Sushi and Beyond Book About Japanese Food Gets TV Anime

posted on by Karen Ressler
Rareko to direct anime that chronicles British writer's trip to Japan with his family

British travel and dining journalist Michael Booth's book Sushi and Beyond (Japanese title: Eikoku Ikke, Nihon o Taberu, or "British Family, Eat Japan) will get a television anime adaptation that will begin airing on NHK World for an international audience on April 12. The series will also air on NHK for Japan beginning on April 16.

Rareko (Chi-Sui Maru, Gakkatsu!, Medamayaki no Kimi Itsu Tsubusu?) is directing the anime and Fanworks (Gakkatsu!, Medamayaki no Kimi Itsu Tsubusu?, Ganbare! Lulu Lolo - Tiny Twin Bears) is handling the animation.

The book follows Booth, his wife Lissen, and two kids Ansger (6) and Emil (4), on their 100-day trip to Japan as they try a wide variety of Japanese foods. Booth was inspired to make the trip by Shizuo Tsuji's book, Japanese Cooking, A Simple Art.

Sushi and Beyond was published in 2009, and Akishobo published part of the book in Japan as Eikoku Ikke, Nihon o Taberu in 2013. Akishobo published the rest, along with a newly written epilogue for Japanese readers, in the sequel Eikoku Ikke, Masumasu Nihon o Taberu in 2014. The books have over 100 thousand copies in print in Japan.

Source: Anime! Anime!

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