Hi guys! I would like to say thank you all so much for your comments on the first two "Anime Food!" posts-! ヽ(´▽`)/ I'm really happy that you all were amused by them!
This really should have been posted before the first two "Anime Food!" posts but me being the impulsive person I am, chose food over intro so that's why this is being published now. My mistake!
I thought it would be a good idea to make an intro about why I decided to start the "Anime Food!" project.
I've always loved anime food, even as a child. I believe the very first anime food I've ever seen was from Tonari no Totoro with Satsuki and Mei eating homemade bento and mochi omiyage that Kanta brought over to their house.
For some reason, it always looked so delicious and I would get crazy hungry after watching anime that featured food. I could also tell that in many cases, the animators would put careful detail into the food. Only when I got older would I realize that the Japanese have a deeply rooted food culture where they put great aesthetic value into their dishes because of their strong belief that food should not only taste good, but look good as well.
Also notice that Japanese people would always say "itadakimaaasu!" before partaking. In my understanding, this is not only said as a 'thank you' for the food but also to take a moment to appreciate its aesthetic beauty.
I'll be honest, I don't normally use that phrase before eating, mostly because my family is already Americanized and so we don't usually say that.... Although my personal 'itadakimasu' could be me taking #foodporn pictures all the time, lol. Just look at my instagram, it's mostly food! xD
I always thought it would be cool to see what anime food would look like in real life. So I started my search for those talented people who attempted making anime food. I found a few but surprisingly, not too many.
The first person I took notice to was: http://culinaryadventuresandmore.blogspot.com/
This is another great anime food blog: http://animerecipes.tumblr.com/
Both of these bloggers have some seriously amazing creations there and I highly recommend people to check out their blogs. I was really inspired by what they were doing so I decided I would try it out for myself. I mean, anime inspires me to do so many things; why not include cooking?
I've also seen some really cool anime food gif/picture sites where people post some really beautiful pics of anime food.
Here's a few that I like to frequent:
Feast of Fiction is a youtube site that likes to make foods from anime and fictional books.
There seems to be a lot of people out there who love anime food. I'm really happy that others take notice to it because I think Japanese animators take great pride in the food they animate as it never fails to look so amazingly delicious!
Whenever I decide to re-create or make an inspired anime dish, I'll be sharing it here on my blogger and I hope it inspires you all to cook up something yummy as well!