A little delayed but here is the 2nd part of the double list, the top 10 most lethal chefs. Not included on this list are those who cook for other species as it's clear that a human won't eat it anyway so Lum from Urusei Yatsura & Elsie from World God Only Knows are not on this list.
Step away from the fish!
10. Akane Tendo from Ranma 1/2
In a world where everyone can cook in more ways than one it's baffling that the lead female that Ranma is supposed to marry is the only one who can't cook. Akane does improve but in a near 300 episode series the best she can manage is basic curry.
9. Nia from Gurren Lagann & Apis from One Piece
Nia's food can make the average person seriously ill but remarkably Simon & Boota actually enjoy it.
Same can be said about filler character Apis who makes everyone on the Going Merry ill except Luffy who actually likes it. In Luffy's case he's made of rubber and probably can't tell the difference, I guess with Simon being underground most of your life will have a negative effect on taste buds.
8. Miyabi from Ninja Nonsense
In her defense she's never cooked before but someone who is the other half of a ditzy, genius sister combo, you'd expect the genius to be the better cook, but here is Miyabi mistaking gunpowder for seasoning.
7. Tenma Tsukamoto from School Rumble
Her rice balls have done some horrifying things to people so Yakumo doesn't let her cook for that reason. Eri isn't any better but being a rich girl who never has to cook is helpful in more ways than one.
6. England from Hetalia
Truth be told our food isn't that bad, it's just boring and on the scale of other cuisines it's extremely low on the scale. Ironically this is the only male entry.
5. Moka from Rosario X Vampire
She can't use kitchen utensils without harming herself or others and anything she makes is alive and hostile and can take out a full blooded vampire in one bite (Kinda ironic as she is a vampire). Even when she has help and does produce something edible it's at the expense of the kitchen and all the other members of the harem being knocked out cold.
4. Bianchi from Hitman Reborn
Her cooking is so bad it always ends up as poison which as a professional assassin became her convenient weapon of choice; no one knows why this happens it just does.
3. Himeji Mizuki from Baka + Test
The smell can summon the reapers, actually eating it causes a horrible painful death that should never be wished on anyone. Oh sure it looks okay but that makes it more deadly.
2. Seraphim from Is This a Zombie?
Her cauldron contains a substance that looks like a witches potion which causes anything to melt when exposed to it. In fact it's so bad it melts through not only the cauldron but the table, the floor and possibly the Earth's crust.
1. C-Ko from Project A-Ko
I don't really have anything nice to say about this character. Her idea of a bento box has been known to contain random objects such as bottle caps and pebbles. At least the other people on this list use actual food. Why anyone would enjoy her cooking let alone enjoy her company is clearly on crystal meth!
Food is a glorious thing and the Japanese take pride in it. So today's list is part one of a double list which showcases the best and worst cooks of Anime starting with the best cooks.
Honorable Mentions to the cast members of Yakitate & Yumeiro Patisserie which only missed this list due to only covering bakery, along with Ranma 1/2 whose great cooks only cook specialty dishes and nothing else.
10. Hayate from Hayate the Combat Butler & Sebastian from Black Butler
Tied for 10th but only because they're both on this list for the same reasons. As butlers both Hayate & Sebastian need to be proficient in cooking as well as all their other household tasks. Although it makes me laugh as to why they need a team of servants when both butlers can do all the tasks alone.
9. France from Hetalia Axis Powers
Comes with the stereotype believing the French are the best in the world at cooking, as an Englishman I disagree.
8. Miss Howmei from Nadesico
Despite the fact that Akito is the main character, it's Miss Howmei who steals the show when you hear her backstory in wanting to give soldiers their last meal and has an encyclopedia of spices at her disposal to make sure it's possible.
7. Shinji Ikari from Evangelion
Not so much the original but the rebuild movies show off his great cooking skills in more detail showing that there is more to him than just a whiny emo little snot rag.
6. Makoto Kino from Sailor Moon
Pretty much her best trait outside her tough outer appearance, here's hoping this is still the case come reboot.
5. Sasami Jurai from Tenchi Muyo
Turns cooking into such an art form that she slips into the role without even being asked to, and considering that this is a harem series it's often the one who cooks the best that would get the first kiss. Ryoko & Ayeka beware.
4. Sunako Nakahara from Wallflower
Considering she's being trained as an elegant lady and she's really a crazed girl into the occult and morbid horror who'd be more at home with the Addams Family than a mansion of pretty boys, she's the best cook in the entire series.
3. Satsuki Yotsuba from Negima
At a school of over 3000, she's the best cook to all students and staff alike and commands total respect from even the most abrasive of characters such as Evangeline.
2. Sanji from One Piece
Luffy can pick good crew members, a showcase in how good Sanji really is, is shown in the filler arc G-8 in which Sanji defeats a team of top level navy chefs using the leftovers of the food they just cooked.
