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Last Saturday I started (and finished!) watching Netflix’s latest new foodporn variety show, Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman, based on the manga Saboriman Ametani Kantarou. It pretty much is your standard food show, and just like any other it exposes the viewer to scrumptious close-ups of the plates being featured.
But there’s a caveat, like high-value porn, it has a plot. Is it necessary? Not really, but it adds something unique to set the show apart from the competition.
Originally released in July 2017 for TV Tokyo, Kantaro follows the plan of a newly hired Tokyo publishing company salesman whose only goal is to eat as many sweets as he can during his workday. Every episode starts with a short monologue by the titular character as he sits in his office, planning his expeditions into the world of sweets around his sales visits around the many districts of Tokyo.
Kantaro is a calculative, cunning and cold person with very few redeemable qualities, he distances himself from his co-workers in order to achieve his goal. In short: he’s not a likeable character. It’s difficult to think that a show about food and more specifically, sweets, can be based around such bitter protagonist, that is... until he gets his hands covered in sweets and the range of the actor (and the imagination of the show producers), Matsuya Onoe, shines the most:
Each episode is presented as an opportunity to interpret what’s going on inside Kantaro’s head when he gets his hands on a new dessert. Over the top, ridiculous and most of the time, nonsensical reactions, that if you think about it, are very close to reality (unless you’re one of those donks who cares not about food, and if you do, then we cannot be friends). Exaggerated motions, sometimes (read: all the time) sexual, and ridiculous situations make Kantaro the Sweet Tooth Salaryman the perfect adaption live-action adaptation of a manga.
Andd... whoops that sounded more like a review of the show rather than an Open Forum, but don’t worry... this was all part of my plan.
Today’s Open Forum Topic/Questions are covered in sweet, sweet, sweets:
- Foodporn: yay or neigh?
- What’s the best dessert you’ve ever had?
- What’s in your ideal shopping list, TAY?
- What’s your favorite ingredient to cook with?
- Recommend me a restaurant, TAY!
Today’s jam is overly sweet, but we’re fine, these notes won’t give you diabetes:
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