Sakura Quest Episode 8 Review – “The Fairy’s Recipe”

Shiori gets another mini-arc starting this week! Family, cooking, and conflicts-of-interest, oh my!

(Spoilers in this review

The Tourism Board decides to host this C-Rank Gourmet festival where they introduce a unique dish that would be exclusive to Manoyama (in another attempt to attract tourists). However, Yoshino, Ririko, Maki, and Sanae are unable to create appealing (or edible) dishes that incorporate local Manoyama ingredients. Meanwhile Shiori can whip up delicious food with said ingredients, but the result looks bland. She also continuously declines being the leader of the C-Rank Gourmet with various excuses.

We also get introduced to Sayuri, Shiori’s older sister, as well as her classmate from highschool, Kumano, who recently came back from studying gourmet at France and is now a chef. There’s some sort of sexual tension between Sayuri and Kumano…as well as a possible misunderstanding since both of them have, on seperate occassions, admitted to Shiori that they were attracted to each other back in high school but that they both got stood up. It’s like Amagami SS all over again, huh?

The grandparents overheard Sanae and Maki shipping Shiori and Kumano together at the grocery store (speaking of which, Sanae and Maki should be together, too. They even teamed up for a C-Rank Gourmet test run). As a result, the old folk spread the gossip around and cause Shiori’s dad to mistakenly believe that Shiori’s going to be married soon. He then takes his daughter out for a walk so they can have a heart-to-heart. In short, he basically tells Shiori to do whatever she wants (such a display of agape) and not to worry about change happening in life.

Ririko’s grandmother (and the rest of the Board of Merchants) end up getting upset with the Tourism Board since the annual summer festival and the C-Rank Gourmet are both happening on the same date. The Tourism Board head over to apologize and Ririko’s grandma lets loose on the old guy, saying that the new manju he ordered doesn’t contain any of the local Manoyama ingredients, that Tourism Board never considers what the people actually want, and that they need to take responsibility.

The episode ends with Shiori announcing that she’ll be the one to direct the C-Rank Gourmet project instead of Yoshino and that she’ll make everyone in Manoyama happy.

Sayuri seems to have been brought in without any sort of foreshadowing. Which makes some sort of sense considering how she works in a hospital in the next town over and how she’s planning on moving away closer to the hospital (and Shiori isn’t the type to really talk about things unless it comes up) but this all just feels so abrupt. I also feel like I can’t care about Sayuri’s love troubles with Kamano since she was introduced in this very episode hence she (and Kamano) are like strangers compared to the other girls.

And we’re certainly not strangers to Shiori’s mindset by now. She is afraid of change as seen by her behavior in episode 6 and 7 where she was willing to lie to keep a house (of which she had fond memories) from being burned down. And now she’s worried about what will happen 10 years from now after her father brought the topic while they were having a father-daughter talk since she had never gave the inevitable possibility any thought. After all, her parents and grandparents worked hard to make sure that Sayuri and Shiori were never truly in want.

But now she’s thinking of what will happen to her parents if she were to move out of the house, etc, and it frightens her. It leads to wonder about her reasoning for joining the Tourism Board, who seems adamant on changing the town of Manoyama regardless of the local residents’ opinions. Is she actually supportive of the changes Yoshino and the old man have been attempting or is she just tolerating them? Maybe she doesn’t care as much if it’s not directly affecting her?

I guess in some ways I’ve started to associate Shiori’s mindset with Manoyama’s residents’ mindset: resistant to change and stubborn. It’s also frustrating to see that the Tourism Board is similarly stubborn. What happened to the epiphany Yoshino experienced in episode 3 when she decided she would try to learn what makes Manoyama unique in order to be a successful queen? Sure, the whole ranma mini-arc in episodes 4 and 5 was a good start since she came up with a (overly idealistic) plan with people in mind. But the filming mini-arc in episodes 6 and 7 didn’t really give me the impression that Yoshino was putting the interests of the townsfolk as first priority.

At least Yoshino acknowledges her lack of diligence in this episode, but that only happens after she and most of her friends fail to actually use local ingredients in her practice dishes and after the Tourism Board failed to ask the Board of Merchants for permission. Too little, too late.

tl;dr – Remy gets a little disappointed that Yoshino isn’t really taking lessons to heart.

Final note: the background scenery in this episode was beautiful. Lots of fields and nature shots happening here since the girls aren’t spending most of their time in cramped rooms and buildings. It almost seems suiting that this sort of background framing is happening during a mini-arc for Shiori, who was raised by farmers. All in all, P.A. Works is doing what it does best. Keep at it, please.

This was a great episode and I’m looking forward to seeing next week’s episode.

The squad suited up for farming. Surprisingly, Yoshino is the one who’s properly dressed even though Maki and Ririko are actual residents in Manoyama. Can’t escape your country roots, can ya, Yoshino?
Shiori, Sayuri, and their mother.
While the manju from episode 2 tasted pretty good, these new ones kind of suck.
Sanae’s submission: Flying Noodles (cup ramen with store-bought chicken wings).
It’s a Flower Garden Caterpillar Korone Pastry! “The cream is coming from a strange place.”
Maki went for the college staple: the Mega Tempura Sandwich.
Croquette Peanut Butter Curry Yakisoba by Yoshino. It’s all brown!
Ground chicken with ankake sauce and kabura!
While she was filling up her boxes with belongings, she was waiting for him to fill the void in her heart! That’s terrible and I’m not apologizing (sorry).
Sayuri claims that this is one last family dinner outing before she moves closer to the hospital, she really just wanted to see the Pillsbury Doughboy.
You know something is going on when a girl makes that face when she sees you. My advice? Check your zipper. Having your fly unzipped is the worst.
He barges in to bring them asparagus!
Time to hunt for fresh ingredients!
Not even Maki can handle these slippery fishies.
A fateful encounter with this man of a man.
I only see couples in this screenshot.
Tropical shish-kebab, frozen fried rice, and Defeated Samurai Manju!
I bet DSM was made by Ririko.
A heart-to-heart between father and daughter.
In short: Shiori’s dad is a pretty good dad!
Rummaging through the yearbook to feast her eyes on that hunk.
It’s like conservative vs liberal between these two posters.
Everyone looks mad. Even Shiori. Yoshino looks sad, though, and Ririko looks surprised.
Notice that the old man isn’t bowing and begging for forgiveness.
He tries firing back even though he has literally no counterpoints against her argument. And everything she’s saying is all true.
It’s time for Shiori to step up to the plate!
Can I just say I love how every girl actually has a wardrobe and more than one kind of hair dec? Shiori used at least five in this episode!




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