Restaurant to Another World 2‘s finale is everything I hoped for: it’s filled with all of the best plot beats the show’s had thus far, culminating in a bunch of otherworldly foodies coming together to celebrate love, community, and most importantly, food. It’s the best the series has ever been, full of pleasant twists and turns and dollops of information.
Episode 11 continues the same good vibes from the previous week, injecting atmosphere into the warmth of Nekoya as we watch various species wine, dine, and get their grub on within its four walls. Truly, Restaurant to Another World 2 remains one of Fall 2021’s best delights, from starter to main to aperitif. This two-course episode is yet another delightful entry into a delightful follow-up to a solid first cour. There’s really no critique this episode: just smiles all around.
I’ve said before that one of the strengths of this series is in the way it captures slice of life, but in this episode in particular, it’s the moment of devouring: that moment when characters take a bite out of what they’re eating and relish what I call The Bite™.
OnThe combination of simple, rustic, cozy vibes paired with a bit of adventure really did it for me this week, making for yet another sufficiently suffonsiying trip to an otherworldly restaurant that, week to week, I find myself longing to visit on the Day of Satur.
One of the great things about the series in all its versions is that it holds back from dumping too much info. It’ll give you your fair portion, sure, but it’s never too much. If anything, it’s just enough to help you fill in the blanks on the parts of the world we don’t get to engage with. Restaurant to Another World 2 does this even more tightly, weaving in tidbits about the denizens of the other world, which gives us a more fully-formed image of the customers the Master deals with.
One of the delights of comparing Restaurant to Another World 2 to its source material novel is that the If you thought watching Aletta and Kuro eat shaved ice was fun, then watching Ilzegant groove on some green tea shaved ice (complete with azuki beans and mochi) is a delight. I suppose that’s really what made them such a neat character, and one of my favorite in the Restaurant to Another World universe. There’s all these textural descriptions that really make the experience feel full-bodied, evoking the texture of finely shaved ice, the delight of experiencing mochi for the first time, and the awe of seeing a new color repurposed in food.
One of the delights of comparing Restaurant to Another World 2 to its source material novel is that the show heightens my enjoyment of the books. This isn’t a “the light novel is better” kind of series: it’s all good, in all its delightful decadent forms. True, the novel is much more descriptive, but your imagination has to do all the hard work, something a reader with aphantasia may not be able.
If you’ve been on the fence about diving in as a new viewer, come on in: the water’s fine, and better, the food is excellent, often paired with sincere, charming vignettes and making it one of the best ways to spend thirty minutes each week. Come for the food, stay for the food, as well as a peek into a fantastical world of delectable dining and delightful characters.
Restaurant to Another World truly exemplifies what reverse isekai slice-of-life can be, creating an experience that’s the digital, visual version of a mug of hot chocolate. There’s this amazing warmth underlying each of the vignettes that rivals the warmth of the food the Master cooks. Coupled with the charming animation, the atmospheric music, and the solid sound design, you get a show laser-focused at depicting the pleasures that good food can bring, and in that regard, it’s as layered as a crepe cake with all the panache and grandeur of a ten-course feast.