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Conbini Boys

Conbini Boys

By Conbini Boys
Mike and Matt dive into their passion - Japan’s convenience stores, known as conbini. From canned coffee to fried chicken to seasonal one-offs, we’ll be hitting you with the biggest news across the conbini landscape.
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The Robots Are (Eventually) Coming
This week, we’re catching up on the latest installment of a story that we’ve been following for a while – robots at the conbini. This time around, it seems like there’s been some progress, and Matt and Mike talk about what we can hope to expect with autonomous conbini machines. We talk Korean chikis, weird salad chickens, an amazing pudding selection from lawson, and a big development for Mike at the genba. Watch us on YouTube Check out the Newsletter See dumb stuff on Twitter Buy us a Chiki
35:54
August 24, 2022
It's a Curry Summer
In this week’s episode, we discuss two huge curry campaigns out of 7-11 and Ministop. We roast a five cheese tortilla. And Mike takes a deep dive into Lawson’s Machi Kado. Join the dumb convo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Read our awesome newsletter: https://conbiniboys.substack.com Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JQXOjrERYWA
33:10
August 14, 2022
PSA - Keeping Cool at the Conbini 2022
This week, we’re bringing you a public service announcement about how to stay cool at the conbini. Last year, we recommended a number of items, but this year we walk you through each of our own strategies for keeping cool. The chiki wars are still in high gear, and in a heated segment, Matt and Mike talk about the merits of craft beer. Last year's "Keeping Cool at the Conbini" Watch us on YouTube Check out the Newsletter See dumb stuff on Twitter Buy us a Chiki
30:07
July 20, 2022
Two Trips to Hokkaido
In this week’s episode, we take two trips to Hokkaido with 7-11 and Lawson. We review FOUR new chikis. Mike tries a Sugoonigiri from New Days. And Matt pumps Tim Horton’s.    Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to our weekly newsletter Watch us on YouTube
45:15
July 13, 2022
Conbini Pick 3: Main Dish, Beverage, Snack
This week, we take a look at some replies to a tweet that asked you to choose your go-to main dish, beverage, and snack from the conbini. In the winners and losers, we both take aim at the question of “what is a good summer item?” Finally, we investigate Family Mart’s new style of store, otherwise known at the Famima concept. Watch us on YouTube Check out the Newsletter See dumb stuff on Twitter Buy us a Chiki
40:60
June 22, 2022
7-11 Says 'Aloha'
In this week’s episode Mike and Matt take a trip to Hawaii with 7-11. Mike wonders whether it’s safe to eat shelled shrimp. And Matt reviews his local Dunkin Donuts following its renovation. Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Subscribe to the newsletter: https://conbiniboys.substack.com/ Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/EpP7cWDPLKw Buy us a chiki: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/conbiniboys
44:28
June 15, 2022
We Love the Dads (And of Course the Moms Too)
This week, we’re looking at father’s day, and trying to unravel a mystery about why there are so few father themed items at the conbini. We check out a bizarre cheese and Chiki release, revisit a spicy chicken sandwich, and take a look at a truly incredible collaboration between pizza chips, fish and cheese. Watch us on YouTube Check out the Newsletter See dumb stuff on Twitter Buy us a Chiki
34:15
June 01, 2022
Matcha Sweets and Cold Noodles
This week we take a look at two interesting campaigns, one featuring matcha flavored sweets, and the other featuring all the varieties of cold noodle dishes Japan has to offer. In the winners and losers segment, Matt picks up probably the worst sandwich we’ve ever seen, and Mike picks up a mystery item that the two try to solve. Finally, in "At the Gemba", we at long last take a look at some items outside of the categories of chiki and chuhai. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter Check out the Newsletter Buy us a Chiki
34:39
May 18, 2022
Buon Appetito Viva Italiano
In this week’s episode, we discuss 7-11’s Trattoria Open campaign — a celebration of Italian cuisine. The chiki wars heat back up with smoked fried chicken. We stare down a spam sandwich from Lawson and Mike reviews the Super Chuhai from FamilyMart.   Listen to the podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/conbini-boys/id1506381271 Join the convo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Subscribe to our newsletter: https://conbiniboys.substack.com
27:12
May 11, 2022
Critical Infrastructure
This week, we’re happy to introduce our brand new Conbini Newsletter. We fill you in on the good news, and then discuss a recent experiment where certain conbinis have opened their bathrooms up to the public. We check out an Okinawan themed karaagekun, talk burgers, curry ramen, and American dogs, and finally Mike catches us up on Family Mart’s attempt at the egg McMuffin. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter Check out the Newsletter Buy us a Chiki
40:31
May 04, 2022
Brown Sugar Bonanza
In this week’s episode, we discuss an Okinawa-themed campaign at 7-11, check out a tartar sauce karaage-kun, mourn the struggles of Daily Yamazaki, and meditate on ice cream. Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5KDYMm5IMaU
34:08
April 27, 2022
Who Doesn't Love April Fools (at the Conbini)?
