Isekai Izakaya "Nobu"

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Isekai Izakaya "Nobu"
Isekai Izakaya Nobu light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
Novel series
Written byNatsuya Semikawa
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2012 – present
Light novel
Written byNatsuya Semikawa
Illustrated byKururi
Published byTakarajimasha
ImprintKono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Bunko
Original run2014 – present
Illustrated byVirginia Nitōhei
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
MagazineYoung Ace
Original runJuly 2015 – present
Original net animation
Isekai Izakaya ~Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu~
Directed byKatsumi Ono
Produced byAtsushi Umezaki
Written byShin Yoshida
Music by
  • Mito
  • Sunrise Music Publishing
Released April 13, 2018 September 14, 2018
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Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" (異世界居酒屋「のぶ」, lit. Alternate World Bar "Nobu") is a Japanese light novel series written by Natsuya Semikawa and illustrated by Kururi. It began serialization online in 2012 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It won the site's Ni Narō Con Taishō award before being acquired by Takarajimasha, who have published four volumes since 2014 under their Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Virginia Nitōhei began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's seinen manga magazine Young Ace from July 2015. It has been collected in five tankōbon volumes. Udon Entertainment announced during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con International that they have licensed the manga.[1] An original net animation adaptation by Sunrise premiered from April 13 to September 14, 2018.[2]


An izakaya was opened to cater persons from alternate world of Aiteria. Nobuyuki is the chef, Shinobu the waitress. Everyday, they serve drinks and food towards customers. These are the daily adventures of the staff.


Isekaya Nobu[edit]

Nobuyuki "Nobu" Yazawa (矢澤 信之, Yazawa Nobuyuki)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[3]
The owner of Izakaya Nobu, who established the restaurant after he left his former employment and cooks for customers from the other world. He is referred as "Taisho" by everyone. Overtime, he starts integrating other foods into the menu, like schnitzel and ajilo, to expand on his field of cooking.
Shinobu "Nobu" Senke (千家 しのぶ, Senke Shinobu)
Voiced by: Suzuko Mimori[3]
Izakaya Nobu's waitress. The daughter of Nobuyuki's former employer; she became a waitress for Izakaya Nobu after running away from an arranged marriage. Despite her cheerful attitude, she tends to act childish when Taisho makes fun of her or very stern and serious when anyone disrespects Nobu.
A dishwasher at Izakaya Nobu, she was hired after she tried to take a water facet on a mistaken pretense. She is so far the only resident to cross into the "other world" (Japan) and actually spoke to Inari-sama. She has two younger siblings, whom she brings food to after completing her shift.
A waitress at Izakaya Nobu and Berthold's wife, who grew up in a fishing village; due to this, she's efficient at handling live seafood. Despite her kind nature, its hinted she can be very fearsome if necessary. Being a daughter of a squid fisherman, she is quite strong for her size.

Aitheria Guard[edit]

Voiced by: Atsushi Abe[4]
A junior Palace Guard in Aithera, he is a regular patron after being introduced to the restaurant by Nikolaus. He is also glass maker, Lorentz's son. He wants to eventually leaves the guards to pursue other interests and usually goes to Taisho for advice. He also has a small crush on Shinobu.
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo[4]
A Palace Guard in Aithera, he introduced his fellow peers to the restaurant. Despite being known to be a womanizer, he is observant of those who come in and out of the kingdom.
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[4]
He is Captain of the palace guard; thus Hans and Nikolaus superior. He is also Hermina's husband. After being introduced to Nobu by Hans, he instantly fell in love with Nobu's chicken dishes. Originally, he was fearful of seafood, specifically squid; after the stories his grandfather told him and further escalated when fighting a enemy knight with a squid emblem. It's revealed he was raised in the mountains, the opposite lifestyle to Hermina's.

