Updated: Jun 21, 2018

Photo: Studio Ghibli

We'll say it: the Japanese make animated food that gives the real thing a run for its money. Studio Ghibli is just one of many production houses that takes the representation of edibles in anime beyond the stratosphere. With series like Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars), you might occasionally find yourself sorely disappointed tucking into the real thing.

With so many viewers drenching themselves in drool over a couple of pixels on a screen, blogs like this find a niche in a market where 'looks better than it tastes' is a good thing.

The art of fake food though - we promise, it's an entire actual industry! - is something else entirely. In a strange case of art imitating life imitating art, the quest to make inedible forbidden fruit continues, with the mantle now assumed by resin and wax instead of animated frames.

Photo: Bamboo Innova