This week we take a look at the Famichiki Frappe, an imaginary item that Family Mart introduced as an April fools joke. And so of course, we take some time to imagine some of our own wacky April Fool’s style items, and come up with some pretty interesting things. To round out the show, we visit Matt’s Munchies, where Matt walks us through a number of incredible pairings of snacks and another feel good item. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
36:57
April 06, 2022
Toilet Bowl or Gratin
In this week’s episode we take a look at a Children’s Day Kabuto cake, dive into an Okinawa-themed campaign, question skid marks on a 7-11 gratin, and review FamilyMart’s crispy chicken. Join the dumb conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/_NaYAFruWTg
32:49
March 30, 2022
A Little Happy and a Little Kyushu
This week we take a look at two exciting campaigns coming out of 7-11, with the “choi happy” sweets campaign, and another focused on the cuisine of Kyushu. Matt and Mike collide during the winners and losers segment, opening up a debate over the strength of Japanese paper, and “At the Genba” Mike introduces the greatest melon pan that the two have ever seen. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
34:11
March 23, 2022
Praise for Normal Strength Booze
In this week’s episode, we take a look at the long-awaited emergence of new 5% chuhais, sippable Godiva chocolate pudding, and Mike tries a Famichiki sandwiched between a maple syrup nikuman. Join a dumb conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rKYZ3E-MGic
29:12
March 09, 2022
White Day, Asian Cuisine, and Famichiki Fuel
It’s a jam packed weak at the conbini. With Valentine’s Day coming to a close, we look ahead to White Day, and also 7-11’s Asian Gurume Fair. Matt reviews a new chicken sandwich from a fast-food place in the states, and to close it out, we read a story about how Famichiki grease is being used to power public buses. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
33:56
February 23, 2022
Conbini Apocalypse
In this week’s episode, Mike describes an apocalyptic scene at his local conbini. We talk pig ears, yakiniku-sauced karaagekun, choux cream stuffed with brownie, and Donald-Trump-styled beer foam. Join the dumb conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/RINalS5yE7M
37:36
February 09, 2022
Back and Better Than Ever
Happy New Year everyone! We’re back after a very long break. We talk about what we were doing while we were off, and then jump right back into the conbini, where we look at Ehomaki and Valentines day. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
33:43
February 02, 2022
Royal Farms, Au Jus, and Costco
In this week’s episode, Mike and Matt record together for the first time in the United States. They step away from Japan and discuss some of America’s icons like Royal Farms and Costco, they celebrate the Au Jus summit, and they encourage everyone to buy a new TV.    Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/I3j7-fy1AAA Read dumb stuff on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
37:60
December 24, 2021
The Conbini Boys America Tour
This week, we’re talking about the Conbini Boys America Tour… that’s right, Mike’s back in the states, and looking forward to meeting up with Matt. They discuss their agenda, with exciting things like eating Prime Rib, going to Sheetz, and checking out the TVs at Best Buy on the docket. In conbini related news, it’s a crazy week in the Chiki wars, where we see maybe the highest number of new chikis that we’ve ever seen. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
45:11
December 16, 2021
The Bones Are Back in Town
In this week’s episode we look at a Nikuman campaign out of Daily Yamazaki and a Creamy Milk campaign out of Lawson. We celebrate the arrival of more bones in the Hot Box. And we mourn the arrival of more rice burgers. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
32:21
December 01, 2021
The Extreme Cheese Festival
This week, we take a look at the Extreme Cheese Festival from Family Mart, which promises lots of new items with lots of cheese. Matt picks up an amazing, sweet potato themed winner, and Mike finds a loser that shows that there are somethings that even the conbini doesn’t do well. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
36:47
November 17, 2021
Merry Christmas from the Conbini
In this week’s episode, we take a look at the Christmas menu lineup from FamilyMart, Lawson, and 7-11. Mike reviews the PariPari chicken. And we fall in love with a pie cake hybrid from 7-11. Christmas Lineups FamilyMart Lawson 7-11 Matt's Featured Item #1 Matt's Featured Item #2 Mike's Featured Item #1 Mike's Featured Item #2 Chiki Wars Garlic Butter Karaage-kun Crunky Hot Chili Chicken Cheese-in Chicken and Crisps Winners and Losers Mike's Winner Matt's Winner Mike's Loser Matt's Loser Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/i-2aVKkz3ts Read dumb tweets: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
43:07
November 04, 2021
There Can Only Be One King (of Famichiki)
This week, we check in on Mike, and see if he was able to hold his lead in the Famichiki tournament to become the king of his conbini. In the Chiki wars, Lawson’s Parichiki makes it’s debut, and in the scoreboard, Family Mart makes a strong comeback. Matt picks up a surprising winner, and Mike’s winner has both Matt and Mike excited for the future of Nikuman. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
32:60
October 28, 2021
Paripari Pikotaro Chiki
This week, we take a look at Lawson’s Parichiki, which claims to be an extra crispy Chiki coming out this week. We get an update from Mike about the Famichiki competition, and see if he’s still hanging in at the top of his local store. Finally, Lawson takes some hits in the winners and losers, where Matt picks up perhaps the saddest bento we’ve ever seen. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
39:14
October 20, 2021
A Celebration of Ramen
In this week's episode we check in on Mike's position in the Famichiki Tournament. Lawson launches a nationwide celebration of ramen. The scoreboard heats up with Kimetsu no Yaiba items. And we look at a cake sandwich from 7-11. Famichiki Contest Lawson Ramen Festival Overview Matt's #1 Pick Matt's whacko pick Mike's #1 pick Mike's local pick Chiki Wars Kimetsu no Yaiba Mentai Mayo Karaage-kun Winners and Losers Mike's loser Matt's loser Mike's winner Matt's winner YouTube and Twitter Read dumb tweets Watch dumb videos
41:35
October 13, 2021
Updates from the Famichiki Competition
This week, we’re checking in on the Famichiki competition, where competitors battle it out over a month by eating as many Famichikis as they can. The prize: more Famichikis. Matt picks up a bizarre water, and Uchi Cafe continues to be the talk of the town. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
46:13
October 06, 2021
The King of the Famichiki
This week we take a look at the Famichiki Competition, where competitors try to eat as many Famichikis as they can to hopefully win a years worth of Famichikis. Matt sings the praises of Uchi Cafe, Mike introduces a Toyama themed instant ramen, and then we check in on the Tsukimi Burger, the legendary McDonalds burger that is out now. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
42:41
September 22, 2021
Final Fantasy Fried Chicken
In this week's episode we talk about a FamilyMart campaign that brings back some old favorites from long-lost conbini like Circle K, Sunkus, and ampm. We look at a Lawson-Godiva collaboration. And Mike gives a shocking review of the highly anticipated Final Fantasy XIV Karaagekun. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6yWr0YjfxuM Read dumb Tweets: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Items Discussed FamilyMart's nostalgia campaign Chicken Tempura (Toriten) - Family Mart Rich Cheese and Bacon Karaagekun - Lawson Chili Sauce Karaage - Seicomart Final Fantasy VIX Karaagekun Matt's loser Matt's winner Mike's loser Mike's winner
41:40
September 15, 2021
It's Time to Talk About Cup Noodle
This week, we’re taking a look at a very special section of the conbini, and that is the instant noodle zone. And what better way to start, than to introduce the king of instant noodles themselves, Cup Noodle. Mike continues to try to track down the Final Fantasy Karaage-kun, and Matt picks up an amazing man that neither of us have experienced before. Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
28:32
September 01, 2021
Nikuman-ia
