I am the Apetite of my Diet
White Rice is my Body and Soy Sauce is my Blood.
I have eaten over a Thousand Dishes,
Unknown to Fast Food,
Nor known to Gourmet.
Have withstood Hunger to enter many Buffets
Yet those Hands will never Cook Anything
So, as I Pray--
Unlimited Seconds Please
I am not the biggest fate/nasuverse/type-moon fan, but there is something that I absolutely adore: the characters. And I adore them to a point that I have actually seen Carnival Phantasm 4 times (so far). That scene where Berserker turns into a car and Illya says "Berser-car" is among the most adorable pieces of art created by man. I
get a coronary every single time. Naturally, when I heard Fate would be getting another show that has nothing to do with the main plot line, I was beyond thrilled, and now that I have seen it offer a scene where Illya wishes Berserker Merry Christmas after giving him a self-baked Christmas cookie that looks like him, I can only say that I will, most likely, never in my life giggle like this again. Perfection.
The first half of this show is a bit problematic. Let me describe it with a meme: "You either go all the way or you go home. I am not dealing with this." And I am not. This isn't proper fanservice, this is just fanservice undertones, and the real content (cooking, other food related thingies, sol nonsense and... just being there) isn't strong enough. But then the show starts going for better and pleases all my needs for cute, comfy and fluffy things. The series becomes incredibly funny and adorable after the 6th episode. The remaining episodes all are rather different from each others and they all have something unique to offer. For example, the beginning of episode 7 shows us a beach volleyball game that is... a bit overboard. Episode 09 contains one of the best background animation sequences where Saber is trying to refrain from eating her food. The way she shakes among the facial expression burned in my soul. The 12th is incredibly comforting, almost soothing to watch with its atmosphere and level of cute. It's almost hard to believe how enjoyable the show end up being after its weaker start.
The art and overall production is quite lacklustery. Especially the animation can be surprisingly mediocre, but it's not a big problem in a series of this sort. The music on the other hand can be real weird at times. Strange OST choices, the Op and Ed songs are quite awful to a point that they stand out. Some better decisions from the BGM department could have been done for certain.
I still easily prefer Carnival Phantasm over this series, but I highly recommend it for those who like the cast and warm, wholesome thingies. Seeing type-moon characters act like clowns truly offers something that no other cast seems to have because even when the series is this comedic the character traits remain and their behavior never quite feels out of character.
This show has single-handedly delivered upon me inner peace, satisfaction, and bliss. I now know how it feels to achieve pure zen. Before watching this show this morning, I felt miserable with a hangover. Now, not only is it gone, but I feel better than I did beforehand, the bags under my eyes have disappeared, and I think I saw $5,000 appear in my bank account out of nowhere.
Suffice it to say, good things happen to you just for watching this show, and it is the cure to all worldly conflict and malice. If I have a massive heart attack tomorrow, I'll be okay
with it. I have no regrets.
Hey, weeb! Do you like Fate? Do you hate your own culture? Ever wish you could be Japanese instead? Well, if you wanna replace your heritage with dat sweet sweet Japanese culture, then you best start learning some shit. Luckily for you, Fate/Cooking is here to tutor you, and it’s brought some food along with it. This ain’t your ordinary Japanese class. Professors Emiya, Ramsey, and CBF are ‘bout to teach you some life skills, and class is in session!
The first thing you may notice is how lovely everyone looks with this new art style and these kickass wardrobes. The second thing you may
notice is that the food looks scrumptious as all hell. The fine folks over at ufotable worked their asses off to prepare these good looks for you, and boy does it show when the food starts cookin’. I just wish they didn’t make us use shitty CGI for transportation.
The gang’s all here and then some, and they’re just as lively as ever. Lancer, Rin, Taiga, you name it! Even lesser known compadres like Otoko join us for this lovely venture, and believe me, the guys I mentioned by name are the most fun guys here. I hope you’ll find our guests as much fun to witness and interact with as I did. Sadly, some of them had to bring along some shitty songs to open and close out each session, but we got some alright background music to compensate, and even those shitty opening and closing tracks ain’t all bad. Hell, some of them enhance the cooking experience, Now I’m not gonna lie, listening to all these recipe steps is pretty boring, so I only really stay for the visuals. I say this cuz again, this shit looks delicious. We got 13 of these meals, so dig in!
Aww shit; now I’m hungry again! Happy New Year, everybody!
Written and Edited by: CodeBlazeFate
Edited by: Peregrine
Cast in a world of food wonders and desires, Emiya-san Chi Kyou no Gohan came together as a series that offers delicious entertainment. While I can’t say I’ve been a fan of recent Fate adaptations, there was no doubt that in this alternate world, it manages to awaken a certain food desire within me as well.
