In the story, the protagonist Youtarou Misaki finds himself lying on the beach one day. He is picked up by Arashi, who manages a restaurant called Kurage no Shokudou. When asked who he is, the protagonist tells a lie that he lost his memory—but he remembers everything, including the fact that his twin brother died.
About a year ago, I saw this while searching for some romance anime. Lured by the cover (a different one, in which he is walking with the female character) and tags, I bookmarked it.
The summary explains you how the story begins, how the main character lost his twin brother and how he fakes amnesia. So far, not the most interesting setting in the world, but not bad either. Little did I know...
Although the plot presented in the summary isn't really what's presented, the alternative isn't that bad either, although it tries a bit too hard to be emotional.
(SPOILER AHEAD) Although it's a small detail, after
watching the anime, the jellyfish in the tank gains a new meaning (makes you wonder whether that's his brother or not).
The art is pretty mediocre. Its obviously better in certain scenes but in some others it's pretty bad.
The music isn't outstanding, at least in my opinion. Watched it 5 minutes ago and I don't even remember hearing music, so yeah, it's pretty bland.
I spent the first 20 minutes (out of 30) wondering if this was shounen ai.
Then I spent the next 5 minutes cursing the NTR.
The female VA is very cringy.
For the lazy; nope, jellyfish syndrome does not exist.
It's very short, but in the span of 20 minutes, you learn a lot about each character, and even catch a glimpse of their dynamics, before the OVA snapshot, and maybe in the future.
The art doesn't get in the way -- it's a bit understated, and so is the music, although I loved the movement.
As for the story - it's a reminder that there are times when all we really need is a bit of reset, and sometimes, people are lucky enough to find kind souls who allow us just that. It wasn't particularly sad, rather, I felt it dealt with loss in a
matter-of-fact way, which made it not too draining, but still encourages thinking.
I will start by saying that this anime has an open ending and I haven't found yet a place to continue reading the light novel it comes from in english, so if you're looking for a conclusion, this OVA is directly not worth the time.
Kurage no Shokudou is based around Misaki, a boy who's found in the beach by Arashi, the owner of a restaurant nearby, called Arashi, decides to take care of him because he says that he can't remember anything.
The story is based around the interactions between both of them and Natsuko, a friend of Arashi, soon drama unfolds while we discover more
about why Misaki is there, and we see the situation Arashi and Natsuko are in, sadly, like I mentioned, the anime doesn't finish the story and leaves the viewers with a frustrating open ending just when it picked a good point in said drama.
The backgrounds are visually appealing, but sadly the same can't be said about the characters, that look quite terrible, anyways, the clear worst part is the sound, most of the time we only hear background sounds, and when we don't, the music never stands out at all, there are also lots of overly long silent moments and, specially, Natsuko's voice was awful, I looked for her seiyuu, Satomi Koorogi, and I found that she only voices child characters like Ushio from Clannad After Story, Himawari from Shin Chan, or even Togepi from Pokemon, and I'm completely clueless about why was she picked to voice Natsuko's character.
Overall I have to say that the OVA of Kurage no Shokudou is not worth watching due to the lack of clear ending and for overall being of poor quality.
I really struggled with how to rate this one, it had a lot of promise, but it fell way short of what it could have been. The story needed to be elaborated a lot more than what it was, and it felt like nothing was really explained to the audience (N.B. this might be better handled in the Light Novels, but in the OVA it was handled poorly). I feel like if this was a 90-minute movie it would have been better paced. I can get where others were seeing a bit of shonen-ai during this, but since none of the characters were completely fleshed
out, it was impossible to know. All in all, it could have been done better, but I have definitely seen worse.