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.
One day, I went to search for a particular anime that my friend recommended, and found this instead. Interested by the promotional poster, I decided to watch it. I really wanted to like this. I mean a guy who washed up on shore because of his twin brother dying? That's really cool! The beginning scene where I assume its his brother, is lying on the ground and blood slowly drips out of him and covers a flower. It then cuts to the protagonist on the ground washed up by the shore. This is the only interesting shot I saw, but I stopped watching during the
middle of the episode. From then on, the protagonist lives with a man because he says that he's lost his memory. First off, why in the world when a boy says that he's lost his memory, would you take him in? There had to be somebody in the hospital that would've been like "yah no. We're going to take his fingerprints and blood to identify him. If nothing comes up, we'll post some posters asking if anyone recognizes this boy. If nothing else comes up, we'll send him to an orphanage and then you can deal with them." I don't know how Japanese hospitals work, but I'm sure they won't let someone waltz out with him. From then on the boy meets this pink haired girl who apparently gets goods for the man's restaurant. I don't remember her name. Heck, I don't remember anybody's name. The man's restaurant and the girl doesn't matter. Next we see the boy trying to leave the man's home but gets caught by the man. Between what I told you, the boy works at the restaurant and that's supposed to show him and the man bonding, but really does nothing. Because of that, the boy opens himself up and then tells the man about how his twin dies and that fucked him up. Really, this ova has not given me any reasons to give a shit about these characters. The boy is a boy who's twin died. The man is a really cool and mysterious dude who owns a restaurant. That is all this gives me. No motivation, no aspirations, and no personality. So when the boy goes all "omg my brother died and I'm depressed" I really don't give a shit. And finally, I drop it. I don't want to see no personality characters who I don't care about get dramatic over nothing. I do NOT reccomend this. It doesn't try to make you interested and it doesn't. It's a waste of time.