Welcome to the Emiya’s family and a feast of epic shenanigans.
Pleasing to the eyes is no less than the world of food. As humans, we can’t survive without it and in the world of Fate, Shirou and his friends brings in a new form of excitement with them. These
13 episodes captures the magic and essence of Shirou’s culinary skills along with other Fate characters. We all know Shirou right? The boy is the mage apprentice who made his on screen TV debut back in 2006. Prior to watching this series, my expectations is aimed at a high caliber slice of life to please.
To my delight, this series delivers exactly just that. First, let’s talk about the animation quality. It has a watercolor style that makes the show feel very lighthearted, a contrast to some of the Fate TV series and movies. It’s necessary to bring in a more casual audience as there’s no serious storytelling going on here. Every episode focuses on Shirou and his ability to cook. On the menu list, we got tofu, shrimps, sandwiches, chirashizushi, gratin, fried rice, among others. A main selling point is the light comedy elements as characters takes on much more casual roles than their Fate counterparts. Ever want to see Saber go shopping? What’s it like to watch Lancer working at a fish market? How about seeing some of badass volleyball between the servants such as Saber and Shirou vs Archer and Lancer? Or a peaceful Berserker who isn’t bent on destruction? It’s there. To make things flow even better, we get characters such as Caster and Illya making their appearances who are much more human than you’d expect. Everyone comes together into this series like a family and it’s hard not to smile when watching them together.
And let’s not forget the character relationships. Saber and Shirou has been an iconic pair that any anime fan can identify from the Fate universe. Here, we don’t see them fight as a duo but rather enjoying their life as normal teens would. This also extends to other character pairs with bonds that you’d want to keep an eye on. For instance, Rin and Sakura share a sisterly love during one of their cooking sessions. Illya and Berserkers shares an unbreakable bond more as friends than master/servant in this series. The big picture to see here is how these character pairs have important relationships despite how simple the story is.
I’d never thought there would be a day where I would indulge into the world of Fate, came back, and call it an enjoyable experience. This anime offers more than just culinary foodgasm but instead a light slice of life show for its character cast. Fans of the Fate universe should watch this with a relaxed mind and anyone can embrace this show for what they throw at you. It’s 13 episodes and that’s all is really needed for a delicious enlightenment.
As a burgeoning genre, the cooking show has been becoming increasingly popular. This should have been expected due to the rise of the slice of life genre, both of which embellish the mundane, average, aspects of life. It was only natural, that the most transcendental aspect of life, the act of eating, would become a subgenre. To contrast this, the Fate series, has been becoming an all-encompassing aspect of the industry. Fate has a show in every genre, this is just a new entry in long line of work that composes the side story of the fate franchise. To many, hearing the concept of a
cooking show based off the iconography, setting, and characters of Fate, would most likely be skeptical; However, the two conflicting concepts work surprisingly well together.
The reason why the series works surprisingly well, is how it doesn’t rely on the concept of cooking as the driving factor of intrigue. The usual episode of the series is separated into two parts, the first of which is the sitcomiy plot of the episode, followed by Emiya cooking and all the characters enjoying the aforementioned meal. However, the structure of this format quickly became repetitive. There are only so many times you can listen to other character’s praise Emiya’s cooking before you get bored. The best episodes conveyed the nostalgia that good meals and family reunions bring, but by the same token, the worst episodes were generic SOL comedy followed by the ill-fitting integration of cooking into the plot of the episode.
Colin’s Street Taco Recipe:
1.Marinate some chicken in lemon juice, salt, chili powder, and black pepper. Than cook the chicken after two or so hours of marination.
2. Lather some lemon juice and salt onto your flour tortillas before frying them on a pan with olive oil.
3. Place lemon juice, jalapenos, cilantro, and chili powder into a blender, and blend until the texture of the contents of the blender have the texture of a sauce.
4. Place the marinated chicken inside of the tortillas, and then cover the tacos in the jalapeno sauce.
If that recipe seemed like abrupt or like a distraction from my review, that is how the cooking aspect of the show was handled. This is the main failing of the series, cooking in itself is a powerful literary tool, but it is one that is hard to work with. The best way to use said tool, is as a symbol for the connection between two characters; The best episode of the series was the one where Hamburg steak was used as a narrative tool to convey the sentimental relationship between Taiga, Shirou, and Kiritsugu. Most of this is conveyed through the simple use of flashback and parallelism between the past and the events that are currently happening. This was both endearing and compelling, it displayed a side of Shirou that hasn’t been thoroughly explored in other Fate series.
