Part of the Fate Franchise – Spin-off/Loose sequel to Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel Trilogy
Genre(s): Food, Slice of Life, Comedy
Age-Appropriateness: 7+ (Maybe some language?)
Episodes: 13 13-minute episodes
TheAwersome Rating: 8.1 / 10 (A peaceful, happy time)
Premise: In a lovely universe without the threat of the Holy Grail War in Fuyuki City, its inhabitants enjoy a peaceful life, and the Masters and Servants of Fate/Stay Night adjust to their new mundane lives. Shirou has taken it upon himself to show Saber the wonders of modern cuisine. Despite having a limited budget, his cooking skill attracts the attention of many from all over the city, so there’s rarely a dull moment at dinner with the Emiya Family.
TheAwersome’s Thoughts: After the grueling, heart-wrenching events of Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night, this is a happy alternate timeline where people aren’t constantly trying to kill each other. Basically, the series is a sweet OVA collection. Each episode will go into step-by-step instructional detail on how to prepare various meals, without getting too overly specific into measurements, but more of the process and the reason for it. We also get fun insight into the cultural significance of various Japanese meals and dishes, while others get a fun twist on a traditional recipe.
What I really liked about this show (other than delicious food of course) is that it captures not just the process and portraying the flavors of the dishes, but what they MEAN. To most Americans, lemonade isn’t just sugar, water, and lemon juice; it’s the perfect, refreshing antidote to the fatigue of a hot summer’s day. This anime conveys the FEELING of the various dishes. It’s not just a bowl of soba noodles, it’s the New Years’ Soba bowl, complete with the symbolism and traditions behind it. It’s not just fried chicken, it’s the late-night pick-me-up of light protein to get you through a long night of work.
TLDR: A stress free celebration of food and how it brings people together, starring the cast of Fate/Stay Night.
This is a great breath of fresh air and pleasant change of tone from our previous entries of Fate. Despite being made by ufotable, the same studio that’s responsible for the wonderful adaptations of Fate/Zero, UBW, and Heaven’s Feel, the art style is much softer than said installments. Overall there’s a pleasant, dream-like softness to the whole show that makes it a welcome member to the “comfy anime” collection.