「カルパッチョ/カレーパン」 (Karupaccho/Kare Pan)
I would say this episode was tamer than most of the ones we’ve had, but it worked out beautifully. By that, I mean the incredible direction of animation and sound combined together, to further amplify a unique ambience. If I had to describe such a thing, it would be childlike innocence and freely soaring through the skies for a happy eternity.
Here’s where Iris and Arius are introduced, and right off the bat, they give an immediate impression. These contrasting personalities of adventurous and meek, curious and intellectual, provide multiple interactions classical to their character archetypes. And what struck me most was how the pure simplicity of their relationship. If we hadn’t received a comprehensive explanation detailing that Iris and Arius were sirens, I would have been inclined to think of them as angelic creatures. At least up till the moment where they started singing terribly. Once again Kuro, thank you for silencing them. Since they were unaware of the drawbacks, I would cut them slack for doing something that could have been really harmful.
As for their benefactor, funny thing how Alfonse earned himself a fearsome reputation as the ‘Chimera Killer’ during his 20 year stay on the island. All I can see is a generous old man who loves eating his curry rice! Anyway, his surname ‘Flugel’ means ‘Wing’ in German, which neatly ties in to how the sirens were the ones who discovered his treasure. Though Arius didn’t express it in the restaurant, I’m sure he held a lot of gratitude towards Alfonse for leaving behind a truly wonderful legacy. You can tell how much the sirens loved the food, when they even relocated their roost to the same island! Who knows, maybe give it 20-30 years, and we’ll get an elderly Tenshu serving food to some siren hatchlings.
You might be surprised to know that Kuro also fits the definition I provided for this episode’s unique ambience. Through leading a sheltered and isolated existence, free to roam her lunar domain beyond the skies, she too is bound by a childlike innocence. Through discovering the door to Nekoya, she is given an escape from solitude, and is allowed to enjoy good food in the companionship of living creatures. She also signifies her warm feelings towards Aletta, by forgoing the usual telepathy to vocally express a fond farewell. If that’s not soul-healing, all I can say is that you’re one tough customer.
Next episode, the end is in sight. I’m about as sad as how Aletta initially looked in the preview, which speaks volumes about my emotional attachment to the series. While this segment might not have been particularly outstanding, I felt that it exhibited many of the hallmarks I would associate with the iyashikei genre (link to an essay from another blog that attempts to describe the concept). Of course, you’ll see it elsewhere in Isekai Shokudou, but I wanted to make a point that I felt it very strongly in this episode. Maybe it helps that the focus wasn’t particularly on food, though that could be my subconscious bias against raw fish at play. Let me know what your thoughts are!
Zaiden’s Homemade Fruit Crepe
A healthy and hearty breakfast
Allow me to preface this by saying that I like fruits, and I like crepes. But I’m not so convinced that having them together is a good thing. Regardless, if Isekai Shokudou serves a menu item that isn’t optimised for my taste, I will still go about replicating however it looks on the screen. For that reason, I put massive effort into making one fruit crepe, which tasted quite good. Then I made 10 regular crepes with what batter I had left.
3.6/10 – Crammed with too much fruit, making it difficult to fold the way I wanted. Also turns out I prefer your plain old crepe with a dash of lemon juice and sugar, because it doesn’t come out soggy.