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  • Actors: Fumiko Orikasa, Haruhi Terada, Kenji Nomura
  • Directors: Mitsuko Kase
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Right Stuf
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 275 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008NA3HRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Nicoletta was a little girl, her mother, Olga, abandoned her and ran off to Rome to remarry. Now, 15 years later and a young woman, Nicoletta travels to Rome with the intention of ruining her mother's life. She tracks Olga down to a restaurant called Casetta dell'Orso, but the second Nicoletta steps through its door, everything changes. It's a peculiar place staffed entirely by mature gentlemen wearing spectacles, and like their clientele, she is helpless against their wise smiles and warm voices. Before Nicoletta realizes it, her plans for vengeance start to fade, and she's swept up in the sweet romance of everyday Italian life. This is the complete 11-episode series in a single DVD keepcase. DVD Special features: Clean opening, clean ending, TV commercials, Ristorante Paradiso NOISE trailers, backgrounds gallery, Rome scenery gallery, Guide to Rome, liner notes, and original U.S. trailer. This anime adaptation of the Ristorante Paradiso and Gente manga by Natsume Ono (House of Five Leaves, Not Simple) features animation by David Production (The Book of Bantorra).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Nabors on December 31, 2012
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After having read the manga, I bought this series as a Christmas gift for my husband who loves to cook. At first I was nervous. He's very picky about what he likes to watch and will give up on a story if it doesn't have enough like-able characters. But it turned out to be better than I had expected! The manga was charming and ambivalent, and I was hoping the anime would be the same, a series of vignettes about Italian restaurant life. The anime actually brought a lot of heart to the characters, expanding upon them greatly. The ending was particularly satisfying.

If you don't like drama, love food, enjoy beautiful artwork (if minimally animated), and enjoy heart-warming tales about love, family, and what it means to be "an adult," you'll like this. Put the cheesy romcom back on the shelf, grab a bottle of red, and put this baby into the DVD player. You're up for an awesome night.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Avantel on December 5, 2012
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Ristorante Paradiso (RP) is a unique anime series because it comes from Josei manga, manga for adult women. This manga is the least known and its anime product even less so. This manga is normally very very dark, gloomy, focusing mostly in dysfunctional relationships and generally lacks humor. [Go to Wikipedia and see it for yourself by checking its josei list.] Adult women in Japan and elsewhere seem to focus unusually in reality. I seek reality-based anime and movies, thus I had to admire a josei anime one day and RP is the one. ("Honey & Clover" and "Paradise Kiss" were just OK). Note, the Amazon's Editorial Review shown above describes well the general story. I focused in the anime itself.

As a women-aimed product, the normally sex-averse American audience won't have to worry about the 3 b's: boobs, butts & bold curves. In our nation -and so many more- you can buy in regular stores gross violence and garbage like "Saw" as long as its sex content is minimum. Well, in RP all women are flat chested, plain flat overall, maybe too flat or thin, but that may be due to their youth (some characters were not so young and still skinny). However, the women in RP are very daring when flirting. Who knows if the American audience is up to this.On top of that RP has like a single death person, (Luciano's deceased wife), likely natural death but left to imagination. The producers were already too bold, a normal series today would have like half Rome burned down.

By carefully following the josei reality-focus, the characters are drawn in much more realistic ways than all other types of anime, forget not only the huge sexual features mentioned above, but also the typical multicolor giant eyes and equally multicolor large and loose hair.
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