Water Transportation Guild[edit]

The leader of Water Dragon's Scale, Aiteria's largest guild. Out of the guild leaders, he is the most temperamental and feared by many of the customers. After learning about Nobu's cooking of eel; he falls in love with Taisho's cooking.
The leader of Harpies Shanty along with her mother. Harpies Shanty is the most richest and most influential guild in the kingdom. She choses to be a single woman, as she is picky choosing men; however, she's starts to show feelings for Nikolaus.
The leader of Golden Willow's Boat, who recently inherited the company after his father passed away. His company is the longest running guild in the kingdom, which was started by his grandfather; however, due to competition, the company begins to slide with many employees leaving to either Water Dragon's Scale or Harpies Shanty. It is not until with the help of "Nobu," that useless fish like eel turn out to be edible. Now, the three guilds work as a partnership instead of competition. He soon begins introducing Taisho to many weird catches such as octopus to see if the food is profitable.

The Craftsmans Guild[edit]

A lead Glass Maker and Hans' father. He also acts a intermediary between the Water Transport Guilds. His students provide "Nobu" with the bento boxes for the eel dishes.
A lead Blacksmith and a friendly rival of Lorentz. He usually keeps Taisho up to date of the news going on in the capital.


The Aiteria City Council Chairman who abuses his power; even with the combined efforts of the guilds, the church, and the town; they are powerless to stop him. He uses his power in attempts to buy off "Nobu" and attempt to get Nobuyuki and Shinobu arrested for breaking capital laws due to their alcohol being lager. He also uses his power in attempts to get the hand of both Shinobu and Hermina, the later getting her marriage annulled. It was thanks to Gernot, that he was able to expose Bachschouf for his crimes.
A Baron and self-professed foodie. He pesters Nobu at first but, after being served his favourite meal, humbly takes his leave. He later returns, helping to discover evidence against Bachschouf behind the scenes and saving Nobu.
A servant who works for Bachschouf and previously worked for Baron Branton before being fired. During his employment under Branton, he tries to use his employer's name and authority to pressure Nobu into renting out the entire restaurant for the day, after which he is fired and finds new work under Bachschouf. He later tries to usurp Nobu once more after Shinobu kicked him out for mistreating her and the business. After Bachschouf's arrest, Damian is exiled from Aiteria.
The Aiteria tax collector, who is known for being quite ruthless. When attempting to collect taxes from Nobu, Shinobu serves him Napolitan, a pasta dish that is not on menu; it was this dish that made him lenient on Nobu; as the dish reminded him of his childhood. Because Napolitan was not on the menu, Shinobu had to make the dish for Gernot behind Nobuyuki's back until he found out; to which the dish is now a special for Gernot. When Bachschouf attempted to take Nobu, Gernot did everything in his power to find evidence to clear the bar's name; which he did and at the same time catch Bachschouf in his corruption.
Due to a misunderstanding regarding a certain handkerchief in Eva's possession after the former emperor visited Nobu, Gernot came to the misassumption that Eva was the former emperor's granddaughter, and one of the reasons why the ban on lager was lifted. After coming to this wrongful conclusion, he wouldn't hear anything else and decided to take the "secret" with him to his grave.
Johan Gustav
A nobleman who adopted Hildegard after the death of his older brother and sister-in-law.
Hildegard is Johan Gustav's niece, who was adopted by her uncle after the death of her parents. Despite her age, she is soon to be married.
The Former Emperor
Johan's uncle and Hildegard's grandfather. It was thanks to him that after his experience in Nobu, he was able to lift the ban of lager; as well as deal with the conflicts in the Northern Area.


Carmi and Ignaz
Soon to be brother-in-laws, who tend to make wacky bets with each other; whether it be Carmi trying different types of raw fish or Ignaz dressing as a woman in attempts to fool the customers and staff of Nobu. Ignaz refers Carmi as "Carmi the Coward" due to his personality.
The old capital's local butcher

The Holy Order[edit]

The town's newly appointed deacon from the Holy Order, who took a liking to Nobu's alcohol. He also provides a Cardinal's approval letter to Bernhold and Hermina for their marriage to prevent it from being annulled by Bachschouf.
A disciple of Edwin who lives a poverty life. When Edwin is summoned, he chooses him as his temporary, while he's gone. The two discuss rumors about a Witch Hunt among the Holy Order.


