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Sep 19, 2021
Loved the iyashikei plus foodie vibe of Yuru Camp△ so I went into this with high expectations

Story 7/10 and Character 8/10
It's about a girl whose grandfather loves camping, and handed down camping gear to his grand daughter, who frequently goes solo-camping, in the winter. This is peak Iyashikei anime, feel-good slice of life, with a heavy focus on camping and food, way more so than in Season 1. Normally I'm not into Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, but here, it was wholesome. Even the dog is adorable.

The friendships felt real, not forced and evolve from Season 1. Rin, the introvert loner, is slowly integrating into read more
Sep 19, 2021
Cooking with Valkyries is an off shoot from Honkai Impact 3 game and animations, both of which I have not watched as a bunch of the entries are still being "vetted" and are not official on MAL yet, as of the time of this posting.

Story 3/10. Character 5/10.
Story? What story? It's simple slice of life snippets of various characters and good cooking. We barely get to know their names or personalities as most of the 3 minute (excluding OP and ED) run times are cooking.

Art 9/10. Sound 9/10
The animation is beautiful. All the girly Characters look very traditional high end Japanese anime even though this read more
Sep 4, 2021
Meng Qi Shi Shen, also known as Adorable Food Goddess or Cinderella Chef, is the story of modern day Best Chef winner Ye Jiayao, who has a mushroom poisoning incident and finds herself back in time in the body of Ye Jinxuan in medieval China, in a bridal procession! Just when she thinks thinks can't get worse, bandits attack.

Story 06/10, Character 05/10, sound 07/10

The source story is fairly predictable as the modern day chef tries to make sense of ancient China, playing her cooking skills to stay alive. The entire arranged marriage and winning the spouse over with fabulous food ... well ... that would read more
Jul 30, 2021
There are 4 episodes here, and it took a bit of doing to find them posted on Youtube, kindly translated also.

Each episode is only 4 minutes and is supposed to be a preview the movie. Each episode focuses on different characters, and the beginning is the same spiel about how to get pictures taken (okay to take pictures, please do not use flash, okay to share etc.) The endings are the same also, more of the usual cinema public service announcements on using the correct exits in case of emergency, turn of your cell phone, etc. etc. So needless to say, due to the read more
Jul 30, 2021
Yuru Camp△ was recommended to me by a friend who thought it would be a decent foodie anime, and this turned out to be so much more.

Story and Character 6/10
It's about a girl whose grandfather loves camping, and handed down camping gear to his grand daughter, who frequently goes solo-camping, in the winter. This is peak Iyashikei anime, feel-good slice of life, with a heavy focus on camping and a secondary focus on food (at least in Season 1). Normally I'm not into Cute Girls Doing Cute Things, but here, it was wholesome. Even the dog is adorable.

The friendships felt real, not forced. read more
Jul 13, 2021
Story 6/10
Yuu develops an unhealthy obsession with the beautiful, blonde Koizumi from the second she first claps eyes on her classmate, who is (1) not interested in being friends and (2) obsessed with Ramen. Yuu starts making excuses and following Koizumi as she goes around sampling ramen from various restaurants.

Art 8/10
They spent a ton of budget animating the ramen so it looks good, like some of the clear soups look like real life actual ramen soup, down to the droplets of oil. The meat and vegetables glisten seductively. And the noodles, they're various size / shapes and look curly and springy when being slurped. It's read more
Jul 13, 2021
My quest to find the perfect "foodie" anime continues with this.

Story 8/10
The struggling single father tries to connect with his young daughter through learning how to cook, he receives an offer from a lonely student with a workaholic mother who has a restaurant (now closed) due to her TV work. They decide to cook, and eat together. This is a slice of life with a different recipe and life lessons each episode. The kid having meltdowns and drama at day care, that was so real, every parent has experienced something like this. Great story.

Art 5/10
This should have been much, much better with better animation. It read more
Jun 21, 2021
The kid wanted to watch an anime with dragons where the dragon is not the bad guy, and I was recommended to try this. It fits the criteria perfectly. Letty, is a "good" dragon. Actually, a sniveling, cowardly dragon incapable of violence, who got kicked out of his home after a hunter stole a dragon egg right out from under his sleeping nose. On his own for the first time, the naive, kind dragon is quickly taken advantage of by dwarves, heroes and other races in the world, many of whom just want to dissect and kill him for "rare materials".

It is only by good read more
Jun 8, 2021
This takes place after Free: Take your marks and is the prequel episode to Season 3 of Free: Dive to the Future.

Story, sound, enjoyment - 8/10

Summer is over and everyone is now transitioning to the new season of their lives. 2 characters from Free Starting Days (when Haru was in the middle school swimming club) show up. This is great for the story, but not for the character because there is no pay off, a reason why I rated character 7/10. To be honest, the best part of this might have been Haru and Mako in suits (yummy fan service for ladies), looking all handsome read more
Jun 8, 2021
Story 9/10
The are 4 stories taking place between Free!: Eternal Summer and Free!: Dive to the Future show the transition for all the characters as they mature and their lives will change dramatically when the summer ends.
* Destined Choice! shows Makoto helping Haruka apartment hunt prior to college in Tokyo. The one he chooses does end up feeling like destiny, as a character from Free Starting Days shows up.
* Cooling Down at the Secret Hot Spring! Lucky Momo wins tickets to a hot spring and they give them to Rin ans Sousuke as a graduation gift. All 4 end up there and hilarious shenanigans read more