As a kid, we always have the urge to eat something from a cartoon or anime. For some reason, the brightly colour, animated meals just look extra delicious compared to their tangible, real life counterparts. The chicken looks juicier, the ramen looks slurpier, heck, even a piece of biscuit looks crisp and sweet. Maybe it’s a psychological thing but when the characters devour their pantone-dishes down, we can’t help ourselves from feeling hungry after.
A Japanese woman who has the same urge as us took matters into her own hands and decided to recreate food that you’d find in anime. And guess what? They look just as good in real life. She usually uploads photos of her anime-inspired dishes on her Instagram – @En93kitchen. Most of her recreated meals are from Studio Ghibli’s films, so you’re going to see lots of references to Hayao Miyazaki’s films such as Kiki’s Delivery Service or My Neighbor Totoro. But you’ll also see meals from newer anime studios such as CoMix Wave Films, who produced the modern day classic Your Name.
To see 20 of her own homecooked anime food, just keep scrolling:
Breakfast from Howl’s Moving Castle
Tea Party In The House Of Spirited Away
Lunch Box From My Neighbor Totoro
Cake From Kiki’s Delivery Service
Ham Noodles from Ponyo
Lunch Box From Up On Poppy Hill
Sandwich From Ponyo
Soup From Wolf Children
Meat Dumpling Soup From Castle In The Sky
Sandwich From Tales From Earthsea
Pancakes From Your Name
Pie From Kiki’s Delivery Service
Red Bean Steamed Bun From Spirited Away
Lunch Box From Your Name
Chicken From Up On Poppy Hill
Dinner From Porco Rosso
Spaghetti Meatballs from The Castle Of Cagliostro
Tea & Cake From The Wind Rises
Fish From The Wind Rises
Rice Bowl From Spirited Away
If you can read Japanese, learn some of her recipes here.