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    異世界食堂

    A show about a restaurant in Tokyo that serves customers from another world on certain days.

    Airs: Monday, July 3, 2017

    Studio: Silver Link

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    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. Despite it being called a Western cuisine cafeteria, it also provides other varieties of menus. For the people of this certain world, it's their one-and-only special cafeteria.

    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."

    And so, the bell rings again this week.


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  • #2
    Episode 1

    No customer will be refused.

    This is one of those shows with a laid back atmosphere, much like a combination of Sweetness and Lightning with the meals and Flying Witch with the supernatural and otherworldly beings. That restaurant sure does remind me of Cafe Concrucio in Flying Witch where it serves everybody no matter where they come from. Aletta sure did have it rough there being fired from her job because she couldn't hide her goat horns, but luckily she came to the right place by chance where this chef has a kind heart and will never let anybody go hungry again (unless they act violent). Pretty solid start here as it's a show that figures to be one of those feel-good shows.
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1

      Some decent food porn, but I didn't think it would be quite so light on the substance. Perhaps that will change, but I'm not charmed enough to stick around.
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      • #4
        Re: Episode 1

        Nice to have a isekai show with a decidedly iyashikei feel to it. Silver Link tends to be good at the iyashikei stuff.

        Aletta is pretty moe, and with the lead guy gets to helping out quite naturally and without any of the adolescent attraction (whether one-sided or two-sided) antics that usually come with these kind of shows (just thinking of protagonists with the same VA even...), though who knows if that will change as this goes along... Also some amusing moments of culture shock for her without overdoing it (show is pretty measured with the fanservice too).

        I wonder the specifics of how he started serving people from another world. Feels like it has something to do with that red dragon given what we see her saying and doing. Are they able to step foot in the modern world? (or vice versa with him?) But I think it's good that they don't really spend much time explaining yet.

        Ah, and since I'm just reminded on it, I love that bit in the OP where dragon woman is so delighted she breathes fire. Oh, and fairies! Do hope we see the fairies enjoying their large portions in the show (cute this episode too how restaurant owner had prepared food to be enjoyed in dragon form for the "red queen" too).
        Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 07-03-2017, 07:34 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Episode 1
          Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
          Nice to have a isekai show with a decidedly iyashikei feel to it. Silver Link tends to be good at the iyashikei stuff.
          Basically this. It's cute, it's warm. There's tasty looking food. There are a few bits of light humor (the argument over the best rice dish). This one looks to be a keeper for this season.
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          • #6
            Re: Episode 1

            Pretty decent start and it does have some iyashikei feel to it, though the intrigue behind the transportation and the red dragon queen, make it seem more like a hybrid of El-Hazard meets Food Wars, or maybe even reminiscent of Outbreak Company, only with food instead of otaku media and no politics.

            Sticking with this one since it basically looks harmless and doesn't appear to spoil easily. Characters seem likeable enough right now, and although that big pot meant for the red queen herself was predictable, it was cute nonetheless, seeing as she savors the flavors ever so meticulously. And the MC refusing to cook for the patrons ever again, (like in a lovers' quarrel) as punishment for causing such a ruckus was amusing.

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            • #7
              Episode 2

              One person's meal is another person's treasure.

              Next customers are a treasure hunter ordering the mincemeat cutlets, and a knight ordering fried shrimp. Once again, it's pretty amusing to see those foreigners reacting when they find the door into the restaurant, and the knight's reaction especially when he used his sword as payment when he didn't have any money and rushing back without hearing something important from the chef. But in the end, he made it big and knew someone else who had been there and all is well. As for the treasure hunter, that story about William Gold is really something.
              So with that, while this show hasn't quite locked down its spot on the season's watchlist, it's getting pretty close to it.
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              • #8
                Re: Episode 2

                Hmm, I should never watch this show on an empty stomach... :D Another delightful episode, though I'm hoping we'll get more insight on the owner's background (as well as the transportation mystery) in the near future. Watching how new characters are introduced to a specific dish for the show's entirety might be fun and all, but hopefully there's more to it to satiate a bigger appetite for some character development, notably with Aletta. Being SoL definitely reminds me of Koufuku Graffiti a bit more with the way the characters react in their dining experience.

