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Apr 19, 2008 04:50 PM

Japanese Food Drama, Tonight on KTSF [moved from San Francisco board]

A new food-related Japanese drama starts tonight at 8:30 on KTSF Channel 26. It will be subtitled in English.

"Teppan Shojo Akane" looks to be about a girl and her teppan grill. Searching for her lost father.

In the previews she grills up a pretty mean looking Kansai-style okonomiyaki.

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  1. Gr8! Thanks so much for the heads up! I'll be paying attention to the food, not the melodrama :-)

    1. Awesome, thanks for the heads-up. Will have to torrent it later tonite.

      1. Anyone interested, here's a DVD source for the series - subbed in English:

        Episodes 1-9 are available on line if you search, but they're not subbed (not a problem for me, but simultaneous translating for my wife & kids takes its toll...).

        Shoojo or shoujo = young girl, so the title is Teppan Girl Akane (her name is Akane). I watched the first and it could be interesting - nowhere near as funny as Kuitan, but less kistchy in that Japanese niko-niko way. There are definitely food concepts - the buta-tama, for one. The idea of elevating Okonomiyaki to the heights of ramen (as it was in Tampopo) seems a bit farfetched... it just doesn't have the history. But it was a great show in the Dotch series (Hiroshima vs. Osaka), so maybe there's something more to it than throwing on the kitchen sink. Gotta find that buta-tama...

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        1. re: applehome

          Kuitan 2 is currently showing on TV Japan, but without English subtitles. I may have to spring for a subtitled DVD of Kuitan 1.

          1. re: Debbie M

            Kuitan 2 is pretty lousy. Seems like they ran out of material by episode 4 or 5 and had to make up an entire new storyline just to keep it going. If you're watching for the drama/comedy, I would say don't watch any more. If it's for the food, then, well, it's marginally watchable.