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Top 5 Under-Rated Food Anime You Must See

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Posted on September 20, 2019
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Updated last June 21, 2022

If you are a TokyoTreat veteran, you may remember our blog “5 Foodie Anime for Japanese Snack Addicts” from ages ago. If not, you can see it here! Well it turns out that there are still many more food anime that you need to binge. Let's take a look at 5 under-rated food anime that you won't regret watching (unless you watch on an empty stomach). 

5. Cooking Papa

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Cooking Papa is one the pioneers of cooking anime having debuted in 1992. The story features a model businessman who secretly loves to cook at home for his family.  is easy and fun to watch for all ages. This is the longest series on this list, having a whopping total of 151 episodes! Cooking Papa is best watched here and there when you need a nice food anime to satisfy your cravings. 

4. Cooking Master Boy (Aka Chuuka Ichiban!)

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This is a Chinese anime that takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". A young boy competes with all the best chefs to become the best chef in China. Sound familiar? It should if you have watched Food Wars. The show debuted in 1997 and has a total of 52 episodes. If you liked Food Wars then you should love Cooking Master Boy!

3. Gourmet Girl Graffiti (Aka Koufuku Graffiti)

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Gourmet Girl Graffiti is a simple Japanese slice of life anime that follows a middle schooler trying to learn how to cook. Her food always comes out horrible, but then her cousin moves in which leads to vast improvement. It's a simple show great for the whole family to watch. The anime debuted in 2015 and has a total of 12 episodes, great for binge watching on a weekend. 

2.  Bartender

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Bartender features a lone bar operated by a prodigy bartender who is said to mix the most incredible cocktails anyone has ever tasted. Admittedly a little slow to start, this anime puts an interesting twist on bartending and cocktails. Bartender debuted back in 2006 and has a total of 11 episodes. Being the shortest anime on this list, you can't go wrong giving it a try. 

1. Dagashi Kashi

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Dagashi is the Japanese word for candy, therefore Dagashi Kashi is the ultimate anime for Japanese candy and snack aficionados. Its a slice of life anime featuring a kid who is forced to run his family Dagashi, or candy shop. Many snacks featured in our TokyoTreat boxes appear in this show. This is the newest anime on the list having debuted in 2016 with a total of 24 episodes currently. Dagashi Kashi was a huge hit in Japan when the anime originally aired, and is personally my favorite anime on this list. Feel free to brag to your friends about your Japanese candy knowledge after watching this show. 

More information on the shows listed can be found at the MyAnimeList (MAL) link for each anime. 

Have you seen any of these underrated anime? Do you know of any other underrated food anime? Feel free to share your opinion  in the comments. 

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