「妖精のレシプ」 (Yousei no Reshipu)
“The Fairy’s Recipe”
I came off a bit hard on Shiori last time, but I feel like of the main characters on the show, I wanted to see her given more screen time. She came off initially as the first person to be supportive of Yoshino’s goals, but Yoshino, Maki, Sanae, and Ririko had more well-defined personalities and quirks. Shiori’s thoughts and feelings felt so mysterious when she was presented as being Yoshino’s temporary mentor for the time being, so I’m glad to see these recent episodes give insight on Shiori’s mindset.
“The Fairy’s Recipe” shows Shiori trying to understand her feelings and motivations through the tug-of-war in her family over whether it would be right to leave or stay in Manoyama. Her sister, Sayuri, and her sister’s childhood friend, Kumano, have both traveled outside the town, but her family is getting too pumped up about Shiori and Sayuri taking the next steps in their life. Her grandparents, in particular, are very thirsty about the idea of Kumano being one of their granddaughter’s husbands, but little do they know they’re forming a love triangle. Kumano isn’t making it any easier since he’s been shy to say whether he is still interested in Sayuri after all this time away learning French cooking, and comes off strongly enough to Shiori that her grandparents are convinced they’ll be hitched. I’m curious about whether the show is going to add turmoil to the table if the sisters get competitive over each other, especially with the family pouring gasoline over the fire. Nonetheless, I’m still hooked about seeing how these relationships unfold.
Kumano’s presence also offers Sakura Quest the chance to delve into the territory of food. The tourism department’s ideas for new town-defining dishes aren’t exactly ready to be showcased on The Chef’s Table, but it’s nice to see Sanae and Maki bonding over coming up with a recipe before everyone else. It also adds to the tension between Kadota and Chitose as the tourism department is confronted by the town planning committee over their plans for a culinary event falling on the same date as the town’s festival. It’s harsh to see Yoshino having so much blame placed on her for not realizing the date slip-up even if the tourism department doesn’t mind sharing the responsibility. I do look forward to the next episode’s developments with Shiori though since she overcame her insecurities about taking the reigns of the culinary event as the team’s best chef, and will more than likely face Sayuri and Kumano in the process.