However, most of the show doesn’t reach this level of attainment, it is a comfy watch, and the series never attempts to be more than the average ‘cooking show,’ but this isn’t a bad thing. But at the same time, it became tiring seeing Saber comment on how delicious the food was after the 4th or so time it happened. The series could have been more, it hinted at greatness by how it conveyed character depth in the act of cooking, but this aspect of the show was rarely expressed. The series is inoffensive, but at the same time, remarkably uncompelling due to its nature as a show.
Okay, I generally don't write reviews - hell, I haven't even been on this website for a long time. And let me just preface this by saying that I loved everything Fate, but I got super burnt out by the likes of Grand Order, Apocrypha and especially Last Encore (which I dropped after 10 minutes of the first episode because I was just so done with everything Fate).
Then this came along out of nowhere (I wasn't even aware of it until last night). This show is everything that I loved the most about both Fate/Stay Night and Hollow Ataraxia - just the chilled, slice of
life stuff, and the interactions between Servants and Masters which doesn't just end up in combat.
There's not real overarching plot - it's just self contained, day-to-day shenanigans. If you're expecting deep lore etc etc then go back to the other Fate series. But, if you're like me and just want more cute side stories between Saber, Shiro, Illya, Taiga, Lancer and (presumably, to come) Sakura and Rin, then this should be a treat. Hell, the is the kind of series where I genuinely expect (and hope) Kirei and Gilgamesh show up to have dinner at the Emiya household...
I shouldn't need to talk much about the art - it's done by ufotable, for crying out loud. That's all you should need to know to decide how great it looks. I particularly like that whoever is specifically supervising/directing the art and animation has decided to go for a much softer look and pastel-y colours that I really appreciate for this series. It adds to the whole chill and calm tone that it has.
And sound-wise, well... all the expected VAs are here, and they all slide perfectly back into their roles. The interactions between Shiro and Saber are just as adorable as expected, and the chemistry between Ayako Kawasumi and Noriaki Sugiyama is just as spot on as always. Speaking of interactions, episode 2 is priceless - if only for Lancer's interactions with everyone. My only gripe with the sound at the moment is that I haven't warmed to the ending yet. The opening is spot on, and reminds me of something from either a Persona animation or the Monogatari series. But yeah... that ending... it's got some work to do to win me over right now...
So yeah, the tl;dr is pretty straightforward - you like Fate? You like the interactions between the characters of F/SN? Watch this. You still want more Servants, more fighting, more of everything that is slowly killing the Fate franchise, hmm... this might be too chill for you, but give it a try.
What kind of nutjob you have to be if you start the Fate series by not reading the eroge visual novel because you know you have to commit about 100 hours into it for the full story and it never really officially appeared in the west iether, plus it contains very lewd things in it or watching the 2006 anime series Fate/Stay Night by studio that contains very comedic fan-sub quotes like "People die when they are killed." and jump straith trough 'Today's Menu for the Emiya Family' or let's call it "Fate/Flavor"? In a way, it makes sense. You see, in the Fate/Stay Night
VN had its moments where it went into great detail on meals prepared by Shiro and others during less dramatic moments that anime adaptations cut out so you atleast had that out of the way and since you have met the charathers first in a peacefull matter. The only thing that's different is that this anime is set in modern day Japan somehow. Trust me, I did my homework before I started to write this review while being this is the very first Fate-related anime I've watched. Guess the food porn gets its day in the sun with this series.
Story: 5/10 (Average)
Since this is considered a slice of life-show of only 12 minutes long each episode, so it's kinda the point there's not much story to begin with. Even though this show doesn't actually make a whole lot of sense continuity-wise, it gives us what we all secretly wanted - to see everyone getting along, alive and happy. And apparently, eating good food, too, I guess. This is pretty much what this anime all about and I kinda enjoyed it. I must admit however I probably missed a lot of references and jokes in the anime that I didn't get just because this is my very first Fate-anime I've seen. But incase you have seen more Fate anime, I'm sure you would get the references.
Art-style: 6/10 (Fine)
For being an ONA and a spin-off anime, you must consider the fact there's not much budget to work with compaired with a fully TV series, so I guess the animations is done very fine indeed. The food and the charathers are done ok enough art-style wise in my opinion, so that's atleast positieve. Even though an episode only takes like 12 minutes, the cute animations didn't bored me at all. There's not really much I can bash this anime regarding animation-wise, so I'll keep it at that.
