This is not a post for people on a diet or who are hungry. Please don’t say that I didn’t warn you. Because I am going to share quite a lot of delicious food pictures that may be 2D and animated, but are based on real-life ingredients and can be recreated. Hence, the cravings will kick, nevertheless.
Foreigners are deemed to be curious about the food and taste of Japanese cooking in Anime because we never had them. Even if we did have access to Sushi places or Japanese restaurants in our country, surely eating in Japan itself, surrounded by Japanese people who speak Japanese, with a Japanese menu and price, would bring a whole new ambience and feeling. Hence, we have a strong urge to have the foods shown. (I am not Japanese, btw. In case it’s not obvious.)
There are several types of food anime viewers;
1) Those who like to eat;
2) The one that watches it while eating to stimulate their appetite (and avoid the fact that s/he is single and eats alone);
3) The one that watches it because s/he is out of ideas on what to cook or eat, so the anime serves a purpose as Cookpad 2.0;
4) All of the above.
So, which one are you?
Anyway, whichever you are, I am going to list down 5 food anime that you shouldn’t watch with an empty stomach. Especially if you have a barren fridge and wallet. You will be tortured, (Or is it just me?)
Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food from Another World
Isekai Izakaya is by far the most informative food anime that I’ve watched. It specifically pushes Japanese food on the table, focusing on customers from another world. The anime talks about a Japanese kitchen bar that connects two worlds with their doors. Back door to the normal world, and the front door to the other world.
Since the customers are from another world and living in an undeveloped state, their primary sources of food are similar to war rations; boiled potatoes, chicken soup, bean porridge, etc. Due to that, every modern Japanese dish served in Nobu (what they call the bar) is the otherworld’s customers’ first experience. As I mentioned before, we can relate ourselves with the Isekai customers.
So, what’s different for Isekai Izakaya compared to other food anime? Although Isekai Izakaya does not show step-by-step preparation of the food, at the end of each episode, there will be an informative segment from varieties of reliable Japanese influencers. For instance, a short clip of a chef showing you how to cook from bits in your fridge step-by-step, a short clip of a Japanese foodie discovering the best Chicken Karaage (fried chicken) in Japan because the episode features a Chicken Karaage menu, etc.
The anime is a legend! I remember that I used to beg my mother to buy me a Melon bun after I watched Yakitate!! Japan. But it was 2004, and Melon Bun had not yet entered my country. So sad. It is not an exaggeration to say that I started to become a pastry lover because of the anime. However, if you watch the anime now, you might be slightly irritated with the 480mp animation. I hope a remake will be made.
Those extensive reactions of every character that tasted Kazuma Azuma’s creations are priceless. The funniest reaction goes to the episode when Kazuma made the Turtle Bun. I swear I could taste it in my mouth.
Oh no, I’m hungry now.
Food Wars (Shokugeki no Soma)
Be honest with me, why do you keep watching Shokugeki no Soma? Is it because of the food? Or is it because of the characters’ reactions? (smirk)
Food Wars has proven to have great acceptance and a huge pool of viewers, seeing that it has made it into 5 seasons. It’s a huge achievement, considering other food anime made it to 2 seasons, max. Even a friend of mine who is not an avid anime viewer also got hooked by Food Wars. It is kind of Yakitate!! Japan with better resolution, variety of menus, and extensive plot. It’s good, it’s a compliment.
I’m not in a place to tell exactly why people love the anime, but I am affirmative if I said parts of the reasons are because the anime is funny, delicious, and funnily-stupid-ecchi-exaggerated-reactions. Yes, this food anime is also included under the ‘ecchi’ category.
Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill
Is it weird if I said I would like to taste Ogre’s meat after watching this anime? Mukouda made it look so delicious and the way Fel and Sui are enjoying his cooking is not helping my craving at all.
The anime is set in Isekai, and the fact that Mukouda can summon a modern-world online mart to purchase his cooking ingredients, which got delivered to him in a second DID NOT MAKE ME JEALOUS AT ALL.
Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family
The anime is a spin-off to Fate/Stay Night. It depicts the daily life in an alternate universe between Emiya and Saber after the Holy Grail War has resolved.
The storyline is simple. It shows what Emiya cooks for his family and guests in his house every day with detailed step-by-step. Ergo, you will find a lot of attempts on the internet, trying to recreate Emiya’s cooking. All of his dishes are homey and cosy. The animation is not as vibrant as Food Wars, but it uses slightly lower contrast but is still colourful with lining details.
If you were hungry before you read this post and you become hungrier – I told you.
If you were not hungry before you read this post and still not hungry after you reached this point – Lucky you.
If you were not hungry before you read this post but now, you’re hungry – We’re the same.
So, I’m off to the nearest konbini to buy some buns and frozen Japanese food. MATA NEE~