In this week's episode, we welcome the coming of fall with the arrival of nikuman. Their blessed colors - yellow, orange, and white - paint the hot box like foliage blankets a New England landscape. We check out Takoyaki ice cream and Mike reviews the Razor Red Ghost Pepper L-Chiki.   Item we cover: Ministop's nikuman lineup Family Mart's nikuman lineup Salt and Lemon Pokechiki Matt's Loser Mike's Loser Matt's Winner Mike's Winner Double Red Karaagekun Razor Red L-Chiki Watch us on YouTube See dumb stuff on Twitter
32:18
August 25, 2021
Chikis for You, Chikis for Me
This week, the chiki wars are taking over, with multiple chikis coming out across the conbini landscape. Family mart commemorates its 40th anniversary with 40% larger versions of a number of its items. Matt and Mike clash on the topic of vegetable sticks, and try to track down the illusive Final Fantasy 14 Karaage-kun. Other ways to enjoy and support the conbini Watch us on YouTube Follow us on Twitter Buy us a chiki
36:05
August 18, 2021
Keeping Cool at the Conbini
It's August, which means it's hot as all hell in Japan. Mike and Matt share some tips on how to keep cool at the conbini covering everything from body wipes to cold noodles. The Chiki Wars cool off with just one new boneless fried chicken product out. And the new item scoreboard shows record low numbers. The Big Three product development teams may be giving in to the heat. Items to keep cool Gatsby cold wipes Hiyashi chuka noodles Grape frappe Pocari Sweat jelly Pocari Sweat slurry Garigarikun Coolish Chiki Wars Lemon Karaage-kun Winners and Losers Matt's Winner Mike's Winner Matt's Loser Mike's Loser Other ways to enjoy and support the conbini Watch us on YouTube Follow us on Twitter Buy us a chiki
30:56
August 11, 2021
The Conbini Games Continue On
This week, in the spirit of the Olympics, we continue our Conbini games, where Matt and Mike offer each other scenarios and try to choose their gold, silver, and bronze conbini items for various situations. The Chiki wars are still hot, and we see the introduction of a Taiwanese chiki into the mix. In the winners and losers section, Daily Yamazaki and 7-11 continue to take hits, while sweets continue to make progress. Mike reviews the ketchup and mustard Karaage-kun, and finally, we take a look at a haul by the one and only, Conbini Ojisan. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
39:39
August 04, 2021
The Conbini Olympics
In this week's episode, Mike and I compete in the Conbini Olympics to celebrate the start of the Tokyo Olympics. We take a close look at a Miso Katsu donburi and Mike reviews the Cheese-in Curry Famichiki. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hubsXIbMp4U Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Conbini Items featured:  Hot Chili Nuggets - Seicomart Ketchup & Mustard Karaagekun - Lawson Matt's loser Mike's loser Matt's winner Mike's winner Cheese In Curry Famichiki
36:42
July 28, 2021
Hot Dog Summer
It’s getting hot out there, but our old friend the Gooodog is here to save the day, with Lawson proclaiming that this summer will be the “Summer of Hot Dogs.” The Chiki Wars are alive and well with a ton of new offerings, including a curry-infused Famichiki and a Final Fantasy themed Karaage-kun. Finally, in the winners and losers section, we see some winners sure to keep you cool, and some losers that make us once again question the photography team at 7-11. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
32:18
July 21, 2021
Conbini News Lightning Round
In this week's episode, we do a lightening round of conbini news. We take a look at the scoreboard and share our winners and losers, including an entire bento box packed into an onigiri. Then Mike heads to Gemba to talk McDonald's 50th anniversary. See all the goodies on YouTube Follow us on Twitter
30:32
July 07, 2021
Jimoto Frappuccino
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt go Conbini adjacent and look at the Jimoto Frappuccino campaign at Starbucks featuring unique Frappuccinos from all 47 prefectures. We take a look at the new item scoreboard and share are winners and losers for the week, where Mike continues his assault on the 1/2 day vegetable claims. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter:
41:27
July 02, 2021
The Ice Cream Episode
This week we’re talking ice cream. It’s getting hot, summer’s about to start, and so we thought it would be a good time to introduce the ice cream zone at the conbini. We walk you through the lay of the land, talk about the different ice boxes you’ll find, and then introduce some of the legends of the conbini ice cream world. Matt picks up one of the most shocking losers we’ve seen in a while, and to close it out Mike introduces his family’s experience with Lawson’s Okaasan Shokudo. Subscribe to our YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
44:19
June 16, 2021
Top 3 Underrated Conbini Items
Last week, we looked at our top overrated items at the conbini, and this week we're continuing that trend by offering up our 3 most underrated items. If you've been listening to the show for a while, you can probably guess a couple of them, but some of them might surprise you. We make a big announcement during the scoreboard segment, then Matt reveals an amazingly appetizing loser,  followed by one of the juiciest winners that we've ever seen. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
42:29
June 09, 2021
Top 3 Overrated Conbini Items
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt share their top 3 most overrated items. Mike goes off on products claiming to contain a half-day's worth of vegetables. Lawson comes out with a dessert haul for the ages. And Mike celebrates the new cheese-in famichiki Our Overrated Items Mike 1 Mike 2 Mike 3 Matt 1 Matt 2 Matt 3 Winners and Losers Ramen Salad Half-Day Vegetable Kimchi Soup Matcha Desser Haul Parisian Sandwich What's the call on the haul? Check out the haul At the Gemba Cheese-in Chiki Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0uWD1hzXPXw Join the convo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
46:23
June 02, 2021
Matt vs. Melon Pan
Breaking news here in the world of the conbini today. The Conbini Boys that we know and love are in a courtroom battle after Matt’s sudden declaration that “Melon Pan is bad.” Mike steps in to defend Melon Pan, but Matt stays on the offensive. Is Melon Pan good or bad? Will the Conbini Boys be able to resolve their differences without it ripping the show apart. Those are the questions we’re hoping to answer today. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
38:31
May 26, 2021
Keeping a Watch at the Konbini with Patrick St. Michel
This week, we’re joined by a true conbini legend, Patrick St. Michel, the longtime writer of the legendary Konbini Watch column at The Japan Times. We learn about Patrick’s journey to becoming a journalist covering Japanese music and pop culture, and how that combined with his love for the conbini to lead him to Konbini Watch. After that, Patrick sticks around to hang out for the normal show, and offer his amazing commentary on a range of conbini items. Follow Patrick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbmelodies Check out his Substack: https://mbmelodies.substack.com/ Read Konbini Watch: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/column/konbini-watch ---------------- Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
59:28
May 19, 2021
Slamming Draft Beer from a Can
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt give an update on the righteous battle between Mr. Matsumoto and 7-11. We discuss an amazing new beer can from Asahi that somehow replicates the draft beer experience. The Chiki Wars remain hot with two new chikis. We check on our winners and losers amongst this week's new items, which include a hot number from Go!Go! Curry. Mike wraps with a review of the Mochi Weiner from Lawson. Watch all the glory on YouTube Join the convo on Twitter
33:16
May 12, 2021
A Love Triangle at Ministop
This week, we’re taking a look at the Yamitsu-kitchen campaign from Ministop, which features a love triangle, some amazing items, and some questionable giveaways. We take a look at the scoreboard, where the numbers are a little bit low, and then pick out our winners and losers, where Seicomart makes a strong showing. Finally, Mike goes on a rampage at the genba, and sets a new personal record for number of chikis eaten in a week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
36:44
May 05, 2021
The Future of the Conbini
In this week's episode, Mike and I imagine the conbini of the future. How will the conbini continue its pursuit of perfect ten or twenty years from today? The Chiki Wars heat back up with 4 Conbini releasing new chiki products. Then it's off to the scoreboard where we share a spectacular new product out of Lawson.
