If you are in the mood for something light to nibble on, with just the right side dish of humour served with fantasy elements then the anime Isekai Shokudou is just the anime ‘dish’ for you, simmered to the perfect heat. It is the perfect anime challenge for December. It is about a restaurant somewhere in Tokyo that specializes in Western cuisine, Mondays to Fridays. On Saturdays, however, it is closed to the public but then it is when a dimensional door opens and beast-men, lizardmen, swordsmen, wizards, shape-shifting dragons, treasure hunters and other fantasy world surprises go to the restaurant ‘Western Restaurant Nekoya’ to eat from its exquisite menu. (There is even a parfait that can cure illness!).
The anime is based on the Japanese Light Novel series, written by Junpei Inuzuka, with illustrations by Katsumi Enami of which five volumes were released by Shufunotomo. The novel was licenced by Seven Seas Entertainment. The anime adaptation, which is our challenge this month aired in Japan from July 3rd to September 18th in 2017. Masato Jinbo directed the series at Silver Link and Takao Sano and Keiichi Sano adapted the original character designs for animation. The opening track is “One in a Billion” by Wake Up, May’n, while the ending track is “Chiisana Hitotsubu” (“A Small Grain”) by Kiyono Yasuno.