Sound: 7/10 (Good)
The voice acting is done good and I loved the added background music. The opening song is cheerful and welcomes you very well. It really did fired up the anime quite a bit and I really enjoyed that.
Charathers: 6/10 (Fine)
Saber (Fate/stay night) is here! For me she's a really quiet girl and very chill gall to hang around with. Shirou Emiya in also here. I know he's the one that delivered the famous fandubbed line "People die when they are killed." Then we have our beloved Rin is with her very nice and easy outfit to put together for a late cosplay convention you want to attent afterall and very populair because of her thighs. Even the cute Illia makes her appearance in this show. No, you're not allowed to post pictures of her on Reddit and Tumbler somehow by unexplained reasons. Many other were also present if you're wondering. It was quite fun and wholesome to see all these charathers that are from a violent eroge visual novel interact with each other. These kind of interactions in between I really do crave myself somehow.
Enjoyment: 5/10 (Average)
I liked this show in some excent mainly because of the mundane nature. It's just a shame I'm not that familair with the characters. Otherwise I would probably enjoy this show more. It has it's wholesome moments for sure and it's lovely seeing the characters interact like friends & family with each other. It's just a shame I'm not familair with the whole Fate franshise, so I don't know the real relationships between the charathers that are going on, so I really can't make a comment about that.
Overall: 5/10 (Average)
So, would I recommend Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan aka Fate/Flavor? Atleast I've gotten some idea's I could try out to improve my very own weeb cooking skills if I ever feel fancy, but that's it. Can you get into the Fate series by watching this? That all depends on yourself to be honest. People (want to) eat when they are hungry. Itadakimasu!
Look how far we have gone. The 18+ Hentai Game has grown a lot and gradually forms a big franchise. But why should we watch the numerous Fate series where people die because they are killed? Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is the true answer to the Fate series: everyone should stop fighting at each other for that dirty little cup; relax, sit down, and enjoy Shirou's meal today.
The story starts with Emiya Shirou cooking today's dinner, and Saber and others have the meal with a blessed smile on their faces. That's it. Despite having nearly zero plot movement at all, like most
slice-of-life anime, if you consider the recipe given each episode as part of the story, then the story is definitely outstanding.
Warm and fresh. Maximum comfiness. No complaints.
And damn, I know King Arthur shouldn't be a moe moe cute anime girl, but whatever, I love seeing her smiling when eating Shirou's meal. Those flowers blooming beside Saber while she was enjoying her meal are brilliantly beautiful.
You know Shirou's gonna cook some good stuff when that music starts playing.
The same cast from Fate/Stay Night, except that most antagonists didn't appear, and they didn't fight each other when they meet. So you can see more of their daily lives, e.g. Caster and her master having sweet married life, Lancer working and making friends everywhere (Lancer finally made it! He didn't die every episode!), how Kiritsugu was having his last minutes of life with Shirou and Taiga, etc.
Like I previously said, this anime shows how peaceful the Fate series can be, and watching the cast gathering rather than killing has never been more satisfied than ever. The heartwarming moments during their daily life are also comfy to watch.
And most importantly, Shirou does cook a hell lot of delicious meals. Writing this sentence already makes me hungry now.
If only this anime never ends. I never thought that one day I'd want to watch Shirou cooking (and King Arthur eating) so much that I'd pay for that.
The Fate series has gotten a bit... unwieldy over the years. It starts off fairly comprehensibly: a hit visual novel from 2004, a sequel, a prequel, and several anime adaptations. Fair enough. But as you move through the series’ fifteen-year history, things begin to get increasingly strange. A magical girl spinoff? A dungeon crawler RPG? A cash-cow-turn-based-strategy-visual-novel-hybrid-gacha mobile game? At times, it can seem as though TYPE-MOON and company are less interested in meaningfully progressing the series and more interested in pushing the boundaries of the time-money continuum. And then you come to perhaps the most seemingly egregious, the most apparently bizarre entry in the
Fate series yet: the cooking spinoff. When I first heard that ufotable was animating Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan, I thought the concept was laughable. I couldn’t help but wonder, why would I want to watch the characters of this action series sit around peacefully and eat food together? Well, after watching the show, I realize how foolish I was. Now I can only retort with another question: why did I ever want to watch them do anything else?
Simply put, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is the Fate series at its comfiest. All your favorite characters (and Shirou) return from Fate/stay night but they’ve been smoothed out around the edges for the most blissful viewing experience possible. Lancer works as a fish salesman. Caster wants to be a good housewife for Kuzuki. Archer and Shirou share a friendly rivalry. Berserker does menial labor around the house. Seeing all these mortal enemies acting so congenially with one another was a bit jarring at first, but they quickly formed such a pleasant dynamic that I almost questioned why the original visual novel tasks them to fight in the first place. Who has time for violence when there’s so much tasty food to be eaten?
