Food porn refers to works that have food taking the central focus of a story as well as the artistic presentation of meals. Anime is no stranger to this phenomenon and there is a handful of popular series that prove this!
Whatever you do, don’t watch these food porn anime on an empty stomach.
1Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma
© Yuuto Tsukuda / Shun Saeki / Shueisha Inc. / J.C. Staff Co., Ltd. / Totsuki Academy Video Study Group
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is the most popular cooking series and for good reason. The series employs chef Yuki Morisaki to help come up with the recipes and cooking techniques for all the food found in the show. Couple this with the funny writing and cool characters, and you have a recipe for success!
© Makoto Kawai / Houbunsha Co., Ltd. / Shaft, Inc. / Koufuku Graffiti Production Committee
Koufuku is should have been titled Food Porn: The Anime. Shaft’s animation of the food and the character’s expressions make it tough to watch on an empty stomach.
© Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro / Shueisha Inc. / Toei Animation Co., Ltd.
Who knew fantasy food could look so delicious? Toriko blends shounen action with cooking to create a fun tale of adventurers on a quest to create their personal full-course meals.
4Amaama to Inazuma
© Gido Amagakure / Kodansha Ltd. / TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd. / Amaama to Inazuma Production Committee
Amaama to Inazuma shows how good food can bring family and friends together. The story of a single father trying to care for his daughter will warm your heart while bringing out laughter.
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Dagashi Kashi shifts away from meals to focus on snacks. The story focuses on the daughter of a famous snack company owner who tries to convince an aspiring manga artist to inherit his family’s shop. There is a lot of innuendoes, so ecchi fans will love it too!
6Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie
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Maybe you love desserts? Bonjour Sweet Love Patisserie focuses on a student who enrolls in an elite confectionery school. Various sweets are shown, but pastries are the main focus.
© Takashi Hashiguchi / Shogakukan Inc. / Sunrise Inc.
Yakitate!! Japan is a comedy series that focuses on bakers entering a competition to help create a national bread for Japan. The highlights of the series are the crazy reactions from the judge and a Brad Pitt clone.
© Etsushi Ogawa / Kodansha Ltd. / Nippon Animation
Chūka Ichiban! takes place during a fictitious era in ancient China called “The Era of the Cooking Wars.” It’s basically an ancient Chinese version of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, but with more absurd humor.
© Natsume Ono / Ohta Publishing Company / David Production Inc.
Ristorante Paradiso focuses more on romance and drama, but it’s set in an Italian restaurant. There are plenty of glamor shots of food to go with the sweet romance.
© Chie Shinkyu / Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. / Office DCI
Wakako-zake follows a young office lady and her pursuit to finding exciting food and drink combinations. It pretty much follows the dreams of a foodie.
© Aloha Higa / Shogakukan Inc. / Pierrot Co., Ltd.
Shirokuma Cafe is a cute series about talking animals running a popular cafe that serves organic food and drink. It’s super calming but can make you hungry.
What are your favorite food porn anime?