She is God's Messenger, who serves under Ukanomitama. She takes the form of either a Shinto priestess or a white fox. She is responsible for creating the magical door between Aiteria and Japan because the two Nobu's prayers for good fortune for their new business. In her duties, she checks on the well-being of the Nobu shop from time to time. The only one who knows about her identity is Eva; after she chased her, in her fox form, through the magical door into Japan. She has visited the bar and made contact with Nobuyuki and Shinobu in her human form, but remained silent around them, not revealing her identity; usually, giving a tip of Japanese yen instead of the Aiteria currency. Her favorite food is inari sushi; which she requested Eva tell Nobuyuki to make as an offering for the Kamidana.
Jean Francois Mont De La Vinnie
An otogishu, a spy who was sent from the Eastern Kingdom of Oiria. He stumbled upon Nobu to gather intel; there Shinobu served him sample salads. Edwin seemed to already know his identity. After gathering intel from Shinobu and Nobu, he realized that Aitheria was too strong of a country; not realizing Nobu came from another world, where resources are abundant. Because the place he rented during his mission, it prevented Bernhold and Herminia from moving in after their wedding despite Bernhold already buying the home.
A female knight from the Eastern Area, who fought Bernhold. She dawns the armor with the squid emblem, which cause Bernhold to relive his fear of squid. In turn, she refers Bernhold as The Demon after defeating many of her soldiers. Bernhold managed to defeat her, but spared her life. Since then she looked for Bernhold to be his wife; using an Encounter Amulet to try and find him. After the war, she became an mercenary and escort which included The Witches of Branron Forest, whom she provided an Encounter Amulet to Ingrid. When encountering Nikolaus, he determined that she was a mercenary, then directed her to Nobu after asking about any good places in Aitheria. She becomes friendly with Hermina after learning they're both from fishing villages; however, she eventually learns from Nobuyuki and Shinobu that Bernhold is already married to Hermina.
The Witches of Branron Forest
The so-called witches who appear during the Night of the Dual Moons are actually a medical doctor, Ingrid, and her disciple, Camila. The duo live in Branon Forest because of how isolated it is. Despite Ingrid's age, she has a childish personality, usually craving things like sweets and alcohol; while her disciple Camila, has a serious demeanor; usually reprimanding her for it. Camila also hates being treated like a kid. Despite being a doctor, Ingrid does practice magic as a hobby and is able to detect the magic emitting from Nobu. Camila gets upset about Ingrid's hobby due to it causing the townspeople to fear them.


Light novels[edit]



An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced in November 2016.[5] The original net animation (ONA) is produced by Sunrise under the title Isekai Izakaya ~Koto Aitheria no Izakaya Nobu~ (異世界居酒屋〜古都アイテーリアの居酒屋のぶ〜)[6] and it premiered worldwide simultaneously on April 13, 2018 on different streaming services.[2] Katsumi Ono directed the anime with scripts written by Shin Yoshida and character designs by Mariko Ito.[3] The ending theme is "Prosit!" by musical trio Clammbon.[2] Crunchyroll is streaming the series.[7]

