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Manga / Shinmai Shimai No Futari Gohan

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"You always had this scary expression on your face, but you look so happy when you cook."
Sachi to Ayari
Sachi (left) and Ayari (right)

Sachi's father and Ayari's mother just got married and like that the two girls became sisters, while moving to their new home their parents suddenly leave to go travel the world and in the meanwhile both are let with just the other, because their different personalities they aren't able to connect with the other, everything seem hopeless but they discovered something they both have in common... their love for food, Ayari's passion is cooking while Sachi loves eating all types of food, with this as a gateway they are finally able to open up to each other.

Shinmai Shimai no Futari Gohan is a cooking, slice of life manga by Hiiragi Yutaka.

  • The manga started serialization on 2015 at Comic Dengeki Daioh.
  • In 2019 a drama adaptation by TV Tokyo aired from October and ending in December of the same year.

Shinmai Shimai No Futari Gohan provides examples of:

  • A-Cup Angst: Chapter 3 of the manga starts like this, Sachi became depressed after seeing Ayari's bra while doing laundry.

  • A Day In The Lime Light: Chapter 21 for Eri, the extra story after chapter 28 for Nao and Chapter 33 for aunt Minori.

  • Age Stereotypical Food: Sachi got hit by this when a classmate compared her taste at food with the one of a kid.

  • Aloof Big Sister: Subverted with Sachi being the eldest and with Ayari being the more mature one.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Making sausages using a piping gun and the skins of a leek.

  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: In the manga many of Sachi and Eri interactions can be seen as this, Sachi and Ayari in the drama adaptation.

  • Beach Episode: Subverted in Chapter 36, this is what Eri thought would happen so she waited for the sisters at beach while wearing a swimsuit, when they show up they are surprised as to why she is so lightly dressed since they are there to dig clams.

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  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Nao decided to become friends with Ayari after the later shared her lunch with her.

  • Big Eater: Sachi is almost always eating a snack or thinking about her next meal.

  • Big Fancy House: In the drama, in the manga the live in a apartment complex.

  • Camp Cook: In chapter 27 and chapter 39.

  • Cartoon Cheese: Averted, the raclette cheese they used to make fondue was pretty realistic.

  • Chick Magnet: Minori is this, she had a fellow female hunter blush at her presence, played straight with Nao since she has a pretty close bond with the pet chickens at her school.

  • Chocolate of Romance: Eri gives a frienship one to Sachi every valentine's day.

  • Christmas Episode: Chapter 16 is Sachi and Ayari first Christmas together as sisters.

  • Cool Big Sis: This is how Ayari and Nao see both Sachi and Eri.

  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • In chapter 16 when asked about her previous Christmas days Ayari reluctantly revealed that Santa has never visited her home before.
    • Sachi takes the change to reveal that Santa has never visit her either despite her being a good child.

  • Companion Cube: Ayari's Hair tie, it was given to her by Sachi.

  • Death Glare: Ayari does this unintentionally.

  • Deep-Fried Whatever: Ayari does one for Sachi in chapter 23.

  • Description Porn: Ayari does this while cooking, not only she explains every step of the process but also gives a background story of every dish or utensils she uses, a real example with the last page of every chapter being instructions to prepare the food featured in the same chapter.

  • Disappeared Dad: Sachi's dad is almost always abroad because of his work.

  • Ditzy Genius: Sachi, she gets high marks in school test and is quick to learn from Ayari's cooking lessons, in chapter 4 Ayari apologized for thinking she was dumb.

  • Fancy Dinner: Every dinner could count as one when Ayari is the one cooking.

  • Family of Choice: Despite not being blood related both Ayari and Sachi decided they are sisters.

  • Feminine Women Can Cook:
    • Ayari and Eri are the most feminine of the main characters and both are also Supreme Chef.
    • Nao and Minori are both big tomboys and don't have much cooking skills (the former is interested in learning).

  • First Friend: Ayari stated that Eri is this to her, Averted with Ayari and Sachi since they think of each other as sisters rather than friends.

  • Food Porn: Being a cooking manga (and thanks to Ayari skills) every chapter can be seen as a example of this.

  • Four-Girl Ensemble: After Ayari befriends Nao.

  • Genki Girl: Sachi and Nao.

  • Girls' Night Out Episode: Chapter 24, Sachi have plans already so Eri decided to invite Ayari instead.

  • I'm Your Biggest Fan: Nao deeply admires both Sachi and Eri.

  • Hair Decorations: Sachi wears a different hairpin in every chapter, Ayari's hair tie every time she gets ready to cook.

  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted, Ayari's skills come from years of training and even Sachi has improved a lot thanks to her lessons.

  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Inverted, Sachi got very depressed because her favorite ice cream flavor was sold out.

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Sachi tried to do one the time she mistook Ayari's aunt Minori for a criminal.

  • Improbable Food Budget: a small example, every now and then their parents send them some luxury ingredients otherwise the inside of their refrigerator looks pretty average.

  • It Runs in the Family: Ayari learned how to cook from her father, Sachi has great photography skills and her dad is a world famous photographer.

  • Japanese Delinquents: Because of her lack of social skills Ayari is seen as this by her fellow classmates, even Nao saw her as this before becoming friends with her.

  • Midnight Snack: The plot of chapter 4.

  • Mistakenfor Profound: The reason why Nao admires Sachi.

  • Mundane Made Awesome: Using a gas torch to caramelize a flan? making sausages with a piping bag and the skin of a negi? Ayari is an expert at this.

  • No Name Given: Despite appearing on flashbacks and recently in the current story, both of Ayari parents remain unnamed.

  • No Social Skills: Ayari is this, she can't even interact with strangers without panicking and running away but she has gotten better since meeting Sachi.

  • One-Gender School: Ayari goes to a female-only school.

  • Only Child Syndrome: Both sisters and Nao are only childs.

  • Only One Name: With the exception of Nao Shinoda every character is this.

  • Parental Abandonment: Subverted, their parents suddenly leaved to travel the world but they stayed in contact with them and eventually came back, Played straight with Sachi's mom.

  • Post-Stress Overeating: Sachi does this after getting stuck while studying, Post stress over Cooking for Ayari.

  • Running Gag:
    Sachi: i love "____", i wish i could eat "____"
    Ayari: Nee-san, i think...
    Sachi: don't tell me... you are not saying... you can make "____"!?
    Ayari: i think i can!

  • Sailor Fuku: Ayari is almost always wearing her school uniform even at home or in her days off, in the manga she claims this being because a rule from her school while in the drama she does this after trying different outfits but being unhappy with how they look on her so she chooses to wear her school uniform instead.

  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: This was for Ayari's mom and Sachi's dad for the early part of the manga, they would only interact with the girls by letters, Sachi's mom has yet to make any appearance.

  • Shrinking Violet: Ayari with strangers.

  • Shout-Out:

    • To Yuru-Yuri , Sachi's favorite ice cream flavor is rum raisin, she thinks that rum raisin ice cream being sold out is equal to the world ending.

  • Training from Hell: Ayari skills are the result of a self imposed one, downplayed because she really loves cooking.

  • Title Drop: Sachi does this in the first episode of the drama.

  • Token Mini-Moe: Eri's little sister, also Sachi who is noticeably shorter than everyone else.

  • Valentine's Day Episode: Chapter 21 has Eri making chocolates for Sachi.

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