Samurai Gourmet (2017-)
Season 1 - 12 episodes (2017)
Watch Samurai Gourmet on Netflix
Created by: Masayuki Qusumi (original manga)
Starring: Honami Suzuki , Naoto Takenaka , Tetsuji Tamayama
This live action Japanese language series is based on the mange of the same title. Takeshi
Kasumi, now retired, realizes he can eat and drink what he wants when
he wants. This awakens the persona of a samurai living in the age of
Japan's civil wars. He begins wandering Japan searching for food to
satisfy his inner samurai soul.
This will not be for everyone. While it's an interesting concept, it's more concept than series. The episodes are only twenty minutes long, and while they are easy to watch they feel a bit like a short in style and production values. Each episode provides Kasumi enough time to consume a meal, debate in his head how strange yet freeing retirement is, and then imagining how a samurai would behave in the same situation. I like the concept, but after two episodes, there just isn't much there.
I watched the first two episodes. This starts off kind of cheesy. Kasumi is newly retired, and forgets. He begins to dress for the office before realizing, he's no longer a corporate man. He now has the chance to go anywhere and eat anything. No longer is he restricted from having a beer in the middle of the day.
It looks like this series will have Kasumi become more honest, adventurous, and assertive as he adopts his samurai persona.