38:37
April 29, 2021
For the Mothers and the Fathers
This week, the conbinis open up for preorder for mothers and fathers day gifts, and so Matt and Mike pick out some potential gifts for their parents. We take a look at the scoreboard, where Ministop makes some big gains and Lawson takes a few losses. Finally, Mike reviews three chikis from the genba. Also, a quick heads up, the audio this week might be a little messed up. Sorry about that, we’ll try to get it fixed by next week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
29:12
April 21, 2021
7-11 Strikes Back
In this week's episode, we follow up on the legendary battle between 7-11 and disgruntled franchise owners, Mr. Matsumoto. The Chiki Wars are finally heating up. Then we head off to the scoreboard where Mike and I share our winners and losers amongst this week's new items. Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/eKvZ9cbMuLs Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
31:24
April 14, 2021
Time Flies When You're Eating Chiki
This week marks our one year anniversary since starting the podcast, and so we take a look back at some of the memorable items, news, and segments from the past year. We take a look at some interesting items, including an innovative rice ball, some strange flavored chips, a classic hot dog, and a horrifying monster of a wrap. Finally, Matt shares a pizza, while Mike shares his experience of rehydrating during a stomach flu. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
37:15
March 31, 2021
Eating Korean at the Kanbini
In this week's episode, we celebrate the arrival of the Kanbini - a convenience store that features Korean snacks, prepared food, and beverages. The Chiki Wars finally heat up with four new chikis. We take a look at the Scoreboard and finally see MiniStop serve up a couple of losers this week. Matt shares a review of Shake Shack's new Korean Fried Chicken sandwich. And Mike gives us the lay of the land when it comes to conbini at his new home. YouTube: https://youtu.be/WTMAEjQlSXM Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
29:54
March 24, 2021
Countdown to Full Bloom
This week, we’re looking ahead to the cherry blossom season. We look at some of the cherry blossom themed items being released at the conbini, and debate what exactly is the flavor of sakura? We welcome NewDays to the scoreboard, share our winners and losers, and then preview a new segment where Matt will be reviewing fast food items from the states. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
33:16
March 10, 2021
Our Firsts Guests: Casey and Joe from Ishikawa Summit to Sea
In this week's episode, we're joined by our first guests, Casey and Joe from the Ishikawa Summit to Sea podcast. They're conbini veterans living in Ishikawa Prefecture. Highlights from the episode include:  Casey describing his local Lawson, which he can reach without encountering a single traffic light Joe disclosing his clandestine conbini hauls that he hides from his wife Casey and Joe making a call on a haul And now, links! Ishikawa Summit to Sea Podcast - listen to Casey and Joe each walk talk about life in Ishikawa and their hometowns, Cape Cod and Newscastle Ishikawa Summit to Sea Twitter The Beanpod Podcast - Casey's solo podcast about life in rural Ishikawa The Beanpod Twitter Conbini Boys YouTube Channel Conbini Boys Twitter
52:31
March 03, 2021
NewDays: Your Conbini Base at the Train Station
This week, we’re finishing our tour of B-tier conbinis, and to close it out we’re taking a look at NewDays, the train station convenience store chain. We take a look at the scoreboard, pick our winners and losers where there’s a little bit of controversy, and then talk about another controversial item that keeps popping up, family mart’s Poki Chiki. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
33:50
February 24, 2021
Pounding Rice at Poplar
In this week's episode, we continue our exploration of B-Tier conbini and head over to Poplar, a popular conbini in and around Hiroshima. We take a look back at their history and share what makes them special, notably the option to order a pound of rice in your bento. As always, we run down the new item scoreboard, share our winners and losers, and then head to gemba for another look at the the tare chiki from FamilyMart. Watch us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/F57i7TIKa2w Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
38:34
February 17, 2021
Seicomart Is No Joke
This week, we’re continuing our theme of taking a look at some of the smaller convenience stores around Japan. So just just like with Ministop and Daily Yamazaki, this week we’re taking a deep dive into Hokkaido’s pride, Seicomart. The Chiki wars take an unexpected turn when Matt and Mike discover the existence of a mysterious association. We take a look at the scoreboard and pick out our winners and losers, where both newcomers Ministop and Daily Yamazaki make an appearance. Finally, Mike reports from the genba with a review of an item that just might have to do with the conbini champion himself - Famichiki. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
43:16
February 10, 2021
Getting Baked at Daily Yamazaki
In this week's episode we continue our deep dive into B-tier conbini and head to Daily Yamazaki, a minor conbini known for its baked goods. We check out the chiki wars and the scoreboard, where Mike takes a shot at Ministop. Then we hit the Gemba where Mike reviews the tarutaru chiki. Check out all the action on YouTube: https://youtu.be/C-gIUUCkEro Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
41:50
February 03, 2021
Beyond the Big 3: Ministop
It’s a new year, and we decided to do something new… For the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be looking beyond the Big 3, to some of the other smaller conbinis in Japan. This week, we’re starting with Ministop. We check in with the Chiki wars, where we look at 4 new chikis. We take a look at the scoreboard, pick out our winners and losers, and then check in with Mike for some items from the genba. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
39:21
January 27, 2021
Best of the Conbini Boys: Chiki, Chiki, and More Chiki
In this week's episode, we take a look back at some of our favorite clips from the past year:  Unsolved Conbini Mysteries  Famichiki Legendary  Feats of Juice FamilyMart and Choshu Riki Collaboration 7-11 Cheese Dog Conbini Christmas Cake Casey's Conbini Memory The First Chiki Wars Segment
22:49
January 20, 2021
Crowning the Conbini Tournament Champion
After six rounds of brutal matchups we finally crown the champion of the Conbini Tournament - Famichiki - and honor it by sharing four legendary feats of juice. We also look at the new item scoreboard and pick winners and losers. We make a call on a haul and Mike reviews a new Famichiki from the gemba. Conbini Tournament Final Bracket Items we discuss: Mike's winner new item Matt's winner new item Mike's loser new item Matt's loser new item What's the call on the haul Famichiki Mala Flavor Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/3pqmVC3W_FM Join the conversation on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys
42:03
January 13, 2021
Famichiki vs Tuna Mayo Onigiri
Happy new year! And what a way to start: we've finally reached the championship round of the Conbini Tournament. From the hotbox division: Famichiki. From the meal division: Tuna Mayo Onigiri. We give our predictions, our thoughts, and look forward to the not so distant future where we can crown the king of the conbini. And that's not all... things are picking up again at the conbini! We pick up our winners and losers, talk some chikis including a really exciting one from Family Mart, and then Mike shares a couple of genba items, featuring one blast from the past. Check out the youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Vote for your champion on twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Check out the full conbini bracket on Google Sheets: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKUdrGm9J-esZ3TEBHoyZqr-BNBhBvXo4rIvk0ioaWs/edit#gid=0
