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Fighting Cooking Legend Bistro Recipe 

Kakutou ryouri densetsu bistro recipe (original title)
In the land of the Fighting Foodons, regular recipes turn into meal-time monsters when the art of culinary combat is concocted. It's all friendly competition, that is, until evil becomes ... See full summary »


Shuntaro Ashida




2003   2002  




Series cast summary:
Tara Sands ...  Chase 26 episodes, 2001-2003
Amy Palant Amy Palant ...  Kayla 26 episodes, 2001-2003
Andrew Rannells ...  Fried Ricer 26 episodes, 2001-2003
Scott Rayow Scott Rayow ...  Narrator 26 episodes, 2001-2003
Veronica Taylor ...  Clawdia / ... 25 episodes, 2001-2003
Madeleine Blaustein ...  Burnt Meatballs / ... 25 episodes, 2001-2003
Ted Lewis ...  Chef Jack / ... 20 episodes, 2001-2003
Lisa Ortiz Lisa Ortiz ...  Coco 16 episodes, 2002-2003
Marc Thompson Marc Thompson ...  Albert 13 episodes, 2002-2003


In the land of the Fighting Foodons, regular recipes turn into meal-time monsters when the art of culinary combat is concocted. It's all friendly competition, that is, until evil becomes the order of the day. King Gorge and his Gluttons have cooked up a devious plan to rule the world and they've sprinkled an extra dash of destruction. By kidnapping all the world's greatest Foodon chefs they've truly set the table for trouble. But wait! There's one boy named Chase, a young apprentice chef with an appetite for action, who thinks he has what it takes to become an Elite Master Chef like his father, Master Chef Jack. Chase believes that he himself can change the world, one meal at a time. Written by Kinnikuman12195

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14 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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This is one of the dumbest animes in existence... And it is awesome because of that
2 August 2015 | by joshua-dracoSee all my reviews

Fighting Foodons (aka Bistro Recipe) is a "monster catcher" anime in the vein of Pokemon, Digimon, and Monster Rancher. The big quirk of its bestiary is that each monster is food dish brought to life, ranging from fine dining to snack foods. The monster's strength is determined by how they were cooked before they were brought to life, being a good cook is just as important as being a good trainer.

The plot is the ultimate cliché: the Evil Glutton Empire is trying to take over the world and it is up to an inexperienced but brave and kind-hearted kid to beat the bad guys and protect his friends and family. Our protagonist is Chase, alongside him are his sister Kayla and her foodon Omelette, the reckless but usually helpful Pie Tin, and Oslo the wise sage who trains Chase. There is also Clawdia, a vain cat girl who is constantly stirs up trouble on behalf of the Glutton empire and constantly confronts the heroes. Chase's goal is to beat the Glutton Empire's top generals, their evil sorcerer leader King Gorge, and find his missing father.

Yeah, nothing original... But that is the point. Fighting Foodons is a parody of monster catching anime and video games. It has a field day with making fun of classic clichés, from the hero having an arrogant rival to traveling the world helping people along the way. Clawdia herself is an obvious nod to Team Rocket from Pokemon, heck some foodons can only say their own names! While there is some good character development, some serious moments, and the action sequences are top-notch, the anime is unbelievably goofy and genre savvy watchers will be able to predict most to the story right away.

The main reason to watch this anime is because it is intentionally ridiculous and parodies the ever-loving crap out of monster catching anime and video games. Those who have seen/played Pokemon and similar franchises will likely enjoy the subject matter and the parodying of said subject matter. Those who focus on the monsters won't be disappointed either, if you can stomach the terrible puns and portmanteaus Fighting Foodons has an excellent line of monsters. The English dub was done by 4kids, and believe it or not this is one of their best works. The campy acting compliments the ridiculous events perfectly.

In short: don't go watching Fighting Foodons expecting an action-oriented adventure like Pokemon; go into it expecting Bobobo-Bobobobo, something that is tongue-in-cheek, cliché on purpose, and exemplifies classic Japanese goofiness.

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