OP: 「幸せについて私が知っている5つの方法」 (Shiawase ni Tsuite Watashi ga Shitteiru Itsutsu no Houhou) by 坂本真綾 (Sakamoto Maaya)
「ほかほか, じゅわっ.」 (Hokahoka, Juwa.)
What would you expect from an anime primarily focused on food? Well it turns out that Koufuku Graffiti surprised me with a good background story for our main character, Machiko Ryou (Satou Rina) in this premiere. This one-cour slice-of-life starts off with our introduction of Ryou who lives alone and cooks for herself but finds her own cooking subpar. She was raised by her grandmother whom passed away a year ago, but had a heavy influence on Ryou growing up. One day, she bumps into her second cousin, Morino Kirin (Oogame Asuka) and invites Kirin over to stay with her as she attends cram school. During the next few days Kirin gets sick and is nursed back to health by Ryou who feeds her a ton of delicious foods from nabe to inarizushi. In the process, Kirin figures that Ryou doesn’t enjoy her own food because she doesn’t have anyone to share it with and she promises to be more like family to Ryou, especially having learned more about Ryou’s grandmother. Kirin and Ryou part ways at the end of the episode, but I think it’s obvious that we’ll be seeing more of her soon… next week!
An anime about food is all I need to convince me that this is what I’m going to blog this season. It’s like all the forces in the universe came together and brought forward my two favorite things – food and anime. For all the readers that don’t know, I love food. I hate calling myself a “foodie” but that’s essentially what I am without the need to be a connoisseur of food. I like to eat and I eat a lot of everything. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that posting images of all the food porn in Koufuku Graffiti is pretty much exactly what I do in real life on my social media anyway so you can expect more of that. Koufuku Graffiti is delivering everything to my expectations for a show about food and cooking. There’s a lot of shots of just food, food being eaten (or ”food-gasms”) and conversations developed around the dinner table. I’m glad that an animation company like SHAFT got their hands on this one because the impact of delicious food on your tongue cannot be accurately portrayed if the drawings aren’t as solid as this (the noises don’t hurt either). I think they hit the nail on this one and despite how over-exaggerated it may seem, I think it goes to show what an experience eating good food can be. The intentions are for it to be kind of erotic and a sensual experience, but I don’t see it that way – I just see it as a girl really enjoying her meal. With all the recent SHAFT productions I’ve seen lately (Monogatari Series and Nisekoi), I appreciate the absence of black bars and head-tilts too, which is a bonus.
So for a story about food, there’s a lot more substance to the slice-of-life aspect that I anticipated. I thought each episode was going to feature girls cooking and eating and perhaps some comedy here and there but I was pleasantly surprised by how this premiere turned out. The plot was heart-warming and there’s a strong focus on not just the food itself, but what it means to Ryou. Her situation is not ideal, but I think it demonstrates what a strong and charming character she is. Kirin on the other hand is a miss for me, but her concern for Ryou is a good balance to show the relationship between the two. In just one episode, we already see why Ryou can’t appreciate her own food and that’s all thanks to Kirin. The ending of the episode was incredibly sweet and shows just how food truly bring people together. It’s not uncommon to send-off loved ones with goodies and bonding over food is a great way to strengthen relationships.
Personally – I haven’t been this excited for anime since… probably the sequel to Rozen Maiden and that aired a year and a half ago now. I haven’t even read the manga for Koufuku Graffiti but I’m quite biased with my passion for food and everything delicious so to me, this anime is made for me. Even objectively speaking, I think this episode stands very well on its own. It leads you to believe that Ryou and Kirin will end up living together more in the future and it introduces potential individuals that may end up trying Ryou’s food as well. If each episode can be as heart-warming as this one, then I think we’re in for a great slice-of-life series. If not, then at least we’ll get a ton of food porn and foodgasms. Either way, I still think it’ll be a win/win situation and Koufuku Graffiti has delivered exactly what I was expecting coming into this anime. Oh! And I don’t recommend watching this one too late at night… it might make you hungry!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wow… It’s like all the powers of the universe came together to bring me the two things I love most. Food and anime. Now I’m hungry… =3
ED: 「笑顔になる」 (Egao ni Naru) by リョウときりん (Ryou and Kirin)（佐藤利奈と大亀あすか）(Satou Rina and Oogame Asuka)