5 Anime Shows For Foodies – Black Girl Nerds

If it’s true that half of the dining experience is visual, then the anime on this list will definitely help satisfy your craving for sweets, pastries, and Japanese cuisine. Their mouth-watering recipes and detailed art styles are enough to make your mouth water. We don’t recommend watching any of these five anime on an empty stomach. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

  1. Food wars!

Where to watch: Crunchyroll, Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu

Food wars! is an animated series with realistic depictions of tasty bites that will make your mouth water. The show follows Soma Yukihira: an aspiring chef who seeks to surpass his father’s esteemed culinary skills.

Soma’s journey leads him to the prestigious Totsuki Culinary Academy. There, he is forced to overcome grueling cooking competitions and betrayals in hopes of advancing to the school’s graduating class (and only 10% of students make it to graduation.) Food wars! depicts vivid displays of actual recipes and cooking techniques, which have been replicated by popular YouTube channels such as BuzzFeed and Babish Culinary Universe.

Although the show features ecchi elements that may be uncomfortable for some (characters literally experience orgasmic reactions to their meals), the show’s photorealistic food themes make it a must-watch for foodies.

  1. Yakitate!! Japan

Where to watch: Crunchyroll

Yakitate!! Japan is a series about the love of baking bread. This wholesome shonen contains detailed depictions of French toast and produce that will inspire you to create your own creations. Yakitate!! Japan follows the ambitious Kazuma Azuma, a 16-year-old baking prodigy who aims to create a signature bread for Japan.

With his natural gifts (he is endowed with the legendary “Hands of the Sun”, a hidden talent that allows the dough to ferment more quickly), his passion and the support of his family, he sets his sights on a job with a prestigious Japanese bakery in hopes of creating bread that Japanese citizens can be proud of! Yakitate!! Japan will warm your heart with its joyful tale and wonderful depictions of French toast, savory rolls and pastries.

  1. Daily menu for the Emiya family

Where to watch: Crunchyroll

This sweet slice of life is about love of food, family, community and tradition. For Shirou and his guests, food is more than just food: it’s about bringing people together. Daily menu for the Emiya family follows Shirou Emiya, the protagonist of Fate/Stay Nightas he cooks for his friends and family on special occasions throughout the year.

Each episode is based on a different dish, and with each dish comes new lessons in culture, tradition, and food preparation. What we love most about the series is that it doubles as a cooking show: as you watch Shirou rush into the kitchen, he gives step-by-step cooking instructions so detailed that you have the feel like watching the Food Network.

The show features the eye-catching photorealistic art style that we love from Studio Ufotable. Vivid depictions of legitimate brands and ingredients make you feel like you’re shopping in a Japanese market.

4. Yumeiro Pastry Chef

Where to watch: Hi-Dive

Yumeiro Pastry chef is a shoujo whose story and characters are as cute and sweet as the decadent treats featured in the series. The show’s mc, Ichigo Amano, is an ordinary girl whose only talents are her advanced palette and natural affinity for sweets. Although for Ichigo, cake is more than just a snack to satisfy a sweet tooth: it symbolizes art, love, joy, and fond memories of his childhood.

This passion for baked goods earned her a residency at the prestigious Académie Sainte-Marie, where she studied in hopes of becoming a renowned pastry chef, just like her late grandmother. As you follow Ichigo’s inspiring journey as a pastry chef-in-training, you’ll marvel at illustrations of elegant desserts and delicious sweets that will have you heading to your local bakeries.

5. Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori

Where to watch: Crunchyroll

Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori takes you to a Japanese cafe where the serene decor and exemplary service keep customers coming back for second and third helpings of desserts, boxed meals and caffeinated beverages. It depicts the day-to-day operations of Rokuhoudou: a Japanese tea house inherited by store manager Sui whose eccentric team and inventive menu take the business to a new level.

Although guests love the tasty dishes and decorated hot drinks, the cafe’s true recipe for success is the crew’s warmth and passion that inspires Gure, Tsubaki and Tokitaka to go above and beyond for their customers. Yotsuiro Biyori will seduce you with its dishes and appetizers while making you want a space as warm and inviting as Rokuhoudou. After all, where can we find a teahouse run by great chefs who satisfy our hunger while helping us through our life crises?

You can stream food titles like Food wars! and Daily menu for the Emiya family on Crunchyroll and Hi-Dive. Itadakimasu!

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