Love Kome: We Love Rice – 01 (First Impressions)

The Gist: In the 21st Century, diversifying Japanese tastes and the limitation of acreage has caused rice to lose popularity to bread and noodles. So an academy was created to…compete in food wars battles with other basic foodstuffs…and win back popularity?

I’m actually not totally sure I understand what was going on in this short-format show, since it flashes seven months back only a few seconds into the episode. It appears to be a tongue-in-cheek parody of Food Wars-style shows, which are usually pretty silly to start with, but it’s hard to say.

The Verdict: The character design is ugly and over-the-top (why does the principal have bear ears?!) and so is the humor (why is shouting Millet when upset supposed to be funny?!) and it failed to make a case for itself coherently because it is too short a format to do so. Fail fail fail skip.