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There’s something overpoweringly delicious about the garlicky pot stickers Japan calls gyoza. Even when they’re not bewitching people into rushing out to get an order as soon as possible (even if that means not getting dressed first), gyoza power still has the ability to override your higher brain functions, as evidenced by Chaozu-kun, the cute/disturbing mascot of the Japan Gyoza Association.

The super happy/super ripped Chaozu-kun isn’t the only weirdness Japan’s pot sticker powers have been up to, though, as we see in this series of sometimes manic, sometimes dramatic, and always odd images from the Gyoza Association’s official website.

Let’s start off with what, believe it or not, is the most ordinary of the promotional banners. It’s just a dude, running around with his arms stretched out, laughing, “Aha! Gyoza! Ahaha!”

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Elsewhere, after a quick wardrobe change, we see the same man in a more pensive mood.

▼ “That’s right, I took the beautiful message gyoza gave me and put it into a song, because that’s all I can do.”

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Don’t go thinking pure-hearted romanticism is the only side to this guy’s personality, though.

▼ “Seriously? Your girlfriend dressed up in gyoza cosplay, and soy sauce and vinegar were coming out of…there?”

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We realize in Japan that eating garlic is supposed to give you stamina and energy for…nighttime activities, but this is the first we’ve ever heard of someone getting straight-up turned on by gyoza.

Maybe it’s this kind of lascivious talk that got him on the receiving end of this girl’s punch, which she calls the “Rayu Smash,” after the spicy oil gyoza is often dipped in before eating.

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Of course, forbidden love can also bloom between gyoza and human females.

▼ “I like you, but, you’re not the same as the gyoza I was seeing before. I just can’t see myself falling in love with you. I’m leaving on a journey to find the gyoza I really want.

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As further proof, this woman’s words underscore that garlic-packed gyoza are not only capable of wrecking breath, but homes too,

▼ Which do you really love, gyoza, or me?

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Other times, though, gyoza are the necessary component for bringing two people together.

▼ “I’ll turn around and look at you when I hear the sizzle of gyoza cooking.”

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Sometimes, the ads even imply that gyoza is the catalyst that will literally connect a couple.

▼ “Hey, wanna make a gyoza together?”

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By the way, that line of red text at the bottom proclaims, “The Japan Gyoza Association is here to support a lifestyle that leads to the whole bunch of you eating gyoza together.”

Not everyone’s happiness hinges solely on love, though. As a matter of fact, human beings are bundles of desires, as shown by the thoughts running through this woman’s head.

▼ “Where should I go on my next date? Should I go to that singles party next weekend? What about buying a new computer? I kinda feel like checking out the Skytree. Do I want to get married? Oh, I definitely want to see that movie?”

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And how does she tie up all of these emotions? By concluding, “I can have gyoza for dinner tonight? Then who cares about all the rest?”

A similarly positive attitude is taken by this woman.

▼ “Yeah, there are gyoza floating among the clouds, and I want to spend my whole life watching them.”

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Wow, that’s sort of poetic. But as memorable as all of these are, we can’t help but notice one limitation. Since they’re all written in Japanese, they’re not as effective as they could be in making an impression on the international community. Thankfully, the Japan Gyoza Association has also designed an English ad. Let’s take a look.

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No, no it’s not. Thank you for clearing that up.

Sources: Jin, Livedoor
Top image: Jin
Insert images: Excite Woman, Jin, Livedoor