A stock anime
visual, when a character eats ramen by slurping it up in a single long, flowing mass. If interrupted during this process, they'll often stop mid-slurp and turn to look at whatever distracted them, resulting in a waterfall of noodles overflowing out of their mouth and down over their chin (this is usually their cue to realize what they've done and suck the hanging ramen into their mouth). Since this is hardly the most dignified of things to do, it usually helps emphasize the character's immaturity or childishness. If they're slurping from a styrofoam instant noodles cup, it carries an air of patheticness as well.
In many Korean Series
, it is used to show the difference between commoners and the rich.
In certain Asian countries, this is actually considered good etiquette — if you were really enjoying the food, you would
get ahead of yourself and get sloppy, right? In Japan itself there are some older folk who hold that slurping makes the ramen taste better, similar to the 'bubbling' of wine tasting. There's also an entirely practical matter of not scalding one's mouth: ramen is traditionally served and eaten very
hot, close to the boiling temperature, so slurping cools the noodles and broth, allowing to eat them without scalding.
- Dr. Layon from Zoids: New Century does this more than once. It's definitely to help show how childish he actually is, despite his almost painful attempts at securing his dignity. The similarly-pathetic Tigers Team does it at one point as well.
- Domeki, the Teenage Gadgeteer Genius of Dai-Guard, usually does this while hunched over in her Hacker Cave, analysing the newest Heterodyne or designing parts for Dai-Guard.
- In the Pokémon anime, May is seen doing this (with nearly 30 bowls no less!) in her Image Song ending.
- Hideki, Mako, Ichiro, and Yukika of Nerima Daikon Brothers do this as part of a song, including singing the sound of slurping.
- Lupin III: Inspector Zenigata is known for eating ramen, seeing as his lengthy chase after the titular character doesn't allow enough time for a full-course meal. (Particularly worthy of note in The Castle of Cagliostro, in which the cheap ramen eaten by Zenigata and his police force are contrasted with the fancy meals enjoyed by Count Cagliostro.) Lupin himself might eat ramen, but he can usually afford fancier meals with his stolen money.
- Psycho Pass used Yayoi Kunizuka pausing mid-slurp to show her surprize at the Akane's idea that they better avoid discussing gruesome murders during lunch.
- This is done frequently by Naruto himself. note
- Bonus for it becoming a loading screen in one of the games!
- Tampopo has a scene in which Japanese people are supposed to be learning how to eat spaghetti properly. Slurping ensues. (In a Genius Bonus in-joke, the foreigner who is seen to be eating noisily and sloppily is actually the owner of a fancy chain of restaurants in Japan.)
- In Great, ramen is a major plot point, so this type of slurping shows up a lot.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Pakku does this while training Aang in "The Waterbending Master". For an added bonus, he seems to be slurping not just noodles, but some sort of squid as well.
- In The Legend of Korra, Bolin takes Korra to a Water Tribe restaurant that serves green noodles. When Tahno wanders over to harass them, Bolin begins frantically slurping to avoid eye contact.