Fake Romances and Real Feelings in ‘Naked Dining~Love, Life and Liberation~’ Episode 3-4

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New dishes, new feelings, and new romances (?) are coming up in ‘Naked Dining~Love, Life and Liberation~’ Episodes 3-4! 

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Episode 3: Sweet flashbacks and the anticipation of what’s to come!

Ichijou is finally back to being his usual zealous self and everyone in the office notices and rejoices! 

He has the weekend marked on his calendar and is visibly excited to meet and be taught again by Mahiro. 

The episode primarily centers on the flashback of the past weekend and what happened after their confrontation. After settling their differences and discussing their miscommunication, Mahiro starts to slowly open up and discuss the intricacy of the farming they do in the area. Afterward, they get the ingredients for the dish they will be cooking together.

Once back in the house, Ichijou suddenly remembers seeing Mahiro cleaning his grandmother’s backyard and asks him if it was indeed him to which Mahiro confirms. Now that they are working together, Mahiro notices how Novice Ichijou is in terms of cooking. In fact, he doesn’t even know how to put on an apron. Mahiro finds this adorable. 

Ichijou, on the other hand, tells him how he notices the manual labor he does and how strong he is despite his small frame. Mahiro brushes this off and tells him it is part of the job since he took over his mom’s shop. 

Meanwhile, Mahiro remembers the stories the grandmother told him about Ichijou and tells him not to work too hard when he comes back to the city. 

The two continue to work around the kitchen with Mahiro patiently teaching Ichijou a few techniques such as how to separate the fish meat from the skin. He learns how determined Ichijou is and that even though everything is new to him, he is excited to listen and try. Ichijou does not fail to show his caring side, nevertheless, as shown when he gently wipes the coriander stuck in Mahiro’s face making the latter feel weird and warm inside. 

After cooking, Ichijou plans to ask Mahiro to eat together but Mahiro announces that he has to go to the meeting held by the farmers in the area. Ichijou asks if he can join to which Mahiro agrees. 

When Mahiro leaves to get ready for the meeting, Ichijou does his holy routine again which is… to eat NAKED!

He tries the food and falls in love with the taste. He adds lime to the fish wrap and salsa and sighs. He feels he is in heaven! 

In the farmer’s meeting, the participants led by Mahiro discuss the various vegetables, fruits, and herbs requested by the community. Although some are foreign, they are open to learning how to plant and cultivate new kinds of produce. 

Ichijou sits on the side, listening in. He is informed by one of the older women there that they do this segment in the meeting called Omosubi Rice Meeting which is bringing delicious food to connect to people. He feels welcomed and is doted on by the women there. 

However, a woman named Riho-chan arrives to Mahiro’s delight (and Ichijou’s confusion) with new jams in tow. Ichijou shrugs off the weird feeling blossoming in his chest seeing the two together. 

On the ride back to the house, the Mahiro and Ichijou share a promise of another weekend of learning and enjoying good food together.

At present, Ichijou smiles at his calendar, anticipating the coming weekend. 

 

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Episode 4: How to fake a love story.

In the office, one of Ichijou’s co-workers, Shimizu shyly tells him to follow her outside. She asks him if he could make some time on the weekend to help her work in the office with the section chief. Ichijou politely declines this as he has his plans set with Mahiro. She is about to add something but another co-worker walks in on them, which leaves her with no opportunity to continue speaking.

Ichijou finally finishes an exhausting work week and is back in town. He and Mahiro decide to cook a seafood hot pot with satay sauce for the weekend. 

Ichijou shares with Mahiro how people in the office think that Ichijou has been hanging out with his girlfriend. Ichijou laughs in disbelief at this and asks Mahiro if he can introduce him to his friends since they have been hanging out. Mahiro doesn’t know how to answer this and looks flustered. The two share some personal stories such as Ichijou’s recent breakup and Mahiro’s… crush

While talking, Mahiro demonstrates how to remove the spine of the shrimp. Weirdly, the demonstration is intimate, especially on how Mahiro moves closer to Ichijou to place where his hands and fingers are supposed to be. They nearly kiss when Ichijou suddenly moves.

The moment is cut however when Riho-chan calls Mahiro’s phone. Ichijou is visibly annoyed by this interruption. Mahiro excuses himself to tend to a concern to Ichijou’s dissatisfaction. Since Ichijou is alone, he decides to indulge himself and eat naked again but before he can even take off his pants, Mahiro barges into the kitchen again, letting him know that a Shimizu is outside looking for him. 

Shimizu smells the hot pot and asks if she can stay since she hasn’t eaten all day. 

Albeit awkward, the three eat the hotpot. Shimizu, after getting a few bites, musters up the courage to say why she is there… that is to to beg Ichijou to accompany her tomorrow in the office. She explains that she feels that their section chief has taken an interest in her after sharing a meal and she doesn’t feel comfortable working with him alone. She adds that she hopes he can pretend to be her boyfriend to repel him.

Ichijou at the start doesn’t want to agree but Mahiro begrudgingly encourages him since Shimizu really needs the help although he seems jealous by the prospect of someone claiming Ichijous as their boyfriend. 

The next day, Shimizu and Ichijou demonstrate the steps on how to fake a relationship by (1) leaving corny sticky notes (2) using each other’s first names, and (3) displaying skinship. 

The section chief realizes the “romance” between the two and speaks to Ichijou. He says sorry for being too pushy with Shimizu and explains how he felt the past couple of days. He says that with her the food tasted more delicious, when he ate the meal with her, every stressor he had was forgotten. 

The section chief apologizes to Shimizu as well. Shimizu accepts the apology but feels bad for how she has reacted. 

When Ichijou comes home to his apartment, he does his usual routine and prepares his instant ramen. He takes off his clothes and gets ready to eat. However, he realizes that while the ramen has the same ingredients and is cooked the same and he is butt naked, he doesn’t feel as happy and liberated compared to before.

He realizes that the food doesn’t taste as delicious because Mahiro is not with him and he is in fact looking forward to being with him… He pauses and thinks about how this is exactly what his boss felt with Shimizu. 

More delicious food and the exciting romance in  ‘Naked Dining~Love, Life and Liberation~’ available on GagaOOLala!

 

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