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What Would Samurai Do? A Samurai Gourmet Review

Updated on March 28, 2017

Now I'm hungry

I’ve been having a rough time lately and I’m very glad I found this series. It’s a Netflix original and I apologize if you don’t have the service, because it kept me smiling the entire time. There is currently on one season and each episode is about 20 minutes long.

The story follows a 60-year-old man named Takeshi Kasumi, that has just retired from his office job. His wife tells him to go out and do something because he was moping around the house. She convinces him to go for a walk and he leaves the house. As the day goes on he becomes hungry and finds a small restaurant similar to the kind he would get take out from while working. He takes a seat and orders while looking around at all the people speeding through their meals. While examining the décor he notices a sign that says they sell beer. It is still early in the day but Takeshi enjoys his beer. However, he is nervous as to what others might say considering if he did this while still working. While this thought crossed his mind a samurai walks in the restaurant and orders himself some sake. He drinks and drinks and doesn’t care what anyone says. Seeing this makes Takeshi have confidence and orders himself a beer. This made him realize he doesn’t have to care what he eats and when he drinks, because he is now a free man that doesn’t have to represent anyone but himself.

The series continues to follow Takeshi as he goes to different restaurants and his imaginary samurai gives him confidence to do different things, you get to watch Takeshi grow. He becomes more confident and we learn more about his life as a teenager and the things he used to enjoy outside of working. He tries things he never would have before and visits places he did as a teenager, and even finds a picture at the old restaurant he ate at when he was in college with his wife as a teenager in the background.

It genuinely kept me smiling the entire time. Takeshi as a character was interesting and he has invented WWSD, What Would Samurai Do, for me. It’s a very simple fluff series at the moment but it is worth the watch. It’s only 12 episodes long and I loved every one. The samurai scenes were funny and the acting was really well done. Takeshi’s facial features made me laugh but also made me hungry to try the foods he was eating. The series shows a lot of the cooking of each food and pouring of the beer quite often, and though I’ve never tried a lot of the food he was eating it made my mouth water a few times.

I advise if you are feeling down and don’t mind subtitles to give this a watch. It will keep you smiling the whole way through and I’m glad I gave it a try.

4 stars for Samurai Gourmet


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