12 Days X: Flavour Country

What’s nice about Udon no Kuni is it’s about a thirty year old and he doesn’t look decrepit. In fact, he is still plenty moe and voiced by Nakamura Yuuichi, which is actually perfect. And to add further to his already impressive resume, we begin the story with him in the middle of an existential crisis of sorts. Extremely relatable. We don’t even need to add the tanuki child or udon to make this a good show, those are just bonuses on top. But if I were to be totally honest, this show did result in me planning for udon for lunch for that first week after the show started airing. The nice thing about udon is that, unlike its more notable cousin ramen, the soup actually doesn’t require a million years to prepare. It’s just soy sauce, sugar, and mirin, and if you’ve got some tofu or green onions or whatever else lying around, then you’re pretty much set. Oh and noodles; if you’re outside Japan you’ll probably want the frozen Sanuki udon rather than whatever dried noodle labeled udon is offered.