Posted on 4 June 2009 with categories: Ristorante Paradiso



Okay, so now that this show is nearly at its end (three episodes left), we’re finally able to see whether it used its time well or not, and whether the series composition knew what it was doing. And if I have to say so, Ristorante Paradiso passes with flying colours. It really made excellent use of its limited eleven episodes, and it turned into one of those series that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

It’s been a very slow and quiet series, but that really is part of its charms, and really managed to capture the essence of slice of life. Even though the past few episodes have been themed to a certain character, it really NEVER FEELS FORMULAIC. Every episode is different, and yet they all have the same atmosphere, feel together as a whole and they really don’t take any stereotype for granted. If the creators can pull off a great finale, this series is really going to be complete, but that often is much harder than it looks. I’ve got faith in the director, though. She has pulled off some creative endings before, and that’s exactly what this series need.

I remember, when this series first started, that I compared it to Antique Bakery, but now I see that those are two completely different series. Antique Bakery stood out because of its originality: it dared to go where no other anime had gone before and was very creative in its storytelling. Rispara however, is much more about its characters: subtly fleshing them out, and letting the viewer slowly get to know more about them.

This episode yet again toyed with our expectations. We were promised a Furio-episode, and yet Claudio got just as much development as he did, when it turns out that when they were younger they used to work at the same restaurant: Furio as one of the top chefs, while Claudio was very much a rookie waiter without much talent. He was even less secure than he is now (you can now really see that his older version is more confident in his actions, while still recognizing that insecure version that he was 20 years ago. Now THAT’s subtle development!), but it was Furio’s fiancee who gave him enough inspiration not to quit being a waiter.

Rating: ** (Excellent)
Lots of depth for Claudio and Furio is always welcome. Very meaningful dialogue.

3 Responses

  1. shiranaix says:

    i am shocked you didn’t blog phantom ep 10 yet

  2. psgels says:

    I didn’t because:
    1) I’m rather busy today
    2) I’m not going to promote the hacker’s efforts

  3. Shounen A says:

    I’m impressed by how the most of the characters are mature and well-adjusted but yet the show does not hide how ugly things can happen.

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  • Mikey
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 11:21 PM)
    @Aidan; K-Off I know. I’m obsessed.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 11:02 PM)
    I am enjoying it and it is very addictive. That said there are some things that bug me about ten and the hunter exam. I find it’s best not to think too hard about them.
    Killua is awesome.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:44 PM)
    HxH is the hero shounen needs… but not the one it deserves
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:41 PM)
    @Mikey Fuck, I’ll watch it if you wanted a discussion that much.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:39 PM)
    @Mikey, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT! I am watching it for Christ sake! Up to episode 36 now.
  • Mikey
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 10:23 PM)
    Hunter x Hunter 139: Not content to how it does shounen well, HxH does Moe well too?! Togashi, you glorious bastard. Also Illumi’s “eh” reaction was comedy gold.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:49 PM)
    While I’ve not read Mushoku Tensei, I’m not sure I’d be bothered by a douchebag protaganist all that much, that might even be refreshing.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:46 PM)
    @Jak, Yeah check out Mushoku Tensei. Just a word of warning though, the main character starts of as literally the scum of the earth. He gets better but some unsavory aspects remain. His sickening preversions for one.
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:30 PM)
    haha yea xD i tend to read stuff with serious to semi serious theme’s anyway Afterschool was even more effed up then himegoto in terms of its ultra weird plot i was quite not sure that what happened in the end
  • JaK
    (Tuesday, Jul 22. 2014 07:28 PM)
    himigoto is the most adult of all these xD hourou musuko for the most parts remains in puppy love territory and not enough BNH chapters for me to deduce where its going

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