1. Pretty much the Entire cast of Toriko
The only thing that makes the plot of having to hunt down the rarest food ingredients is to have them owned by the greatest chefs alive, and like everything else in Shonen Jump it's blown up to epic proportions.
I've not been around for a while but my cute little nephew came to visit recently and it's really hard to focus when you have a 12 week old in the house but I'm making it up to you now with my review of Ninja Nonsense.
Ninja Nonsense is a gag comedy showing the exploits of Shinobu in the Ninja academy along with her best friend Kaede, Pac-Man reject Onsokumaru and generic ninja of which there are tons, all named Sasuke; together they try and get through the days with as much wackiness as possible.
This is what a gag anime should be, nothing but the best in gags; and with the genre of ninjas it just becomes special.
On paper this is not a series that warrants high praise as it desperately needs some action to break up the silliness before me which isn't helped by the bait and switch credits in which Shinobu fights her dark side which isn't even in this anime, but for what it's worth it manages to pull off the comedy well despite the lack of any real action, so such episodes as a hot summers day and a baseball game seem all the more fun. I find myself wanting to watch the whole series quite often and I don't always give that kind of dedication to an anime; plus Onsokumaru is voiced in the dub by Sean Schemmel, who is better known as Dragonballz's Goku. Quite a difference between the two, one is a benevolent martial artist, the other is a straight up pervert shaped like Pac-Man.
And Onsokumaru makes this gagtastic series work; you can't really give a proper description of him, he's just a yellow transforming blob and yet he really delivers on the gags in this show; equally despite obvious cliches, Shinobu also manages to pull off some memorable scenes which includes hinted at Yuri and the parts where she tries to be a ninja.
It may lack the sophistication of other anime, it may not have the defining moments either but for what it has, it succeeds in every way.
Final Verdict: Ninja Nonsense is down right fun and is worth watching, I recommend both sub and dub despite the dub having a few lousy script choices. Overall you won't be disappointed.
I was asked about this show a long time ago and now it's time for it to enter the vault; presenting Oggy and the Cockroaches.
Oggy and the Cockroaches is a French cartoon from as early as 1998 and is still going in it's native France; it follows the exploits of Oggy who's daily life of laziness is disrupted as he becomes the target of sadistic cockroaches named Joey, Marky & Dee Dee who are named after members of the Punk Group the Ramones; it very much follows the Tom & Jerry formula to perfection even keeping the low dialogue and turns up the notch on the dial a bit to throw up more than just your standard anvils. It's strange that a show can copy such a famous formula and still keep going in it's native country coming close to 300 episodes of time of writing, especially when most shows from the 90s have died out with the only other shows still going being much older.
This is a pretty short entry all round as there is not much to cover with such a basic formula but this next bit may interest you.
Last year there was an Oggy and the Cockroaches Movie released in France which will be released in the States during the summer this year.
In this day and age it's rare to see a classic still going with such figures but this is why Tom & Jerry are still popular, basic ideas just work.
This is the biggest anime I'm ever going to review, so hold tight for One Piece.
Okay quick run of the plot; Monkey D Luffy wants to be Pirate King so he gathers a crew and goes in search of the One Piece and is still going over 500 episodes later, there's your plot now lets review it.
After all these years One Piece is still just as good as when it first started and unlike other Shonen Jump shows doesn't fall into an endless cycle of trying to beef up it's story to obscure levels.
Allow me to expand (Joke not intentional)
You see a long series like One Piece is always going to have obvious strengths such as good action and colorful characters, after all one of it's biggest selling points is vivid color themes and creative design, but with such a long time spent on setting up it's characters, it's beginnings couldn't match how well Naruto & Bleach did in the same time period as they didn't spend so long introducing everything and were already doing defining moments in their respective shows such as the Ichigo-Byakuya battle and the Rock Lee-Gaara battle, two of anime's best fight scenes.
But once One Piece got going, it was creating it's own defining moments while the other two were on the decline; even now when Bleach is making it up as it goes along and Naruto is pretty much now called Uchiha, One Piece is still the same since it began in 1997 and that's the big secret to it's success, nothing has changed for the Strawhat Crew but the World around them and they all adapt without losing what made them in the first place.
Luffy, Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, Chopper, Robin, Franky & Brook have gotten better at what they do but are still the same inside. They don't need impossible jutsu or an ass-pull power up, they just continue doing what they do best. Fairy Tail is the same, in some respects Dragonballz is the same and Pokemon is the same. Status Quo is necessary for a long show's survival and One Piece always nail it, that's why it can still keep going and will probably end another ten years from now.
Final Verdict: I understand that a large long running show is very off putting to most but I still think One Piece deserves a lot of respect regardless. If you are able to devote the time to watching it then give it a try, you won't be disappointed.