Ristorante Paradiso Complete Series
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Thank you lucky penny for making it possible for me to own such an amazing anime and apparently keep coming back ever 4 months for more!!
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. (But Italians are not red-haired as often as in RP). Almost only the central character, Nicoletta, has big eyes. In fact their hair is normally quite short. The funny thing is they still have big features: their mouths and noses. Noses are a simple line or wiped-off altogether in most other anime. Yet, despite all these changes the female characters are still very pretty. The backgrounds depicting the city of Rome are also quite attractive, drawn in a very artistic way looking like a mixture of impressionism and video games.
Another irony is that while RP is a women's product it has plenty of male characters, actually more than female. It's the first time in a long while that I find anime with so many male characters, but even more impressive is that they play good roles, different from the typical roles as trouble-makers (what right-wingers call "warriors") No more failing students who happen to be special out of magic, fearsome soldiers or plain psychos and idiots or wimps. Instead, these characters play roles of people making an honest, simple and peaceful living by working in restaurants. As a man I relate RP to the first American series (like Fantasy Island) showing non-white characters playing the good-guy roles.
RP shows no emphasis on getting promotions at all like in the USA (that we don't get much -if any- in fact) or in continuous suffering as in Japan (that they do get), but in the respect of their jobs with the challenge of becoming great performers without the repulsive arrogance so spread elsewhere. This dignification of their jobs and themselves reaches a level that is more utopian than real sometimes, yet it manages to show people's & job's drawbacks in an uplifting way. In these senses RP is similar to "Aria the animation" and sequels, a series whose manga source the Wikipedia curiously labeled for male teenagers, but in the whole American continents it can only appeal to female teenagers and grown-up audiences. Also like Aria, it is funny at times. Nicoletta may well get you one or two laughs by being as nosey (and idle occasionally) as she is, along with grumpy Luciano and her snoopy-spy-like competition, Gigi. Can you imagine what a trio they make? However, she is an earnest character.
The anime is spoken only in Japanese as stated in the trashy first customer review. The producers rightfully must've doubted that their deeply refined product could sell well in the whole American continents so addicted to vulgarity, lack of real creativity and a further toilette-paper-size list. Then they skipped paying for English voice actors, just like they've done for similar products like Aria and Maria Watches over Us. And the series might not sell well in Japan itself because most of the audience might not know the manga source either. RP anime has just begun; this is supposed to be only the first season. Thus only this time I will openly encourage people to buy the Ristorante Paradiso series to keep it going, along with the production of such type of series and more important, its values, the most vital is to respect our mundane lives, they matter. Gee, it may be first series praising somehow wearing glasses, something often worn by us, the public.