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Kodoku no Gourmet Season 4 DVD Box (DVD)(Japan Version) DVD Region 2

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Kodoku no Gourmet Season 4 DVD Box (DVD)(Japan Version)
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Product Title: Kodoku no Gourmet Season 4 DVD Box (DVD)(Japan Version) 孤獨的美食家 Season 4 DVD Box (DVD) (日本版) 孤独的美食家 Season 4 DVD Box (DVD) (日本版) 孤独のグルメ Season 4 DVD Box Kodoku no Gourmet Season 4 DVD Box (DVD)(Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Matsushige Yutaka | Taniguchi Jiro | Kusumi Masayuki 松重豐 | 谷口治郎 | 久住昌之 松重庆 | 谷口治郎 | 久住昌之 松重豊 | 谷口ジロー/著 | 久住昌之/著 | The Screen Tones Matsushige Yutaka | Taniguchi Jiro | Kusumi Masayuki
Release Date: 2014-12-17
Publisher Product Code: PCBE-63209
Language: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: TV Tokyo
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1036542939

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
松重豊 / 久住昌之 (原作(作)) / 谷口ジロー (原作(画)) / The Screen Tones (音楽)

本編ディスク3枚+特典ディスク1枚

[特典情報]
映像特典収録

[テクニカル・インフォメーション]
本編417分
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January 30, 2015

A simple, mouth-watering premise done right
Based on a manga series by Kusumi Masayuki, late-night drama Kodoku no Gourmet has a remarkably simple premise: A middle-age businessman travels to various neighborhoods in Tokyo and samples the local gourmet by chance. That simplicity has lent the series endless possibilities for story ideas, and the show's popularity has led TV Tokyo to produce four seasons of it within two short years.

Fortunately, the show's creators have worked hard on keeping the formula fresh even in its fourth season. Each episode retains the same concept – protagonist Goro (Matsushige Yutaka) goes to a new neighborhood, gets hungry and finds a restaurant to eat – but the producers have brought in recognizable character actors like Kohinata Fumiyo (Hero), Sasano Takashi (Yowakutemo Katemasu) and Ishibashi Renji (River's Edge) as guest stars. Goro even gets to leave the Tokyo area in episode five, traveling around an island in Aichi Prefecture in pursuit of a client.

Of course, most audiences watch Kodoku no Gourmet for the food, and season four delivers on all counts. From the ginseng chicken soup of that tiny Korean restaurant in Ginza (episode 1) to the fried fish in the Ebisu restaurant (episode 12), the food looks so delectable that Matsushige probably didn't have much challenge making his "delicious!" face. With fan blogs and restaurant review websites like Gurunavi more popular than ever, it's no surprise that restaurants receive huge boost in business after appearing on the series.

However, Kodoku no Gurume is not just about the food. Each episode depicts a day in the life of our hungry hero as he meets people from all walks of life. These seemingly insignificant slice-of-life stories are often humorous (especially thanks to Goro's dry, pun-filled voiceovers) and amusing, like anecdotes that we hear during meals with friends. Kodoku no Gourmet could easily just be another foodie reality show, but Matsushige Yutaka and writer Taguchi Yoshihiro give the show a humanistic touch that it genuinely needs.

Unlike other food-related dramas like Shinya Shokudou, Kodoku no Gourmet puts the food front and center at the expense of drama. However, that choice actually makes the show more relevant to its audiences than its counterparts. Eating alone has become a way of life for contemporary urbanites, and Kodoku no Gourmet comforts viewers into believing that there is nothing wrong with enjoying meals alone. For his fans, Goro isn't just a character – it's a way of life.

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