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Kumika no Mikaku


Alt Names: alt クミカのミカク
Author: Ononoka Akihiro
Artist: Ononoka Akihiro
Genres: Comedy ComedyCooking CookingRomance RomanceSci-fi Sci-fiSeinen SeinenSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Aliens have become common on Earth. Kumika is one such alien who can get nutrition just by breathing and therefore does not need to eat, but from unexpected circumstance she takes a bite of Earth food and has her first experience of delicious Earth food. The uptight Kumika discovers new tastes through eating and awakens to new kinds of emotions.
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.1 Ch.7: Itadakimasu
Helvetica Scans Newspage 3 days ago
Vol.1 Ch.6: Because I Love It
Helvetica Scans Newspage 2 weeks ago
Vol.1 Ch.6: Porqué lo amo
Nozomi no Fansub Almighty Yisus A week ago
Vol.1 Ch.1: Si ella fuera a comer comida
Nozomi no Fansub Almighty Yisus A week ago
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Mmmh, guys if... lets say, i hypothetically adopt some a kids, fatten raise it, with plenty of love and care of course, and then kill process it for consumption, hypothetically of course..., and lets say i get caught, do you think the point of view of "i didn't took his life i was receiving it into myself" would left me off the hook?

 

Also... would i be able to open a restaurant chain out of this?

Will you guys dine there?

In a scale from 0 to 10, how delicious do you think a mixture of pork and beef taste with the texture of lamb meat would be?

And how much would you be willing to pay?

 

Hypothetically speaking of course...

To take a shot at understanding the "science" behind her species digestive needs;
Lets assume that her planet wasn't always quite so barren and that her people consumed food normally once upon a time. Then a crisis hit and food became scarce.
Her people adapted to become more like... filter feeding whales? I guess it could be similar to how pandas, who are carnivorous by nature, adapted to eating bamboo. 
Once she returns to eating normal food... the old digestive system starts up again and resumes as normal, because it wasn't removed just adapted over by necessity. 
That's my best guess with the little biology I know, applied to something that could be hand waved away with an "Aliens guy" meme.


This is the best and most "scientifically accurate" explanation for Kumika's biology so far.

Further comparison to pandas can be made here. Pandas are actually still carnivorous and can in fact adjust their eating habits very quickly under duress. In China a dirty little secret of the panda conservation movement is that pandas often attack livestock in their habitat and the conservationists then pay the livestock owner compensation and hush money (which, yes, leads to farmers deliberately setting up bait livestock for pandas). Panda females raising cubs also feed on small animals whenever they have an opportunity to do so. They actually have their mating strategy adjusted for this. Pandas mate during spring between March and May and gestate for around 5 months. Cubs will have grown big enough to walk right on the onset of winter. Then the whole family migrates (pandas don't hibernate) and start devouring small hibernating animals along the way. They'll also attack and feed on livestock if available.

Pandas didn't evolve vegetarianism due to lack of prey or competition from other predators. They did it because they were lousy opportunistic hunters in a habitat where nearly every available prey animal was small and nimble compared to them. The cost of hunting down such animals far outweigh the calorie value for pandas. Eating bamboo is actually a starvation response for them. They do prefer meat and would behave more like regular bears if given the oppprtunity. The conservationists have known this for about a decade and staff in the Sichuan panda center will answer you honestly if asked. Pandas in the center are still fed exclusively bamboo, though, both because it's cheaper (they grow their own bamboo) and because it's safer for everyone to keep the panda population on their millennia-long starvation diet rather than turn them back into predatory bears. They need to be released back to the wild, after all, and the human-dominated environment they live in today presents them with a wealth of accessible potential prey (livestock) and a heck of a lot of extremely dangerous hairless apes tending said prey.

In other words, Kumika's people are space pandas with a slightly weirder starvation-driven eating habit.

So why don't pandas turn obese or die from shock when they suddenly switch their diets? The secret is that pandas actually lack protein-digesting enzymes in their normal state. The first batches of meat go through the panda's digestive system practically undigested. They're just stimulants. After a while (no one really knows how long) the panda's body start generating these enzymes and the panda can start digesting the meat. The enzymes also triggers hormonal change in the panda that drives it to stop eating bamboo for a while until starvation conditions hit the panda again and it returns to a bamboo diet. Once the panda returns to full bamboo diet, it also stops producing the enzymes needed to digest meat. It's a neat biological trick that explains how this insanely complex animal with its seemingly stupid living habits can survive in the wild.

