Wakako-Zake is a gem.There is just something so calm, peaceful, funny, and heart warming in this anime that I can't describe.The art is simple, but cute(some describe it as bad art, but they're idiots) .The VA particularly, is amazing.I also love the theme song.This is a no bs show, with a simple plot, but is just so soothing.It's something you would watch when you're depressed, and feel like doing nothing.
Overall, it's a fun anime to watch, leaving no regrets.
A 2 minute show deserves a 20 second review. 12 episodes, 12 restaurants, 12 dishes and their accompanying drinks in 24 minutes. If you're looking for a travel cooking show like Parts Unknown, you've found your anime. Although the restaurants aren't real the dishes are. If you live outside of Japan you'll probably be introduced to 12 dishes you've never had but now will want to try. Even if you live in Japan there will probably be a couple you haven't seen before.
What can I say, apparently my favorite of Summer 2015 is the two minutes per week of literally just watching a woman eats, drinks, commentates, and lets out what is probably the most contented sigh you’ve ever heard in the history of moving pictures.
You don’t need to be a big foodie or particularly invested in Japanese culinary to be able to appreciate this show. Wakako basically acts as a tour guide into her headspace, delivering simple and instantly relatable monologue revolving around “what I will eat today, and why”. Such is the nature of this one-woman show, the voice actress is probably
the most important element in it, and the renowned Miyuki Sawashiro didn’t disappoint. Whether she’s gushing about the smell and flavor of karaage or grumbling about a bad day in the office, Sawashiro lend a distinct and calming tone to Wakako’s mental mutterings (framed in such a way that it also felt like a natural conversation with the audience). She also nailed The Sigh, such a signature moment in the show, every single episode felt like it’s building up to that.
There’s not many other stuff, and needless to say, don’t expect much of drama or actual development. What is indeed there should reliably get you in the mood though: the thirty-second opening jingle is catchy and fitting, the depiction of food (of which there’s a delightful variety) is mouth-watering, and even Wakako’s incongruous design should eventually become endearing. When I first read the synopsis, I thought there’s dark undercurrent about alcoholism and depression, but in reality (at least insofar as this adaptation goes) it’s a mostly pleasant watch highlighting the necessary self-indulgence in-between the daily grind of work. There’s a few glimpses of Wakako’s daily life intertwined with her philosophy on food, and while one may wish for more of that, the overall mood I got from her is the blissful savoring of solitude instead of wallowing in loneliness. I can dig that.
I obviously enjoyed Wakako-zake, as would many others—perhaps excepting those who are somehow deeply averse to the act of putting food inside their body. Due to its exceedingly repetitive nature it’s probably not fit to be binged, just like how you wouldn’t gorge yourself with fine food all at once. It’s also preferable not to watch this while hungry and not in a state to be able to grab something quickly!
Wakako-zake knows what it is. It knows it's a short look into one woman's enjoyment of food, drink, and pairings.
There's not a lot to say about this anime. I actually did really enjoy it and looked forward to it each week. Each episode promised to be an insightful look into food culture done in a calming and reflective manner and it succeeded very well. No drama, relatable main character, and succinct writing made this a success. It also usually made me hungry.
It's a very simple premise executed well. Unbelievably relaxing, Wakako-zake makes for a quick cool-down anime for those who are in search of another binge but can't afford the time on an entire work. Since this story doesn't chase comedy, it doesn't fail by being comfortable and stable throughout it's less than 30-minute run-time. There are things that are funny in the sense that it's akin to real life. This woman loves drinking alcohol in a non-abusive manner because it feels good, and that good feeling translates even if you don't drink alcohol. It's just a cozy, comfortable anime. Because of this, it definitely was
more enjoyable to watch than some of those other short, 3-minute style animes that try to be comedies. If they end up not being funny, then it's just a waste of time. So that's a huge plus on Wakako-zake's part.
It's not shooting for the stars, and while our protagonist has a strange design, it grows on the viewer and becomes somewhat endearing. It's just cute. She's a real sweeter, both in personality and in design.
Decent enough. It doesn't go for anything crazy, but it's also not offensively bad. Things work sufficiently in this department.
No character what-so-ever, but that's still ok. There's no drama, nothing to define one's existence or any of that. It's just a sweet woman eating food and talking about it, occasionally inviting the viewer into something about her life. Again, it's just a cozy anime.
