Anime · Blaugust

BLAUGUST Day 20 – Be Still my Heart… and Stomach

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You know… as an HMIC there’s a topic that has rarely been posted on this blog. Running a pizza cafe’, keeping order amongst the staff, doing all this while trying to maintain a “cute as a button” presence? I haven’t talked about food or anime all that much. Heck—- does food anime even exist?


My introduction to food anime started in college. Riss and I went to universities merely blocks away from each other. When we had an opportunity we would try to hang out at our respective dorms and cheer each other on when we had an extracurricular activity happening. She’d come visit me in the radio station sometimes when I had my show on the air, and I would come visit her Comic Book Club to see what new issue they were in the process of publishing for distribution around campus. On a whim, she informed me that her college had instituted an anime club. Basically? A whole bunch of otaku would meet up on campus in one of the classrooms, watch an anime series and discuss afterwards (or during the show too. It was pretty lax). I was down with visiting so one night I made my way over and there the anime club was showing a series that was new to me: Yakitate!! Japan.


The story focuses on Kazuma Azuma, a boy on his quest to create “Ja-pan”, a national bread for Japan itself. He initially heads to Tokyo to expand his horizons at the bread-making chain Pantasia; the story continues with Azuma’s exploits with his other coworkers. It’s a super slice of life food anime, and a polar opposite of my usual Magical Girl anime titles. I didn’t think I would be too into it. BOY WAS I EVER WRONG THOUGH; I absolutely LOVED it. I never got to finish the full series at anime club, but years later once I moved to New York City I managed to find the manga at one of my local comic shops, found the remainder of the anime subbed online, and finished it.

If you’re the type that’s just looking for some laughs, something that may give you some fun baking ideas or just want to watch something funny that’s not painfully dramatic on your free time? I highly suggest it.

I’m so excited at the prospect of getting back into watching cooking anime shows, that I actually went on to Crunchyroll to see if there were any other food anime shows currently being simulcasted, and there are!



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