Anime has explored food in a variety of ways, from the dramatic fights in Food Wars to the charming camping meals in Laid Back Camp.
Soups and eggs in Studio Ghibli movies, as well as the lavish bento lunches that moms prepare for their children, always seem so appetizing in anime. Many anime characters are based on culinary products, such as strawberries, lettuce, and pudding in Tokyo Mew Mew, a popular anime series.
Cooking, like many other activities in anime, is often depicted as a competition between rivals, with the goal of creating the most delicious dish possible that will leave diners speechless. The relationship between the cooks and their clients is the emphasis of several anime, which creates a pleasant and friendly atmosphere in the program.
1. Food Wars: Shokugeki No Soma
One of the most well-known shounen anime series, Food Warsfollows Yukihira as he attempts to become a chef so that he can take over his father’s cafe. Among the institute’s elite chefs, Yukihira feels out of place because of his previous experience working in a diner. Yukihira, on the other hand, climbs to prominence as a great chef by competing in food fights (known as shokugekis).
At first glance, the characters in Food Wars are likable enough to have the audience root for them. Rivalships between Yukihira and her adversaries are entertaining since we can sympathize with them even while we hope for their demise.
2. Bartender (2006)
When it comes to mixing drinks, no one does it better than Sasakura. He opens Eden Hall, an ultra-exclusive bar that can only be entered with an invitation. The characters show up at the bar and are given a drink, where they talk about their problems and try to figure out the best approach to cope with them.
Throughout the episode, Sasakura lends a helping hand to those in need by guessing the name of the con man’s drink and rescues a young lady from harm. Instead of promoting intoxication, the show encourages viewers to be open and honest with one another, which it hopes would encourage them to think things through before making a snap decision.
3. Yakitate! Japan (2004-2006)
It’s a unique anime that follows Kazuma Azuma’s efforts to develop a national bread dish for Japan, which he intends to call “Ja-Pan,” because many other countries already have one (panbeing the Japanese word for “bread”). Kazuma’sSolar Hands allow him to ferment bread more quickly, allowing him to produce some of the best bread in the series.
We are really seeing characters dispute about croissants, which adds to the suspense of this anime’s bizarre concept. Due to its vibrant cast and the bizarrely high stakes involved in a single loaf of bread, this anime might be ideal for lovers of The Great British Bake Off.
4. New Cooking Master Boy (1997-1998, 2019-)
This story takes place in 19th century China, where Mao is attempting to become a Super Chef in order to take over his mother’s restaurant. As Mao travels across China, he picks up new cooking techniques and recipes, all the while meeting interesting people and making new friends.
The first season aired in 1997, and a total of 52 episodes were produced.
The story of Mao after he finished the Guangzhou Special Chef Trials was continued in 2019 with the release of New Cooking Master Boy. A new level of culinary mastery has been reached by Mao, history’s youngest Super Chef.
5. Isekai Izakaya (2018)
After turning away from their strange history, Nobuyuki and Shinobu reopen Izakaya Nobu on their own terms. The restaurant’s door suddenly opens to a parallel fantasy world full of medieval soldiers and enormous creatures after they worship at the shrine there. Each episode closes with a live-action culinary demonstration from Nobu Plus, who teaches viewers how to prepare each dish featured in the episode.
Product placement and advertising are clearly visible, but the show’s amazing ensemble of characters is enough to keep viewers from noticing. In the absence of Nobuyuki, the waitress Shinobu often steals the show, and she can even rescue the day by being courteous to strangers.
6. Ristorante Paradiso (2009)
Nicoletta, a young woman who travels to Rome to confront her mother for abandoning her, is the focus of Ristorante Paradiso. When Nicoletta learns that her mother has opened a new restaurant in Rome, she decides to stay and work in the neighborhood. Despite its brief timeframe, the show is jam-packed with conflicting love triangles and charming human flaws.
The cast of characters and mouthwatering food scenes more than compensate for the show’s plodding pace, giving it a charmingly sophisticated air that sets it apart from the normal battle-style food anime.
7. Restaurant To Another World (2017-)
On the last Saturday of every week, the Western Restaurant Nekoya opens its doors to a parallel world. Everyone who visits Nekoya, from lion-men to demons to dragons, agrees that the food there is the best in the world. Isekai’s restaurant is a safe haven for Aletta, a demon girl who was shunned by human society and found employment there.
There are a few touching and amusing moments in this Isekai animation. It’s one of the most laid-back and endearing shows, full of endearing people with intriguing backstories that inform their behavior.
8. Yumeiro Patissiere (2009-2010)
To pursue his dream of becoming a patissière, amateur cook Ichigo enrolls in the elite St. Marie Academy in Tokyo. It’s no secret that Ichigo is an amazing baker despite her awkwardness and inability to get along with her more upper-class peers.
Ichigo works tirelessly to perfect her cooking talents, rehearsing at night in order to perfect certain dishes. Friends and the Sweet Spirits who guard the university help her tremendously, providing advice and encouragement as she rises above many people who had previously looked down on her.
9. Laid-Back Camp (2018-)
Laid Back Camp follows a group of friends from the Outdoor Activities Circle who enjoy going camping together and passes the Bechdel Test with flying colors. Cooking together is a great way to have fun when camping, and the anime frequently portrays the girls doing so.
The camping girls’ meals are simple and employ a limited number of items because bringing a large number of different ingredients and tools to a campsite would be challenging. A mix of steamed veggies cooked in tin foil over a campfire is one of the show’s tastiest-looking dishes, and it turns a group of uninterested youths into campers.
10. Sweetness And Lightning (2016)
follows a teacher named Inuzuka, who recently lost his wife and is now responsible for caring for his daughter, Tsumugi, alone. Even so, Inuzuka struggles to feed his daughter, who prefers home-cooked meals than fast food, and he understands he needs to improve his culinary skills.
The love story between Inuzuka and Tsumugi is the story’s beating heart, and it’s a joy to see.
It’s obvious that Inuzuka would do anything for his daughter, and it’s heartwarming to witness their bond develop.