Food Wars

anime food warsEnglish:  Food Wars!
Japanese: 
Shokugeki no Souma
Genres:
  Comedy, Ecchi, School
Episodes:  24
Aired:  April, 2015 to September, 2015
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“Yukihira Souma’s dream is to become a full-time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle school, his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in Europe. Although downtrodden, Souma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?”

 


KATELYNN’S REVIEW

Rating:  4.5 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started:  January 30th, 2016
Finished:  February 8th, 2016
Wine Pairing:  Something red wine-esque.  And food.  I dare you to get through an episode without getting hungry.

This show is like floating down a peaceful river in the rainforest, while monkeys and beautiful amazon men in loinclothes swing through the vines overhead.

It’s awesome.

Despite being an ecchi anime, the food animation is enough porn for any dedicated food fan – male or female, fan of ecchi or not.  I haven’t eaten much food since watching Food Wars! because I ate so much because all the food is animated so beautifully it makes you hungry.  I’m pretty sure at this point, I could be butchered for Mito and would be happy with my life.

Food Wars! follows Yukihira Sōma as he transitions from the second of two chefs in his fathers Diner, to freshman in the prestigious Tōtsuki Culinary Academy where only 1% of the class graduates.  To graduate is to solidify your career in the food industry.  But Yukihira doesn’t go in for the fame – he goes in to beat his father (who says that only if he graduates will he have a chance at becoming better than his father).  Of course, Yukihira is a typical ecchi protagonist:  naive, ambitious, spunky, and thick-headed.  As he moves through the first year, he makes friends, enemies, and fans while only viewing everyone else as a challenge.

The characters that are brought into the show are diverse, unique, and hilarious in their own way.  While almost all other characters are brought in, and still are, opponents for Yukihira to beat in his journey to become the top chef at Tōtsuki, you can’t help but become fond of the opponents and root for them and Yukihira at the same time (very conflicting).  Some characters develop, some are just strong for the sake of being strong and dangle the awesome anime episodes that could happen if a challenge arrose right in front of your nose, and others are just for comedic effect.  Regardless, they are all unique and diverse and contribute to the overall feel that is the food industry.

Out of the whole anime, I believe my favourite thing about Food Wars! is how they make cooking look like an epic battle between contestants, with animation plays on the knife usage, produce throwing, and perspiration of the chefs.  The exaggeration of the cooking and the showdowns compliment how serious the Food Industry truly is, but it also makes this anime hilariously epic in it’s seriousness.

Overall, I think Food Wars is a full-frontal food porn, light hearted, fun anime that is great fun to watch.

Try it! It’s so disgusting you’ll laugh!
Yukihira Souma

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Your Lie in April

your lie in aprilEnglish:  Your Lie in April
Japanese: 
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso
Genres:
  Drama, Music, Romance, School
Episodes:  22
Aired:  October, 2014 to March, 2015
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“Piano prodigy Arima Kosei dominated the competition and all child musicians knew his name. But after his mother, who was also his instructor, passed away, he had a mental breakdown while performing at a recital that resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine. Even two years later, Kosei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monotone, and without any flair or color. He was content at living out his life with his good friends Tsubaki and Watari until, one day, a girl changed everything. Miyazono Kaori is a pretty, free spirited violinist whose playing style reflects her personality. Kaori helps Kosei return to the music world and show that it should be free and mold breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kosei was used to.”

 


KATELYNN’S REVIEW

Rating:  5 / 5
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
Started:  January 30th, 2016
Finished:  January 31th, 2016
Wine Pairing:  Tissues and white wine.

Godamn this show.  I love it but I hate it.  I bawled my eyes out and went through a bottle and a half of wine, yet I want to watch this over and over again like a masochist.

Your Lie in April is a sweet, light, cute anime that lifts your heart up, breaks it in two, and serves it to you in a canelé.

Despite not reading the description or knowing what this show is about, I fell in and out of love and back in more times than I can count in two days.  I am emotionally and spiritually broken, yet repaired.  This show is honestly everything I didn’t want but needed.

If you need something to cry over, to fix your spirits, and to help remind you how you should see the world, you need to watch Your Lie in April.

Over and over again, probably.