Kumika's biology probably works the same way. She didn't turn obese because she simply stopped filter-feeding when she started eating. She didn't drop dead because much of that bowl of porridge went back out as-is (sorry, Chihiro) while her body set up the necessary chemicals to process real food.

As for the latest chapter, I kinda feel the Japanese have romanticized the idea of eating what used to be alive a tad much. When I was a kid my family raised chicken and quail that we slaughtered ourselves for food. Also, every year there'd be a massive celebration in the soccer field nearby where dozens of cattle and goats would be slaughtered for the Muslim Day of Sacrifice. Neither I nor the elders in my community ever grew up feeling the need to thank the animals. They were alive, we killed them, we ate them. Done. It never crossed our minds to "come to terms" with any of it.

She should just get really fat and crossover into "another dimension" a la that other weight-loss manga with the fat elves and shit.

I think I still have to give it to Silver Spoon as far as adroit handling of this subject, but it's a near-run thing.

I'm so glad finally a cooking manga address this. I'm a middle age man, and I am kind of disappointed seeing how younger generation treat eating and food in general. In older days, eating is a ritual and food is sacred. When dinner time everybody stops everything they're doing and gather round. You're not supposed to do anything on a meal time, besides praying and focus on our food; as a respect for other creatures that lost their lives, in order to prolong ours.

 

I don't think being a vegan is the answer.

I think it's enough just to be grateful, respectful, and live your best as a tribute to your meal.

Yes, I am a sappy old men.

This made me emotional.

 

I dunno, something about innocence, learning, and coming to terms with it that just... gets me.

 

It's a friggin' food manga! There shouldn't be these feels!

I think that unlike other food or cooking manga where the character at least know what food is "Kumika no Mikaku" is learning about food at its most basic level. Facts and ideas about food and eating that we always take for granted. So I thinks it's more of a growing up story.

It can be like that now, but I'm sure it started as the actual explanation in this chapter....

 

Have you ever been in a butchery, not the shop but the one where they take the alive cattle to turn into the meat you eat?

 

I did when I was in my teens, and it's not pretty, it actually have a heavy and dark aura even when it's not being used.

 

I also saw people killing cattle during a party in a farm I went to make BBQ.

 

It's easy say that it's life.

 

I didn't turn into a vegan because of the experience, but it's a shocking one, specially when you are young.

 

So back in the Itadakimasu part, I prefer the way presented in this chapter. :)

I think he is joking lol

What is this itadakimasu equals gratitude narrative about? As a veteran consumer of fan translated manga and anime i can assure you that the correct translation of itadakimasu is rub-a-dub-dub thanks for the grub.

It can be like that now, but I'm sure it started as the actual explanation in this chapter....

 

Have you ever been in a butchery, not the shop but the one where they take the alive cattle to turn into the meat you eat?

 

I did when I was in my teens, and it's not pretty, it actually have a heavy and dark aura even when it's not being used.

 

I also saw people killing cattle during a party in a farm I went to make BBQ.

 

It's easy say that it's life.

 

I didn't turn into a vegan because of the experience, but it's a shocking one, specially when you are young.

 

So back in the Itadakimasu part, I prefer the way presented in this chapter. :)

IT'S FICTION!  How do you read/watch anything fantasy or many things that are sci-fi then?! The whole point of fiction is that within the world created for the purpose of the piece of media the author has the power to change what is an isn't possible. How boring would fiction be if we all had to be able to suspend our disbelief to read it the whole time.

 

seriously though I've been seeing this more and more on Batoto, people complaining that things are "unrealistic" etc when THERE ARE ALIENS LIVING ON EARTH IN THIS MANGA, how can you just happily accept that but get all caught up on their dietary habits

 

But you can suspend disbelief that she has mobile appendages that glow according to her mood, allow her temporary flight and that the tiny "dryad" from the latest chapter can regrow vine-like, tasty hair?

