What is oishinbo?


Oishinbo (美味しんぼ?, lit. "The Gourmet") is a long-running cooking manga written by Tetsu Kariya and drawn by Akira Hanasaki. The manga's title is a portmanteau of the Japanese word for delicious, oishii, and the word for someone who loves to eat, kuishinbo. The series depicts the adventures of culinary journalist Shirō Yamaoka and his partner (and later wife), Yūko Kurita. It has been published by Shogakukan between 1983 and 2008 in Big Comic Spirits, before resuming again on February 23, 2009, and collected in 104 tankōbon volumes, currently making it the 7th longest manga released. The series was a perennial best-seller, selling 1.2 million copies per volume, for a total of more than 100 million volumes as of January 2009.

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Oishinbo - Reception
... upsurge in popularity in the gurume movement, called the "gourmet boom." Iorie Brau, author of "Oishinbo’s Adventures in Eating Food, Communication, and Culture in Japanese Comics," said ... The popularity of Oishinbo the comic lead to the development of the anime, the live action film, and many fansites ... Tetsu Kariya, the writer of Oishinbo, said in a 1986 interview that he was not a food conoisseur, and that he felt embarrassed whenever food experts read the comic ...