Restaurant to Another World is back again to entertain us with more food, overly-dramatic irrational lore, and, of course, sensual moaning over the experience of tasting food. Plot twist: today, screaming has been added on the menu. Let’s have a look at what happened (and more importantly, what was eaten) in this episode.
Japanese Original Episode Title: カツ丼 / プリンアラモード
In the first part of the episode, we get to follow the adventures of a rather savage lion gladiator who got captured by some cocky half elf. Lionel, as he is appropriately named, is forced to fight in an arena and earn money to buy his freedom. While imprisoned and worried about his fate, the door to the Nekoya appears in his cell, and the old Chef allows him to put five katsudon on his tab, and have a decent meal before his battle with some ugly flying-scorpion-lion thing. Gross. Naturally, Lionel gets super pumped thanks to the meal and destroys his enemies non-stop, allowing his to buy his freedom in a year and (probably) pay off the Nekoya.
We are then introduced to Victoria, a half-elf princess who has dedicated herself to the research of magic and still looks totally hot even though she’s thirty six, because apparently that’s what half elves do. The Nekoya’s door appears in her laboratory, and she takes breaks to go there and have her favorite ‘Pudding a la Mode’, or as westerners call it, a crème caramel. As a half-elf, she’s happy to eat eggs and milk, unlike her full-elf relatives who are hardcore vegans. For some reason, we are also being told that Victoria helped the chef write the dessert menu in the Eastern Continent language.
Why does everyone always eat the same thing?: Having worked in a restaurant for quite a long time, I have seen people coming back and ordering the same dish over and over and over again. I personally never understood why. Isn’t it exciting to experiment and try things you cannot cook at home, especially since you’re paying for it? I can only guess that if I had access to a restaurant from another world, I’d like to try everything on the menu.
The sword down below: This half-elf on the first part of the show was as irritating as he was hilarious. When he started boasting about wielding all his different… swords, with Lionel fallen to his knees and unable to move, I honestly thought it would be interspecies surprise-butt-sex super fun time. Thankfully, we have been spared of such visuals. I already dislike anthropomorphic characters enough to never ever want to see them having any sort of intercourse, thanks.
Edgy hairstyles: The prison warden’s white bob-cut was really something, wasn’t it? I wonder where he does his hair.
Screaming and eating: Have you ever had food so good it made you scream? Well I haven’t, and I’m pretty enthusiastic about food. That is apparently not the case for Lionel who seems to enjoy yelling in a variety of occasions, including tasting a very delicious pork cutlet. And killing. I wonder if there’s a connection between the two.
Cute side?: In spite of his brutal screaming over minor things and buff physique there are some ‘kawaii’ elements in Lionel’s personality, such as the way he sits down uncomfortably to wait for his food (something tells me he’s not very used to doing that) and the grains of rice stuck in his mustache after finishing his food. This even reminded me of my stupid yet cute cat.
How does he keep coming back?: He supposedly bought his freedom, so how does he still get to the Nekoya, if the door he had access to was in his cell?
Half elves are better than you: From the very first moment we got introduced to Victoria, it’s ridiculously obvious how all the characters around her are extremely plain compared to her. She’s supposed to be a hardcore researcher, but take more time than her human royalty relatives to dress up and do her hair. Also, boobs. What on earth was the deal with this close-up of her nipple-less breasts juggling in a yellow aura? Is this a display of magical skill prowess? I wonder if that old bearded mentor of her taught her how to do that.
Themes & Trivia
Gladiators and ancient Rome: War was made spectacle in Rome, with slaves from all over the world being forced to fight for their live to entertain the masses in great roman amphitheaters such as the Colosseum. Spartacus’s rebellion (watch the movie for further references…) supposedly brought an end to this savage custom.
Katsudon (カツ丼): A popular Japanese dish including rice, pork, eggs, veggies and various condiments. I wish they’d just kept it as is in the episode title rather than this translating mess. The reason why it is referred to as ‘winner’s food’ is because ‘katsu’ is also the verb for ‘win’ (勝つ). You can learn more about the dish in our Otaku travel article:
Pudding a la mode: Crème caramel is an internationally popular dessert; seriously, you can find it everywhere. In Japanese it is simply referred to as ‘pudding’. It gained popularity during the latter part of the 20th century in European restaurants thanks to its convenient nature. It’s closest cousin, crème brûlée, is almost the same thing but with a crunchy to. Yum.
No really, who cares who’s writing your menu?
There are several reasons why I’m not enthralled with Restaurant to another World. Repetitive episode patterns, poor referencing, low animation quality, mediocre knowledge of the food served… But above all, I honestly feel like the viewer is constantly being presented with very bland trivia about the show, like the fact that the princess wrote the dessert menu. Regardless of its popularity, I highly doubt if it really offers much to the food anime genre. Either way, let’s wait and see how the rest of the episodes will be fairing.
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NEXT TIME: Sandwich / Baked Potato With Butter (サンドウィッチ / じゃがバター)