It would be interesting to see Lionel meet Alexander again, and initially he seemed like the reason why Artorius visited Nekoya so late. However, in an unpredictable bait and switch, it turned out Artorius was trying to avoid Adelheid. I don’t understand why the sage was trying to prevent Alexander from meeting his great-granddaughter. Does Alexander not know about her? Then again, it’s feasible that he never bothered returning to a kingdom where his beloved had already died. Why return to a place that only holds painful memories? Despite the affection he showed towards Wilhelm, the tomb inscriptions showed that the emperor only acknowledged his mother, suggesting that probably had an absent father. Alexander’s heartfelt grieving at the graveyard really exposed a human side to the half-elf, that we were never able to see before. It definitely helped to raise my estimation of his character, from being an amoral hero who sold Lionel into slavery, to a person who had experienced loss during war.
The Four Legendary Heroes
Upon watching for a second time, I noticed Adelheid was narrating this part. Other than tying in to the fact she is descended from one of them, I just really like her comfy voice. Anyway, you know how I’ve always been saying it would be awesome if Tenshu was descended from an inhabitant of the fantasy world? Jeez Louis Finch… I never actually thought they would do it! If Artorius is to be believed, Tenshu is the grandson of Yomi, the member of the legendary heroes who everyone thought had perished in the final battle. Having endured a cruel destiny, being able to live like an ordinary person was the least she deserved. It’s just too bad Tenshu didn’t inherit anything special from her.
Random Thoughts on Animation and Characters
At times, it seemed like Silver Link struggled with the animation. However, they stuck with stills for the most part to circumvent problems. While this hampered the upper limit of what the series could achieve, it safely kept the series in a consistent spot. For a weekly show of comfy inclinations, this was probably the correct choice from a production perspective. A shame, but understandable.
There’s no question that our extensive cast collectively benefitted as a whole from the episodic format. While the story could have chosen to focus on a select few, building up a cult of regulars did wonders for the restaurant atmosphere. After all, every person has their own story to tell, and having a variety of creatures helped flesh out the fantasy world itself.
Watching the interactions between customers was always quite the treat, especially huge debates. A mere mortal could momentarily become the equal of a powerful sage, in a civilised discourse over their respective meals. Sure, it seemed a bit odd when almost everyone suddenly became food connoisseurs, but it’s not entirely unreasonable for people who have never eaten so good to go over the top. Heck, I remember trying to enthusiastically explain why a ribeye steak I had at some Parisian restaurant was the best I had ever eaten in my life. Let me tell you, I definitely went ham on that one, and wouldn’t doubt for a second that your average Joe could do the same!
So this is how our series ends, panning away to one of Nekoya’s doors on a grassy field under the blue skies, as it beckons us in. Isekai Shokudou was one of those rare shows that punished me for going in on an empty stomach. Week after week, I looked forwards to seeing new dishes, with the same reactions of joy. It never grew old for me, and what struck me most how food transformed from a means of sustenance, into a shining beacon of hope in dark times. While a good portion of the cast simply met good fortune, and just happened to stumble across Nekoya, many others had the door appear to them at the lowest point in their lives (Aletta, Heinrich, Lionel, Alphone, Kuro). Through his unceasing warmth and hospitality, Tenshu becomes their strength and hope, helping them to cling on in difficult times. Perhaps unimaginable to those of us who are only familiar with a life that has been nothing short of plentiful, but that is the extraordinary power food can have over people.
While wishing for a second season, or even better, a localisation of the novels, it’s not like this will be the end for other worldly diners coming to enjoy our cuisine. An anime adaptation for Isekai Izakaya Nobu is coming soon! And you know what? Even if it won’t be the same, I just can’t wait! But I will greatly miss watching Kuro munching on her chicken curry, and most of all, I will sorely miss Aletta’s cheerful smile.
Zaiden’s Pork Soup
A warm and sumptuous concoction
I stewed one out in about half an hour, and continued to leave it simmering throughout the day, helping myself to bowl after bowl at various intervals. It was incredible to note how the taste improved as the day went on, which is no surprise if you consider that the vegetables and meat had more time to infuse their flavours. Sumptuous, yet so simple. Just like how Sarah Goldman described it!
Final Rating: 6.7/10 – If we’re talking about the final bowl I ate.
A healthy and hearty breakfast
If you’ve been following my weekly cooking posts, it should come as no secret that I love fried food. For the filling, I boiled some potatoes, mashed them down, then stuck some cooked mince meat in. Flour, Egg Wash, Bread Crumbs, and it’s ready to be fried. This time, the coating was deliciously light and crispy, an effect I achieved by grinding down the panko. The potato mash hit the correct consistency, though I kind of wished that the filling had more mince. But it probably would have become Menchi Katsu, as opposed to being a bona fide croquette.
Final Rating: 5.3/10 – Texture and taste were fine, but I felt the filling could have used some vegetables.