~ Oishinbo ~ 🥘 🍙 🍱

Welcome to the Oishinbo thread!


It so happens that me and @Nemuitanuki are watching Oishinbo (also discussed for a rewatch by the 80s-and-90s-anime-run-threead. We’re both watching this show without subs, so there’s a lot to unpack in a food-centric show like this. :woman_cook: Like what are they actually eating! :sweat_smile:

Info about the show: Oishinbo (TV) - Anime News Network

This wasn’t a planned thing, but anyone that feels like discussing Oishinbo can do so in this thread! :grin:

There won’t be a viewing schedule. But we are currently on episode 8!

Just jump in there if you feel like watching a show about food appreciation where the main characters encounter people on many walks of life but where food means something important to them all, while trying to create the Ultimate menu for a food magazine they work for.

How to watch it

The show has been released for free and most episodes can be found on the official Oishinbo YouTube channel:

  • Japan Amazon Prime also has the show.

Viewing Schedule

Week Start Date Episodes Episode names
Week 1 7th June Episode 1-2 究極のメニュー & 士郎対父・雄山
Week 2 14th June Episode 3-4 野菜の鮮度 & 活きた魚
Week 3 21th June Episode 5-6 そばツユの深味 & 幻の魚
Week 4 28th June Episode 7-8 炭火の魔力 & 接待の妙
Week 5 5th July Episode 9-10 寿司の心 & 料理のルール
Week 6 12th July Episode 11-12 土鍋の力 & ダシの秘密
Week 7 19th July Episode 13-14 手間の価値 & 横綱の好物
Week 8 26th July Episode 15-16 日本風カレー & 直火の威力
Week 9 2nd August Episode 17-18 もてなしの心 & 鮮度とスピード
Week 10 9th August Episode 19-20 氷菓と恋 & 食卓の広がり
Week 11 16th August Episode 21-22 包丁の基本 & 板前の条件
Week 12 23th August Episode 23-24 牛なべの味 & 中華そばの命
Week 13 30th August Episode 25-26 舌の記憶 & 食べない理由
Week 14 6th September Episode 27-28 激闘鯨合戦(前編) & 激闘鯨合戦(後編)
Week 15 13th September Episode 29-30 旅先の知恵 & うどんの腰
Week 16 20th September Episode 31-32 鮎のふるさと & ハンバーガーの要素
Week 17 27th September Episode 33-34 新妻の手料理 & あわび尽くし
Week 18 4th October Episode 35-36 トンカツ慕情 & スープと麺
Week 19 11th October Episode 37-38 にんにくパワー & ビールと枝豆
Week 20 18th October Episode 39-40 暑中の味 & う真夏の氷

to be updated

Vocab list


Shirou Yamaoka is a 27-year-old journalist, tasked with creating an “Ultimate Menu” for Touzai News
Yuuko Kurita is a 22-year-old journalist, tasked with creating an “Ultimate Menu” for Touzai News
Yuuzan Kaibara is the founder and director of the exclusive “Gourmet Club”

People at Touzai News 東西新聞社
Kinue Tabata (co-worker and friend of Kurita)
Noriko Hanamura (co-worker and friend of Kurita)
Toio Tomii (deputy director of the arts and culture department)
Daizou Oohara (the publisher of Touzai News)
Hideo Tanimura (director of the arts and culture department)

Other recurring people
Toujin Touyama a famous ceramicist and gourmet
Nakamatsu a police inspector
Seiichi Okaboshi a talented young chef and owner of a restaurant the main characters frequent
Tokuo Nakagawa the head chef of the “Gourmet Club.”
Kyougoku Mantarou a wealthy businessperson and a gourmet
Tatsu-san a homeless man


  • I’m watching
  • I’m watching, but I’m a bit behind
  • I don’t plan on watching
  • I’m dropping this show

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Discussion Guidelines

  • Don’t post spoilers! Please use spoiler tags for major events.
    (Just use common sense and be respectful of other people who might have watched less of the story).
  • Please mention which episode you’re talking about as it helps during discussions.
  • There are no stupid questions! Ask away! Even if it seems minor, we’re all here to learn! :slight_smile:
  • To you lurkers out there: join the fun!

@Nemuitanuki I made a thread for us! :yarn: :grin:

@Otaku-Boss sorry for jumping the gun, but we’ve already started in on this show, so making a thread made sense. なんかすみません! :bowing_woman:

Oishinbo taught me a lot of food related words. Like the word for liver: 胆 【きも】 (n) (1) liver, (2) courage, spirit, pluck, guts, (P) which they eat in the first episode? using the liver of a ??? fish. I forget what it was called. :sweat_smile:

WK also teach us this word and kanji!


