Restaurant to Another World

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Restaurant to Another World
Isekai Shokudou light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
The first light novel volume cover.
異世界食堂
(Isekai Shokudō)
GenreFantasy[1]
Novel series
Written byJunpei Inuzuka
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō (Self-published)
Original runJanuary 4, 2013 – present
Light novel
Written byJunpei Inuzuka
Illustrated byKatsumi Enami
Published byShufunotomo
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintHero Bunko
Original runFebruary 28, 2015 – present
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Illustrated byTakaaki Kugatsu
Published bySquare Enix
English publisherCrunchyroll (digital)
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Gangan
Original runNovember 18, 2016 – present
Volumes3
Anime television series
Directed byMasato Jinbo
Written byMasato Jinbo
Music byMiho Tsujibayashi
TOMISIRO
StudioSilver Link
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo, AT-X, BS Japan
English network
Original run July 3, 2017 September 18, 2017
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and Manga portal

Restaurant to Another World (異世界食堂, Isekai Shokudō) is a Japanese light novel series written by Junpei Inuzuka, with illustrations by Katsumi Enami. Shufunotomo released four volumes of the series. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from July 3 to September 18, 2017.[1][3][4]

Plot[edit]

The Western Restaurant Nekoya (洋食のねこや, Yōshoku no Nekoya) is a restaurant situated in a mundane corner of an undisclosed Tokyo shopping district which, despite its name, offers a lot of Japanese dishes in addition to Western ones. It opens during usual business hours though closed during holidays and weekends. But secretly it is also open on Saturdays, as on this particular day it creates doorways to another world inhabited by elves, dragons, animal men and other fantastic creatures, who enter the restaurant and partake of its exotic food, with many of them becoming regular patrons.

Media[edit]

Light novel[edit]

The web novel was initially serialized by Junpei Inuzuka on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō from January 4, 2013 onwards.[5] Following the web novel's publication, Shufunotomo acquired the series for print publication. The first light novel volume, with illustrations by Katsumi Enami, was published on February 28, 2015 under their Hero Bunko imprint.[6] As of June 2017, four volumes have been published.[7] Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the novel.[8]

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 28, 2015[6]ISBN 978-4-07-411329-3June 18, 2019[9]ISBN 978-1-642753-27-1
2 July 29, 2015[10]ISBN 978-4-07-402158-1September 17, 2019[9]ISBN 978-1-642756-84-5
3 September 30, 2016[3][11]ISBN 978-4-07-420009-2December 17, 2019[9]ISBN 978-1-642757-38-5
4 June 30, 2017[7]ISBN 978-4-07-426242-7

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation illustrated by Takaaki Kugatsu, launched in Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine. The manga shares the same first chapter about menchikatsu as the original web novel, but the second chapter is different.[3] Crunchyroll began publishing the manga in English beginning on July 2, 2017.[12]

Volume list[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 June 24, 2017[13]ISBN 978-4-7575-5391-0
2 September 25, 2017[14]ISBN 978-4-7575-5485-6
3 July 25, 2018[15]ISBN 978-4-7575-5765-9

Anime[edit]

