Impressions: Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu


Food from another world~

Regardless of your culture and background, or your fandom – video games, western media like comics, cartoons, movies, and of course, anime and manga, we can all agree that food is what brings everyone together. Personally, when I look at food that looks really good in media, I can't help to feel really hungry, to the point where I order food right away from online delivery services. Otherworldly Izakaya 'Nobu' does a great job at bringing characters together as well as introducing Japanese cuisine to people from a different culture – not just to the characters, but us, as Western readers, as well.

Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu takes place on a deserted street somewhere in Kyoto, in which a Japanese style pub called “Izakaya Nobu” resides in. However, the hole in the wall holds an entrance that is mysteriously linked to another world. Chief Nobuyuki Yazawa and his server, Shinobu Senke decided to open up business in this distant and strange land, an ancient city known as “Aitheria.” People of different backgrounds such as palace guards, craftsmen, merchants, noblemen visit the pub.

While there’s a lot of Food anime out there, like TorikoBen-toGourmet Girl Graffiti, and of course, Food Wars, I think that Otherworldly Izakaya 'Nobu' does it best. While the series I’ve mentioned are generally very enjoyable, food isn’t exactly as much of a main factor. You could recommend these series of any other reason other than just food. Naturally, like any type of media, characters are important. If the characters in Otherworldly Izakaya 'Nobu' were flat, then the series would just fall off entirely like anything else. But the main characters, Nobuyuki and Shinobu, are likable, not to mention, the side characters like Nikolas and Hans, as westerners trying out Japanese food, is very relatable.

Honestly, my only real complaint which isn’t really a complaint was that the series is black and white, naturally because it’s manga. This first volume only has the first six chapters, all which are episodic, but it already has me hooked. However, I am hoping the series develops a bit of a story and shows some character development as well. While the concept is great, if it’s episodic the whole way, I feel like it might get old. Anyone who loves series about food should pick this up, and it’s definitely a good pick up as an introduction to Japanese cuisine.  


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