And there is indeed a tremendous amount of tasty food to be eaten. A typical episode of this show consists of Shirou and friends engaging in some wholesome pastime (cleaning the Tohsaka mansion, Christmas festivities at the Einsbern estate, etc.), until someone mentions that it might be time to eat. And then things start to heat up. The music swells, the kitchen utensils come out, and the cooking begins. These cooking scenes are everything you could reasonably want them to be: Shirou breaks down his process step by step and shows off a wide array of delectable ingredients while other characters sit by and watch in hungry reverence. At the end of a standard cooking sequence, we are left with a few deliciously rendered dishes and a specific enough list of ingredients and steps that viewers could conceivably replicate the dishes themselves. Neat!
(Full disclosure: I’m a terrible cook and have not tried to make any of the foods depicted in this anime. That said, if you are interested in replicating them, the last page of each chapter of the manga contains that chapter’s recipe clearly written out for your convenience.)
It would be a bit reductive, however, to say that this is a show strictly about cooking. If anything, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is “about” cooking in much the same way K-On! is “about” rock music—it drives the plot, sure, but it is more a vehicle for the laid back slice-of-life moments than it is the central appeal of the show. Perhaps other viewers will disagree, but for me seeing Shirou cook some mouthwatering food was not nearly as enjoyable as the scene of Saber happily eat it up that inevitably came afterwards. Granted, I’m kind of… in love with Saber so I might be slightly biased here. But that aside, it is definitely fair to say that if you, like me, enjoyed Fate/stay night but wished that it had more scenes of the cast screwing around and having a good time, then this is the show for you. At only twelve minutes an episode, we don’t get to see much of said good-time-having, but what we do get to see is downright delightful.
And what about aesthetics? As mentioned earlier, this show was animated by ufotable, but with the exception of the hilariously intense beach volleyball match in episode 7, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan contains few of the sorts of detailed action sequences that this studio is known for. Still, they manage to bring the easygoing happenings of the manga to life effectively, and they do so in its own rather simplistic sketchy art-style rather than the glossier one associated with other entries of the Fate series. The character animation is not up to the standard of, say, a Kyoto Animation production, but it also doesn’t really have much reason to be. This is a mellower, smaller-scale production, and its simple art-style and animation fit this tone and scale.
A few brief notes about the audio: The voice cast returns from Fate/stay night and their performances here share in the mellowness of the animation. Noriaki Sugiyama, in particular, plays a much milder Shirou than he typically does, which was a great relief to me, as I usually find his performance somewhat grating. With regards to the music there is little to say—it is fittingly low-key, with the notable exception of the cooking sequences whose dramatic backing track give them an amusing sense of loftiness. And I suppose I would be amiss not to mention the opening song, which is so infectiously cheery that it is genuinely impossible to be sad while listening to it. That’s worth something, I’m sure.
Conclusion: Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan has wholesome happenings, tasty food, cute character interactions, and most importantly, lots of shots of Saber eating happily. So, while a cooking spinoff may seem like an odd direction for the Fate series to take, it manages to be a surprisingly satisfying experience. This show never aims high, and for that reason I feel uncomfortable rating it higher than a 7, but it does succeed admirably in its small-scale ambitions. Delightful stuff!
So the Fate series dipped their toes in food porn...
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is another installment in the Fate series but more of the slice of life side of things, looking at Emiya's daily life that revolves around him making breakfast, lunch and dinner to the majority of the cast. That's the basic gist of Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan.
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan has plenty of fanservice for Fate fans but what with the main cast being limited to the Fate/stay night cast but nonetheless. Some of the other fanservice leads into once enemies of Emiya now getting tips from
Emiya to make food from him to Lancer being a shop owner of all things.
Now the anime's focus is on Emiya making food but it's the least interesting part of it, as it kinda slows things down, sure we see Emiya make food from scratch and the such but with the slice of life elements and the more interesting character interactions mostly with Emiya to the rest of the cast but the food was oddly the least interesting thing, it was just LA but some people might have an interest in seeing food being made a la Shokugeki no Souma style.
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan's animation done by ufotable, no seriously they animated this and the animation shifts between normal character features to chibi faces in a moments notice showing off the slice of life comedy to it. Though the food porn is decently animated and it does look good to eat for the most part, which kinda accomplished what it was suppose to do. ufotable's animation did show itself off at times especially with Episode 7, the volleyball match. Nonetheless the animation was decent to great, expected form ufotable even for a slice of life.
