Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 8
I haven’t written about this series in a while, but I’ve kept enjoying it. It’s a quiet pleasure, particularly as we continue to rotate through moments in the life of its recurring cast of customers and guests. The Japanese restaurant continues to serve basic dishes from that cuisine to medieval Europeans through its unspecified magical location.
Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu volume 8 shows us several milestones in the lives of those vsitors: Former soldier Hans has quit his job in the hopes of becoming a chef. He’s had to fight his father to do so, but he also acknowledges how his father’s model has taught him dedication. Another pair of characters are set up, while royal children married off for politics bond over a meal together. The bartender tells a flashback of when she was a warrior and learned to eat squid.
The meals in this volume are timely, as colder weather is on its way. The characters enjoy the warmth of oden, buridaikon (fish and radish stew), and a New Year’s meal with friends of cheese fondue. (Mmmmmm.) We see people huffing out the steam of this hot food, and the expressions of enjoyment on their faces are inspiring, particularly with the blush that the food puts on their cheeks. It’s all so comfortable and heart-warming. A nice, quiet read.