Every once in a while, we have to take a break from the ordinary and delve into the truly goofy side of fiction writing. This week’s article is about a series that even though I have a queue I need to plow through, I occasionally feel the tug to rewatch.
I’m talking about Delicious Gakuin. Having aired in 2007, it tells the story of a group of three kids who get kidnapped and unknowingly enrolled in culinary school. The team of foodies is made up of Rin Takasugi, played by Hiroki Aiba (Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Prince of Tennis musical), Matthew Perrier, played by Ryosuke Miura (Kamen Rider OOO, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno), and Rouma Kitasaka, played by Takahiro Nishijima (main vocalist of AAA). When they find themselves in a classroom, their first thought is to try to escape, with zero success, eventually finding a room that’s been set up as a competition arena. With rumbling stomachs and a table full of food, they’re presented with the task of preparing a dish before they’re allowed to eat. The task is actually the school’s entrance exam, and things only get more interesting from there.
Admittedly, there are a lot of things wrong with how the plot of this show is initiated – to have three people taken from the midst of their lives is messed up. That being said, if you can take it with a grain of salt and the fact that everyone on this show is a caricature (including the teachers and other students), you’ll see the charm in watching them learn what cooking is really about.
With a lot of hi-jinks, hilarity, and a healthy dose of humility, this is one that’s not to be missed.
Rating: 5th Gear
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