38:46
January 06, 2021
The Final Four
In this week’s episode, we preview the Final Four of the Conbini Tournament showcasing each of the division champions that will face-off in epic matchups. Hot Box Division: Famichiki Snack Division: Black Thunder Meal Division: Tuna Mayo Onigiri Beverage Division: Pocari Sweat Get ready for some brutal matchups! We also share our very first Conbini Composition from a listener. Check out the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/JVtHSizOPvs
46:40
December 30, 2020
R.I.P. CAN COFFEE
This week we're checking back in on the Conbini Tournament, where the third round has wrapped up and we're into the divisional championships. We celebrate the winners, and then take some time to commemorate some of the losers, who will continue to live on in our hearts. No chikis this week, for the first time ever, but we do take a look at the scoreboard and share our winners and losers as always. And finally, we celebrate Karaage-kun's incredible arrival aboard the International Space Station.  Check out the youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conbini convo on Twitter.   https://twitter.com/conbiniboys Download your conbini bracket or make one in Google Sheets.    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKUdrGm9J-esZ3TEBHoyZqr-BNBhBvXo4rIvk0ioaWs/edit#gid=0
42:17
December 23, 2020
The Conbini Tournament Heats Up
The Conbini Tournament hosted some savage matchups in Round 2. Mike was left shaken to his core by a close battle between Pocari Sweat and Oi Ocha Green Tea, while Matt was left feeling anxious about a Round 3 fight between Canned Coffee and Conbini Drip Coffee.    Outside the tournament, Mike and Matt take a look at two new chikis from FamilyMart and Lawson. The former continues its quest to perfect a cheese-in recipe, while the latter has crafted a chicken leg masterpiece.    Mike and Matt bring back 'What's the call on that haul?' where Mike breaks down a shinkansen conbini haul sent to us on Twitter. The podcast wraps up with At the Gemba with Mike, where Mike reviews two cheese-stuffed chikis from FamilyMart. Check out the video where you can see all the goodies on YouTube: https://youtu.be/wUw_Z2R46NU Join the Conbini Tournament by following us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/conbiniboys View the live bracket here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKUdrGm9J-esZ3TEBHoyZqr-BNBhBvXo4rIvk0ioaWs/edit?usp=sharing
35:15
December 16, 2020
The Highest of Highs and Lowest of Lows
In this week's episode we're checking in on the Conbini Tournament, where the first round has finally wrapped up. We take a look at our devastated brackets, talk about some of our favorite matchups from the first round, and look ahead to some of the exciting matches in the upcoming round of 32. We check out some cheesy chikis, spotlight a couple of upcoming conbini items, hear from the Spicy Commentator about a new drama-inspired sweet, highlight an upcoming conbini protégé, and then hear from a caller who tells an incredible memory of how the conbini saved him during a critical emergency.  Check out the youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSPvGGbEW7VKQ8Y4MTPBoQ Join the conbini convo on Twitter.   https://twitter.com/conbiniboys  Download your conbini bracket or make one in Google Sheets.    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1VKUdrGm9J-esZ3TEBHoyZqr-BNBhBvXo4rIvk0ioaWs/edit#gid=0 
37:11
December 09, 2020
Episode 31: Our Final Fours in the Conbini Tournament
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt share their respective Final Fours in the conbini tournament. Matt drops some shocking news about his feelings toward Pocari Sweat, while Mike speculates on the rise of conbini drip coffee. Naturally, they talk chikis. Lawson joins 7-11 and FamilyMart with their Christmas-inspired bone-in fried chicken, then one-ups them with beautifully broiled chicken legs. Winners and losers cover everything from Protein in Pocket to squid cartilage (what?!).  Download your conbini bracket or make one in Google Sheets.  Join the conbini convo on Twitter. And check out all the goodies on YouTube.
36:23
December 02, 2020
The Conbini Tournament
This week is episode 30, and it's a big one! For the next six weeks we're going to be holding the first ever Conbini Tournament, where we try to crown the king of the conbini. We talk about the upcoming tournament, take a look at some new items and the chiki wars, and then hear from a caller who shares a memory from their first trip to the conbini. Subscribe to our Youtube 2:34 - Chiki Wars  9:28 - The Scoreboard  10:30 - Mike's Loser  13:10 - Matt's Loser  15:17 - Mike's Winner  18:24 - Matt's Winner  20:48 - Main Story: The Conbini Tournament 28:36 - At the Gemba with Mike 32:27 - Conbini Memory
37:33
November 25, 2020
Sipping Whiskey and Snacking Chiki
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt talk about yet another Karaagekun flavor, the return of premium bone-in chicken at FamilyMart, share this week's winning and losing new items from the Big 3 conbini, discuss a FamilyMart with a bar, hear from the Spicy Commentator on a new conbini sweet, hit the gemba, and listen to their first caller's conbini memory. Subscribe to our YouTube 1:50 - Chiki Wars 6:55 - The Scoreboard 7:44 - Winners and Losers 7:57 - Mike's Loser 10:29 - Matt's Loser 12:20 - Mike's Winner 14:16 - Matt's Winner 16:57 - Main Story: A FamilyMart with a Bar 21:30 - The Spicy Commentator Reviews a Conbini Sweet 24:30 - At the Gemba with Mike - Reviewing Nikuman 30:34 - Conbini Memory
36:31
November 18, 2020
The Return of the Spicy Commentator
In this week's episode, we welcome back one of our favorite members of the conbini boys universe: The Spicy Commentator. We look at some chikis, share our favorites from each conbini, check out a new conbini television drama, and continue on with our look at the history of onigiri at the conbini. YouTube: https://youtu.be/Nb4XuNHZPY8
34:35
November 11, 2020
Unsolved Conbini Mysteries
In this week's episode, the chiki wars heat up with three new chikis from each of the Big 3 Conbini. We share our winners and losers from this week's new items. Mike tells a spooky tale about 7-11's Zaku Chiki from the gemba. And we head to Conbini College to talk about the history of the onigiri. 1:58 - Chiki Wars 8:15 - New Item Scoreboard 8:54 - Matt's Loser: Lawson's Mentaiko Mochi Man 11:03 - Mike's Loser: FamilyMart's Katsuobushi Gohan 13:26 - Matt's Winner: 7-11's Haagen Dazs Quattro Formaggio Ice Cream Sandwich 15:40 - Mike's Winner: 7-11's Green Salad Bowl 17:17 - 7-11 Recipes 21:39 - At the Gemba with Mike: Unsolved Mystery of the Zaku Chiki 15:28 - Conbini College: History of the Onigiri YouTube: https://youtu.be/epruUtLSptw
33:23
November 04, 2020
A Family Mart Christmas Tale
On this week's podcast, we round out our review of Christmas preorders at the conbini, finishing up with a look at Family Mart. We take a look at a chiki from Ministop, pick out our winners and losers of the week, share some conbini resources, and then take a look at Ministop and their game-changing "partner contracts" with conbini franchise owners. Video version here: https://youtu.be/dW4wQIk1JaM Conbini Resources:    Super Salary Man (@salariedman_s) https://supersalariedman.blogspot.com/   Konbini Watch (@mbmelodies) https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/column/konbini-watch/
