Synopsis: The story follows the life of a man who lives his life by jumping from one thing to another, finally finds his true passion in cooking and becomes the chef to the emperor by the age of 26. This show is based on a book of the same name.
Furious that Tokuzo's latest obsession ended with whimper ... like all his other ones, Daddy Akiyama decides to marry Tokuzo off to another family. (I use the word marrying off because Tokuzo is actually marrying into his wife's family and becoming their son.)
Knowing no other way to get the fancy western restaurant to let him work there, Tokuzo starts to camp right outside of the kitchen entrance rain or shine. Surprised by his baby brother's determination, it finally occurs to Shutaro that maybe his brother is serious this time. Paying a visit to Tokuzo who is still squatting outside of the kitchen door, Shutaro tells an extremely grateful Tokuzo that his teacher has agreed to introduce his brother to one of the finest western dinning restaurant.
Shutaro warns Tokuzo that he will need to start working as the lowest grunt employee but Tokuzo is just overjoyed to get into a kitchen in anyway.
What an interesting story. I will admit though that while our hero Tokuzo is a intriguing character I am kinda mad he just abandoned his wife without even having the guts to tell her that he is leaving. Now, Tokuzo's action is hardily surprising since the show has established that his mind seems to able to focus on little else other than the thing he is obsessing about. Unfortunately, I personally find it hard to be emotional invested in a lead character who seems to spare no thoughts on how his selfish action is affecting those around him so it makes it difficult for me to muster up the desire to keep watching it. However, I do think this is well made story and I am sure Tokuzo's path to greatness will come with life lessons that will teach him to start caring about others. So, if you are one of those that loves the coming of age kind of story I think this one is a good fit.
|Shutaro sneaking food to Tokuzo when his angry father hangs him on a tree|
One more reason that I am hesitant to put Tenno No Ryoriban on my watch list is our hero's brother Shutaro. What an awesome character! Shutaro is everything one would wish in a brother. A wise and capable brother who obviously cares very deeply for his baby brother. BUT in the very first episode we are already seeing signs that Shutaro is probably serious ill and is hiding it from his family. Sigh... I am too scare to watch it now.