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"Nobu" is a bar located on a not-so-busy street in Kyoto. The front entrance of the bar is connected to the alternate world of "Aiteria,” which is like medieval Europe. People from Aiteria visit the bar Nobu. Nobuyuki Yazawa was once a chef at a high-end restaurant, but he is now the owner of Nobu. Shinobu Senke works as a waitress for the bar. She is bright, smart and pretty. The bar's cold beer "Toriaezu Nama" becomes popular, and the bar thrives. Customers from Aiteria with various backgrounds, like soldiers, merchants, and noblemen, have a good time at Nobu. (Source: AsianWiki) Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Norsk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: May 16, 2020 - Jul 18, 2020
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Duration: 26 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 269 users)
  • Ranked: #3890
  • Popularity: #9497
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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Apr 10, 2023
10 of 10 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 7.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 7.0
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Where everybody knows ye olden name

Isekai Izakaya Nobu was a sweet drama featuring a wide variety of Japanese bar foods. It was very similar to the Shinya Shokudo series if the chef had been serving patrons from a medieval world with two moons that never waxed or waned differently.

The classically handsome Otani Ryohei as Chef Yazawa and his Girl Friday, Takeda Rena as Senke Shinobu opened Nobu and discovered their door led to an alternate world named Aitelia, where apparently the only thing the locals had to eat was wurst and potatoes. There was a small effort to insert some German words in the first episode, and all of the characters had Germanic or English names. Everyone was badly dressed like they were going to a medieval fair, complete with blonde or red wigs.

The locals were dutifully dazzled by things like clean drinking water, beer on tap, glass mugs, and a chef's knife. More so, they yelled and screamed and emoted with every bite of flavorsome food that was offered to them. I suppose if your entire diet consisted of the same boiled food every day, and hopefully the makers of this drama were not implying that European food was that awful, fried chicken would be a reason to rejoice. They tended to lay it on thick in every episode. Despite it being a decent sandwich, I refuse to believe that discovering an egg salad sandwich was a rapturous and life changing event. Opinions may vary.

The regulars included Hans and Nicklaus, two guards of the city along with their boss, the capable Bertholdt. City worker Gernot enjoyed his Pasta Neopolitan (gonna have to trust the Japanese about spaghetti with ketchup) while the local clergy used whatever excuse he could find to join in with a glass or three of sake. The three warring water guild members became fast friends when Chef showed them the glories of eating eel. Of course, no story is complete without a villain and the head of the city council made an appearance to threaten everyone. Could good food and beer conquer all and save the day and the girl?

As fun as the drama could be, the acting was rather weak and campy. It took some time for the story to gain any traction beyond, "Wow! This is a taste explosion in my mouth! How did I never know that salted fish guts was so amazing!" How or why Nobu crossed worlds was never explained. Most importantly, I'm curious how Chef exchanged the Aitelia money to pay his bills in the real world. Did the beer vendor accept foreign, very foreign, gold coins without asking any questions?

The majority of characters were very likeable and most of the food was appealing. Overall, Nobu was an easy and relaxing watch. To quote Yentl, "And though there's nothing much to challenge your mind here, who cares when the food's so delicious?" Nobu might not be a grand destination, but as a quick trip into a pub to relax and have a tasty meal and conversation, it wasn't a bad diversion.

4/9/23

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Erin
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Oct 10, 2022
10 of 10 episodes seen
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
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Beautiful Story Telling

This show was like reading a fantasy book, or watching a fantasy RPG video game in action. Each episode was charming and cozy within Tavern Nobu. The familiar feeling of Midnight Diner was certainly there, however, this tavern really does have a life of its own!


I really liked how each character began as a brand new interaction and then slowly integrated into the story; almost as if you were growing your traveling party in a game. With each new character you got a new set of information about the town, or new powers or skills to add to your group. This show has a very calming-"serotonin"-like feel to it, which the music supported very well; almost sending me in to a trance a couple of times! Each episode introduced a new character or a new food for Nobu, so it was like learning something new each time without the need for unnecessary and sometimes cheesy dramatics. If you're looking for a calm, cheerful, enthralling, magical show then this show is definitely for you!


I'm curious as to why they only had a handful of backstory for the "two main characters" (i don't think there was truly any "main" character[s] within this show; everyone really had their own time in the spotlight), however, and I would love to know more about not only their backstory, but where they and Tavern Nobu go from here! I'm so glad there's a special and two more seasons!


I can see why people would compare this show to Midnight Diner, but I can guarantee that, while it is definitely familiar, that it is also definitely NOT Midnight Diner's exact copy within a fantasy world. This story is whimsical, full of fantastical things and epic stories, not to mention the atmosphere of the show is completely different. With this show, I feel like I stepped in to a video game or in to a fantasy anime or book. This show had me captivated from episode one! This is one of the most creative, imaginative, unique, talented, genuinely realistic(ish), funny, honest, and enthralling shows I have ever seen.

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  • Drama: Isekai Izakaya "Nobu"
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: May 16, 2020 - Jul 18, 2020
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: WOWOW
  • Duration: 26 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 269 users)
  • Ranked: #3890
  • Popularity: #9497
  • Watchers: 765

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