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Why Kana Arima is Called Baking Soda-Chan on Oshi no Ko

Oshi no Ko Kana Arima, a character from the popular anime ‘Fruits Basket’, has earned the affectionate nickname ‘Baking Soda-chan’. This nickname was bestowed upon her after an incident where she mistakenly used baking soda instead of sugar while baking cookies for a school event. The incident was used as a lighthearted moment in the anime and has since become a popular meme among fans, particularly in Japan. In this article, we will explore how the ‘Baking Soda-chan’ meme has developed since the start of the anime and its impact on the fandom.

Why Kana Arima is Called Baking Soda-Chan؟

Despite the dark themes explored in “Oshi no Ko,” the anime has managed to balance its narrative with moments of levity. These moments have resonated with fans and have even sparked the creation of various memes within the anime community. One particularly popular meme involves Kana Arima, a child star and friend of Ruby and Aquamarine Hoshino.

Kana Arima
Kana Arima

In the anime, due to a mistake made by Ruby, Kana has become known as “Baking Soda-chan” (重曹ちゃん, Jūsō chan). This joke has gained significant traction among fans, especially in Japan, where it has developed in various creative ways. Although foreign fans have also embraced the meme, it is in Japan where “Baking Soda-chan” has truly become a phenomenon. In this article, we will delve deeper into the origins and evolution of this meme within the anime community.

Oshi no Ko “Baking Soda-Chan”

Within the world of “Oshi no Ko” Kana was known as a child prodigy actress who could make herself cry in just 10 seconds. However, her reputation took a hit when Ruby Hoshino mistakenly remembered her as a genius child actress who licked baking soda (重曹を舐める天才子役, Jūsō o nameru tensai koyaku). This misunderstanding was further exacerbated when Ruby made the same mistake a second time, leading to Kana being nicknamed “Baking Soda-chan” among fans.

The impact of this mistake was made even worse when it was depicted in the anime. The anime took a seemingly innocent moment and presented it in a way that was both bizarre and hilarious. One scene showed a young Kana with a spoonful of baking soda in her mouth, while a bucket of it sat next to her. The fact that she was peering out from behind a corner only served to accentuate the absurdity of the situation. This scene, along with other moments in the anime, have since become popular memes among Japanese fans and the anime community as a whole. In this article, we will delve deeper into the impact of the “Baking Soda-chan” meme and its evolution within the anime fandom.

Baking Soda-Chan
Baking Soda-Chan

Despite the dark and heavy themes explored in “Oshi no Ko,” many fans have found moments of levity within the narrative, particularly with the development of the “Baking Soda-chan” meme. Unfortunately for Kana, Ruby Hoshino’s mistake of misremembering her as a child actress who licks baking soda (重曹を舐める天才子役, Jūsō o nameru tensai koyaku) has become a defining characteristic of her character, effectively killing whatever dignity she had left.

One scene in particular, where a young Kana is depicted licking baking soda off the floor like a Roomba or an akaname, has become the subject of various video edits and memes among fans. Even before the anime was released, an official April Fools’ Day tweet featured Kana as the spokesperson for the Kaneyo Baking Soda brand, highlighting just how synonymous she had become with the baking soda meme.

Despite the embarrassment and loss of dignity that Kana has suffered as a result of the meme, fans continue to find humor in her bizarre behavior. As long as viewers do not attempt to emulate Kana’s dangerous habit of consuming baking soda, her antics serve as a source of entertainment and a reminder of the lighter moments in the story of Oshi no Ko.


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