Koufuku Graffiti Created Due To Mistranslation Of ‘Food Porn’

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In a new interview celebrating the debut of the new Shaft anime Koufuku Graffiti, mangaka and original creator Makoto Kawai revealed that the idea for the franchise came about after he misunderstood the popular internet term “food porn,” which is typically used to describe enticing pictures of delicious food products.

Kawai told Anime Maru that when he initially encountered the term, he thought it was a reference to actual pornographic-style depictions of eating, which are heavily featured in the manga and anime. “A friend told me that he really enjoyed food porn Twitter accounts and blogs, and I immediately got this image in my head of girls eating in a very sensual, sexual manner, emitting moans of pleasure similar to the ones made during intercourse,” he said. “I’ve always been a fan of the movie Nine 1/2 Weeks so the idea of sex and food together was already floating around in my head. By the time I had realized my error, I already had the first chapter laid out, and the rest is history.”

Asked about the obvious comparisons to the upcoming anime Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars), Kawai said: “I don’t think of it as direct competition. That show will be ecchi and have a lot of actual sexual innuendo, whereas here it’s all about the food itself being sexual.”

“Besides, I started my manga before those guys,” he muttered under his breath.

Kawai is currently at work developing his next manga, which tells the story of a fresh high-school graduate who is forced to take on extra work to pay his rent. The project is tentatively named “You Had One Job.”

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