Really enjoyable. At this moment, I'm nursing some serious allergies and I think a stomach bug, so relaxing to this cute little anime was really enjoyable.
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When making an anime, or any kind of show for that matter, you need a a plot. I personally don't think this score justifies this show, because as anime grows, more and more new and unique ideas always come forth. This isn't a bad thing necessarily, but it has turned into the norm for anime to always raise the roof with new ideas or if not new ideas.
I am giving this anime the score that it is because I feel like it took it's ( simple ) story it had and executed it very well.
Each episode revolves around a lady named Wakako Murasaki and her
evening life after her shift at work. This leads to her going to the bar, ordering some kind of alcoholic beverage (most of the time), as well as some kind of dish to go along with the drink.
I like the format and how its done. With a plot that relies on similar scenarios every episode, it always seems to keep every episode fresh, let alone having all of them balance out as a whole. I never seemed to like another episode over another, which makes every episode satisfying, I never found myself disappointed after one of the episodes.
As for the art, Its serviceable yet different. Its very cute in my opinion and the character designs although lacking a bit of detail are rather unique and adorable.
I feel like the character, Wakako is such a likable characters, and to do that within the TINY amount of development with interactions with other people and flashbacks of work, it is rather surprising how well she holds up as a character.
Story: Simple, yet done nearly perfectly.
Art: Stands on its own pretty well, is lacking a bit of detail though.
Sound: Wakako's Voice is well down. The opening was catchy. Everything else is average.
Character: When your character is developed well in the time that this show got, it truly is fantastic.
Enjoyment: This is something I would go back to, its so relaxing and just plain charming.
FINAL SCORE: 8.2/10 
"A simple show that is done well in the time it got, and I can applaud them for that."
This is a simple anime with a simple plot..if you want something to just enjoy while riding a bus or waiting for you girlfriend then this is a good choice,
the sound is pretty decent and relaxing and the story....well there's nothing really into it , although I do think that everyone could enjoy it since it did pretty well for 2 minutes, both children teens and grown ups will like this I'm sure of it
There are some episodes where you feel like stoping or skipping but It's not really that big of a deal
Wakako is a pretty fine character though sometimes she's bland I
guess due to her constant scenario
So, another short anime has ended, which marks the end of sunday foodie, kinda enjoy watching it.
Not much on storyline or plot, it's just showing Wakako testing out foods after she had finished her office work, enjoy with a cup of warm or hot sake, plus letting out her "pssshhh" sound,. Anyway, i'm happy the story is not to sophisticated, easily to understand and easily made me hungry, so much for cooking genre. I did enjoy learning new foods shown in Wakako Zake, i do want to try it out when i'm planning to fly out to japan someday.
The art is nothing much interesting but
pretty decent character designs, and for a company called Office DCI, eventhough they are quite new to anime industry, they really did well in Wakako-zake, so keep it up. The good thing is there is no sluggishness or weird animations throughout the series. Background images are kept to be simple, well at least it is not too bland.
The seiyuus are pretty decent, loved Sawashiro Miyuki's voice acting on Wakako, quite relaxing to hear, interestingly she also voice acted for Inaba on Kokoro Connect. The OP song are also enjoyable. Well since it is basically a 2 min show, they don't put any ED songs just straight to credits.
Wakako surely like to enjoy eating and drinking sake while giving out the "psshuuu" sound. She sure love to give comments on how the cookers cook the food. I do enjoy her eating food around, ^^
Well, since it is a short anime, there is not much to say, but all i could say is i definitely enjoy watching Wakako-zake, even if it is just a 2 min show. Wouldn't be surprised if this will get a sequel, well let's see then!
I enjoyed this show a lot more than I thought I would. With a runtime that's shorter than one full normal-length episode (when you consider that the OP is 30 seconds long), how could Wakako-zake be successful? I asked. I watch shorts a fair bit, but this is really, really short even, for, well, shorts.
The answer: Wakako-zake knows exactly what it wants to do and what it wants to be. It's formulaic, with each episode covering one delicious dish, but the show realized that in order to pull this off successfully it needed:
1) a great main voice actress, since she's essentially narrating the show
2) soothing/fitting background music (check)
3) a relatable, yet knowledgeable--about food, at least-main character (check)
4) something unique, other than the food, to distinguish each episode, that gives each individual episode a sense of coherency (check)
Wakako-zake is a short worth your time. It's interesting, if you're into food, or Japanese culture; it's relaxing and fun even if you're not.