「あつあつ、もちもち。」 (Atsuatsu, Mochi Mochi)
This is the first episode of Koufuku Graffiti that has turned me off from food. Normally I watch these episodes late at night and it makes me crave a midnight snack of some sort… but this time, I have no urges to eat anything. I don’t want to say it’s because this type of fanservice is aimed at the wrong market (because it’s clearly not intended for me) but eating phallic-shaped foods in a provocative manner does not appeal to me. Personally speaking, this just turns me away from anything long, dripping and cold for the time being. On the other hand, this might be what the show needs if it’s trying to reach a wider audience. It’s a shame because I’m not usually that appalled by it; but I don’t think it’s called for in this type of anime and I wasn’t expecting it to be so blatant. The foodgasms are enough, but the girls don’t have to be naked!
As for the actual events that happened this episode – well I can understand what they mean when they’re complaining about the heat. I’ve been to Asia a handful of times in my life, but the hottest times are definitely during the July/August period (luckily I’ve only had to suffer for a month there). The air can be very humid and hot and it gets hard to breathe when you’re amongst groups of people. When your AC breaks down it’s even worse because there’s absolutely nothing to cool you down. I remember jumping in the shower to get a cool rinse, but as soon as you get out, you feel all hot and bothered again… not the best sensation. Cold food is definitely one of the best ways to cool down (other than sitting in the shade with a cool breeze) and my choice of food has to be ice cream! The flashbacks of Ryou eating ice cream with her grandmother was cute. It was even more adorable when Kirin actually fanned Ryou while she slept… I think it’s such a simple act but to have someone do that for you makes it feel more intimate. The evenings get cooler too so the best thing to do after a hot day is to sleep through the night with the windows open.
The remainder of the episode didn’t feel like there was much substance to it which is not surprising for a slice-of-life anime. Where Koufuku Graffiti excels though is the fact that there can be some touching moments between Ryou and her grandmother or Kirin and I think the show needs to empathize that more. Even last week’s episode with Shiina shows the importance of family and that’s a good theme to follow-up with all the food. As much as I hate to admit it, as a young adult these days, my friends and I (and even family) rarely get together without a special occasion to meet. Going out to eat is a good reason to bring people together and just catch up and talk… and I think that’s why I look forward to dining, more so than the actual meal itself. It doesn’t have to be a home cooked meal or even a pot-luck, it can be going out to a restaurant but it gives people a reason to socialize. Although this might not be everyone’s thing, it’s one of the reasons I love bonding over food so much.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: A little too much fanservice for me on #KoufukuGraffiti but it IS SHAFT & I should expect the lewd animation along with the foodgasms =X
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