsibilities, be it sampling various themed cafés or tenderly growing an anime boyfriend.
I suppose I shouldn’t be, but I was surprised at the quality of the set, which sells for less than $10USD. The thought and effort put into the concept and execution is astounding. They could have easily let the novelty factor carry the product, but everything feels legit, and I love the inclusion of the full-color booklet.
The pamphlet contains an introduction with the premise that you are a new student in a rural area with a lot of farmlands. The only way you can graduate high school is if you raise these ikemen vegetables to a point where they can be eaten! Which boy will you grow?
The vegetable boyfriends not only came with little bios, but also specific growing instructions according to their respective vegetable.
There’s also a difficulty level of 1-3 hearts, of which I naturally picked the highest one. My second pick would have been the baby eggplant which is equally as difficult, so I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment.
— Sarah O’Donnell (@everydayfoxlife) May 11, 2015
The instructions suggested loosely putting some cling wrap on top to keep moisture in and to water with a spray bottle. Once it starts to sprout, I’ll discard the wrap and put move it to my balcony, where it can receive sunlight for at least half a day.
If everything goes well (read: my cats don’t destroy it & it actually grows), eventually I’ll grab a bigger container from a ¥100 store with some stakes for support. It can take several days for anything to happen, so at this point it’s just a waiting game.
Will it end in disaster? Or will I be able to graduate high school? Stay tuned!
Is not the greatest thing?! Thanks to Sarah for being such a great sport and adopting a seed boyfriend so I can live vicariously through her! Be sure to follow her on Twitter for updates! – Anne