So just to check with my audience here: This does look like a pair of tentacles shoving themselves right up a girl’s backside so hard that poop came flying out and now covers her legs and the entire background? Cool, I’m glad we’re on the same page. What a classy way to start the season eh?
Before I get into the negativity, I first want to say that the central conceit of likening culinary delights to pornographic imagery of sexual domination is something I am totally into. I think it would feel more voyeuristic if they didn’t lean into it and make it as ridiculous as they have. When you have the whole screen filled with meat juices spraying into the character’s orifices as their clothes fly off Aquarion EVOL style, it feels less creepy and more silly. I suppose I can feel comfortable with it because there isn’t any actual sexual domination and explaining food enjoyment in those terms is so far removed from the reality that it has the same enjoyment one gets from an extremely over-reaching metaphor. I might have a bit of a problem with sexual domination imagery when it comes to actual sex, but with food it’s far removed enough not to have that problem. If you’re going to use pornographic imagery as your central joke, you kinda have to go all the way. That part I like.
Outside of those specific scenes though, I’m really not that into it. When you get down to the actual plot it’s the same goddamn shounen anime as everything else. Hotheaded shounen male lead leaves eccentric parent with probably a dead mother to go to super elite magic school to meet a series of characters, engage in contests, have a tournament arc, yada yada yada we’ve all been here before. Characters are bland, visual stylings outside of the food orgasms are equally so. Plus there’s something that inherently puts me off an anime when they start incorporating boob jiggling.
Let’s take a step back and think about this for a second. Why do anime boobs jiggle? Who decided this? It’s distracting because it makes you start to wonder why none of these ladies have discovered the wonderous invention that is a bra. It’s demeaning to the female characters because you are drawing attention to their mammaries when they are trying to display some other sort of personality. It draws away from the humour of the food orgasms too, the show’s main strength otherwise. Wouldn’t it be funnier if characters acted like normal but when faced with delicious food suddenly everything turns into a porno? Instead they’re drawn with ridiculous proportions at all times as if they’re constantly ready for their boobs to spill out of their shirts. Plus they can’t even keep the breast proportions the same from one scene to the other, which particularly annoyed me.
I’ll probably keep watching for a while but I can see the foodgasms eventually losing their appeal. Once you strip that away you suddenly realise you are watching a very generic shounen coooking anime with a juvenile focus on bouncy tits.