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                • #9
                  Re: Episode 2

                  Not a bad show, but I do hope there is more to it than random fantasy characters coming in and being blown away by the food.

                  I find it amusing that these medieval types are all gourmet food critics, talking about how the food and flavors meld and blend for the yumminess.



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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gildor View Post
                    Re: Episode 2

                    Not a bad show, but I do hope there is more to it than random fantasy characters coming in and being blown away by the food.

                    I find it amusing that these medieval types are all gourmet food critics, talking about how the food and flavors meld and blend for the yumminess.


                    I'm more amused with the owner just casually asking the people to put away their weapons, have a seat, and serve them on the house. It's like every soup kitchen's savior... :D Still fun, though.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Episode 2

                      I continue to like those little moments of culture shock, like the fact that the water is free, and that he serves it so easily with ice at all.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Episode 2
                        Originally posted by EmperorBrandon View Post
                        I continue to like those little moments of culture shock, like the fact that the water is free, and that he serves it so easily with ice at all.
                        I do enjoy the little touches like that.

                        While character development would be fine, I'm actually happy for this to remain a strange and relaxing mixture of Wakakozake/Oishinbo meets Fantasy RPG land without the overpowered male audience/author-insert lead and the boringly stupid quest to defeat evil and crap like that.

                        But it might be amusing, for one episode, to have a fantasy character let loose upon the real world by accident without any damage or drama. Perhaps that being Aletta, needing something that can be bought in our world. And so the Owner would teach her a magical word:
                        "If ever anyone challenges you and asks what's going on with your horns, use this special incantation?'Cosplay'?and they will immediately stop questioning you."

                        We'll see where it heads. More than a season of this could get boring I agree, but I think I can handle 12 episodes of just random RPG characters showing up in a modern restaurant and being blown away by the food.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Episode 2

                          Originally posted by Hitsugi Amachi View Post
                          But it might be amusing, for one episode, to have a fantasy character let loose upon the real world by accident without any damage or drama. Perhaps that being Aletta, needing something that can be bought in our world. And so the Owner would teach her a magical word:
                          "If ever anyone challenges you and asks what's going on with your horns, use this special incantation?'Cosplay'?and they will immediately stop questioning you."
                          I feel like, as I was thinking earlier, that they might end up coming up with a reason that the other-worlders can't cross over into Owner's world and vice versa. I kind of hope not, though, as I'd like to see an amusing one-off like that (the convenience of "cosplay culture" I remember coming up in Kuromukuro). Owner does seem to know some things about the other world, since he's gotten his menus translated into the language of whatever continent. Though that could be just from what he's learned from the other-worlders who have visited him at his restaurant.

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                          • #14
                            Episode 3

                            Head in the clouds.

                            This time, the guests are a merchant with his son and a princess. The merchant orders spaghetti, and that was pretty amusing to see Sirius trying to put Parmesan cheese and Tabasco sauce on his pasta, all while Aletta continues to be amusing coming up with the Knight's Pasta name for the staff meal entree. And then there is Princess Adelheid who once visited the place while she was too young to remember, and she had clouds, which turns out to be a chocolate parfait. This show continues to be amusing when it comes to those from an entirely different world trying to figure out what they are eating.

                            So with that seeing how I am going to take in only two Monday shows this season and the gap between this (and Love and Lies) and the other two shows is pretty substantial that this show has secured its spot.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Episode 3

                              Ah, so it looks like the visits from the other world to this restaurant goes at least as far back as the previous owner, the current owner's grandfather. Will be interesting if we get to see exactly when it began at some point.

                              There is no better voice for a princess hungering for "clouds" than Ueda Reina. Hehe... She was so sweet, and nice to see her feeling better and getting along with her maids afterwards.

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