The author reported in a September 7, 2016 blog entry on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website that an anime adaptation project of the light novel series was in the works,[3] later revealed to be an anime television series.[16] The series aired from July 3 to September 18, 2017 on TV Tokyo, and was simulcasted by Crunchyroll.[17] Funimation has licensed the series in North America.[18] Masato Jinbo directed the series and supervised scripts at Silver Link, with Takao Sano and Keiichi Sano adapted the original character designs for animation.[19][4] The opening theme is "One in a Billion" by Wake Up, May'n, while the ending theme is "Chiisana Hitotsubu" (ちいさなひとつぶ, "A Small Grain") by Kiyono Yasuno.[20]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Beef Stew"
Transcription: "Bīfu Shichū" (Japanese: ビーフシチュー)
"Breakfast Special"
Transcription: "Mōningu" (Japanese: モーニング)
July 3, 2017 (2017-07-03)
A Japanese chef runs the Nekoya, a Western-style restaurant that connects to another world one day every week, bringing around all kinds of customers ranging from wizards and warriors to beastmen and dragons. One morning, the owner discovers a homeless demon girl named Aletta had wandered into his restaurant after coming across one of the Nekoya's interdimensional doors. She explains that she had come to the royal capital to make a living as a human, but lost her job after she was discovered to be a demon. After treating her to a staff breakfast, the owner offers Aletta a once-a-week part-time job as a waitress in the Nekoya. Learning about the new addition to the Nekoya's staff, "Red Queen", a dragon lord and regular patron, casts a spell to protect Aletta. She considers the restaurant and staff her possessions, and she will not allow anyone to damage them.
2"Minced Meat Cutlet"
Transcription: "Menchi Katsu" (Japanese: メンチカツ)
"Fried Shrimp"
Transcription: "Ebi Furai" (Japanese: エビフライ)
July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10)
Following the diary entries of her late great grandfather William, treasure hunter Sarah Gold goes searching in an abandoned mine for clues on "The Day of Satur" and discovers a door to the Nekoya. Sarah tries out the daily special, minced meat cutlet, finding it exquisite. In another part of the other world, Tatsugorou visits a knight named Heinrich Seeleman to deliver a sword he had left behind three years ago, when Heinrich first discovered the Nekoya. Having gone through the desert for a day without food, Heinrich was awed by the restaurant's fried shrimp and gave the owner his sword as a collateral for the meal's payment. The energy from the food allowed Heinrich to warn his nation about the need for reinforcement in a territory being attacked by Mothmen, but he was unable to find the Nekoya afterwards. Happy to learn from Tatsugorou that his encounter wasn't a dream, Heinrich once again returns to the Nekoya for another helping of fried shrimp.
3"Spaghetti with Meat Sauce"
Transcription: "Mīto Sōsu" (Japanese: ミートソース)
"Chocolate Parfait"
Transcription: "Chokorēto Pafe" (Japanese: チョコレートパフェ)
July 17, 2017 (2017-07-17)
Thomas Alfade, who has made a successful pasta company in his world, takes his grandson and successor Sirius with him to the Nekoya to do some business. Upon trying the restaurant's spaghetti with meat sauce, Sirius learns that all the pasta and sauces that have made the Alfade company famous are actually mere imitations of the Nekoya's menu. Later, Adelheid, a sickly princess who once went to the Nekoya with her late grandfather Wilheim, once again discovers the door to the Nekoya. There, she tries the "clouds" she had tried as a child, namely a chocolate parfait, filling her with memories of her grandfather.
4"Omelette Rice"
Transcription: "Omuraisu" (Japanese: オムライス)
"Tofu Steak"
Transcription: "Tōfu Sutēki" (Japanese: 豆腐ステーキ)
July 24, 2017 (2017-07-24)
Gaganpo, a lizardman of the Blue Tail Tribe, is the chosen hero sent by his tribe to pick up takeaway orders of the Nekoya's omurice, while also enjoying a few dishes for himself. Later, an elf named Fardania, while searching for something delicious for her late mother's anniversary, comes across the Nekoya's door. As Fardania finds nothing on the menu that is suitable for her vegan diet, the owner makes her a tofu steak that is free of any meat or dairy while still remaining very delicious. Wowed by the food, Fardania becomes determined to make even better cuisine than the owner.
5"Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl"
Transcription: "Katsudon" (Japanese: カツ丼)
"Pudding a la Mode"
Transcription: "Purin a ra Mōdo" (Japanese: プリンアラモード)
July 31, 2017 (2017-07-31)
The owner tells the story of Lionel, a lion man who was captured by Alexander the half-elf and forced to become a slave in a gladiator arena. One day, the Nekoya's door appeared in Lionel's cell and he met the owner's grandfather, who served him katsudon despite not having any money. Given strength by the katsudon, Lionel became renewed with vigor to fight in the arena in order to earn money to pay off his tab. Later, it is revealed the desserts menu for the Nekoya was written by a half-elf princess named Victoria, who comes to the restaurant for some pudding a la mode.
6"Sandwiches"
