There is a certain restaurant in the first basement level of a multi-tenant building in one corner of a shopping street near the office district. The historical 70-year-old restaurant, marked by a sign with a picture of a cat, is called "Western Cuisine Nekoya." This restaurant looks completely normal through the week, but on Saturdays, it opens in secret exclusively to some very unique guests. During these hours, doors in various areas of a parallel world open to allow customers of many different races and cultures into the restaurant.
Beef Stew / Breakfast Special
Minced Meat Cutlet / Fried Shrimp
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce / Chocolate Parfait
Omelette Rice / Tofu Steak
Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl / Pudding a la Mode
Sandwiches / Steamed Potato With Butter
Curry Rice / Chicken Curry
Hamburg Steak / Assorted Cookies
Fried Seafood / Melon Soda Float
Crêpes / Natto Spaghetti
Carpaccio / Curry Bun
Pork Soup / Croquettes
The only thing i can say currently is that the animation is nice, some characters feel like rip offs from other animes, but works with their setting. When i first started watching, i thought it was a nice otherworld story anime and actually had high expectations for it. After the fourth ep, the story seems to just repeat with new characters. A door opens up once every 7 days and they go in and drool over a dish on the chefs menu... thats it.. same thing twice an ep, every single ep.. i was hoping for something more. If i had written this, i would have had the chef transported to the other world and become a traveling chef who has to adapt to using ingredients in the new world.
What an odd Anime. The main character is not a man, a woman, or any sort of beast. The main character is the food that is served to the various patrons to this restaurant. And the story revovles around that interaction. I have just finished episode 5 of the dub, and so far there is nothing to spoil. I do wish they cover some of the backstory of this restaurant. Like the story behind the portal door. How it chooses its patrons. Unfortunately, this Anime is not for everyone. Some would find its slow pace to be a bit borring. But I am finding it quite enjoyable at the moment.
Positive *The first positive thing that I want to point out is that I really liked the artwork in this anime. The animation itself was decent, not anything too spectacular but the artwork was really nice. Because this anime focusses on food, it was vital that they made the food look good and they succeeded. The food didn’t look spectacular like in Shokugeki no Souma but it could definitely make you hungry. And besides the food also the overall artwork and colors were used very well. The restaurant emitted a calm atmosphere where food could be enjoyed. For a video review, check out my Youtube channel. Link on my profile page. *Another thing that also emphasized this was the music. There was this one piece of OST which was always used in the previews that was an ear worm. The music also helped creating the calm atmosphere that the artwork created and that the base was of this anime. *I just mentioned that this anime was about enjoying good food. It’s completely different from SnS because it doesn’t contain a competition element and it was way less grand and exciting. But not all cooking anime’s have to be like SnS. This anime wanted to focus on the enjoyment of food and how it can make people happy and for that it definitely passed. *My last positive point is something that I was going to mention as a negative point until the final episode. The entire anime I wondered about who the chef was and what his connection to the fantasy world was. Basically I was looking for a set-up, a reason as to why this restaurant was connected to that other world. And I thought that we weren’t going to get that. But than in the final episode we did get an explanation for all of this. Now it was quite farfetched and it also came completely out of the blue but I was satisfied because these were some loose ends that were now tied. Negative *For my negative section of this review I only have one point but it overshadowed the entire anime. What I really missed in IS was a main storyline. IS has nothing that looks like a main storyline. Every episode consists of 2 small stories about 2 creatures eating a different dish. And every episode is like that. After watching the first episode, I thought we were going to get a story about how Aletta was going to get on her feet again. But there is only one episode we get to see how Aletta is doing. I thought that the Red dragon from episode one would have a much bigger impact on the story and Kuro was only introduced in a very late stage and also had very little to do with development of some storyline. *On top of there not being a main storyline, also several of the small side stories were never concluded because they only lasted half an episode. To only name one was the story between Sharif and Adelheid but there are numerous others. Also a lot of the characters were connected to each other in some way but the anime never dives deeper into that. I can see that IS wanted to be anime about enjoying good food and they did that right but I can’t lose the feeling that the absence of a main storyline was a missing in this anime. Conclusion So as a conclusion, as I just said IS did right what it wanted to do being to be an anime about enjoying good food and how it can make people happy. But in my opinion it would have been better if there was a main storyline focusing on Aletta and Kuro and if we dived more into all these characters that were introduced and how they were connected. So overall I am going to rate Isekai Shokudou at 3 stars. I would call this a “go between” anime, an anime that you watch between other series because it is a relaxing anime that you watch for the fun of it.
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