Live-Action Kodoku no Gourmet Show Gets 5th Season in Fall
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The live-action television adaptation of Masayuki Kusumi and Jiro Taniguchi's Kodoku no Gourmet (Solitary Gourmet) food manga will return for a fifth season. The manga follows a solitary salesman named Goro Inagashira as he travels all over Japan and samples the local cuisine found on street corners.
The new season will premiere in TV Tokyo this fall. The project has not confirmed if Yutaka Matsushige (Sukiyaki Western Django, Crows Zero), who played Goro in the series' previous four seasons, will reprise his role. The new season will feature restaurants and shops that range from the "slightly famous" to the relatively unknown, hidden, and obscure. The production plans to begin filming in these locations in August.
The 12-episode second season aired from October-December 2012, and the 10-episode third season aired from July-September 2013. The 12-episode fourth season premiered in July of last year and ended on September 24.
Kusumi and Taniguchi first serialized Kodoku no Gourmet from 1994 to 1996 in Fusosha's Monthly Panja magazine (now defunct). Kusumi handled the story, and Taniguchi drew the art. Fusosha published the first collected volume in 1997, and it ran for three print runs. Fusosha published a paperback print run in 2000, and in 2008, issued a reprint with new cover art. The first compiled volume has now sold over 200,000 copies. Kusumi announced in January that he will publish the manga's second volume this year after an 18-year hiatus.