Gourmet Girl Graffiti

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 6.7  (84)

Gourmet Girl Graffiti, also known as Koufuku Graffiti, is a heartwarming and entertaining anime series that centers around the joys of cooking and the bonds formed through sharing meals. This anime was produced by Shaft and broadcast in 2015. The protagonist of the story is Ryou Machiko, a middle school girl who loves to cook. Ryou is an orphan who lives alone and feels a deep loneliness, but cooking allows her to forget about her troubles for a while. The anime begins with Ryou illustrating in her diary a recipe that her grandmother taught her when she was young. She decides to make it for dinner, and as soon as she takes the first bite, the taste triggers a burst of memories and emotions that makes her feel less lonely.

Ryou's life changes when her cousin, Kirin Morino, comes to live with her. Kirin is a cute and cheerful girl who also loves to eat good food. She is honest and straightforward, but lacks cooking skills. Kirin's arrival triggers a series of cooking escapades that Ryou and Kirin embark on together.

The main theme of the anime is the joy of cooking and eating. Each episode features a new dish that Ryou and Kirin prepare together, and the anime takes the time to show the preparation and cooking process in detail. The animation and the sound effects are excellent, making the viewer's mouth water with the delicious-looking dishes. The anime also features explanations of the recipes in a style similar to cooking shows.

However, cooking is only part of the story. Through cooking and eating together, Ryou and Kirin form a bond that goes beyond family ties. They share their thoughts, fears, joys, and sadness with each other, creating a sense of intimacy that is rare in most anime. The slice-of-life format of the anime allows for a leisurely pace that gives the viewer a space to get to know the characters and their motivations.

The anime also has a romantic subplot between Ryou and her childhood friend, Yuuki Uchiki. Yuuki is a talented chef who has a crush on Ryou but is too shy to confess his feelings. The romantic tension between Ryou and Yuuki adds to the charm of the story, and their interactions are often cute and funny.

The anime does a good job of exploring the emotional impact of food. For Ryou, cooking is not just a hobby, but a way to cope with the loss of her grandmother and the loneliness of her daily life. Sharing a meal with someone she cares about makes her feel less lost and more connected to the world. Kirin, on the other hand, sees food as a way to experience the world and learn new things. She enjoys exploring new flavors and trying new dishes, even if they don't always turn out well.

The anime also explores the cultural significance of food. Each episode features a different dish from Japanese cuisine, often with historical or cultural significance. For example, in one episode, Ryou and Kirin make tamagoyaki, a type of Japanese omelet that is traditionally eaten as a part of a bento box. The anime takes the time to explain the history and cultural meaning of the dish, making the viewer appreciate the food on a deeper level.

In terms of animation style, Gourmet Girl Graffiti has a distinctive look that is typical of Shaft productions. The character designs are cute and expressive, and the use of color and patterns gives the anime a whimsical feel. The animation is fluid and detailed, with close-ups of food that make it look almost real.

In conclusion, Gourmet Girl Graffiti is a beautiful anime that explores the joy of cooking and the importance of shared meals. The animation and sound design are excellent, making the food look and sound delicious. The characters are lovable and relatable, and their interactions are heartwarming and emotional. If you are a foodie or enjoy slice-of-life anime, Gourmet Girl Graffiti is a must-watch.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on January 8, 2015.

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The Twelfth Dish
12. The Twelfth Dish "Soak Up and Squeeze." Subtitled
March 27, 2015
It's graduation time! Machiko-san is walking today, and Morino is there to watch her. Shina decides to bring them lunch.
The Eleventh Dish
11. The Eleventh Dish "Swish-Swish and Slurp." and "Crisp and Glistening." Subtitled
March 20, 2015
Ryo gets a mysterious package from her parents form overseas
The Tenth Dish
10. The Tenth Dish "Chewy and Gooey." Subtitled
March 13, 2015
The stress from getting ready for entrance exams is finally catching up to Kirin. Ryo decides to have a movie night to help her relax!
E 9
9. E 9
March 7, 2015
This is Shiina. I can't believe it's already New Year's Eve, with all the fun I've had with Machiko-san and Morino-san this year just flew by. It's too bad I can't spend the evening with them, but it's a family tradition to ring in the new year at home, together.
E 8
8. E 8
February 28, 2015
Kirin here! I'm working on a special surprise-whoa, whoa...rats, almost had it...Anyway, tomorrow Ryou's normal school is having field day!
E 7
7. E 7
February 21, 2015
Ryou here! The weather's finally cooled off; autumn is here! Today we're going to a cookout at Shiina-san's house. She and Kirin said they want to do something for me to pay back everything I've done for them. Kirin barely said hello before she ran off to Shiina-san's place! I'm happy that they're doing something nice for me, but at the same time it's a bit lonely being excluded. Plus, I'm not sure they can handle everything by themselves...
E 6
6. E 6
February 14, 2015
This is Shina. Machiko-san and Morino-san are having some kind of summer party, even though they seemed pretty happy after the shaved ice and fireworks the other week.
E 5
5. E 5
February 7, 2015
Kirin here! It's summer! I love summer! Only problem is I haven't done one summery thing! No cookouts, no snow cones, nothing. I told Shiina-san about it and she invited us over!
The Fourth Dish
4. The Fourth Dish "Mellow and Crispy." Subtitled
January 30, 2015
Ryo's class is off next week, which means that Kirin may not be able to come to Tokyo that day. What will Ryo do to pass the time without her eating partner?
The Third Dish
3. The Third Dish "Crunch and Melt." Subtitled
January 23, 2015
Ryo, Kirin, and Shiina have fun talking about their favorite foods from manga and dramas. Ryo decides that she will try to make a famous dish from one of their favorite shows.
The Second Dish
2. The Second Dish "Fluffy and Moist." Subtitled
January 16, 2015
Ryo takes Kirin to a neighborhood festival, which are different from what Kirin knows back home. Enjoying Ryo's delicious bento, Kirin and Ryo strengthen their family bond.
Warm, Juicy
1. Warm, Juicy
January 8, 2015
Ryou is a young girl who loves to cook but just can't seem to get the right flavors form her dishes. When her second cousin Kirin comes to stay with her, she helps Ryou discover the missing ingredient she's looking for.
Where to Watch Gourmet Girl Graffiti
Gourmet Girl Graffiti is available for streaming on the Anime Network website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Gourmet Girl Graffiti on demand at Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    January 8, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (84)