35:24
October 28, 2020
Highway Robbery: Conbini Christmas Cake
We kickoff this week's episode with more vegan innovation out of FamilyMart - meatless nuggets. Then we dive into the New Item Scoreboard , picking winners and losers out of the Big 3 Conbini. The mailbag is back with shoutouts to a few Twitter followers dropping big-time knowledge. We review Lawson's Christmas menu and nearly blow our stacks on the price and size of their Christmas cakes. Mike reviews a new poke chiki and we wrap with some news on conbini sales during the Covid-19 pandemic.  2:32 - Chiki Wars 6:58 - Scoreboard 8:40 - Mike's Winner: Kushikatsu from Lawson 11:04 - Matt's Winner: Tamagotchi's Sando from Lawson 12:28 - Mike's Loser: Caramel Popcorn Lifeguard Flavor from FamilyMart 14:23 - Matt's Loser: Spicy Cod Roe (mentaiko) Filled French Baguette from FamilyMart 15:59 - Mailbag 20:35 - Lawson's Christmas Menu 23:42 - Lawson's Christmas Cake Lineup 31:55 - At the Gemba with Mike: PokeChiki 35:11 - Conbini News
39:35
October 21, 2020
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
In this week's episode, we're looking at the start of the Christmas preorder season at the conbini: Christmas cakes, fried chicken, pizza - those Christmas classics, starting at 7-11. We take a look at a few new chikis, take  a look at the scoreboard, and then catch up on an on-going story of conbini franchise owners challenging the corporate offices for the freedom to do business as they please. Video version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_J3jCh0xZE
38:31
October 07, 2020
Napping at the Conbini
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt explore a fundamental part of Japanese culture: eating, sleeping, and watching TV alone in the confine parking lot. They also hit the scoreboard to cover new items out at the Big Three conbini. Mike shares reviews of the Black Pepper Famichiki and the Honey Maple L-Chiki. The show wraps with an exploration of conbini growth since the 60s. 
37:34
September 30, 2020
Burgermania
In this weeks episode, we're talking burgers. Yes, that elusive, staple item that the conbini has yet to perfect. Is Family Mart's new burger series the answer to our prayers? We'll have to see. While on the topic, we also look at some of our favorite fast food burgers from Japan as well. We check in with the chiki wars and look at two new chikis: a maple syrup chiki from Lawson, and a black pepper chiki from Family Mart. As always, we take a look at the scoreboard, and check up on some conbini news: this time, an unfortunate trend has extended internationally. Video version here: https://youtu.be/a0kx4yFlSy4
39:02
September 23, 2020
Bento Box Bombshell
In this week's episode, we take a deep dive into a conbini staple - the bento box. What are our Top 3 bento boxes? Then we head off to the gemba for a tour of the hot box section. As usual, we take a look at the new item scoreboard and follow up on some conbini news.
56:04
September 09, 2020
We Made it to Youtube! - Episode 20 Blowout
In this week's podcast we make our video premiere! We get accustomed to the new video format and then check out the Chiki Wars and the scoreboard for new releases at each of the conbinis. We take a focused look at the unfortunate phenomenon of the elderly crashing their cars into conbinis, Mike gives a live "At the Genba" review, and then we take a look at some news revolving around Lawson's new strategy for oden. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8j5ckHKWHM
39:24
September 02, 2020
The Chiki Wars Rage On
In this week's episode, the chiki wars are heating up with all three conbini releasing big-time chikis. Mike and Matt take a look at the new item scoreboard, which has a surprise from Lawson. The Spicy Commentator is back for another sweets review. We make a call on a couple of hauls before heading to the gemba with Mike to hear about the return of 7-11's agetori. Did it bring tears to his eyes? Finally, we follow up on the phenomenon of old people crashing into the conbini.
40:60
August 26, 2020
Famiriki: The Family Mart and Choshu Riki Tag Team
This week, we're looking at some new fried chicken items coming out of Family Mart and Lawson, checking in on the weekly output at the conbini and picking up some items to share, taking a look Family Mart's collaboration with professional wrestling legend Choshu Riki, and catching up on some conbini news. Check out photos of the items we discuss on social: Instagram Twitter Facebook
29:15
August 19, 2020
Conbini Dreams in Okinawa
In this week’s episode We take a deep dive into Okinawa-only items at FamilyMart. The Spicy Commentator is back with a surprising review of 7-11’s new Pierre Here signature sweet series. We critique two more confine hauls and Mike reviews the Cheese Takkarubi Famichiki.  In Conbini News we follow up on the plastic bag reduction effort. Plus, the Chiki Wars rage on with new items from 7-11 and Lawson. Check out photos of the items we discuss on social: Instagram   Twitter
38:35
August 05, 2020
Lawson's Uchi Cafe: The Pinnacle of Conbini Sweets
In this week’s episode, we turn our eyes to Lawson - checking out their weekly output as well as their legendary Uchi Cafe series. In the Chiki Wars, we take a look at the final results of Lawson's Nice Cheese Gran Prix, as well as a look at a new addition to the Famichiki lineup. We share a few hauls, enter a lightning round in Mike's "At the Genba" series, and check in on some controversial news coming out of the conbini. 1:30 - Final Results of Lawson’s Nice Cheese Grand Prix  3:15 - Family Mart's Dak-galbi Famichiki 5:21 - Podcast Blooper #3 (ZERO kcal Cider triple) 7:28 - Lawson's Weekly Output 9:35 - Uchi Cafe's Shequasar Frozen Fruit Bar 10:46 - Uchi Cafe's Custard Peach Daifuku 11:46 - Coffee Jelly Pudding 13:16 - Sweet Beef Curry Bread 14:49 - Pasta Clam Chowder 17:04 - Lawson's Uchi Cafe Introduction 18:50 - Bravo Michipu 19:40 - Zakushu 20:54 - Chocomint Tart 22:40 - 7-11's Pierre Herme Series Introduction 25:43 - Sharing Hauls Z32:09 - At the Genba with Mike Lightning Round 37:51 - Conbini News
41:25
July 29, 2020
7-11's Prolific New Item Output and Weiner Wars
In this week’s episode, Mike and I once again examine the prolific number of new items out of the konbini - this time at 7-11. We get into the Chiki Wars with updates on Lawson’s Nice Cheese Grand Prix and a shocking new big chiki out of 7-11. We also dive into a Weiner War between Lawson, 7-11, and FamilyMart, then report on big news concerning plastic bags at the konbini. Let’s get started. 1:45 - Update on Lawson’s Nice Cheese Grand Prix 3:54 - 7-11’s Shocking Big Chiki 6:43 - 7-11’s 97 new items for the week July 14 - July 21 8:14 - 7-11’s Hashed Potato 9:32 - 7-11’s Wasabeef Chips 11:10 - 7-11’s Torori Takkarubi Doria 13:38 - 7-11’s Taiwan Beef Mixup Salad 15:07 - 7-11’s Black Thunder Pablo Cheese Tart Hybrid Snack 17:33 - 7’11’s Zero kcal Cider Triple 19:06 - The Haul Segment (Mike’s Haul and Matt’s Haul) 24:58 - New Items: Weiner Wars 25:36 - FamilyMart’s Big Chorizo 27:15 - Lawson’s Pork Weiner and Cheese Roll 29:07 - 7-11’s Double Weiner Red Curry 31:08 - Lawson’s Chocolate Pudding Sandwich 32:59 - Mail Bag Conbini News 34:02 - Thank You to the Conbini 35:40 - Huge News about Plastic Bags at the Conbini
39:50
July 22, 2020
Too Many Products, Too Little Time
68 new products this week... and that's just at Family Mart. We take a look at the mind-blowing weekly output of the conbini, check in on Lawson's Nice Cheese Grand Prix, take a look at 7-11's Sauce in Chicken series and Ministop's Double Cheese Katsu Dog, critique a couple of hauls, hear from the Spicy Commentator about a previously introduced product, and catch up on some conbini news that is sure to shake up the industry. 