The voice cast is back from the Fate/stay night and it's welcoming to say the least. With Ayako Kawasumi and Noraki Sugiyama as Saber and Emiya respectively taking the majority of the screentime but nonetheless the entire cast has this smooth, gently cadence to them, even the brash Nobutoshi Canna as Lancer and the ever stoic Junichi Suwabe as Archer, the cadence is still there in Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan.
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan due to how it was released monthly, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan changes with the seasons and as such we see Emiya and the cast go through seasonal changes and thus changes in the food to match those seasons which was a nice touch.
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan was by all means a calming and relaxing anime short featuring Emiya cooking stuff and for Fate fans, it might be a bit of a disparity as seeing all the old cast from Fate stay night back and with how they like the anime short brings in a nice comforting experience and seeing some character interaction fanservice but the food making might deter and elongate the anime short "just because they can" and get in the way of the actual fun of some of the character interactions.
LA nonetheless liked Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan for how comforting it was and sure sometimes the food was kinda shoved into scenarios at times but LA still liked it as another installment of more Fate...and wanted to eat something straight after watching it...
To LA if that's what Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan managed to do...it kinda did it's job right...with execution being varied at times.
Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is a pretty creative spin-off for the Fate/stay night saga and it truly is the opposite of what the saga would usually offer. It is comparatively shorter, milder, with lots of food and sadly, not much weight.
First of all, it is refreshing to see Emiya-san, Saber, and the entire gang in the setting of which everything is peaceful and everyone could tie up a perfect, humdrum day with homemade, heartwarming dishes-- which is exactly the point of this particular spinoff. Instead of presenting new plots or providing different perspectives towards Fate/stay night saga, Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan
simply wishes to create this psychedelic atmosphere under which peaceful days are here to stay and ultimately, the key ingredient for maintaining peace is the dishes masterfully fetched by Emiya-san. A teenage boy who can cook karaage like a boss-- who doesn't love that?
Nonetheless, there is usually a problem when a well-known fantasy saga switches gears and spawns a slice-of-life subsidiary. Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan is a pretty wonderful treat but it does not feel cohesive to the rest of its anime brothers and sisters. Ultimately, it is hard to take this spin-off seriously. The entire twelve episodes feel very dreamy to the point of which, perhaps this whole spin-off is a dream all along.
Today's Menu for the Emiya Family or as I like to call it Shokugeki no Shirou is a spin-off we don't ask for and clearly don't deserve. But it happened anyway and I'm really thankful for this.
There's no doubt what the Fate franchise has achieved. The highest status of Action Fantasy for its beautiful fights and heartbreaking moments. Yet they are so dark, at times I couldn't bear watching it and wondering to myself if they would ever have a happy life after all of this. Thankfully, someone heard my wish and made this beautiful spin-off.
In a world where they don't have to fight over
the Holy Grail, our beloved masters and servants now enjoyed the life in a sunny city of Fuyuki. Everyday, Shirou would venture to the marketplace to find ingredients for his meal to satisfy Saber's appetite. But his rare talent of getting in trouble is still the same, his great cooking meals atrracts not only the masters but also their servants and so, many interesting thing happens in his living room.
This anime is the most heart-warming things to watch ever. We gets to see many characters finally find their peace and having fun everyday. Especially Kiritsugu, he actually looks happy for once. There's not much to say about the story since nothing actually happens, everyday Shirou will cook a new delicious meal to make everyone happy, that's it. Yet i still find watching their interactions with each other so joyful to watch.
Produced by ufotable, it surely looks amazing. The characters design is soften a bit to fit the slice of life gerne. Often at times, they used chibi for comedic moments, that's a trope I actually like. The music used in the show is nothing spectacular except for the ending "Collage (コラージュ)" by Sangatsu no Phantasia, lovely song to hear.
Overall, i think this is a short anime that Fate lover must watch.
So this is probably the only review I'll ever watch before the end of a series, but given the content of this show I think I can get a pass.
You will only really appreciate the show if you have watched other Fate series', but mainly the Fate/Stay night time period.
It's cute. It's fun. It makes you really hungry. Each episode is structured basically the same. Emiya meets one of his longtime enemies, invites them over for dinner while worrying if they might try to kill him, then makes the hell out of some food. It's not really food porn like some shows where they enjoy
showing off the food animations, however it's much more related to the preparation of the food he brings. Understanding the contexts of the relationships he has with these characters in the show allows for some gags, laughs, and some cuteness that you really don't have in the main series (since it takes itself mostly seriously).
