With the threat of the Holy Grail War no longer looming over Fuyuki City, its inhabitants can finally enjoy a time of peace. Now that all of the Masters and Servants have adjusted to their new mundane lives, Shirou has taken it upon himself to cook for his household and show Saber the wonders of modern cuisine. Every day, he ventures into the marketplace to see what kind of different meals he can cook up with unique ingredients and a limited budget. However, his legendary skills often attract uninvited guests from all over the city, so there is never a dull moment at dinner with the Emiya family.
As his guests entertain themselves in the living room, Shirou walks through the step-by-step process of creating some of his favorite meals. With delicacies such as his savory New Year soba with shrimp tempura, steamy foil-baked salmon, and cheesy bamboo shoot gratin, everything is up for grabs on his menu. Itadakimasu!
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.
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.