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  • [Spring 2018] Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World Discussion Thread

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    異世界居酒屋~古都アイテーリアの居酒屋のぶ~

    A show about a restaurant to another world. A different one, that is, as this place serves high quality Japanese food to hungry customers from a fantasy world straight from Kyoto.

    Airs: Friday, April 13, 2018

    Studio: Sunrise

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    The novels center on a bar called "Nobu"?located in Kyoto, Japan, but with a door that is connected to the bar in another world. The visitors include denizens of the other world, and customers seek out its excellent "Toriaezu Nama" ale and cuisine.

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  • #2
    Episodes 1 and 2

    While this has a similar setting to Restaurant to Another World, the feel is much different as the focus is more on the meal, the food pornography, and the comedy rather than the backstories and how everybody improves their outlooks in life a great deal after eating there. Hans is a customer in both of these episodes, but he brings a different companion to dine each time. First dish is potato oden, and the second one is karaage, and they also have some beer and edamane as appetizers to go along with it, as well as some grilled squid with the Japanese fried chicken dish. Quite a delicious thing that is brought to the table there, and the Nobu Plus segment adds to the atmosphere going to show how to make the dishes in the first episode, as well as showing where some really great karaage can be had. But one thing I absolutely hate with this show is the text overload, and in particular having the show's logo and episode title on display for the entire episode at the top as that's something that only needs to be seen for a brief moment.
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    • #3
      Episode 3 and 4

      First up is Hildegarde, and while she has some great chefs making her meals, she's tired of the stuff she has been eating, so she comes to the restaurant with quite a demanding set of criteria for her dishes. Well, she came to the right place as there's a dish just for her. She's not exactly pleased about her arranged marriage, but this is what a great meal can do as she's now ready to face the challenges ahead of this marriage.

      Then it's Kamil and Ignaz as those two are brothers-in-law to be. Ignaz sure got all nervous about eating raw fish worried that it might be poisonous, but these chefs took great care in making sure it tastes great and doesn't do any damage. That kaisendon dish sure looked tasty there, and once again, the power of a delicious meal is a sight to behold.
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      • #4
        Episode 5 and 6

        First up is a greedy taxpayer who has made quite a fortune through his predatory tax collections. But seeing things from a different perspective has brought out the kid within him, and that Napolitan spaghetti dish that Shinobu made for her staff meal made him realize that what he was doing made him lose sight of himself. That dish sure did transform that guy, and now he's donating the money he embezzled from those hard-working citizens.

        And then it's Kisu Day, but with the cultural differences, some think it means kissing Shinobu. Nope, that means eating a dish made from kisu fish. That was pretty funny to see that soldier getting the wrong message about what Kisu Day is all about. But either way, it's a great time to be had.
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        • #5
          Episodes 7 and 8

          Nikolaus sure keeps on coming back to this place, and now the restaurant has a new employee in Eva. She is a street rat who has to steal to survive, but it's a great thing that Shinobu is the one who caught her as now she can make an honest living washing dishes and focus on making civilization better starting with this restaurant that everybody is going to. And for helping out, she can have as much water from the faucet she needs, as well as a good meal everyday. She made quite a great impression there as she's hard working and deserves a much better life than that as a thief.

          And while Nikolaus may be strong, palace guards aren't supposed to engage in a fight where he's outnumbered. So after getting beaten to a pulp, he's undergoing training from hell, and he survived all that because of the food there as he just couldn't stop thinking about it. He's going to do even more intense training, but he's relaxed after all that great grub. He's a soldier alright, but he needs to do a better job in picking his fights.
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          • #6
            Episodes 9 and 10

            Next dish involves squid, and to go along with it a bunch of squid jokes that are commonplace in Squid Girl as in this world, those squids are supersized monsters of the sea. But in the real world, they don't ever grow to be that large. Nevertheless, the squid dishes are a huge hit there giving them more confidence to catch them out in the ocean given, and that made for some pretty funny moments there.

            Then there is the baron and his band of sleazeballs reserving the entire restaurant to themselves even though they have a policy to not accept reservations. But with this much money being offered, Shinobu was pretty much compelled to accept their request, and they want something called Schnitzel. Little did she know that the pork cutlet dish that she prepared was exactly what they wanted. And seeing that the tax collector had a staff meal the last time that he asks for another one, this time in the form of sandwiches, and that guy really digs it. Pretty delish stuff once again going to show just what the power of good food can do.
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            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Episodes 11 and 12

              Next up, Shinobu has some unruly customers to deal with as they are fighting with each other. Of course, they are not really fighting, just bragging about who has the better-tasting dish. That reminds me of that great taste/less filling debate from those Miller Lite commercials from a long time ago, but it doesn't get out of hand. They just love the fact that they are eating great food there, so it's all good.

              Then it's a flashback episode that explains how the restaurant ended up in another world. Shinobu went to a shrine in Kyoto, and the fox deity answered her prayer asking only for fried tofu that fox deities apparently love. Things sure did work out quite well as they have people who realize just how great their food is.
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              • #8
                Episode 13 and 14

                Shinobu may look like a teen, but this cute waitress is actually 23, and being asked to marry a seven year old just isn't going to work out. Even if Shinobu is really as old as she looks, that's still more than twice his age. As much as that old lady wants to have Shinobu to be part of the family, dining out at the restaurant will have to do. That old lady is delusional to think that she could be had, but what can be had are those menchi cutlets that hit the spot.

