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Review – Anthony Bourdain’s Get Jiro

By on March 17, 2014

get jiro - frontpage

Before I left Manila, I gave a good friend a copy of Anthony Bourdain’s first graphic novel –Get Jiro. It tells the story of a Japanese sushi chef, caught in the middle of a culinary war in Los Angeles.

The character is loosely based on sushi master Jiro Ono, who owns a highly-regarded 3-Michelin Star sushi restaurant in Tokyo. Fans of Bourdain, the world’s beloved badass chef-turned-writer/travel show host/enthusiast, could easily identify that, along with other Bourdainisms peppered through out the comic book – an instruction as to how to properly eat a sushi and other snarky quips on Western food culture.

get jiro - inside

There’s only a knife-wielding hero here, so those who would expect a typical DC or Marvel storyline would be in for a surprise or disappointment even. But its very impressive graphics may remotely remind you of a Tarantino film. If you are into such tasteful bloody spectacle, Get Jiro might be right up your alley.

I am not sure however, if my friend enjoyed it as much as I did. But I can assure him that I did not ‘browse’ through his present, even if I was really itching to.

Thankfully, I was able to buy another one at Fullybooked Cebu last month. It was a rather impulsive purchase, I must confess, but I left the bookstore with less guilt than I would like to acknowledge.

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    March 17, 2014

    i-push mo lang to baktin. I won't be surprised if Bourdain writes about baktincorporation someday. hehe.

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    brennan mercado

    March 19, 2014

    I'd be surprised if that happens. 😉

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    March 22, 2014

    Of course our good friend liked it my dear. It was a very nice surprise the morning after we had our last dinner out, but I know we will have more to come. We miss you "Piglet" Do come visit us soon…

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      brennan mercado

      March 23, 2014

      But I want to hear from JRF himself… 🙂 I miss you too guys. Antonio's for reunion? hehehe.


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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