Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Slice of Life, Food, Drink
First Aired: Summer 2015, 12 short-form episodes
Summary: Murasaki Wakako is a 26-year-old who loves going out alone to eat and drink, especially after a rough day at work. Each short-form episode follows Wakako to a different restaurant, where she orders a combination of food and drink. Whether she has had the best day ever or the worst day imaginable, a meal at a restaurant is the perfect way for Wakako to end the day.
Wakako-zake is as simple as that. Wakako will order a dish at a restaurant and explain the pros and cons of the dish as she eats it. Maybe she will think about work as she is eating, maybe not, depends on the day. The series feels like it is written by a food critic, with the explanations of the food and drink being detailed beyond the knowledge of the common foodie.
There is not much else to explain about the series, besides the animation, which is fine besides Wakako’s eyes. While everybody else in the series has normal anime eyes, Wakako has these huge fish-like eyes, almost chibi-like, that never go away. It just seems out of place since nobody else has that feature.
You might enjoy this if: You are looking for a quick break of food-related entertainment, a quick snack.
You might not like it if: You want a full meal of anime, something hearty.
Note to the Viewer: Wakako-zake will make you want to try a variety of new dishes.
Wakako-zake Opening – Shiawase no Kaerimichi by Yuuka Ueno