Episode 1 Impressions: Gourmet Girl Graffiti

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Do you like delicious looking food?  How about moe girls indulging in said food in suggestive ways?  Do you like that unique style found in Studio SHAFT?  Then do I have the show for you!

e1gourmetgirlgraffiti01Synopsis
Machiko Ryou is attempting to enjoy life on her own after the recent passing of her Grandmother.  She’s always had a passion for cooking, except she struggles with creating food that has a special flavor that will make her an ideal wife.

After her aunt calls, Ryou discovers that her second cousin Morino Kirin is coming to stay with her on Saturdays.  When she meets with Kirin, who is the same age as her but quite small, she comes to learn that Kirin has had a bit of a falling out with her parents.  That’s because she desires to go to school in Tokyo, but her parents forbid it.

While not being able to attend full courses, Kirin has managed to get weekly Sunday classes at the same school as Ryou.  For this, she’ll be staying the night at Ryou’s place on Saturdays.

e1gourmetgirlgraffiti03Through Kirin’s desire for foods, thanks to her mother’s strict green cuisines, Ryou discovers something about her cooking.  While she thought she couldn’t create tasty foods, it may have in-fact been that she was missing an ingredient.  Creating foods for someone you love can enhance a dish more than she knew.

Thoughts
Gourmet Girl Graffiti is indeed a unique show.  Not in the aspect of a cooking theme, as we’ve had quite a bundle of that.  It’s in the element of what one could call “Food Porn.”  Not necessarily in a literal sense, but in “Wow, she is really into eating that..” kind of way.

While a bit boring at times, the show still manages to create a semi-entertaining experience in its cute and enjoyable cast.  Watching Ryou struggle with being a e1gourmetgirlgraffiti04good cook, seeing Kirin struggle with seeking her dreams, and watching them eat dishes in colorful ways is oddly fun to watch.  Even if that’s not always the case.

I can’t really say this show will be a good one or not at this point.  Mainly in that I don’t see what it could possibly do for an entire season.  The extensive dialog on ingredients and food texture is far from engaging, and they have already managed to lay down the entire groundwork for the characters.  Beyond that, I really question what exactly we can expect from a 4-panel comic that isn’t necessarily funny.

This show is streaming on Crunchyroll.com!

Episode 1: Warm, Juicy

Enjoyable

IMPRESSIONS VERDICT:
Enjoyable

Pros:

  • Fun and cute characters
  • Interesting concept
  • Surprisingly entertaining

Cons:

  • Boring at times
  • Fears of what it can offer
  • Odd disappearing walls..

Impressions are based on a single episode and don’t necessarily reflect the series as a whole. Unless dropped, we will continue to give updates on thoughts and impressions of the series as time goes by.

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