Meng Qi Shi Shen

Alt title: Cinderella Chef

Web (12 eps x 21 min)
2018 - 2019
4.157 out of 5 from 665 votes
Rank #928
Meng Qi Shi Shen

Ye Jiayao finds herself back in time in the body of Ye Jinxuan. After many twists, she thought that she would finally be able to lead a simple life and achieve her dream of opening the best restaurant in Huai Song. However, there are villains constantly trying to bring her down.

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Mieya
5

This show peaked my interest solely due to the fact that it's chinese animation. Something I've never seen before. If we are going just off of the visuals, its quite pretty. Something about it is different...I know nothing about art but the backgrounds look detailed and polished while the characters look pretty sometimes but a bit rough and flat compared to the background other times. I'm sure the budget was quite low so considering that its actually impressive how good the animation is at times. Like the fight scenes are pretty fluid, though they put this blur and shake effect on it that makes it hard to see it fully.  Sound: I don't have much to say except that the quality of the mics didnt seem to be as good I guess. The main character loves to scream. Actually there are many characters that talk a bit loud and I wish they would turn those parts down more so it doesnt hurt the viewers ears. The sound also sounded very flat. At some points like during fight scenes the voice actors sounded too clear. The voices don't blend with the environment. During the fight scenes it felt like two people in a studio dubbing a fight...not two people actually fighting. Took me out of it. Music was fine, nothing I'll remember.  When it comes to the story....not mentioning the fact that the show ends without a conclusion (unsure if theres gonna be a season 2) the episodes are repetitive until you get to a certain episode which makes you think things are going to take a turn, which it does for 2 episodes and then its back to the usual with the main character being the best chef in ancient china. For a story about cooking that uses fantatistical scenes to visually show how tasty her food is, its sort of boring. The food scenes are similar to Food Wars, but unlike Food Wars instead of being ridiculously hilarious, its mostly cringy. I believe its because of the tone of the rest of the show. It feels like I'm supposed to take these scenes seriously even though I know its supposed to make me laugh. Speaking of cringy, the way the main character drools over the male lead is super cringy to look at. They put this fuzzy pink background on this man who yeah is handsome, but supposed to be a cold intimidating fighter guy. Idk it's like the show wants to include all of these elements from cute japanese shoujo anime, while simultaneously being a semi-serious ancient chinese political action and then its also food wars. Not that it cant be all of those things, but the show isn't long enough nor big enough to do it. Kind of a mess. I say all of those bad things but it wasnt horrible to watch. I still enjoyed it for what it was.  As for the characters, im not going to go into the depth of the characters, because there really isnt much there. But I did like them. The main character's voice got on my nerves since she was 24/7 whining or yelling, but besides that she was still likeable i guess? She didnt have much going on besides being a star chef and being "fiesty" as they called her. Other characters were forgettable. Feels like we couldve learned more about the male lead in another season. He's just your typical cold guy who is good at fighting stuff and nothing else. There were certain characters on the poster I thought I would see more from, one in particular had a pretty dramatic death scene, but the show didnt really introduce them to us so I didnt feel anything...even though it was clear I was supposed to be like "nooo dont die".  Overall it was cool to see just because I've never seen anime from China or a "guoman/donghua" as they call it (quick google search). Nothing to write home about. But if you have nothing better to do might as watch a quick 12 eps just to see.

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