A pastry chef with a promising future is reborn as the son of a poor lord. The boy’s name is Pastry, and he will be the next lord of the territory. The struggles of young Pastry’s story begin here as he aims to make people smile with his desserts and create a land flourishing with happiness. The best sweet comes with the best tale. This is a sweet fantasy that takes the royal road to change the world!
Source: J-Novel Club
This show has an identity crisis. It's trying to be a slice of life, isekai, political, war, action, rom-com, and cooking show all in one. But it doesn't really go all in with any of them and ends up being pretty bad at them all instead. Focuses a significant amount of air time on the political and war aspects, but yet the show is not produced like one because every action scene is full of still frames and non-animated motions. The main premise of the show and the title introduced in the first minute make this seem like it should be mostly about the main character's cooking knowledge, but that element is somehow touched on the least of anything else which is super weird to me. I only kept watching cause I wanted to know how they would take the shows direction to the end, but it never got better at any point...
“Okashi na” has multiple meanings. Impression I had from this would be summed up in “okashi na”, but meaning “strange, bizarre” instead of intended meaning “sweets” implying the series will revolve about making sweets. This series starts in stereotypical manner of isekai reincarnation of master in craft, but then instead of exploring the craft as anyone would expect it goes into somewhat long intro arc with no cooking until the end of the episode three. Even more strange is the fact that this more typical mini arc was the best part of the series . Story, where baking cakes and making candies is supposed to be highlight, but it sucks instead is fail. MC makes mere four items during the entire season and two of them are basically same. Visually meh series. Soundtrack ok. OP and ED skip, already forget that. Overall. If one could ditch the “sweets” part, which wasn’t there much to begin with, it could be potentially developed into more typical and enjoyable isekai adventure. As it is now it won’t be satisfactory neither as cooking anime nor as adventure/action story. Spoilers  Even if the strategy of fighting bandits was bit silly, I liked the end when the leader outsmarted kids and escaped.
To start off, it is your typical reincarnation anime. Guy dies on Earth & is magically reborn into a world with magic. He is crushed to death by a giant sugar sculpture which is a pretty lame way to die, but the same could be said of dying from a ton of books falling on you. No spoiler as it’s literally the first episode. To start, the animation is weird, they often leave out the faces of people in the background & sometimes even on main characters. Not sure how they couldn't budget some faces from their animators, but it is pretty bad. Not to mention a bit creepy to see lots of faceless people. So a pastry chef is reborn to a small time lord & just like "Ascendant of a Bookworm” he is hell bent on getting the things he needs to produce his love (ie sweets). It is mostly a slice of life anime, with a few battles in between. Kind of like “By the Grace of the Gods”, except he is obsessed with making candy & other sweets from his previous life. As of episode 11, it is pretty slow, with some episodes seeming like a complete waste & more like filler. If you want a super chill anime with a bit of excitement this might be for you. But for me it’s been pretty lame. Hope this helps.
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