‘Rokuhōdō Yotsuiro Biyori‘ is a 2018 slice-of-life anime based on the manga created by Yū Shimizu. The show was produced by the Japanese animation studio Zexcs and directed by Tomomi Kamiya. It ran for one season of twelve episodes.
Rokuhōdō is a traditional Japanese tea house and cafe run by four eclectic young men. Kyousui “Sui” Tougoku (Junichi Suwabe) is the owner and tea maker who inherited the establishment from his grandfather. The gentle Tokitaka Nagae (Yuichi Nakamura) helps in the kitchen and is a potter. The eccentric half-Italian Gregorio “Gure” Valentino (Daisuke Ono) is the barista who, while being a genius at coffee brewing, is terrible at latte art. The neurotic Tsubaki Nakao (Daiki Yamashita) is the dessert expert. The four friends deal with erratic customers, food critics, family issues, and their respective pasts as their cafe become a home-away-from-home for their customers.
Do you ever want to watch a show just to chill? You do not want needless action, endless melodrama, or constant chaos. This is the show for you. It is a slow-burn series that shows how a little bit of kindness can go a long way and has a cute cat as its mascot.
I am unfamiliar with the manga, so I cannot compare it, but I thought that this anime was the perfect one to enjoy watching these four friends go through life. It is technically a drama but does not go crazy with a lot of nonsense. Instead, we get to see the lives of the customers, their hurts, dreams, and hopes all while learning about the proprietors of the restaurant. It was enjoyable and a lot of fun.
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