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Isekai Shokudou Episode 7 Review

First of all, I’d like to apologize for once again being absent for too long. This time it was because school started back up, and I got a lot busier than I was expecting. Though it’s no excuse, since I did spend a lot more time napping than I should’ve… But it’s fine! I’m back and I am going to try to catch up before the season ends. So expect a lot of posts in rapid succession.

Anyways! This episode returns us back to introducing new characters, which is fine by me. This time around we get a castaway navy admiral named Alphonse, and another dragon.

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Alphonse has been visiting Nekoya for over 20 years now, every since he was first stranded on the island. Reluctant to leave when rescued, the first thing he did was immediately search for a new entrance. Fortunately for him, he found one. His story is a pretty typical one, so I don’t have much else to say about him. Though I will say that I always enjoy how even the most tough characters have a cute soft spot for food.

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I wish I cooked food that could make people’s faces do that.

The second guest to Nekoya, is one of the legendary dragons. In the first episode, we saw the red dragon. This time, we see the black dragon who lives alone in space. However, a door to Nekoya appears one day on her stretch of the universe, and she decides to enter.

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Though she lacks some of the essentials, like clothes.

She downs what looks to be hundreds of plates of chicken curry, for hours on end. But she has no money to pay for it! So, at the suggestion of her red dragon friend, she starts a job at Nekoya, and is paid in chicken curry (kind of like those old gum commercials, where people were being paid in Trident Layers. Would you accept gum as payment??). And with that, we have the final employee of Nekoya!

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This week’s menu items were curry rice, and chicken curry.

I’ll try to be a lot faster with these posts, since I am going to try to catch up before the Fall 2017 season starts. So try to look forward to 2-3 posts a day, if time permits.

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Isekai Shokudou Episode 6 Review

This week we finally get to explore more into all of the characters that have been introduced so far, with emphasis on Aletta and the master.

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We got to learn more about everyone through a cute argument between literally every character that has been introduced so far over which sandwich is the best and why (presented in MLA format to boot!). We saw some intense food arguments in the first episode, but not nearly as many people were involved compared to this full-restaurant debate!

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The calm before the storm.

Hilarity ensued as each patron started buying their favorite dish for their debate opponent to attempt to prove that their tastes were superior. Which I suppose is a much better compromise than just yelling at someone and trying to prove your point that way.

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It’s almost as if this line was talking about the patrons themselves. When they were all gathered here for this episode, it was truly exquisite!

This week’s menu items were sandwiches (fittingly) and a steamed potato with butter. The master of Nekoya wanted to teach Aletta how to make something delicious, but easy to make with potatoes and so steamed potatoes and butter was the result.

I think we are going to start learning more and more about Nekoya’s staff in the next few episodes, so I am really eager to see it. This episode was a nice break from seeing new characters introduced, and allowed us to actually do something with them now that they have been established. Now we just have to wait and see what will happen next week in Nekoya.

 

Isekai Shokudou Episode 5 Review

Two more meals and two more characters are revealed in this episode of Isekai Shokudou. But from the looks of the preview, it seems like they are about to change the storytelling in the next episode to involve all of the now established characters.

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Get it? Wolf? Because he is a lion? Ahh animal jokes…

The first character mentioned is Lionel, who has been coming to Nekoya for over twenty years. He is actually a gladiator/slave, forced to fight for his freedom (think ancient Roman gladiators) after he is captured by a raunchy assassin.

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Not the kind of joke I was expecting from this show!

Before his first ever fight, the discovered the door to Nekoya in his holding cell. Asking for a meal to bring him victory, the old master of Nekoya brought him katsudon.  Katsu in Japanese is the verb that means “to win.” This makes katsudon a sort of double entendre. So props to the old master by being extra clever and punny with his meal choice for Lionel.

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This also in part explains the popularity of Kit-Kats in Japan. In Japanese, they are pronounced kitto katsu, with kitto meaning always and katsu meaning to win. So Kit-Kats are kind of a lucky snack, so to speak. 