When I finished watching Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan, I had only watch the first season of Fate/Zero, both seasons of Fate/Stay Night UBW and the first movie of Heaven's Feels. As such, I went into this anime with an incomplete knowledge of the backstory of all characters. However, that did not prevent me from loving this anime.
The story follows the usual formula for cooking anime. Introduce a recipe, have people eat it, finish with a heart-warming epilogue. It is a really simple anime, and that is completely fine. By making this anime simple, it allows for the generation of cute and heart-warming scenes.
The viewer gets to learn more about the characters, and see how cooking brings everybody together. Overall, although, the story of Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan follows the usual formula for cooking anime, it creates a warm feeling within the viewers, as they see the characters interact and see their bonds strengthening.
If you've watched anything produced by ufotable, you are probably aware of the amazing quality their anime have. Surprisingly, this quality remains with Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan. Although it is only a spin-off, ufotable brought great animation to this series. Being a slice of life anime, there is not a lot of action to animate. However, in the rare moments that there are some, the animation is incredibly beautiful and amazing to look at. As I rather would avoid spoiling these scenes, although there is little to spoil, I won't say what type of action it is, but trust me when I say that it is beautiful. This goes for the art as well. The art is really cute, helping into creating the warm atmosphere I previously mentioned. Put simply, this anime is really well animated, and the art helps create the atmosphere the show is aiming for.
There is nothing much to say about the sound, except that it fits the show. The opening is fun, preparing the viewers for the fun that is about to start, while the ending is really calm, keeping the atmosphere that the last scene has, which is usually a calm and heart-warming epilogue. For the soundtrack, simply put, it manages to portray and help convey the atmosphere of each scenes. I would not say that the soundtrack is exceptional per se, but it fulfills its job to create the mood of scene.
I really liked the characters of the Fate series. They all had interesting personalities, and it was interesting to see them interact with each other during the Holy Grail War. As such, it was really fun to see all of these characters having fun with each other, with all hatred gone. As Fate/Stay Night primarily focuses on Emiya, it was really fun to be able to see the whole cast having a good time together.
Overall, I really enjoyed Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan. It was a fun watch, giving me a new perspective to the Fate series. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Fate series. It's a cute and heartwarming anime, letting the viewers enjoy the cast of the Fate series interacting with each other, creating a warm feeling in their heart.
A random, but lighthearted cooking show with Fate characters that's sure to warm you up.
Story: The story of Today's Menu follows the basic slice of life formula (in my opinion). That is, it follows the current season and whatever important dates lie around it. That being said, that affects the story by having Emiya cook whatever is related to the holiday that the show is centered on. This allows for a good episode, no matter what it is, as everything is different in what they make, allowing for new places for Emiya to go when shopping for ingredients. Also, being around 12 minute episodes, there
is not much that can go wrong, plus it doesn't feel like the show's getting drawn out by time.
Art: The art is standard. It has nice visuals and bright colours.
Sound: It's your favourite Fate characters but with an extra cooking spin. I guess the opening is ok.
Character: I like cooking. Oh yeah, Illya is a cute smol.
Enjoyment: I don't know how this show even works, but it's a damn good spinoff.
Overall: Quality content. Honestly I have nothing to say, but can we appreciate my amazing Story section?
Remember that time when everyone summoned some historical hero figures and trying to kill each other in Fate series? Guess what? You don't need to remember all of those tragedies, betrayals, and deaths because Shirou Emiya now dedicated himself to cook special dishes for all of you! Weirdly enough, this anime released every first week in a month of 2018. So, it ended up with standard 13 episode seasonal anime count but span for the entire year of 2018. This is an adaptation of a manga that no one wanted and no one expected to come (mainly because we were expecting Heaven's Feel part adaptation)
but ended being very fun and interesting twist for a franchise that already too dark to begin with. Produced by the same studio who brought any other good Fate franchise adaptation, ufotable, this is Today's Menu for the Emiya Family.
This anime set in Fate/Stay Night non-canon (or so I assume) universe where everyone have summoned their servants but no one fought to the death for the Holy Grail so everything felt very peaceful and yet, it was a perfect setting for Shirou to explore his hobby of household activities specifically cooking food for anyone around him. Because of this particular activity, Shirou bonded with everyone even Lancer who supposed to be Shirou's enemy in the beginnings of Holy Grail War but ended up having a part time job in local market's fish store. Or if you want something crazier than ever, Caster, who is the major villain in the course of Unlimited Blade Works, asked for Shirou's help to teach her how to cook meals for her master. Supposedly, Shirou's cooking connects everyone from allies to enemies, making this show is quite interesting for me.