36:07
July 15, 2020
Critiquing Conbini Hauls
In this week’s episode, we celebrate 200 known flavors of Lawson’s karaage-kun fried chicken, critique some conbini hauls found on twitter, and share some big news about robots coming to FamilyMart.
34:20
July 08, 2020
It's Getting Hot: The Conbini Boys Share Shocking Reviews of the Famichiki
In this week’s episode the Conbini Boys kickoff with Lawson’s Nice Cheese Grand Prix. Then they engage in some heated discussion around other people’s reviews of the Famichiki. The Spicy Commentator is back to review the Basque Cheese Choco Pie. Mike shares his review of FamilyMart’s Karamucho Famichiki introduced last week, followed by an introduction of two new items: the Mango and Passion fruit Zeitaku Shibori canned cocktail and Lawson’s Rare Cheese Jelly. Mike and Matt close out with big news - Lawson will begin selling 500 yen bags of vegetables at 15,000 stores. 1:38 - Nice Cheese Grand Prix 7:30 - Famichiki Critiques 14:45 - Spicy Commentator on Basque Cheese Choco Pie 17:34 - Karamucho Review 19:38 - New items: Mango and Passion fruit Zeitaku Shibori canned cocktail 21:30 - New items: Lawson’s Rare Cheese Jelly 23:30 - Conbini News
27:36
July 01, 2020
Keeping Cool at the Conbini
The Conbini Boys are back after their episode 10 blowout. They start with a check in on the Chiki Wars, taking a look at Family Mart’s new 3 part famichiki series, featuring the incredible Karamucho Famichiki this week. Following up from last week’s alcohol themed episode, Matt and Mike go in depth about drinking culture in Japan, talking about everything from nomikais to daikos. The Spicy Commentator is back with a traditional Japanese sweet review from 7-11, and for new items this week, the boys take a look at some items to keep you cool during the hot summer. Finally, they take a look at the world of conbini news, unearthing an interesting new trend involving t-shirts as well as another hero to add to the conbini hall of fame. 1:57 - Chiki Wars: Family Mart’s new 3 part Famichiki series 5:49 - Overview of Japanese drinking culture 12:00 - Spicy Commentator Reviews: 7-11’s Mochimochi Warabimochi 14:40 - New Item: 7-11's Clear Cooler Strong: Pineapple and Mango Sour 16:14 - New Item: Lawson's Machi Cafe: Frozen Party Soda 18:07 - Mailbag 21:44 - The Great Conbini T-shirt battle: Lawson's Sour Squad vs Family Mart's Karamucho Chiki 24:48 - Conbini News: A new hero is born
27:44
June 24, 2020
Episode 10 Blowout: Popping Brewskies at the Conbini
It’s episode 10! Mike and Matt kick off with congratulatory notes recognizing this unbelievable milestone. Everyone from Michael Jordan to Shinzo Abe wrote in. Then the boys jump into a HUGE conbini topic in celebration of the 10th episode: alcohol. The Conbini Boys cover everything from beer to canned cocktails to cup sake. They ask the big questions like “Which has more text on it: a New York Times front page or an Asahi Super Dry beer can?” They dispense critical advice, such as what to do when your friend peels back a cup sake top. In new products, Mike and Matt review the Lemondo canned cocktail from Coca Cola and frozen beer from Kirin. Finally, Mike and Matt share big news about Lawson’s karaage-kun launching into space and the accompanying Black Hole flavor chicken nuggets. 1:48 - Congratulatory messages on the 10th episode 6:58 - Introduction to conbini alcohol 10:47 - Overview of conbini beer 22:41 - Overview of conbini canned cocktails 25:32 - Overview of conbini sake 29:36 - Lemondo canned cocktail 33:18 - Kirin Frozen Beer 35:15 - Lawson’s Karage-kun in outer space and Black Hole flavor karaage-kun chicken nuggets
38:49
June 17, 2020
Legendary Famichiki Tales: Extraordinary Feats of Juice
Matt and Mike round out their deep dive into hotbox fried chicken with a journey to Family Mart, and follow it with some truly legendary tales about the power of Famichiki. The Karakuchi commentator heads back to Lawson to bring us a review of a cupcake inspired item. Mike shares his thoughts on the Kakipi Famichiki, and the two look at a couple of new items: the Burger King Strong Burger and Cheese Milk Tea. Finally, after taking a look into the mailbag, we share some uplifting Conbini-related news stories. 0:00 - Kickoff 2:10 - Family Mart's Fried Chicken Deep Dive 8:03 - Legendary Famichiki Stories 17:20 - Sweets Review from the Karakuchi Commentator (Lawson's Cupke) 20:07 - Kakipi Famichiki review 22:50 - New Items: Burger King Strong Burger and Cheese Milk Tea 28:33 - Mailbag! 32:34 - Conbini News
37:37
June 10, 2020
Lawson's Karaage-kun: The Greatest Product Platform of All Time?