The next customer is also a frequent, longtime customer to Nekoya. She is Victoria, a half-elf half-human mage. Not only that, but Victoria and her master are the ones who wrote the desert and lunch/dinner menus, respectively. This explains how the menus came to be written in the other world’s language.

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The food this week was katsudon for Lionel, and Pudding a la mode for Victoria, the author of the desert menu.

After seeing the next episode’s preview, I think we will start to move from endless exposition to some actual plot progress. Not that the exposition has been bad though! I’ve really been enjoying it. But we will start to learn more about Nekoya’s staff, with extra focus on the waitress Aletta. So we’ll just have to see how that goes next week!

Isekai Shokudou Episode 4 Review

Week 4 of the Summer 2017 anime season is here, and I think it is a fair time to make the “drop or not to drop” decisions for shows. Fortunately, Isekai Shokudou (as well as all of the other shows I am watching) is not a “drop” anime. I have honestly been so happy with Isekai Shokudou, if not simply for how truly relaxing and heartwarming each episode is.

This time around we get two very unique customers to Nekoya. One being a lizardman and the other an elf who is their fantasy world’s equivalent to a vegan.

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The entire “lizardman” half of the episode was narrated like a nature documentary, which could only have been made better if Snoop Dogg had narrated it. 

The lizardmen have an interesting ceremony that goes into their acquisition of Nekoya’s food. Only the strongest in the tribe is allowed to visit Nekoya, and they only order omelette rice for themselves and three omelette rices to go to share with the entire tribe.

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I often take to-go orders at work, but never a to-go order from a lizardman!

The second half of the episode deals with a more unique situation. An elf stumbles upon Nekoya, though much to her dismay, all of the menu items are “human cooking” and contain meat or other animal products.

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This elf has been the most critical of the guests about the food as she doesn’t believe it is possible for a human to cook delicious food without meat.

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I’m a picky eater, but I’d trust this chef’s choice any day.

Though she, just like all of the others, quickly falls in love with the cooking. The chef cooks her a completely vegan dish of tofu steak and rice. Which, to be honest, now has me craving some tofu.

Have I mentioned how much the background music goes with the mood and food of the show? I feel like I say it every week, but it needs to be said! I cannot get over how much the classical music adds to the emotions of the scenes.

This week’s menu items are Omelette Rice and Tofu Steak.

It seems like this season is definitely the season for foodies. And this is definitely the show of the season if you are looking for some delicious food. I didn’t think I’d like a food anime so much, but so far I am loving every minute of it!

Isekai Shokudou Episode 3 Review

Episode 3 is the what I’ll call the “grandfather episode” as each new character who visits Nekoya is accompanied by their grandfather. We also get to see a glimpse of my favorite character’s grandfather, while learning a bit more about Nekoya in the process.

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The first set of grandparent/grandchild is a culinary master of his world and his grandson. He reveals to his grandson and heir to his fortune and company the secret behind his legendary pasta: that the ideas and recipes all come from Nekoya.

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More than that secret gets revealed, however. We also learn how the chef and master of Nekoya is able to cook dishes that resemble dishes from the other world. And that is by receiving ingredients from the culinary master in exchange for Nekoya’s monthly profits.

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The next pair is a grandfather and ruler of kingdoms and his granddaughter. He shares the secret of Nekoya with her to brighten up her day, as her life had just changed drastically.

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This is actually a flashback, and another very revealing one. We flash back to when Nekoya had a different master, and when the current one was still in training.

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Nekoya’s previous master.

As you might have guessed, that man was actually the current master’s grandfather!

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He looks young without facial hair, doesn’t he?

This week’s menu items 5 and 6 were spaghetti with meat sauce and a chocolate parfait, respectively.

Both stories again do a great job at telling their own story, whilst simultaneously revealing more and more about Nekoya and the employees within. The episode also closes with a cute and uplifting scene showing all of the patrons that have been introduced thus far eating at Nekoya.

