Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Alt title: Koufuku Graffiti

TV (12 eps)
3.26 out of 5 from 1,876 votes
Rank #10,958

After her grandmother passed away, high school student Ryou Machiko began living by herself. Although she recreated her grandmother's recipes perfectly, she felt that something was missing. However, when a girl named Kirin begins visiting her home, she realizes that company makes any meal taste better. Together with their friend Shiina, they enjoy many different kinds of delicious foods together.

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This show is better than it looks, even though the first episode is quite slow. It follows the life of a girl who loves to cook becoming closer to her cousin who loves to eat after her cousin decides to attend cram school in Tokyo. The plot is very simple, but if you have any interest in Japanese culture and cuisine, or even discovering a new recipe, I recommend you to watch it. If you aren't too familiar with Japanese cuisine this anime will certainly be educational. The anime really did well at making everything seem appetizing and watching the two girls enjoy different meals is entertaining, especially when the animation focuses on their reactions- everything becomes sparkly and glossy, especially their lips and eyes. It seems quite unusual to have fanservice just based on their reactions, but it's tasteful and amusing to see. Every episode has a certain dish that she wants to cook, and we follow the instructions and recipes with her. The pacing of the anime is quite slow, the first few episodes are quite weak and probably not enough to make people want to finish the show. I feel that one of the biggest problems is that the main character Ryou is quite bland and although it's difficult to dislike anyone in the show, it's also really hard to find anyone loveable. The backgrounds are really well animated and the patterns on the clothes are quite eye catching. I think anyone interested in Japanese culture and cuisine would really enjoy this. And make sure not to watch this show when hungry, it can be a painful experience.

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