Produced by: Mainichi Broadcasting, Magic Capsule, J.C.Staff
Genres: Comedy, Ecchi, Shonen
Number of Episodes: 24
Overall Rating: 4/5 moons
The story of the anime is what you would expect from a cooking anime. The story is simple and straight forward. I would compare it with sports anime such as Kuroko no Basuke, since it shares many of the defining characteristics of sports anime. It has the objective of besting someone, has the general theme of hard work and talent and so on.
While watching this anime, I wasn’t exactly expecting too much from the story as it plays out just like a typical shonen/sports anime. However, the anime managed to continuously keep things fresh by throwing impossibly hard challenges at our protagonist’s way. The challenges are usually very different and the method used by the characters to overcome said challenges are unique and it always surprised me no matter what. To add a bonus mark, the method used to prepare the “godly food” has some real science behind it.
However, since the story requires the visualising of how good the food tastes like, they usually resort to exaggerated responses that are just…… sexual. The characters who get to eat the protagonist’s cooking are usually shown to have orgasmic responses. This is funny for those who find humour in such scenes, but others might find it disturbing. But thanks to these scenes, it also set a very fun and light-hearted mood for the overall anime. For viewers, my advice is not to take it too seriously when watching.
The characters in this anime are not too bad considering the story is pretty straight-forward. The main character is very typical and fits almost every shonen trope there is – he is very good at what he does, wants to triumph over some awesome guy, he is hot-headed but also kind at heart. He comes in a whole package with all the shonen cliches. What is interesting is how each character feels very different, this is seen obviously as every single character has their unique talent.
For example, there are some characters who specialise in luxurious food while some specialise in a certain culture and so on. This is the equivalent of how each character in Kuroko no Basuke specialises in a specific trait of basketball. However, due to the nature of culinary arts, there’s more variety when in comes to specialisation. While the characters feel different, they don’t really have much depth in them, many characters are just there to either be a competition for the protagonist, comic relief or to guide and help the protagonist.
That being said, it doesn’t mean every character is bad. I especially loved one particular character’s growth throughout the series. She started out as a typical airhead but she soon displays her true character slowly by interacting with our protagonist for a fair amount of time.
Visuals + Audio – 9/10
The visuals and audio departments are certainly the more solid aspects of this anime. The animation in general is decent, but a more obvious increase in quality can be seen during the epic cooking montage scenes. These scenes are made even better when accompanied by some epic hot-blooded music. However there’s an obvious reduction of such epic scenes in the later section of the series due to its plot progression.
Viewer’s also have to take note that the ecchi scenes are quite…. well animated and the voice acting is well done (read: watch with headphones on, guys). If you like these scenes, you will enjoy it as it is creative, funny and nice *wink wink*. This is a good thing in general, but I find it quite uncomfortable, as it’s not quite my cup of tea.