Anime Sunday: Isekai Shokudou Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another series from the Summer 2017 Season. It’s my Isekai Shokudou Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it’s their one-and-only special cafeteria. There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes…

Plot: The plot isn’t action packed, if you are looking for an action filled adventure, you are going to be disappointed. Now if you enjoy Slice of Life crossed with Fantasy and Cooking, Isekai Shokudou is right up your alley. This first episode introduces us to the resturant Nekoya and it’s customers from the other world. It’s quite interesting and while it’s not action packed and really not my usual genres I genuinely enjoyed my time watching this first episodes.

Characters: This episode also introduces us to our main character who everyone calls Owner. We’re also introduced to the Red Empress Dragon and Aletta as well. Frankly I enjoyed all the characters we were introduced to, and can’t wait to see even more introduced.

Art: The artwork is excellent, which is good because it truly conveys how good the food must taste.

Music: The musical score fits the series perfectly, and even the opening and ending themes are pretty appropriate for the series as well.

Overall: If you love food and don’t mind not having a bunch of action this series will be right up your alley. If you want high tension and plenty of action you won’t enjoy as much, probably. Isekai Shokudou has it’s own kind of charm that just makes you enjoy watching it, or at least that’s how I felt after this first episode.  However if you are hungry I suggest not watching this, as it will just make it worse.

For those who like: Fantasy, Isekai, Food, Slice of Life, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Awesome Artwork, Great Musical Score.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Manga Monday: Dungeon Meshi by Ryoko Kui [Quick Review]

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This week for Manga Monday I’m doing another Quick Review! It’s Dungeon Meshi by Ryoko Kui!

Plot Synopsis: Lyos is a knight who makes his living by fighting in a massive dungeon, one day he and his party are defeated by an dragon who swallows his sister, who before being swallowed fully teleports the rest of the party away. Lyos is resigned to the fact that having lost nearly everything in the dungeon has left him penniless. He resolves to save what’s left of his money while trying to reach his sister, by eating every monster he can on the way down.

Plot: The plot isn’t serious, which is great, because the entire premise is freaking hilariously offbeat. It pokes fun at a bunch of tabletop RPGs at the same time, which is also great.

Characters: Lyos isn’t really the one I connect with the most during this first chapter, it’s Marcille the elven magician girl who sticks around even after the majority of the members abandon the party. I can’t imagine eating something that was trying to suffocate me a few minutes before. Senshi is pretty funny, but it’s Marcille who is the real connection I feel within the entire group.

Art: It’s simple, but it’s also perfect for the series. If it was too detailed it’d be hard to treat this as a comedy.

Overall: I’m going to continue reading it, so I’m giving it the tenative recommendation thus far!

 

Manga Monday: Toriko by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

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This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a series that I enjoyed for a while. It’s Toriko by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro!

Plot Synopsis: Toriko is a Gourmet Hunter searching for the most precious foods in the world so he can create his full-course meal. A man with inhuman ability, he utilizes his incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture ferocious, evasive, and rare beasts to further his menu. He is accompanied by the weak and timid chef Komatsu, who, inspired by Toriko’s ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and to find rare ingredients.

Plot: The plot starts off pretty interesting, but after about 50 chapters the series quickly devolved into the standard Shonen Battle Series. I may go back and read the series completely one day after it’s finished, but for right now I’ve got better things to do.

Characters: Komatsu is probably the most interesting of the main characters, because Toriko is the typical dunce of a lead main character in a battle series. That isn’t to say the others aren’t interesting, it’s just that Komatsu is the best of the bunch.

Art: The one good thing about the series is that it’s got great artwork, which isn’t a suprise considering the series is run in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Overall: If you are dying for a Shonen series this may just be up your alley.

For those who like: Food, Action, Drama, Battle Series, Shonen, Interesting Cast of Characters, Fantastic Artwork, Decent Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: Shokugeki no Soma Episode 01 First Impressions

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This week on Anime Sunday I’m covering my first impressions on Shokugeki no Soma’s Anime!

Plot: The plot so far sticks very well to the first chapter, which is great. I enjoyed watching it come to life via amazing animation. Did a very good job so far, and hopefully it’ll continue doing so in future episodes.

Art: The anime adaptation of this series is beautiful, which is awesome because it brings out the best thing about this series which is of course the food. Everything is so detailed and dramatized that it does very well at conveying the tension the source had.

Characters: Soma is being voiced exactly how I imagined him, and his father is as well. The rest of the cast has yet to be introduced, but I’m really looking forward to hearing Tadokoro and Erina being voiced.

Overall: This is so far an amazing adaptation of the source material and well worth watching.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday!

Shoujo Saturday: Addicted to Curry by Kazuki Funatsu

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This week for Shoujo Saturday I’m covering a series that I found a few weeks ago and I fell totally in love with. It’s Addicted to Curry by Kazuki Funatsu!

Plot Synopsis: Addicted to Curry is the story of Sonezaki Yui, a schoolgirl, whose father is the owner of Curry House Cooking Ganesha. Yui, who frequently adopts strays and starving animals she finds on the street, one day finds a young man lying in the road and, out of her good nature, wants to give him something to eat. She trips and hits him in the face with a soda can, and runs away. The young man, Koenji Makito, follows her curry scent back to the restaurant.

At first, Yui thinks that Koenji is going to kill her for throwing food at him, but it turns out that he’s a nice guy who knew and was looking for Yui’s father, Souichirou. Yui tells Makito that the restaurant is going out of business and that her father Souichiro has left on a journey with the goal of improving his cooking abilities, pretty much leaving her alone with the restaurant. Koenji who is in debt to both Yui and her father decides to team up with Yui in order to save the restaurant.

Plot: The plot is awesome and while it has fanservice moments, it is run in a magazine run towards young men after all, it is still one of the best Manga I’ve ever read easily and I haven’t even finished the series because it hasn’t been translated fully. The plot has its dramatic moments, and it’s got a great romantic sub-plot as well. One thing of note is that the author actually went around the world to research curry recipes for this series, which is very impressive. However not only did he do research for this series, he includes the recipes in the series itself, often having one per chapter. The recipes are very good, I tried the first chapter’s one myself and it was easy enough to follow for a person who knows very little about cooking.

Characters: Makito is a perverted young man who is hopelessly addicted to curry and that makes him the perfect main character for this series, because he’s a lot like the author in that he’s very knowledgable about curry, and spices in general. Yui on the other hand is the perfect female lead, because she’s believable and earnest. She and Makito are easily my two favorite characters, but the rest of the rather large cast is amazing as well.

Artwork: The artwork reminds me a bit of GTO, but it’s not exactly the same. I love the artwork, because it brings out the details in characters, environment, and most importantly for this series the food.

Overall: This is easily a must read Manga series if you like romance, food, or just plain great stories.

For those who like: Food, Drama, Romance, Great Artwork, Amazing Cast of Characters, Fantastic Plot.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all of that.