Isekai Shokudou Review — B-

A Japanese chef cooks for the inhabitants of a fantasy world.

This follows a number of customers of the restaurant, to which the magical doors open only once a week. I enjoyed a number of the customers’ stories, particularly the ones where the customers eagerly awaited the day the restaurant would open, or completely rearranged the rest of their life so they could eat the restaurant’s food. Stories like that have always drawn me. I also enjoyed seeing the reactions the fantasy world inhabitants have to the food. Personally, I don’t think it looks all that great, but you can certainly see how impressed people from a less technologically advanced society would be.

A number of the stories were less interesting, but I suppose that’s fine. What especially frustrated me, however, is that most of the stories didn’t really go anywhere? They would have this great start to the story setting everything up, and then it would just peter out. For example, the two assistants never developed much after their initial introductions. And it was the same for many if not most of the stories. I guess that’s fine if the goal of the anime is to get you to read the original source material. (obviously, I’m not going to) That’s understandable when there’s one main story and it ends in the middle, although annoying. But when there are dozens of stories which all end right at the start, it feels pretty annoying.

  • Storytelling – C – Good starts to stories, don’t get very far.
  • Voice – B – Cool setup.
  • Characters – B – Good variety and interesting.
  • Attention Grab – B – Kept my attention throughout.
  • Production – C – Looks fine.
  • Overall – B+

RecommendationsShokugeki no Soma, Natsume Yuujinchou

4 thoughts on “Isekai Shokudou Review — B-

  1. The source novels are more of an anthology of fantasy slice of life stories that showcases different fantasy peoples and foods. There’s no actual storyline that goes anywhere, unless you count that some characters have connections with each other, either directly or indirectly.

  2. Hopefully that means we’ll someday get a second season! I would’ve appreciated elaboration on some stories, as well, but that wasn’t what charmed me about the show. I’m happy with it, regardless.

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