Friday, April 13, 2018

Day 12 - Thirty Days of Anime

Day 12 - Food Porn Anime 

Food porn refers to works that have food taking the central focus of a story as well as the artistic presentation of meals. Anyone who’s watched even a handful of anime has probably noticed: There’s a food money shot in nearly every episode. Here is a list of popular series (I've seen) to prove this!

Koufuku Graffiti | Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Koufuku was the first anime I've come across where the character's expressions while eating are so suggestively salacious that it's borderline obscene. Not that I am complaining. But it was certainly a shock when I first saw it.

In its simplest terms, about girls enjoying food together.  You'll learn the basics of each recipe and watch the girls eat it. Within it discusses how food tastes better when you are with friends and does a little philosophizing on what different foods are good for different seasons or occasions.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma 

It is the most popular cooking series and for good reason. It combines the excitement of a shounen series, the gags of a comedy series, the all the amazing food of a competitive cooking series into one tidy and addicting package. The series employs chef Yuki Morisaki to help come up with the recipes and cooking techniques for all the food found in the show.

Like in other shows, it is occasionally weirdly sexual. Like in this clip from the first episode.

This show brings a new meaning to the portmanteau “foodgasm.” The chefs are such good cooks that a mere bite of their food can send the taster into, well, an orgasmic paroxysm, which the anime (and, to be fair, its parent manga) takes great pains to illustrate: clothing shreds, girls squirm their upper thighs together, and – and there's no way to put this delicately – juices spew from people's groins.

Isekai Shokudo | Restaurant to Another World


I've mentioned this series in a previous post. It's the story of the Western Restaurant Nekoya, owned by a man who is only referred to as "Master". He is the grandchild of a couple who opened the restaurant and inherited it when his grandfather died 10 years ago.

An outstanding culinary master, he enjoys cooking for the eclectic group of patrons that visit every Saturday, as they deeply enjoy his cooking. Resulting from the mingling of so many diverse beings within one space, the restaurant has become a neutral region, since none of the guests — whatever their personal differences — want to miss out on the Master's cooking.
[Watch the trailer here.]

Isekai Izakaya ~ Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu | Japanese Food from Another World

Much like Isekai Shokudo, this brand new series (it premiered April 12), izakaya “Nobu” is a modest establishment, staffed by only two people: master, Nobuyuki Yazawa, and server, Shinobu Senke. Despite its humble appearance, its entrance is mysteriously connected to an ancient city from another world: “Aitheria.”

Nobu’s patrons consist of lazy palace guards, incognito clergymen, and the Waterworks Guildmaster – certainly not your average clientele. But once they enter Nobu’s doors, they are greeted with the finest alcohol they’ve ever tasted and dishes the likes of which they’ve never seen. [Watch the trailer here!]

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