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Isekai Shokudou continues to impress me and leave me wanting more each week! I definitely cannot wait for next week’s episode!

Isekai Shokudou Episode 2 Review

With episode 2 down, I think I’ve got the hang of how Isekai Shokudou is going to be. Which is good, because after episode 1 I didn’t have a clue!

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This episode mainly focused on two people from the fantasy world and how they arrived at the cafe. The first of these is a treasure hunter named Sarah Gold, trying to find the treasure written about in a diary of someone named William. Small details aside, the treasure turns out to be our cafe, Nekoya.

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The second is a knight, who is actually retelling the story of when he originally found the cafe three years ago, but was unable to go back since he did not know it only appeared once every seven days.

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What I loved the most about these people is seeing their reactions to the food they order. Since it is otherworldly to them, they are so apprehensive and do not know what to expect. But when they try the food, they are in a state of bliss. It’s kind of cute, honestly, and just an all-around happy thing to watch.

Which brings me to my point about figuring out (I think) how the episodes will be. I think each episode will detail the story of how certain people came to find Nekoya, and also reveal other food on the menu, featuring one item per person. So each episode will focus on side-characters, while slowly developing the Nekoya staff in the background. I think the best comparison is Death Parade. It featured two new “contestants” to the games in Death Parade, but slowly develops Decim and Chiyuki’s characters by utilizing the contestants of each episode.

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Death Parade‘s Decim and Chiyuki.

So I think if the show continues like this I will really love it by the end. The introduction of new characters, and therefore new stories, will be fun and help keep the show from getting stale.

Moving on from that, this episode also made me realize just how much I love the chef at Nekoya. (Though I must not love him that much since I still haven’t learned his name yet.)

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They also slightly explain how the door woks, if you were interested:

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Also, continuing with me saving the menu items of each episode. Here are menu items 3 and 4, “Minced Meat Cutlet” and “Fried Shrimp.”

That’s about all I have to say for this week’s episode. I hope it helps those of you who may have been on the fence about watching Isekai Shokudou figure out if you want to watch it or not. I look forward to your thoughts as well! Thanks for reading!

Isekai Shokudou Episode 1 Review

Show number two to air on my list this Summer, and one of the top ones on my list that I was looking forward to. Isekai Shokudou or Restaurant to Another World is about a cafe that serves our world’s customers on weekdays, and closes for Saturdays. However on Saturdays, the clientele shifts to people and creatures from fantasy worlds.

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While fantasy isn’t my favorite genre of anime, restaurant /workplace anime are among my top three. So I figured I would give this one a try. Not much really happens in the first episode aside from the main character getting a job at this special cafe, so I really can’t say much about liking or disliking the plot and I have no idea what to expect from the next episode. Until I see more, I will withhold any kind of judgement in that department.

Now for the things I can say after just one episode. First and foremost, I like the chef at the cafe. Granted we don’t know much about him yet, but I gotta say that I have a good predisposition to chefs with large, poof-y hats. So this chef fit the bill perfectly. On that note, I think this anime is going to be a lot about the menu/food the cafe makes. For example, each time a dish worth noting was shown, the anime made it a point to say “Menu 1 ‘Beef Stew'” or something along those lines. While I have zero experience with other anime about food or cooking, I think it is safe to say that that is a common thing associated with food anime.

Aside from the varieties of food shown, there were also a number of neat fantasy creatures and characters, from dragons and their demon butlers to anime’s own Gandalf doppelganger, and our main character Aletta is a human-like demon with goat horns.  So I’d say this is a show to check out if you are a lover of seeing those kinds of creatures represented in anime.

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Aletta hiding her horns with her hat.

The OP and ED song were also pretty nice. I particularly enjoyed the OP’s accompanying visuals, but preferred the ED song itself more. So if anything, I’d say give this first episode a watch just for those.

That’s about all I can say this week for Isekai Shokudou, but that just means there is an going to be a much more informative episode 2 coming up next week! So I’m definitely excited for that. Thanks for reading!