                And then comes a spy who is quite shocked at the izakaya cuisine there and thinks it's a trap of some sort, but Shinobu is not that kind of person. Being a spy that he is, he can't take anything for granted. And then Nobuyuki sent him scrambling simply by mentioning dragon even though dragonfruit has nothing to do with dragons in this world. That was pretty amusing to see that spy thinking that all this great stuff is just there as a trap and not as enjoyment.
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                • #9
                  Episode 15 and 16

                  And now, here are two episodes centered around eel. In this fantasy world, eel was once considered to be a highly undesirable fish as one of the fisherman was desperate to unload his fishing spot. But after tasting some kabayaki masterfully prepared by Nobuyuki and Shinobu, they now see eel in a much different light. Business has been really bad for the fishing industry, but things sure did change quite a lot after one of this world's citizens realize just how great eel is.

                  And that caused demand for eel to skyrocket that there's no way Shinobu could possibly serve everybody. Thus, came the idea to sell it in bento boxes after Lorenz brings a ton of boxes to the restaurant, and they became all the rage. Hermina is now working at that place seeing that she just got married to Berthold and badly needs money, but she made herself quite useful there. Very nice stuff there going to show how cuisine is always evolving.
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                  • #10
                    Episode 17 and 18

                    Bjorn is retiring, and to celebrate it, it's off to the restaurant for a special dish for this special moment with those special beer mugs. Nobuyuki has some special tempura mix and pike conger soup for everybody. Quite a nice way to celebrate the end of a career there as everybody had a great time enjoying their time.

                    And then everybody debates as to which karaage is better: the salt or the soy sauce. Thankfully, it didn't turn into one of those Miller Lite commercials where there was a physical confrontation over which is better between great taste or less filling. In all, that was just silly seeing those guys going doing everything they can to make their point, all while Hans throws in a third contender in the tatsuage. But while they were arguing, they unknowingly ordered the cartilage karaage seeing that Shinobu. They should just put that debate to rest as they realize just how silly that all was.
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                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Episode 19 and 20

                      The next customer is a mercenary, and it's pretty frustrating that Leontine can't experience love with her line of work. Little did she know that the Devil she had been looking for is Berthold, who is a frequent diner here. But all is well for her as she has some bouillabaisse, then meets up with the guy who she had been looking for all along.

                      And then the restaurant is in big trouble all because they can't tell lager apart from ale. But above all, they unknowingly broke a stupid law where they can't serve lager because of the emperor's pride, and the councilman has come to arrest Shinobu. That just goes to show why those government officials are such sleazeballs. Things sure were ominous there, and now there's trouble brewing, in so many different ways.
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                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Episode 21 and 22

                        Gernot really came through in the clutch as he returns the favor after they changed his life for the better. The smoking gun here is that Backeshof made the allegation that the restaurant was illegally serving lager because he knew what it tastes like, which it turns out was the result of his illegal trade activity. I knew that Backeshof was up to no good, and that is indeed what it was, and Gernot saw through all that. Just a stupid law that was, but nevertheless it's still a law even if it's for the most nonsensical of reasons.

                        And while the restaurant is still standing, it's not exactly business as usual since they can't serve that booze for the time being. As such business is way down, though that probably has more to do with the upcoming conference than the fact that their signature beer can't be served. That was quite depressing there, especially when Hermina dropped the dish for the elders, but even so those old guys are determined to make sure that they can enjoy this beer that has defined the place. The conference is quite a huge event, so I'm pretty sure that a lot of change will come out of this seeing that everybody who has dined at that place is seeing things differently.
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                        Watching: Ingress, Ancient Magus' Bride, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Toonami Stuff
                        Simulcasts: FTL, DRO, CQK, RSH, AOT, BSD, FRB, OPM, KYB, FGN, SKS, MLA, SMT, HBS, KOT, MIX, WNL, KMA, FIL, IDM, ISQ, SRG, STW
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                        • #13
                          Episode 23

                          As expected, lager has been legalized seeing that the restaurant has become the fabric of the place. It's no wonder why the conference is a highly-anticipated event as attendees get to eat roasted calf, a delicacy in this world. And it looks like Hermina is no ordinary girl as with that hanky with the royal emblem, she's actually a princess. Pretty much, it's all about getting back to the routine, and showing just how much Gernot has transformed ever since he dined there.

                          Episode 24 (Finale)

                          And so, it ends with a good old drinking party to celebrate the legalization of lager and their victory over Backeshof, followed by Shinobu reflecting on her time in the world and experiences gained from everything she has been through. It's just putting a wrap on this show that has showcased all sorts of great food that I hope to try someday. In any case, it has been quite a nice show to watch seeing that unlike a certain other show, this one keeps the characters relevant beyond their trip to the restaurant leading to some nice stuff.

                          Overall, this show was made mainly as an advertisement for food, all while pretty much taking the concept of Restaurant to Another World to do it. Where this show falters the most is that things just get repetitive where in some way, shape, or form, the episodes are the same just changing the characters and food items. That said, where this show excels are with the characters as they are not just one-offs, all while they get some pretty nice development despite the show's structure. And then the Nobu Plus segments really help make it clear that this show is all about the food. In any case, this show was a pleasure to watch in spite of these obvious faults.

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