"Kodoku no Gourmet" was originally serialized in Fusosha's "Gekkan SPA!" between 1994 and 1996. It was resumed in 2008 and has been irregularly serialized since then.
The story follows a man named Inogashira Goro, who privately runs an imported dry goods business. In his spare time between work, he visits various shops and tastes their cuisine. One of the highlights of the manga is that the shops that appear in it are all real shops geared towards a general public. The drama will preserve the spirit of the manga, in which the solitary protagonist speaks very little and the focus is on his character as he eats various dishes.
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Comments by Susan [Rating: 10/10] Though this series has no central plot, Matsushige's performance is not to be missed. His expressions as Goro are an absolute delight! I've never seen anyone portray a love of food as well as this. More importantly, the food porn! Oh my gosh! A word of warning: never watch this series while hungry.
Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10] There's really no plot to this. At least none that I could figure out, just Matsushige going from place to place eating. The dishes all looked great and it was nice to see Matsushige cast as something besides his usual thug/yakuza role.
Comments by RISAKO [Rating: 3/10] First couple of episodes were interesting but it goes downhill.