The Conbini Boys continue their deep dive into hot box fried chicken at Lawson, home of the karagage-kun. These fried chicken nuggets have an astonishing number of flavors. The Spicy Commentator is back to review FamilyMart’s Zakuzaku Banana Chocolate Ice Cream Bar. The Conbini Boys dig into two new items: gatsuri ramen out of 7-11 and Kakipi (rice cracker) Famichiki at FamilyMart. After diving into the mailbag, Mike and Matt announce the winner of Lawson’s Regional Mayonnaise Onigiri Tournament. Finally, the Conbini Boys share news on the Famichiki Senpai (Famichiki big brother) and his exercise routine while in quarantine. 2:42 - Bloopers 4:28 - Lawson Fried Chicken Deep Dive 17:20 - Spicy Commentator reviews banana chocolate bar from FamilyMart 19:36 - New Item at 7-11: Gatsuri (gut buster) ramen 24:20 - New Item at FamilyMart: Kakipi Famichiki 27:20 - Mailbag 31:38 - Winner of the Lawson’s Regional Mayonnaise Onigiri Tournament 34:52 - Conbini News: Famichiki Senpai Exercise
38:59
May 27, 2020
Traditional Japanese Cuisine: Hot Dogs and Fried Chicken
This week, the Conbini Boys take a deep dive into the fried chicken section of the hotbox. Starting with 7-11, they’ll be taking a look over the next couple of weeks at the fried chicken selection from each of the Big 3: Lawson, Family Mart, and 7-11. The spicy commentator is back with another review, this time looking at "Italian Pudding" from 7-11, and as for new items this week, they’re looking at the traditional Japanese cuisine known as “hot dogs.” Next, following up last week's Top 3 Favorite conbini items episode, Matt and Mike introduce their  “honorable mentions” to the list. And finally, the Boys introduce a new segment: “Conbini Boys Story Time” with a riveting story about the development of Pocari Sweat. 0:00 - Kickoff 1:30 - Hot Box Fried Chicken Deep Dive:  7-11 (7-11’s fried chicken selection) 8:47  - Sweets Review from the Karakuchi Commentator (7-11’s “Italian Pudding”) 11:20 - New Items: Hot Dogs! (Lawson’s “GOOODOG”, 7-11’s Cheese Dog) 15:42 - Mail bag check 18:32 - Near misses to our Top 3 Conbini Items 26:28 - Conbini Boys Story Time: The history of Pocari Sweat (The History of Pocari Sweat)
34:51
May 20, 2020
Behind the Scenes: The Anxiety of Choosing Top 3 Conbini Items
In their first Behind the Scenes bonus, Mike and Matt discuss the anxiety of choosing their top 3 favorite conbini items just before kicking off Episode 6. 
04:13
May 13, 2020
Top 3 Conbini Items
In this week’s episode, Mike and Matt share their Top 3 favorite conbini items. It’s a nearly impossible question to answer. But after a week of long walks, pacing around the house, and consulting with fellow conbini-lovers, they each managed to whittle it down to three spectacular items. As always, Mike and Matt kick it off with hot box chicken, specifically tatsuta chicken. The Karakuchi Commentator IS BACK for another sweets review where she talks Basque-style Cheesecake from Lawson’s. The Conbini Boyz follow up on Lawson’s regional mayonnaise-themed onigiri tournament sharing which two made it to the final showdown. Conbini news continues to revolve around Covid-19, celebrating a collaboration between a long-haul bus company and Lawson’s. As always, Mike and Matt round it out with two conbini memories. 0:00 - Kickoff 4:27 - Chiki Wars: Tatsu Chicken 8:24 - Sweets Review from the Karakuchi Commentator: Basque-Style Cheesecake from Lawson's 11:15 - Mike and Matt's Top 3 Conbini Items 21:10 - Lawson’s Mayonnaise Onigiri Regional Tournament Update 24:17 - Sponsor's Ad 26:58 - Conbini News 29:53 - Conbini Memory
34:45
May 10, 2020
Lawson's Mayo Onigiri Regional Tournament
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt take a deep into the conbini's spectacular regional, seasonal, and limited edition culture. Lawson's is kicking off a two-week long mayonnaise-themed onigiri (rice ball) tournament. Who's is going to make it out on top? Strong contenders like Sendai's cow tongue and miso-mayo onigiri and Okinawa's taco meat onigiri blast off into a winner-takes-all battle.  5:19 - Correction on the History of Boneless Hotbox Chiki 7:29 - Lawson's Mayo Onigiri Regional Tournament  17:03 - Regional, Seasonal, and Limited Edition Conbini Culture 22:05 - Maimai's Karakuchi Commentator Review 25:12 - Conbini News 29:05 - Look Ahead to Next Week ​​Show Notes: ​​History of famichiki: https://news.mynavi.jp/article/20160607-familymart/ ​​Lawson onigiri tournament voting page: https://www.lawson.co.jp/lab/campaign/onigirisensyuken_mayo/ ​​Chocolate Bar Cookie Sandwich: https://www.family.co.jp/goods/dessert/1940404.html ​​Conbini cooler open solution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgA7GXsQ0z8
31:10
May 03, 2020
The Big Chiki
In this episode of Conbini Boyz, Mike and Matt talk Big Chiki. That’s right - BIG Chiki. FamilyMart has unleashed from its hot box a 1.5x sized Famichiki. Does it live up to the hype? Tune in to find out. In Conbini News, we talk Covid-19 and how 7-11 owners are braving the crisis like true samurai warriors. Then, we talk about the latest trend in conbini items - Cheese Foam Drinks. Should you have one? Probably! Finally, as always, we end with Conbini Memories.
40:12
April 28, 2020
Foreigners' Favorite and Least Favorite Conbini Items
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt dive into the conbini items foreigners love and hate. Will the hotbox boneless fried chicken reach the top of the conbini food chain? And what's sitting at the bottom? Also, Mike and Matt get into Covid-19 discussing 7-11's mobile conbini serving at-risk populations. Despite the challenging environment, Mike managed to do some field work to test out the Samurai Mac burgers. As always, we start off with fried chicken and end with a couple conbini memories. 
36:10
April 20, 2020
Drinkable Cheese Tart and Gubo
In this week's episode, Mike and Matt dive into the latest news and products hitting the conbini:  Unmanned conbinis watched over by AI 7-11's acquisition of Speedway falls through Gubo chunky sticks FamilyMart debuts its first vegan item PABLO cheese tarts in drinkable form As always, we kickoff with something on the Chiki Wars. And end with a couple conbini memories.
35:40
April 05, 2020
Conbini Boyz Kickoff
In their inaugural episode, Mike and Matt dive into the fried chicken wars, the latest seasonal items on conbini shelves, Covid-19, and 7-11’s war on the storeowner who refused to stay open 24 hours.
22:47
March 29, 2020