Isekai Shokudou Episode 1 First Impresssion Review

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 It’s 2:30AM and now I need to eat… god damn it! I must admit I didn’t know they would put that much effort into the food animation. At the bottom floor of the building with a dog signboard, in the shopping district near the office street, there lies a cafeteria called “Youshoku no Nekoya,” that has an illustration of a cat on the door. It’s been open for fifty years and has satisfied various salarymen from nearby offices. There is, however, one secret to “Nekoya.” The cafeteria is closed to the public every Saturday in order to make way for special guests. When a bell rings, customers from different places of birth and races appear who ask for mysterious and delicious dishes. They are actually the same dishes served to the salarymen, but these special guests find them to be more exotic than to what they are used to. As the cafeteria aims to serve masterpieces, it is usually referred as “Isekai Shokudou.”

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This was a pretty strong opening episode. I like the slow, iyashikei pace. First things first, the food looks delicious, and the people eating the food made it seem even more delicious than it looked. That’s a good first step for a comfy food show. Why do we keep getting such great Dragon Girls? Winter we had Tohru, Spring (and currently) we have Nina, and now for summer we have this cutie? As for the show itself it’s definitely what I imagined from the preview. It’s a feel good cooking anime that doesn’t overly focus on the food but it looks like instead the focus will be the various races who will eat them and I think that’s a pretty great idea. I dunno why but for some reason I felt happy just watching them eat their food.

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Pretty laid back show this is here, much like how it is in Sweetness and Lightning. Aletta sure did have it rough where demons are discriminated against when it comes to employment, but she came to the right place in order to get herself back up again as the chef is a nice guy who will serve everybody and anybody, no matter which world they come from. As for the plot, I’m not sure where they’re actually going with this. Is it just going to be a series of episodic vignettes about different fantasy characters eating, or will there be a proper story? Because when you think about it, there’s nothing dramatic that happens as it’s all about everybody getting along in one dining hall.

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