Boba balls replace Poké Balls in this new drink range featuring some of our favourite Pocket Monsters

As we head into the real heat of summer here in Japan, we’ve been preparing to hibernate indoors under the air conditioning, sitting on our Snorlax sofas playing Pokémon Sleep in our limited-edition Uniqlo Pikachu T-shirts.

But now it looks like we’ll be heading outdoors to brave the heat at least once this summer, because The Pokémon Company has just announced it will be releasing an exciting new range of Pokémon bubble teas!

Called Pokémon Meets Sweet Dynasty Hong Kong Bubble Tea Drink Bar, the new collaboration will see a range of Pokémon-themed bubble teas coming to the Sweet Dynasty restaurant chain in Japan this summer.

The lineup includes:

▼ Eevee Milk Bubble Tea (540 yen [US$4.98])

▼ Plenty of Pikachu Melon Soda Bubble Tea (648 yen)

▼ Bulbasaur Matcha Bubble Tea (648 yen)

▼ Pikachu Bubble Mango Smoothie Bubble Tea (756 yen)

▼ Plenty of Pikachu Rainbow Soda Bubble Tea (756 yen)

▼ Mew Watermelon Smoothie Bubble Tea (756 yen)

The Sweet Dynasty bubble teas are all made using original recipes, featuring hues to match the corresponding Pocket Monster from the hugely popular Pokémon franchise.

The addition of rich, flavoursome roasted tea, fruit smoothies, and sparkling sodas aim to create a cooling drink range perfect for summer.

The Pokémon bubble teas will be available at all Sweet Dynasty branches around Japan from 17 July to the end of September, with a special pop-up store also selling the teas at Nihonbashi Takashimaya S.C. New Hall (right across the street from Tokyo’s permanent Pokémon Cafe) from 10-16 July, and then again from 31 July to 13 August.

With so many cute designs available, it’ll be hard for us not to catch ’em all, and they’ll certainly make a bold addition to the racy hands-free cleavage-cupping tapioca challenge that’s currently trending online.

Source, images: Sweet Dynasty press release
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