Such a cozy setting and story. I love the wide range of characters we got to see in this first installment. There weren't a ton of characters but they all were unique and came from different backgrounds, which made reading about their experiences at the izakaya so much fun.
Similar to Shinya Shokudo / Midnight Diner, where the story takes place in an izakaya and each episode is based on a Japanese dish. The izakaya is set in a western setting and combines the Japanese food and staff of the restaurant with the German town and customers, with explanations on the different cultures' food vocabulary. The illustrations of the food and place are visually appealing and the story is cute and upbeat!
I'm incredibly curious to read more of this series, I've only read this first volume but i'm excited to see where the story goes. It's such a cozy fantasy aspect mixed with a little mystery like how the magic of the shop works to bring it into the modern day and I love that it's not the main focus and it just seems to be a sweet little cooking story thus far.
I have watched and enjoyed a few episodes of the anime version of this on CrunchyRoll, so I was happy to receive a copy from NetGalley to review.
Make sure you have already eaten a meal before you read this - you are going to be hungry or wanting to cook something before you are done reading it.
I really do love isekai manga/animes, and this one really hits the cozy slice-of-life sweet spot. A restaurant in Japan allowing random visitors from another world to come dine? Yes please! The atmosphere is very inviting and warm - The art made it look delicious. 🍜😋
The characters are all of different social status and looking to enjoy some tasty cuisine because their home town doesn't have access to fresh ingredients and high quality spirits. Prepare for a lot of over the top expressive faces as people eat food, which I love. 😂 I hope that characters will reappear later for more back story and development, otherwise this is probably the most relaxing manga I have ever read. I look forward to the next one. *nod*
Izakaya is a place where you go to drink and eat, usually you only get food that is right to have a drink besides, that being said, in this manga, there’s an Izakaya, in an old German villa like a door in space and time that bring you into a modern space in japan.
This story reminded me of food wars with a little bit of kodoko no gourmet, people really enjoy the food, is like something is revealed to them, even if they are really picky eaters, its a short read, and I did enjoy the drawing and story, I wish I had the door to this Izakaya near me hahaha.
If like me you did enjoy food wars, and other stories that revolve around food, you’ll enjoy this manga.
Thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment, for the free ARC and this is my honest opinion.
Very cute story with lots of delicious food and lovely pictures. Would make an absutely stellar slice of life jdrama
A netgalley review
Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 1 serves up a delightful blend of Japanese charm set against the backdrop of a medieval European city. Through whimsical storytelling and intricately detailed illustrations, readers are transported to the enigmatic "Nobu" pub, where an eclectic cast of characters indulges in unfamiliar Japanese cuisine, finding solace and camaraderie in each delectable bite. With its heartwarming narrative and cozy atmosphere, this volume offers the perfect escape for those in search of a feel-good read. So, if you're craving a taste of culinary fantasy with a side of whimsy, step into the enchanting world of Nobu.
This was so much fun to read! And all the food...so mouth watering and oddly educational. I loved the artwork, the zing zang of it all, and again...the food! I loved the characters reacting to the restaurant, the dishes, and the exchange between the server and the patrons. This was a nice change in reading these mangas and I welcomed all of the anything and everything revolving around the deliciousness in the book. I really enjoyed this!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-copy of this fun book in exchange for my honest review.
"Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 1" by Natsuya Semikawa (Author) and Virginia Nitouhei (Artist) is simple in its intent and I like that. It just has a nice laid back style wherecharacters going to an izakaya that is not quite from that time period so the food amazes the locals.
I love this type of story so that is why selected it to read. I do wish it had more about preparing the meal because that is often my favorite part, but I also enjoy the reactions. My favorite was the tax collector who was so blown away by the simple Spaghetti Napolitan that he left the izakaya a different man.
The text and vignette type plot work well with the straightforward art. Just a mellow and enjoyable read and sometimes that all a reader wants and needs.
Delightful slice of life manga. A traditional Japanese diner is connected through a portal to a medieval German town, introducing the residents to oddities like cold ale, raw fish, and heating plates. There’s no proper plot. The volume consists of six stories that each introduce a traditional Japanese dish that bring happiness to people’s lives, with different characters in each story. Illustrations were well-drawn and beautiful. For those who want a cozy escape.
A refreshing slice of life manga with great characters and a simple plot make for an amazing read. An absolute must for fans of Shokugeki no Soma looking for a much more relaxed read!
‘Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu, Volume 1’ by Natsuya Semikawa with art by Virginia Nitouhei is a manga about a medieval town with a strange new pub.
Rumors abound about a new pub that serves cold beer and unusual food. Two soldiers who are tired of the usual fare of potatoes, are treated to a new dish. A little girl who is a picky eater, gets surprised by something she actually wants to eat to the delight of her caretaker. These are just a few of the encounters in this first volume.
I like this series about an unusual bar showing up in an unexpected place. The stories are charming and the premise of a meal unexpectedly made to meet a need is really good. The art is also nice as well.
This was a nice manga. I think it was written more for the atmosphere and food, than for the plot. It was not something I found really interesting, but I do admire the education on different types of food. Also, I don't know if it was an issue with my reading device or the actual images, but they were a bit grainy.
Thank you to Net Galley who provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you NetGallery for this amazing manga. I loved everything about it! I will be reading the rest of the manga. By the way, this is such a cozy read. I like how all the characters are very likeable and kind hearted 💖 I feel like this might be ranked high in my favorite manga list.
Really enjoyed the story, there are a few that are not related to one another, but all about the Izakaya and their foods. For someone who knows Japanese food, this manga is a treat. But to those who don't know, this manga offers explanation of the traditional food of Japan.
This story isn't really for me, it did have some interesting characters and a lot of food. Though I prefer a more in depth story. However if you like small character backstories and good food this would be a book for you. It was a cute and interesting concept, just not my cup of tea.
Otherworldly Izakaya is one of my favorite animes! I’m so happy to be approved for this ARC! I’ve always loved the small but fulfilling stories in each episode as well as the showcasing of authentic Japanese food. I always end up on Pinterest saving recipes of food the characters eat. It is such love letter to food. Loved this manga!
This is a really well done manga about food, but it also had really cute stories. I love that the people in the short stories all ended up knowing each other and being connected. This book just made you feel good and reminds me of a manga version of Ratatouille - food bringing people together and remembering good times.
Nice start to a series and I see a lot of potential.
Thanks to #NetGalley for an e-copy of #IzakayaNobu by Natsuya Semikawa (Author), Virginia Nitouhei (Artist) to read and review.
Unexpectedly quick read! I don’t usually enjoy episodic manga but something about these quick and uplifting food stories had me hooked! This manga had a warm atmosphere, cute characters and I wanted to eat all of the food!
I received my copy from Netgalley, I really liked this manga. It's a very good slice-of-life food-based story. I only wish there was more of an interlocking plot through the episodic chapters. The food all looks amazing in the story and what characters we did get were very fun.