No. English title[a]
Original Japanese title
Original air date
1"Potatoes in Oden"
Transcription: "Oden no Jagaimo" (Japanese: おでんのじゃがいも)
April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
2"Juicy Kara-Age"
Transcription: "Wakadori no Karāge" (Japanese: 若鶏の唐揚げ)
April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13)
3"Rich Girl and the Impossible Order"
Transcription: "Ojōsama no nandai" (Japanese: お嬢様の難題)
April 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
4"The First Kaisendon"
Transcription: "Hajimete no kaisendonburi" (Japanese: はじめての海鮮丼)
April 27, 2018 (2018-04-27)
5"Shinobu's Special Napolitan"
Transcription: "Shinobu-chan no tokusei Napori" (Japanese: しのぶちゃんの特製ナポリタン)
May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
6"Kiss Day"
Transcription: "Kisu no hi" (Japanese: キスの日)
May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11)
7"The Burglar"
Transcription: "Nusutto (nu~tsutto)" (Japanese: 盗人(ぬすっと))
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
8"After Work Tonjiru"
Transcription: "Shigoto-gaeri no tonjiru" (Japanese: 仕事帰りの豚汁)
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
9"The Company Commander's Weakness"
Transcription: "Chū taichō no jakuten" (Japanese: 中隊長の弱点)
June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
10"Uninvited Guests"
Transcription: "Manekarezarukyaku" (Japanese: 招かれざる客)
June 8, 2018 (2018-06-08)
11"A Clash of Masters"
Transcription: "Oyakata kenka" (Japanese: 親方喧嘩)
June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
12"Beauty and the Abura-age"
Transcription: "Bijo to aburaage" (Japanese: 美女と油揚げ)
June 22, 2018 (2018-06-22)
Transcription: "Menchikatsu" (Japanese: メンチカツ)
July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
14"The Spy and The Salad"
Transcription: "Mittei to sarada" (Japanese: 密偵とサラダ)
July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06)
15"Kabayaki without Honor"
Transcription: "Jingi naki kabayaki" (Japanese: 仁義なき蒲焼き)
July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20)
16"The Company Commander's Triumphant Return"
Transcription: "Chū taichō no gaisen" (Japanese: 中隊長の凱旋)
July 20, 2018 (2018-07-20)
17"A Tempura Early Summer Mix"
Transcription: "Shoka no tenpura moriawase" (Japanese: 初夏の天ぷら盛り合わせ)
August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)
18"The Great Drunken Kara-age Debate"
Transcription: "San Suijin no Karaage Mondou" (Japanese: 三酔人のカラアゲ問答)
August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03)
19"The Female Merc"
Transcription: "On'na yōhei" (Japanese: 女傭兵)
August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)
20"The Secret of Whatsontap: Part 1"
Transcription: "Toriaezunama no himitsu (zenpen)" (Japanese: トリアエズナマの秘密 (前編))
August 17, 2018 (2018-08-17)
21"The Secret of Whatsontap: Part 2"
Transcription: "Toriaezunama no himitsu (kōhen)" (Japanese: トリアエズナマの秘密(後編))
August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
22"The Old Man and Fish"
Transcription: "Rōjin to sakana" (Japanese: 老人と魚)
August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
23"The Tale of the Three Northern Territories Conference"
Transcription: "Hoppou San Ryouhou Kaigi no Tenmatsu" (Japanese: 北方三領邦会議之顛末)
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
24"Ale from the Ancient City"
Transcription: "Koto no ēru" (Japanese: 古都のエール)
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)


  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


  1. ^ "Udon Ent. Licenses Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" Manga". Anime News Network. July 20, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Isekai Izakaya: Japanese Food From Another World Anime's 2nd Promo Video Streamed". Anime News Network. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Otherworldly Izakaya 'Nobu' Anime Casts Tomokazu Sugita, Suzuko Mimori". Anime News Network. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Otherworldly Izakaya 'Nobu' Anime Unveils More Cast, Staff, April Global Streaming (Updated With Video)". Anime News Network. April 14, 2018. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "Isekai Izakaya "Nobu" Alternate-World Gourmet Light Novels Get Anime". Anime News Network. November 25, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sunrise Animates Otherworldly Izakaya "Nobu" Anime for 2018". Anime News Network. November 1, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  7. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Dances with the Dragons Anime Simulcast, Streams English-Subtitled Trailer". Anime News Network. March 23, 2018. Retrieved April 14, 2018.

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