The drama opens with an English voiceover narration about the bounty and variety of restaurants and convenience foods in modern Japan, but then a traditional restaurant, Isshouan is featured where they do things the old-fashioned way, nothing is quick and convenient. Will it fall as a casualty to the modern world? The woman in charge of the restaurant, Handa Sen played by Aoi Yu (Hula Girl
, Hana and Alice
), although young her breed seems to have almost vanished. The scene switches to a fashionable restaurant where a waiter, Ezaki Yoshio played by Uchi Hiroki (Ganbatte Ikimasshoi
), flambé a dish, igniting it off the tip of a samurai sword then when he returns to the kitchen is scolded by the manager who entreats him to be more ostentatious in his delivery to the patrons. Yoshio protests, claiming to have been cooking since he was a pre-schooler he declares that this isn’t real cooking. The manager tells him to just follow the manual and be flashier, that’s what has made the company the success that it is today. Yoshio tells him he doesn’t want to be influenced by the times and quits, declaring that he’ll make his dream come true. Back at Isshouan, the proprietress is enjoying a leisurely bath when she notices that she’s still wearing her socks.
Aoi Yu was terrific in both of the movies that I've seen her in, looks like she in another winner her. I enjoyed this first episode of the slice of life comedy very much, the characters are interesting, especially the seemingly air headed proprietress who loves to drink and just seems to flow through life, but as we learn later in the episode she’s has a lot more depth than she first appears to have. Another interesting aspect of the show is the large variety of Japanese foods that are presented. If you’re interested in Japan or Japanese cooking this is the show for you. I’d recommend this to fans of slice of life dramas like Antique
or Lunch no Joou
or anyone looking for a good laugh, it has to be a pretty bad hangover that males you wear your socks into the tub.
Direct download the first episode by eitokickass fansub group here
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