Gourmet Girl Graffiti, known in Japan as Happy Cooking Graffiti (幸腹グラフィティ Kōfuku Graffiti) is a recent anime that draws attention to food.
The story tells about the life of a lonely minor, Ryō Machiko (a second-year middle school girl) living in Tokyo who has been groomed since young by her grandmother with the most basic survival skill – the knowledge of cooking and the appreciation of food.
Her parents lived abroad due to work commitment and the sudden loss of her grandmother who plays the role of guardianship wakes her up to the reality of ’emptiness’ in life. Despite having exceptional skill in cooking, she realizes something amiss in her passion for cooking and food. Suddenly she found her cooking doesn’t taste good as it used to. Her days seem unbearable as loneliness gradually and silently seeps in.
Until one day one of her kins, Kirin Morino (a cousin) walks into her life with the intention to attend the same art cram school as Ryō on weekends. Her life begins to turn around as she gradually opens up to her kin and later the companionship is joined in by Shiina, another cram schoolmate. Her days have brightened up; she looks forward for more cooking opportunities and sharing of food with these girls.
The story shares the elements of kinship, friendship, the act of reciprocation, coping with loss, the spirit of independence while growing up and school life. It’s a simple and pleasant plot with many fun and meaningful moments in between whereby food is the centre of attraction.
The anime series is an adaptation by Studio Shaft from the manga written and illustrated by Makoto Kawai. The anime series recently ended (airing period: January to March 2015) and here are some of the sweet and adorable food moments.