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.
The premise of the show, is that once every 7 days, magical doors appear in a fantasy world, which lead to a restaurant from our world. Every episode usually starts with a bit of a backstory, about a (human or not) character, who finds their way into it. They usually start out reluctant if not apprehensive, but order some food. Once the food arrives, they invariably verbally masturbate over it, praising every aspect of its appearance, taste, smell, texture, composition, from that episode onwards refusing to try any other dish, and being nicknamed by that dish. Besides them, the only recurring characters are the cook, and his isekai helpers. The helpers are there as a very mild form of fanservice, and can be easily ignored as they have no personality. The cook himself, is.. more of a plot tool, than a character - he seems incapable of experiencing or showing emotion, and he is also unable to respond or react properly to anything but orders for food, seemingly not fully aware that his customers come in from another world, and thus might not know the words and phrases he throws at them, that they might be confused, or how to say anything but preprogrammed phrases related to ordering food and welcoming customers that fit in his likely rodent sized brain. Some of it is vaguely interesting, but some is downright questionable, like the half-episode about a lizardmen tribe sounding like a national geographic documentary, or the fact that no one but the customers ever notice the doors, even if they pop up for a day inside a slave's cell, or a castle chamber that maids likely clean regularly. It's clear that the show wasn't written to make any sense, but rather as a conduit for verbally masturbating over simple, often Japanese dishes, with everything else being but an afterthought. All in all, the show usually ranges between "a bit awkward to watch" and "painfully dull", never substantially deviating from its cheap, cringy formula, and ultimately the highest rating I can give it is: Score: 3/10 (Bad) - vigorously avoid watching
Isekai Shokudou is a show about Japan's cuisine ego.There is a restaurant that opens it's door only once in 7 days in various dimensions.I am highly enthusiastic when it comes to time, dimensions, space, etc and if I started nitpicking on how wrong this system the show is portraying sounds, it would totally kill the great fantasy feeling.The show says that it connects different worlds but it all seems like fantasymagicfuckery... I have yet to see some space cowboys.Every person, or rather said, being gets it's little story behind him. There is this dragon queen, knight on the verge of death, samurai, wizard and lizard... It's like a collection of tales book.And in every book, we have this chef who can't smile. I really hope there is some lore behind him not being able to move his "zygomaticus major" to express his happiness because it hurts to see him smile with only his eyes closing.Mr. Cantsmile is being accompanied by demonic waitress who was homeless because of her origin. He offered her job and she accepted it... that's it.The characters are interesting but apart from the customers which are new every episode... There is so little character interaction.As I mentioned the waitress was homeless, the last we seen of her normal life was when she came to her world and slept on a stack of hay.WHERE DOES SHE LIVE NOWIS SHE OK WORKING ONLY ONCE EVERY WEEK?DOES SOMEONE BULLY MY DEAR HORNED CINNAMON ROLL?I NEED ANSWERSP.S. As is common is Japan animation, half the budget goes on food scenes.
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