The main protagonist of Koufuku Graffiti is a girl named Ryou Machiko who lives alone while attending art school. Ryou absolutely loves to cook (she learned how to from her grandmother who wanted her to grow up to be a fine wife) but lately, all of her dishes have been tasting horrible to her. One day, she gets a sudden call from her aunt who tells her that her second cousin Kirin will be staying with her on the weekends because she wants to attend the same art school as her.
Soon after Kirin arrives, Ryou learns a valuable lesson and completely changes her perspective on cooking which is that good meals are meant to be eaten with loved ones and that's what makes them taste great. Over the course of the series, Ryou cooks a variety of dishes for her cousin, friends, neighbors and anyone else who drops by her apartment! This is not a series that you'll want to watch on an empty stomach!
Thank you Shaft for sharting out this forgettable pile of "meh".
You know you've hit rock bottom when the only highlight from a show is girls eating food. This review will be fairly short, not because I don't want to write more about the title, but because the show lacks any kind of content to warrant any form of discussion or analysis.
It should go without saying that the "cute girls doing cute things" trend has become something of its own entity in the past decade. Due to the overwhelming success of titles like K-On, Hidamari Sketch, Lucky☆Star, Azumanga Daioh and much more, this trend has spawned a quasi-subgenre within the quarters it would usually reside in. The popularity of the "moe" aesthetic only grows every year, with no sign of slowing down in the foreseeable future, thanks in no small part to the increased demand for more self-indulgent works. With so many infatuated with this niche appeal, it was only a matter of time before opposing viewpoints fought against it. With some even going as far as labeling it as "the cancer of the community". And while I think that proclamation is a bit overstated, I think my score speaks for itself regarding what side of this feud I stand on.
Now this isn't to say 'cute girls' anime can't work, it's just that the problem with Koufuku Graffiti (and by extension any other show with this issue), is that it has nothing outside of one gimmick to support it. Being genre specific or serving a niche audience isn't an excuse to lack content matter. Case in point, the Gundam franchise. Had it only been about displaying mecha the franchise wouldn't have lasted for so many decades. It serves its niche market with mecha porn to fawn over but still provide content with its themes of political warfare and human ethics to keep it anchored. Even genres such as ecchi that receive very little appraisal abides by this common unspoken rule. With titles such as Queen's Blade and High school DxD understanding that serving "plot" with a plot would allow it a longer shelf-life in the competitive viewer market.
And where other genres and niche appeals flourish, Koufuku Graffiti falls short of the mark. With nothing else to offer content-wise besides its hyper-sexualized foodgasm shtick, the novelty of this show wanes considerably after just 1 episode in.
The setup of shows of this kind usually follow a cast of girls centered around a certain subject or activity and generally does nothing else. And when I say nothing else, I mean that quite literally, as nothing of significance ever happens throughout Koufuku Graffiti's run-time. Each episode follows the same monotonous formulaic setup:
cute girls converse--> some tension-less conflict (mostly involving a moe blob being lonely) arises--> girls make food and have a foodgasm--> rinse and repeat. With such a simplistic and predictable setup, you can essentially just watch the 1st episode and get the same general picture as someone who bothered to sit through all 12. That's the epitome of lazy writing. This show takes pandering to a whole new level, it doesn't even try to mask it. It's a very mundane setup that aims to do nothing. Watching paint dry would be a far more productive activity.
Seeing that everything revolves around girls eating and having foodgasms, you'd at least expect high-quality animation for those scenes, but what we get instead is poorly rendered CGI food that looks plastic, slow motion with above average frame-rate and sparkles... again, THIS is supposed to be the show's highlight. Everything else is below regular standards with stiff, often inconsistent animation and very bare-bones presentation. And if animated foodgasms is all you want, simply watch Food Wars instead. It's a show that far exceeds Graffiti's in terms of quality and general entertainment value. Everything about Graffiti just feels flat by comparison to everything else in its playing field. From the cookie cutter characters to the nonexistent storyline, Graffiti is just a lifeless husk masquerading as a show that cares.
Koufuku Graffiti was not made with the general populace in mind. This is a title that is made for those infatuated with the "moe" aesthetic. And you know what? That's fine. If there's an audience out there for this, despite what little value I could find in it, so be it. But if after watching the 1st episode you're not impressed, then skip this one because that's about as good as the show gets.read more
Well, Koufuku Graffiti is one of those anime with Cute girls doing cute things under the "moe" genre, one of those refreshing anime where you can sit back relax and enjoy. Koufuku Graffiti is your Slice of Life Anime about food, nothing too out of the ordinary, but you will either really enjoy it or think watching it will be a chore. Just watch the first episode whatever you experienced that how it will be throughout the rest of the anime. The quality of the backgrounds and food are gorgeous and the way the trio bound is very heartwarming its what really brings the anime together.
Koufuku Graffiti main subject is about food, incorporated with your average other subjects such as friendship, daily life, and cute characters. The character development will evolve around bonds with food built by our main characters Ryou, Kirin, and Shiina and their time spent together.
