Surprisingly enough, there are spoilers.

I have never brought this up in past reviews (or I don’t think I have), but it’s a little unrealistic for Owner to be the sole cook at the restaurant. That’s an insane amount of work for just one person.

Summary:

It’s Meat Day at the Nekoya, so Owner makes pork soup instead of the usual miso soup to serve to the customers. As we go through the typical day at the restaurant, we get to see the usual customers greatly enjoying the pork soup.

Looking kinda QUALITY there Alexander.

Meanwhile, in the other world; Alexander (the half elf mercenary) visits the Great Sage Artorius. We get a brief bit of history, detailing how Artorius, Alexander, and two other warriors were responsible for ending a great demon war that had lasted many years. However, they ended up losing one of their companions, named Yomi. This all happened 70 years ago.

Pork soup with what appears to be konjac cubes.

Back in the present, Alexander asks Artorius to take him to the Nekoya. They wait until after most of the other customers have left to do so. Once there, Alexander orders croquettes. During their meal, Artorius reveals to Alexander that Yomi is actually still alive–she ended up falling into our mundane world and have lived here ever since. Artorius also reveals that Yomi had a grandson, and Alexander quickly deduces that Artorius is referring to Owner.

After all the customers leave for the day (including Red), Owner, Aletta, and Kuro enjoy a quiet dinner together.

One last cap of Aletta being adorable.

Owner inherited his badass streak from his grandma.

My Opinion:

I was kind of caught off guard with this final episode. It wasn’t hinted at all in the last episode preview that this would be the final episode, but here we are.

As far as last episodes go, I think this one managed to make a big enough impact. There are some pretty surprising plot twists/reveals here. First off is Yomi, Owner’s grandma. So she was a person from the Other World… and I think it’s pretty heavily implied at this point that Yomi was the one responsible for the magical doors to the Nekoya. She did supposedly have stronger magic than the other three warriors. It’s also implied that Yomi wanted to live a peaceful life; so she likely created the doors to let people from the other world taste our cuisine, rather than as a portal for her to go back “home.” Artorius mentions that she’s still alive, which makes it a shame that we don’t actually get to see her outside of a flashback scene.

The other “reveal” is that Alexander… might be Adelheid’s great-grandfather? It’s only a brief scene, so I’m not sure if I misinterpreted it. Alexander goes to visit Wilhelm’s grave after eating with Artorius. Wilhelm (Adelheid’s grandpa) is buried next to his mother, who was also named Adelheid. Alexander makes a comment about Wilhelm “dying before his father” and the only way that would make sense is if… Alexander was Wilhelm’s father. Making him the great-grandfather of the current Adelheid. So uh. That was a thing. I have no idea what was the point of that reveal, other than possibly to show that all the people at the restaurant are connected to each other in some way. (Except the two dwarves and the fairies who barely get a mention after their introductory episode.) It was a shocking reveal; far more shocking to me than Yomi’s whole deal. Because what the hell, half-elf asshole dude actually had a family?

Anyway, about Alexander: this episode at least managed to make him a sympathetic character, even though he acted less then kindly during his initial introduction. I guess he’s more pleasant when he’s not in full-on mercenary mode? I also found the scene with him visiting the grave to be very well-done, because it showed that Alexander’s actually hurting a lot despite acting so aloof most of the time. Being a half-elf endows one with great beauty and longevity; but if your children are born as mere humans then you are basically guaranteed to outlive them. I can’t believe that this series managed to make me feel sorry for a character I initially disliked. Kudos to you, Restaurant to Another World.

Although I really liked this episode, it wasn’t without some flaws. First off, the animation quality. The animation quality was unfortunately pretty bad for what is supposed to be a final episode. Everyone looked a little off-model at points, and Alexander’s face isn’t drawn in a consistent style at all. The only other thing I want to point out is that that not all “plot points” in this series are resolved. The most glaring one is Prince Shareef still being too shy to make a move towards Adelheid. That plot point is just left hanging with no hint at all towards any sort of “ending.” With this being the last episode, that felt a little odd. I know that this was created to be a cliffhanger in case Restaurant to Another World gets a second season, but it would have been nice if it was shown that Shareef had the courage to at least make a little progress toward confessing to Adelheid; in the case that we don’t ever get a second season.

Overall, I still greatly enjoyed this final episode, despite its flaws. Other than the plot reveals, there’s no big ending–the series just ends with Owner, Aletta, and Kuro enjoying a meal. And you know what? That’s fine with me.

Out of five:

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Alexander, you could have at least told Adelheid your relation to her. You ass.

Final Thoughts:

I can’t believe it took me up until close to the end of the series to really “get” Restaurant to Another World. This series is definitely not for everyone. You have to be in the right mindset, or willing to accept it for what it is to really enjoy it. I know that probably sounds like an excuse (and for any other anime, that excuse would not fly), but Restaurant to Another World is just content to do it’s own thing–and sometimes I wish more anime were brave enough to do that.

Restaurant to Another World is unlike any anime I’ve seen. Sure, the premise is a mix of things that you may have seen in other anime, but I’ve never seen it handled in this particular way. We have a cast of fantasy characters coming to our world, but the focus is mainly on how much they enjoy our cuisine. Every character has lives and a history outside of the Nekoya restaurant, but we only get to see a snapshot of that. That did infuriate me at first, but after accepting that this is how the series will continue to play out, I began to enjoy the series far more. The Nekoya allows all its customers to step away from their usual lives, troubles, and worries for just a brief moment–however long their meal lasts.

What I like most about Restaurant to Another World is the brief snippets of world-building we get every episode. It helps to create a world before our eyes, while also preventing information-overload or the infamous “expositions dumps.” The series is also just a very calming anime to watch in general. This is a really nice anime to sit down with at the end of a hard day.

Unfortunately the anime does suffer from some pretty bad animation at times; more often than I’d prefer. The characters’ stories can also come off as kind of cliched or bland at first; although if you’re patient you’ll see that a lot of characters’ stories are intertwined in some way. And, let’s face it, the characters’ rambling on about how good the food is as if they were all high-class connoisseurs is frankly a little cheesy. The series could also be utterly boring, if this type of slow-paced stuff isn’t your kind of thing.

In spite of everything, I really enjoyed this series. It was something I eagerly looked forward to every week. I’m pretty sad that this series reached its final episode so soon, but I suppose all good things must come to an end.

Out of five for this series as a whole, I give:

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Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll see of these three.