On a deserted street somewhere in Kyoto resides a Japanese style pub called “Izakaya Nobu.” But this hole in the wall holds a secret: its entrance is mysteriously linked to another world! Chief Nobuyuki Yazawa and his server, Shinobu Senke, have decided to open up business in this distant and strange land, an ancient city known as “Aitheria.” Palace guards, craftsmen, merchants, noblemen… Nobu’s doors are open for business, welcoming one and all with a cold beer and a warm meal!
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Iskeai Izakaya is a show that presents itself as a typical isekai restaurant anime, however, it's certainly not something that someone would enjoy if they are looking for anime with a long-lasting plot or characters you will become attached to. This is a show purely about Japanese food. If you have ever watched those traveling tv shows where they visit restaurants and food stands in other countries, and it's basically just watching someone eat and explain the history/preparation of said food; then you will recognize Isekai Izakaya for what it is. It's kind of a tourism anime, and I personally enjoy that sort of thing. Each episode starts out with our main characters serving one or two new customers in the time-traveling izakaya. They always prepare just the right dish to their (usual skeptical or bewildered) customers and we get a lot of food animation complete. The story is kind of all the same but it'll make you smile or at the very least desperately hungry. The last 5 mins of the show are dedicated to live action segments that either follow a chef as he prepares a dish similar to the one featured in that episode or a man as he travels to izakaya in Japan for similar food. You either get some really interesting recipes or directions to a local restaurant that serves 'Whatsontap' and delicious food. The story is weak and not really the "point" of the anime, so there isn't a ton of appeal to simply watch this anime all the way through to the last episode. But at 15 mins an episode they are super easy to breeze through and perfect for a few minutes of downtime. The animation and sound are pretty good quality, making all the food look/sound mouthwatering.
I really enjoyed this anime, binged it on Youtube in 2 days. They are short (but perfect length) episodic food situations where the master has to prepare certain dishes for his isekai customers. I thought it was super fun and enjoyable to watch while eating actually. Characters were enjoyable, just a quick watch, no crazy plot line. Sad to see low ratings but I loved it!
I think that the short episodes fit this anime well. I also appreciate that it has a little bit of a story line while focusing on food. It has more of a story line than “Today’s Menu for Emiyla Family” and less than “Shokugeki no Soma”. One really unique feature I enjoy is the Nobu Plus section at the end. Each episode alternates between a cooking lesson and a Japanese restaurant spotlight. The cook and food critic are the same each time which builds consistency.
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