The fan service scenes are quite erotic in this anime it isn't your typical boob and pantie shots. In this they REALLY emphasize eating with close up shots of the mouth, sensual expressions, and blushies while eating the delicate drawn food it has the most well drawn omelet roll I've ever seen this anime is literally "food porn" everything revolves around food.
The opening and ending is so enjoyable especially the soundtrack and the scenes it is very appealing and catchy it gives a good vibe and relaxing mind set when about to watch an episode or finishing. Make sure to watch the outro of the outro there is a very catchy song with small chibi characters talking about food giving small tips of information.
Really enjoy the art style and lighting of Koufuku Graffiti with its bright lighting, fluent drawings, vivid colors, and contrast with characters they fit really smoothly together. If you love vivid colors this show has it.
This anime is quite enjoyable to watch when there is nothing else much to do it give me a complete good laughs and smiles while making me extremely hungry due to the fact the food looks way too tasty this anime is food porn. Everything looks delicious and the characters expressions make it even better.
I would recommend Koufuku Graffiti to anyone who is interested in Slice of Life, food, good art, cute characters doing cute things, and anyone who is just looking for a fun enjoyable experience.
Coming from the producers of "Hidamari Sketch" and "Puella Magi Madoka Magic" is the new food anime of the season, Koufuku Graffiti is an outstanding anime about a girl named Ryou who finds her passion in cooking and cuisine through her daily life and her friends! With dishes introduced every episode, this is a slice of life (Pun intended) anime that is favourably sweet!
Story - 7/10
Like most other SoL/Comedy, it has no set plot/storyline, but rather the occurrences of the daily life of a character in the anime. However, the events that happen are still worthwhile and fun to watch as we follow Ryou and Kirin in their daily lives of art and cuisine! However, the plot isn't the main focus of Koufuku Graffiti. It is the...
Art - 10/10
Art is this anime's strongest point really. Every food and dish is detailed extremely well and makes it very realistic and delicious! It is not an understatement to say you'll get hungry after watching it! This anime focuses more on its art styles of the cuisine rather than plot, so this is what makes Koufuku Graffiti savoury realy.
Sound - 8/10
Sound plays a dominant role as the background music during the scenes that involve cooking or eating. That adds to the atmosphere to make the watcher crave food and enjoy watching the characters eat the food themselves. The OP and ED are fine and appropriate to this SoL anime.
Character - 8/10
The characters themselves are what I'd describe as "stereotypically cute," but it very much fits into the theme here. The cast as of right now isn't very large, but that allows for rapid character progression and adds depth to Ryou's backstory. The anime itself dwells upon the food to build upon characters, which an interesting way to go about with the characters. There are, however, only females introduced as the main cast, which is understandable since this is a cooking anime, though a male one would make it more diverse.
Enjoyment - 9/10
Before watching each episode, I always make sure to be more or less hungry since the food mesmerizes me. After watching episodes, eating some ramen or even a pizza makes it feel more delicious and enjoyable. However, those who aren't big food fanatics could get bored easily. Same for those who aim for plot since this anime is somewhat bland in plot progression, but vivid in its tastes.
Overall - 9/10
This anime is superb, but falls short of the spotlight for having no explicit plot and a small cast consisting of only females. However, it is still exceptionally amazing and tasteful. I'd recommend this to food lovers and those who need some food inspiration (The way they eat is very "sexy") as well as the SoL/Comedy genre. For those who have little patience with dragged scenes and dislike daily life, I recommend this to introduce you to the SoL genre since we can all relate to food! Hope you will enjoy Koufuku Graffiti!read more
Well, I like to see the anime tags to make a review/critic. Koufuku Graffiti (who difficult and kawaii name, don't you think ?) has the following tags: "Comedy, Slice of Life and Seinen".
Right away, I see one problem. Where is the "Food" in the tags ?
Every anime have one thing that is the base of the history, character development, the base of the conflicts and the light of the solutions. On Kokufu this "thing" is the food. Yeah, you will see a anime talking about a life of a student, but on this life the food will create the friendship, will reveal memories and the past of the characters, will solve the problems and the most important, will make you feel hungry.
And to accompany this main plate (the food), Kofuku brings kawaii characters, a good art, very shining characters, shining ambient, good lights, good traces without contrast between the character traces and the ambient traces (everything in harmony).
Kawaii opening and ending, everything with lyrics and scenes that fits very well with the anime.
The final point that I like to say here is: the fan service is very different here, instead of boobs, paints and asses, you will see a "sensual" way of the eating, who ? Simples, with focuses on the mouth (taking advantage of the brightness of the traces, and the excessive light), on the tasting face of the characters and the discription of all the delicous of the food.
So, I recommend Kofuku if you want to see a slice of life, a good drawing and a good traces, kawaii girls. If you like food this anime is very good to you and for the people who are tired of the classic fan service. read more
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