Genre(s): Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, Food
Age-Appropriateness: 13+ (mild language)
Episodes: 13 (3 minutes each)
TheAwersome Rating: 6.6 / 10 (Cute and short, nothing too special)
Premise: Chisato Mizusawa is a straight-laced assistant office manager who says she doesn’t like to drink. The truth is she loves it, but gets embarrassingly cutesy/affectionate when drunk, which is why she only drinks the cocktails that her bartender husband Sora makes for her at home.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: This one was pretty cute and sweet, but I felt like it tried to be too many things. Each episode has a featured cocktail, complete with the recipe for making it, so it was fun to see new drinks to add to one’s arsenal of drinks to try. For short-episode shows like this and Wakakozake, you only have time to choose one thing to do well. Wakakozake focused on good food description and artistic representation of it, describing the experience. I feel that Love is Like a Cocktail tried to bring that aspect of Wakakozake but also the heartwarming story of Gourmet Girl Graffiti, and didn’t do too great a job at either. You don’t feel like you’re experiencing the food (drinks) the way you do in other food anime, which leaves you with only the Slice of Life aspect. I feel it could have been fleshed out if it wasn’t a 3 minute/episode series, but as such it feels simultaneously rushed (only have three minutes) and that it drags (the last three episodes are mostly a flashback).
TLDR: Cute and short enough that you aren’t wasting too much time by watching it, but you aren’t gaining too much by watching it either.