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.
This is a follow up to the previous list Top 10 Corrupt Corporate Executives. Inspired by an idea from silvershriek, this list will run down the Top 10 Honest Corporate Executives, this follows the same rules as the last list.
10. Steven Stone from Pokemon
He's not technically in charge of the Devon Corporation but the fact that he's Hoenn's Champion makes him quite the public figure. He also helps you take down Team Aqua/Magma in the games.
9. Yoshino from Appleseed Ex Machina
Despite the Poseidon company products causing a lot of damage in the Appleseed world, the surprising response from it's leader Yoshino is to take responsibility and clean up the mess. Not many bosses do that.
8. Regal Bryant from Tales of Symphonia
Despite looking like a brute and being locked up for murder he's still a disciplined, diplomatic, highly-intelligent gentleman in charge of the Lezareno Company. Looking past his crime, he still runs the company well.
7. Maximillion Pegasus from Yu-Gi-Oh
Despite being one of the big villains I can't really call him a corrupt business man. He created one of the worlds most addictive card games including painting the monster designs, he is shown painting the Egyptian Gods after all. He even gives a chance to Duke Devlin's Dice game. Bonus points is that he's wonderfully camp and enjoys comic books, what's not to like?
6. Hank Scorpio from The Simpsons
Another villain but he treats all his employees like royalty which not only makes the town the ideal place to live but you actually find yourself supporting his regime.
5. Bigweld from Robots
Incredibly nice and always out for new ideas. Perhaps he's too nice as he gets overthrown pretty quick.
4. Bruce Wayne from Batman
I don't even know what Wayne Enterprises actually does but whatever it does you can bet that it's the most trusted company in Gotham and run by it's most popular citizen.
3. Tony Stark from Iron Man
Whether you consider weapons manufacturing a good thing or not, you cannot deny that Tony Stark earns total respect from his employees so much so that in one comic story when Stark Industries was taken over, Tony started a new company from scratch and the whole of the Stark Industry workforce joined him.
2. Scrooge McDuck from Ducktales
A surprise entry considering that Scrooge's penchant for money makes him out as greedy as the character he's based on but he prides himself on earning all that money the honest way refusing to be immoral or corrupt. This is shared by his employees who actually like working for him.
Note: Ironically Ebenezer Scrooge himself is a lot of things but the original book makes it clear he's not a dishonest businessman.
1. Jerrica Benton from Jem
So benevolent it's actually sickening.
Other than being the boss of Starlight Music, she also runs their charity and a Foster home for young orphan girls, all the while performing as Jem as part of the Holograms. While the other entries on this list have numerous hidden depths to their personalities and businesses, Jerrica is just straight up benevolent.