Transcription: "Sandoicchi" (Japanese: サンドイッチ)
"Steamed Potato With Butter"
Transcription: "Jaga Batā" (Japanese: じゃがバター)
August 7, 2017 (2017-08-07)
Noticing that Aletta is not too fond of potatoes, as she only really eats them to survive during the week, the owner offers to teach her a good way of preparing them. Meanwhile, Sarah and Heinrich get into an argument about which of their favorite dishes tastes better as a sandwich, which the other customers soon get involved in and escalates into each one of them getting a sandwich of their contradictor's favorite dish. After a busy day of dealing with rush orders of sandwiches, the owner shows Aletta how to make steamed potatoes topped with butter, quickly turning potatoes into her favorite food.
7"Curry Rice"
Transcription: "Karē Raisu" (Japanese: カレーライス)
"Chicken Curry"
Transcription: "Chikin Karē" (Japanese: チキンカレー)
August 14, 2017 (2017-08-14)
Alphonse Flügel, an admiral of Duchy Samanark, became a regular of the Nekoya while shipwrecked on a remote island for twenty years. Three months after he is rescued, Alphonse manages to find another door to the Nekoya and once again gets to eat his favorite dish, curry rice. Meanwhile, "Kuro", the black dragon of death who had banished herself to the moon to avoid inadvertently killing innocent lives, discovers a door to the Nekoya just as Alphonse is asked to sample the owner's newest dish, chicken curry. As "Kuro" becomes addicted to the chicken curry and orders excessive quantities of it, "Red Queen" informs her that she needs money to pay for food. Thus, "Red Queen" asks the owner to hire "Kuro" as an additional waitress to pay off her accumulated bill.
8"Hamburg Steak"
Transcription: "Hanbāgu" (Japanese: ハンバーグ)
"Assorted Cookies"
Transcription: "Kukkī Asōto" (Japanese: クッキーアソート)
August 21, 2017 (2017-08-21)
A young fisherman named Roukei is rescued by the mermaid Arte, and as repayment for his life Arte asks him to take her out to the Nekoya, where they both come to enjoy the restaurant's Hamburg steaks and each other's company. In the meantime, Aletta finds an additional steady job as a housekeeper at Sarah Gold's residence, where she meets Sarah's younger sister Shia when the latter drops by to look after Sarah. After sampling some exquisite cookies the Master has given Aletta as a present, Shia becomes so enarmored with them that she asks Aletta to bring her more whenever she can.
9"Fried Seafood"
Transcription: "Shīfūdo Furai" (Japanese: シーフードフライ)
"Melon Soda Float"
Transcription: "Kurīmu Sōda" (Japanese: クリームソーダ)
August 28, 2017 (2017-08-28)
A dwarf named Guilhem takes his initially highly skeptical friend Gard to visit the Nekoya for the first time, in order to enjoy several large portions of seafood (an exotic delicacy for mountain-dwellers like them) and alcoholic beverages together. This inspires them to establish a way station for travellers, in which they reside in order to visit the restaurant regularly. The second part of the episode introduces two more Nekoya regulars from the Western Continent's Land of Sand, Prince Shareef and his half-sister Renner. Shareef's primary reason for visiting the restaurant is because he has fallen in love with Adelheid, but is too shy to properly confess his feelings to her.
10"Crêpes"
Transcription: "Kurēpu" (Japanese: クレープ)
"Natto Spaghetti"
Transcription: "Nattō Supa" (Japanese: 納豆スパ)
September 4, 2017 (2017-09-04)
One day, the Nekoya's inter-dimensional door appears in the Land of Flowers, a domain inhabited by fairies. Eager to find out what lies beyond, fairy queen Tiana Silvario and a group of her subjects enter the restaurant, where Princess Victoria introduces them to its mixed fruit crêpes; this results in the fairies becoming quite ecstatic about the Nekoya fruit desserts. In the meantime, Fardania seeks out Christian, a friend of her father's, who reveals to her that he has taken an interest in blending human food production into the Elvin way of life after his own visit to the Nekoya ten years ago. They visit the restaurant together, where Christian treats Fardania to a helping of natto spaghetti and Fardania invents a new combination of nattō and rice. After learning that rice also exists on the Western Continent, Fardania decides to embark on a journey in order to expand her culinary horizons.
11"Carpaccio"
Transcription: "Karupaccho" (Japanese: カルパッチョ)
"Curry Bun"
Transcription: "Karē Pan" (Japanese: カレーパン)
September 11, 2017 (2017-09-11)
An adolescent Siren, Iris, drags her friend Arius into a daredevil adventure on the very island where Alphonse Flügel was stranded until recently. Following a note Alphonse left behind, they come across the Nekoya door and enter the restaurant, and since they can only eat raw fish, the Master serves them fish carpaccio. Later, the Master prepares a helping of extra curry buns he has received from an acquaintance, which he shares with "Kuro" and Aletta. During the course of the meal, "Kuro" reflects on her usually lonely life and how much it was changed by her work at the Nekoya, and begins to open up to her co-workers by conversing with them verbally.
12"Pork Soup"
Transcription: "Tonjiru" (Japanese: とん汁)
"Croquettes"
Transcription: "Korokke" (Japanese: コロッケ)
September 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)

