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The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko HouseThe Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

Culturally rich and supremely gentle, The Makanai is an absolute delight to watch

Comedy, Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.9

show

Japan
Japanese
Easy, Emotional, Heart-warming
2023
Ai Hashimoto, Aju Makita, Arata Iura
43 min

Synopsis

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Two inseparable friends move to Kyoto to chase their dreams of becoming maiko, but decide to pursue different passions while living under the same roof.

Our Take

8.9
The Staff

On the surface, The Makanai is a simple, slice-of-life show about food and friendship. While it is that, to be sure, it’s also a substantial drama that tackles questions about art vs. love, and love vs. companionship, and career vs. purpose. Under the gentle guidance of showrunner Hirokazu Kore-eda (Still Walking, Shoplifters, Broker), who generously allows up-and-coming directors to take the helm on certain episodes, The Makanai feels at once light and hefty, comforting and challenging. We’re seeing mundane events unfold before us as if we were bystanders, but we also understand that there is so much more happening than what meets the eye. A prolonged gaze, a lovingly prepped meal, an especially sharp wing-eye, all of these have much to say about the state of mind of these girls. 

It’s a supremely gentle and culturally rich show with a tender heart; a truly great watch on all accounts.

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