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.
I've seen people knocking this anime because they feel that it falls short of the other anime Isekai Shokudou which aired a while ago. Both animes do have a lot of similarities, but this anime does have some differences that imo, make it at least on par, if not superior at times. One of the best thing is the continuity and the ending. For starters, this anime takes place in the same land so we always get to see some kind of continuity with the usual guards or others coming in compared to Isekai Shokudou where the door opens to different worlds all over.
are great in both anime, especially with the addition of Eva here. Compared to customers seeing a random door and deciding to open it to see what's up, this anime has customers hearing about the restaurant's reputation, coming in to try it and leaving surprised as ever. There's a feeling of caring for the customers in both anime and they both have their share of good stories (Isekai Shokudou gets a bit of an edge here imo).
The animation, art and sound overall are quite comparable though at times, I've felt that Isekai Izakaya has more realism attached to it due to the way some of the interactions take place. Not to mention that most characters are human in some way or form while we have monsters and all kinds of fantasy creatures in Isekai Shokudou. Dishes just look fantastic in both and will make you want to try them!
Finally, while this anime does have less airing time since it airs every 2 weeks at about 20 minutes compared to the weekly 20 minutes of Isekai Shokudou, this anime presents a little segment called NobuPlus where they focus on showing the cooking of certain dishes and provide some information about restaurants that cook that specific dish. While it's obvious that Isekai Izakaya is doing some advertising especially with the Japan logo at the end, it's still a fun watch overall and shouldn't be a deterrent.
In my opinion, if you're a fan of food anime, you owe it to yourself to at least watch several episodes of this anime.Don't let the score dissuade you and make your own decision on whether this lives up to your expectations or not!
Isekai boom as a new, emerging genre is still on-going. Despite it is indeed booming, we are talking about quantity here. Quality wise, many isekai animanga have gone down. Then the question is, does this title follows this trend, as one more isekai-themed product that has no notable quality? The answer is both yes and no.
There are surely notable things in this title as an anime. The shop itself is depicted as cheerful and heart-warming. The chef was voiced by Tomokazu Sugita. The food looks delish. There are manly characters and cute girls there. Etc. Those things are concept that were properly executed - except
one thing, the directing.
Directing an anime means affecting the total quality of the product which covers many things. But i want to stay focus on two things, mainly character design and the nuance that this anime gave.
Honestly, the character design is kinda disappointing. While the design allows for smooth animation because of its simplicity, the design looks too round and dull. While it's not something that bad, but it's not a pleasant to the eyes either. I feel the character design was directed to fit with the nuance depicted in the anime.
The second is the nuance. I can't help but feel that the nuance is kinda dull too. It might be too cheery, without any sharpness or refinement to add. Sure thing the food looks delicius, but that's it.
If we add the first problem and the second problem, then we'll get overall sensation that this anime is truly dull. Only introducing foods with a rough narrative and story.
That concludes this title as an anime : It's totally dull. But that doesn't mean it'll be the same thing if we talk this title as overall, meaning we include the original light novel and the manga version.
Let me say this, the light novel and the manga are far more better than the anime version. The manga version has a sharp design and tidy drawings. The light novel version has a pretty solid narrative. This title (overall) primary charm is the solid story and narrative with reappearing characters. It's really like we are building a wall, stone by stone. The completed wall is really something to see. Sadly, the anime doesn't have this charm (maybe yet).
As closing statement, i recommend to read the light novel and manga instead of watching the anime version. But it's really up to you, there's even a original story in the anime that the light novel and manga don't have. It might be worth to continue watching this if you are a truly fan of this title.