Since this is a cooking show, let's talk about Shirou's cooking instruction. Surprisingly, the instruction in this show is very easy to follow and successfully motivated me to cook just like Shirou. To proof that, I tried to cook myself a food that being presented in this show. It is Japanese home cooked Hamburger with a bit modifications from myself to accustom the ingredients those available which turned out to be delicious despite my fails at keeping it together. So, it safe to say that Shirou's instruction more or less true and you could try yourself cooking Shirou's dishes at home with instructions from this anime. Also, the dishes in this show looks very good but still have this level of modesty inside which is rare inside a cooking anime.
One thing that is uniquely I want to praise despite this anime's short run (12 minutes per episode) is the cutely and beautifully drawn animation. It made my heart fluttery and calm. Not to mention that pool and volleyball episode which I think as a show off from ufotable capability while keeping its cute animation. I mean that volleyball sequence probably the best fan service episode I have ever watched in the year of 2018 since the fan service itself came from unexpected animation of ufotable's direction.
Overall, this anime is perfect for you who want to try to cook Japanese home made food or at least motivated. The modesty inside this dish made you think that it actually easy to cook the dishes. And the calming animation will definitely make you stay just to enjoy lunch or dinner with Emiya family.
This is a spin off of the popular fate series. It includes many of the fate characters and their servants.
The art is a lot softer and the colors are more vibrant compared to the parent story. The music is great, the opening song is so adorable, the atmosphere in the show really is peaceful. The animation is pretty smooth and the voice acting is pretty solid.
If you ever thought that the characters were cute, but couldn't watch the original show because how harsh fate was, then this is the show for you. Since it is a spin off it doesn't have to do with the
grail war instead it's what if none of that god awful stuff ever happened. No rape, no murder, no death, no worms.
It's cute and heartwarming with no plot, just wholesome entertainment. That being said the characters do hold to some of their old roles. Without any spoilers, archer is still up his antics of hating himself. Many of their relationships also still hold true to the original. Also Most their personalities haven't changed much from the parent story. It really is a well done spin off.
Basically they have meals together everyday with flowers and rainbows. Shiro even teaches the audience(you) and sometimes the other characters, how to cook each of his meals.
If you needed any additional proof that 'Fate' has gone from a story to a brand look no further than "Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan". Or as I like to call it: "Fate Stay For Dinner"
Remember "Fate Stay Night", that story about wizards summoning mythical heroes to do ruthless battle for a cursed magical artifact? Well, those guys decided to take a break from sadistic games of death, horrifying personal trauma, and blatant disregard for civilian casualties to eat some delicious food... And it's remarkably relaxing and entertaining. I don't know how they pulled it off, but they took a visual novel built around
violence, horror, and sex and turned it into "Sweetness and Lightning". What's next, is Guts going to start doing an anime version of one of those home fixer-upper shows? Anyway, the 12-minute episodes are a nice soothing anime fix as we follow the cast through a year of seasonal Japanese cuisine.
-ART & SOUND-
The art is excellent. The animation itself is nothing particularly notable, but the backgrounds are lovely, colorful, and intricately detailed. When just looking at a random shopping street, temple, café, or supermarket is a visual treat, you're doing something right. Sound is mostly nice, relaxing, happy background music with no real standout tracks.
Shiro's crushing survivor's guilt? Gone. Sakura's childhood of horrific abuse? Never happened. Saber's mountain of emotional baggage from the last Holy Grail War? Not as important as being an adorable waifu. The cast of Fate Stay Night is taking a break here. There's no character development, as the focus is on cuteness and comedy. At most there will a joke at the expense of their main series characterization. If you came here looking for character drama, well, the title of the series alone really should have clued you in that it wasn't happening.
This is an excellent "sit back and chill" anime, and as such I enjoy it. Now I'm just waiting for Thorfinn and Askeladd from "Vinland Saga" to start doing a series of travel documentaries...
Ahahaha, it's the fate cast, but it's a cooking show! Why do people make this! Why is it so good! :D
It's so sweet! And that's not a pun! Watching any 10-minute episode just brushes a smile on anyone's face. It's so lovely seeing the characters interact as friends, going grocery shopping, preparing for a festival, or going to the swimming pool. Everything is wonderful and happy and blissful!
Shirou is such a cooking boss! But we also get guest stars such as Archer and Rin; and we get to experience some other cast members that dearly needed more screentime in the main plot.
There's a lot of
cooking, neat music, great visuals, Shirou explains it all; it looks delicious, and you may even be able to learn something from the master chef himself!
It's fate characters cooking, eating, and interacting. It's simple, and it's perfect. :3