No need to apologize I actually really appreciate the fact that you went out of your way to create another thread
The more we expand the merrier :hugs:
Plus anyone who wasn’t initially into Escaflowne now has another option to pick from
I’m going to try to watch Oishinbo too so I can join in the discussions~


Ramsay Durtle approves of this message! ^>^


Which site are you watching it on? I don’t have nearly the level to watch it without subs, but I really wanna try nonetheless.


I can literally hear his voice . . .
Ringing in my ears . . .



Apparently it’s been released for free and you can watch all episodes on YouTube! <3


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The title sounds like 食いしん坊(くいしんぼう), which is literally ‘glutton’. Hahaha. I don’t know if I’ll watch it (probably not), but the title alone makes it sound fun. :grin:


Yes! I actually haven’t thought much about what the title means. 美味しんぼ isn’t a real phrase, but 食いしん坊 is glutton; gourmand according to Jisho. Not sure how 食いしん/美味しん works grammatically to mean “that eats a lot”/“that eats delicious food”. :thinking: I guess what I’m asking is what しん means in this context?

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It might actually be a combination of 食い and いやしん坊(卑しん坊), which apparently means also the same thing:


It also related to greed, but gluttonous desires are one special case in which it’s used as well.

I guess the idea of 美味しんぼ would therefore be something like ‘someone who really likes/wants delicious food’? It seems that there are other ん坊 expressions out there, like:

甘えん坊、おこりん坊 etc

Basically, it would seem that し is part of the adjective stem, and ん is just a transformed の or something added for euphonic purposes. (Here’s one answer in Japanese that I think does a decent job explaining how it might work: 食いしん坊の「しん」はどういう意味ですか??食い辛抱が語源だったら... - Yahoo!知恵袋)


Now that you brought it up, but I’ve seen/heard this one used as well in the meaning of someone with a sweet tooth. :eyes: I think it was? :thinking:

Thanks for the explanation! ^>^

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I think it’s more of someone who acts like a baby/wants to be spoilt. I’m not sure what ‘someone with a sweet tooth’ would be though.

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So I did misremember that one. I was thinking about “naive” as a meaning as well…:sweat:


This one is just 甘い, if I remember correctly


No worries about level! It’s all about food so you’ll hear 美味しい、おいしい (yummy), and food names a lot. Perfect for starting out.

@ekg my favourite thing so far has been trying to sing the into and outro. Husband says my English is perfect for Cryyyystall liiiight

I want to watch each episode with full focus which will be super slow.


I also sing along with this show! :joy: :notes:

I do love how much this show is a time capsule of sorts. I know it’s manga and as always that means the show isn’t realistic, but you can still get a feel for aspects of Japanese society of the past. I think that’s one of the great aspects of this show. And I like the main characters of Yamaoka and Kurita! <3

As for ep 8, well, I started in on it, but ended up having to other stuff. The theme of frugality and the excessiveness of certain food establishments and food culture in general is an interesting one.


Thanks!! Though I don’t know which one is the first chapter ^^>
It’s pretty confusing, as it doesn’t clarly say “CHAPTER ONE!!!” or at least put an 一、ニ、三...

Edit: AHH! Now I get it. I have to choose the [ENG subtitles] ones, which do have the numbers there, and then just turn the subtitles off xD


Great that you managed to figure it out. It is confusing, yes. And glad to have you watching with us! ^>^


Side note.

So the main characters work at a culture food publishing place?
きょうこくのメニューwhat is this?

Episode 8: Guy doesn’t like wasting food so they take him for department samples.

Why are they taking this guy to eat?


Yamaoka and Kurita are both journalists at this food/Japanese culture magazine. They’ve been charged to create an Ultimate Menu of the best dishes ever basically.

窮極 ~ きゅうきょく (adj-no,n) ultimate, final, eventual, (P)

About ep 8. Well, in the beginning they talk about various incentives to raise money to help people in Africa. And the plan they come up with, is to get this big company to give money to charity - where the CEO is a know frugal person. Which would boost other companies to follow suit, as even the frugal guy is willing to give money to charity. But the CEO stipulates that he might wanna get treated to a great meal before that happens. Which brings in Yamaoka and Kurita, who are also to write something about it. (we never really see them write stuff in this series though :joy: ).

But, yeah, that’s why they wanna treat this person to a great meal. ^^’ (but who gets upset by the wastefulness from the first place they bring him to…while the free samples brings him true joy!)

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