The novels center on a bar called "Nobu"—located in Kyoto, Japan, but with a door that is connected to the bar in another world. The visitors include denizens of the other world, and customers seek out its excellent "Toriaezu Nama" ale and cuisine.
When “Isekai Shokudou” first came out it barely made a blip on my radar, but as I’ve learned before I shouldn’t knock a show till I’ve seen it. It came as a nice surprise. An anime that I could just chill out with (i was also having a hard time controlling my stress than, and this anime always helped calm it down). Not the best anime ever, but one that was simple yet enjoyable.
So seeing this show was similar I was looking forward to seeing it. I didn’t think it would be as good and “Isekai Shokudou”, but I would at least enjoy it to
some small degree. Unfortunately, ‘some small degree’ happened to be what I was in for.
I should start by saying that it’s not a bad show, there are plenty worse around. It’s just............. (how to put this).......... When I think about “Isekai Shokudou” I feel it’s a sort of general anime, and anime that any can enjoy. While “Isekai Izakaya Nobu” feels like it’s aiming at a younger demographic. Which is fine, if you are going to aim for a certain age group than you have every right. It’s just that it doesn’t really appeal to me.
The over-the-top reactions when they try the food just don’t sit well with me, and it feels like the episodes are rise-and-repeat.
Person comes in; served appetizer; starts chowing down on appetizer; runs out; thinks ‘thank goodness, otherwise i would continue eating it forever’ (so on and so forth)
There are a few differences between how the characters react, but it definitely follows a formula.
Also whereas “Isekai Shokudou” focused on the character shown in that segment (again with a few exemptions) “Isekai Izakaya Nobu” really didn’t. They have a regular cast of characters (some with more personality than others) but we don’t really follow them, the show focuses more on the food and the person’s reaction to it. Which is fine, but it lacks the deeper sense of character that the cast in “Isekai Shokudou” had.
I guess that is what it boils down to. “Isekai Izakaya Nobu” is just a watered down version to “Isekai Shokudou”. The characters, the atmosphere, it all is lacking........ something..... (crap, I always tend to lose the end of what I want to say)..... Guess I fall back to what I normally do when I want to make a comparison, and since these are shows about food it will fit right in.
It’s like the difference between getting a chicken dinner and getting chicken nuggets. Both are chicken and each have their own flavor, but one definitely has more to offer than the other.
I have a few other issues with it but I think I got the main point across, and this feels long enough so I’ll just leave it at that.
Again this show is not bad. Just a meh sort of show. I’ll continue with it just because it’s something to watch, but at the end of the day it’s going to be something I’ll easily forget about.