For the occasion of Meat Day (二九の日, niku no hi),[21] the Master serves free pork soup with the regular meals, which quickly gains the praise of the guests. At the same time, Alexander the half-elf visits his old friend, the sage Altorius, because he has decided to pay the Nekoya a visit to try out the croquettes which his late son, Emperor Wilhelm, enjoyed so much. He learns to his surprise that Yomi, his lost comrade-in-arms, was not killed in their battle against the demon god, but wound up on Earth and that the current Master is her grandson. Moved by the sentiment of this, he pays a visit to his family's graves and is greeted by his great-granddaughter, Princess Adelheid, who is also visiting her family's graves.

In an after-credit scene, the Nekoya door appears anew in a lush grass field, waiting for the next guest to step through.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Anime To Adapt "The Other World Dining Hall ~Isekai Shokudou~"". Crunchyroll. September 7, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Aniplus Asia's Restaurant to Another World Anime Simulcast Premieres July 4". Anime News Network. June 20, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Isekai Shokudō Gourmet Fantasy Light Novels' Author: Anime Is in the Works". ANN. September 7, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Restaurant to Another World Anime Reveals Teaser Video, More Cast, July 3 Premiere". Anime News Network. May 29, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  5. ^ 異世界食堂. Shōsetsuka ni Narō (in Japanese). Retrieved September 8, 2016.
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  7. ^ a b 異世界食堂 4 (ヒーロー文庫). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved August 2, 2017.
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  11. ^ 異世界食堂 3 (ヒーロー文庫). Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  12. ^ "Crunchyroll to Publish Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger, Knight's & Magic, Restaurant to Another World Manga Simultaneously With Japan". Anime News Network. July 2, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "異世界食堂 1". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  14. ^ "異世界食堂 2". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  15. ^ "異世界食堂 3". Square Enix (in Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  16. ^ "Isekai Shokudo Gourmet Fantasy Anime Project to Air on TV". Anime News Network. November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  17. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream A Centaur's Life, Classroom of the Elite, Restaurant to Another World, Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime". Anime News Network. June 27, 2017. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Funimation Reveals Summer Simuldub Lineup". Anime News Network. July 2, 2017. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  19. ^ "Isekai Shokudō TV Anime's Staff, Visual, Summer Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. April 18, 2017. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  20. ^ "May'n, Wake Up Girls, Kiyono Yasuno Sing Restaurant to Another World Anime's Themes". Anime News Network. May 13, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  21. ^ "29th Meat Day". The Japan Society. July 2, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.

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