Manga of the Month: Restaurant to Another World

Restaurant to Another World (異世界食堂 ) by Takaaki Kugatsu

hisui_icon_4040_round It only makes sense that there would be demand for anime and manga centered around food. With the sheer diversity of topics that manga touches upon and considering how much eating is just a fundamental part of being a human, it would be bizarre if there were not some manga about food. And make no mistake there have been plenty of series about food and cooking from Mister Ajikko to Ristorante Paradiso. Some are extremely mundane like Sweetness and Lightning but you also have the crazy over the top antics of Yakitate!! Japan. You even have the ultra-macho Iron Wok Jan as well as the soft and gentle Yumeiro Patissiere. But recently I feel there has been an increase in the number of food-related manga being adapted into anime. Our recent New Shows for Older Fans panel had four food-based shows on the list and Crunchyroll recently started a Cooking With Anime column.  So cooking manga has always been around but it has gotten a bit of a bump thanks to some higher profile anime.

Therefore I wanted to talk a bit about Restaurant to Another World this month. I feel it is an exciting mixture of many of the extremes of food manga. It is fairly fantastical while still feeling pretty grounded. A nice medium between the poles of Oishinbo and Toriko. The base of an Iyashikei series like Bartender with the fantasy spice of Delicious in Dungeon.

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S.W.A.T. Reviews: Summer 2017

The premise of these reviews is simple: watch the first episode of a series and then immediately sit down to record a review mini-podcast. The reviews are five- to ten-minutes long and entirely off the cuff. As always we only review new shows (so no sequels or continuations) and try to avoid anything that just looks outright awful.

Sentence: Free to Go

First impressions of Little Witch Academia TV from Studio Trigger. It is streaming on Netflix. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of MAGICAL CIRCLE GURU-GURU from Production I.G. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Tsuredure Children from Studio Gokumi. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: On Parole

First impressions of Restaurant to Another World from Silver Link. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Elegant Yokai Apartment Life from Shin-Ei Animation. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of The Irresponsible Galaxy Tylor from Studio Seven. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

Sentence: Lock ‘Em Up and Throw Away the Key

First impressions of Fastest Finger First from TMS Entertainment. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of Chronos Ruler from Project No 9. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD

First impressions of 18if from Gonzo. It is streaming on Crunchyroll. DOWNLOAD