Hiromi IgarashiSayaka SenbongiTaku YashiroAika Kobayashi
Piace: My Italian Cooking
Episode 1 also reviewed here: Anime 1st episodes 2017: P-Q
Also known as: Piace: Watashi no Italian
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2017
Director: Hiroaki Sakurai
Original creator: Atsuko Watanabe
Actor: Aika Kobayashi, Hiromi Igarashi, Ikkyuu Juku, Sayaka Senbongi, Taku Yashiro, Tomohito Takatsuka, Yohei Azakami, Yoko Hikasa, Yuki Yonai
Keywords: anime
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 12 four-minute episodes
Url: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=18791
Website category: Anime 2017
Review date: 28 November 2018
Piace Watashi no Italian
There's not much point in it, really. I watched it. It's the kind of "okay" that maybe just about justifies the time investment, even though that's almost nothing. (Four-minute episodes.) It's amiable and sort of likeable, though. It's painless to watch.
Morina Nanase (green hair) is a schoolgirl working part-time at the Trattoria Festa, an Italian-themed cafe in Japan. She's thoroughly nice, earnest and enthusiastic about Italian food, even though she didn't know anything about it before she joined. I think she reasons that she's fond of her colleagues and they love Italian food, so it must be good. She's the main character.
Her colleagues are the kind of oddball that in a more developed show might have been funny. (I'm thinking of Working!!.) There's an unfriendly manager with big boobs, a super-unfriendly cook whose warmer feelings are exclusively reserved for food ingredients and a hostile tsundere brat who's the son of the owner but is also another brilliant cook. (He'll mellow a lot when he falls for Morina.) The final staff member is Ei, who's a big-hearted skirt-chasing Italian who until Morina's arrival was surrounded by surly colleagues. That's the staff. Other characters include a gentle old man who runs a Japanese restaurant and sometimes comes to the Trattoria with his fault-finding granddaughter. Everyone except Morina thinks they're nightmare customers.
The show's sort of okay. There's only one episode (the last one) that's trying to tell a meaningful story, in this case about Ei. Otherwise it's light character interactions against a background of people talking about food, eating food and defending Italian food against Food Snob Granddaughter. To my relief, food's not the overwhelming focus. It's not a foodgasm show, despite the occasional scene where eating something particularly delicious will turn someone into a newspaper foodie column. The nearest thing I have to a problem with the show, actually, is that in the second half, the inexperienced Morina will have to cook for those restauranteurs and they think she's better than the professionals she's working alongside. There's a discussion to be had about that, but... yeah, for me that's a "no". She's trying to cook Italian food. She's following their recipes, not her own. That's not a show-killer or anything, but for me it was a bit of a forehead-wrinkler.
The initially tsundere brat sometimes amused me. He can be mildly funny. Morina keeps the show likeable, softening everyone's personalities with her presence since they're all fond of her. Ei's a deceptively nice guy. I wouldn't really recommend this show, but it's not doing anything wrong and I don't mind it.