 

 

Yes but good fiction should have consistency. For example, it would be acceptable if a series had a magic that would allow someone to fire a magic missile if they said a keyword and only in that manner. If the series suddenly changes the keyword on you halfway through, or allows someone to fire the magic missile by just thinking about it, that's bad writing. 

 

Series like Fullmetal Alchemist that blend magic with science do this really well and a really good example of what I'm talking about. Alchemy has a set of defined rules which are loosely based on the laws of thermodynamics (equivalent exchange), and consequences if you try to break those rules, such as losing body parts when trying to bring people back from the dead. If someone in that series were able to just up and bring people back from the dead without paying any sort of price, that would be bullshit and bad writing.

 

 The series has aliens as part of its premise. Fine. Kumika can do certain superhuman things due to her physiology. Fine. But if it's been established that her species subsists on filter feeding, which means that their bodies are built to get enough calories/nutrition just from the air, and then all of a sudden she changes her method of feeding which exponentially changes the amount of calories she's getting with NO consequences, that's bad writing.

 

Edit: not saying that really affects the series all that much, by the way. It's cutesy and lighthearted and enjoyable, which is all anyone should really be expecting from this series. I'm just trying to dispel the notion that fantasy is somehow better off having no rules, when in fact the best fantasies have a ton of logic and consistency behind their more fantastical elements. 

 

Also, MechaNick does have a pretty good convincing explanation for why this occurs. It just would be nice if the author addressed that in the manga, ya know?

I can't suspend my disbelief that an organism that filter-feeds on microbes would be able to immediately metabolize solid foods and not die or at least become morbidly obese very very quickly :/

Eating habits = plot!

 

BOOM!

 

Mic drop!!!

This made me emotional.

 

I dunno, something about innocence, learning, and coming to terms with it that just... gets me.

 

It's a friggin' food manga! There shouldn't be these feels!

But you can suspend disbelief that she has mobile appendages that glow according to her mood,

I had a ring that did that.

I can't suspend my disbelief that an organism that filter-feeds on microbes would be able to immediately metabolize solid foods and not die or at least become morbidly obese very very quickly :/

But you can suspend disbelief that she has mobile appendages that glow according to her mood, allow her temporary flight and that the tiny "dryad" from the latest chapter can regrow vine-like, tasty hair?

What is this itadakimasu equals gratitude narrative about? As a veteran consumer of fan translated manga and anime i can assure you that the correct translation of itadakimasu is rub-a-dub-dub thanks for the grub.

I want a little dryad girl on my farm right now. Not for anything H even, just to see her interacting with the animals every day :)

 

Yes yes me too, I clearly don't have any bad motives at all not even any "H" motives, clearly none... We all just want a cute dryad, well mine is more of a Rice field farm tho. 

I want a little dryad girl on my farm right now. Not for anything H even, just to see her interacting with the animals every day :)

Yes and? You don't give an internment camp survivor a double-bacon cheeseburger just because they "can" eat food. They'll die.


Thats not even a fair example. In the case of the camps they were deliberately starved and denied food & nutrition in order to kill them/make them weaker. In the case of Kumika though they still got the nutrition, just not from food so giving them a hamburger wouldnt kill them since theyre not affected by malnutrion, which is the reason why people who havent eaten in a long time shouldnt be given lots of food.

She, and her people still got nutrition in a different way but werr always able to eat, But due to scarcity only the wralthy/powerful could eat.

I can't suspend my disbelief that an organism that filter-feeds on microbes would be able to immediately metabolize solid foods and not die or at least become morbidly obese very very quickly :/

 

IT'S FICTION!  How do you read/watch anything fantasy or many things that are sci-fi then?! The whole point of fiction is that within the world created for the purpose of the piece of media the author has the power to change what is an isn't possible. How boring would fiction be if we all had to be able to suspend our disbelief to read it the whole time.

 

seriously though I've been seeing this more and more on Batoto, people complaining that things are "unrealistic" etc when THERE ARE ALIENS LIVING ON EARTH IN THIS MANGA, how can you just happily accept that but get all caught up on their dietary habits

Wasn't it explained in chapter one that her species are able to eat food, but choose to do filter-food things due to scarcity of it, and food itself being seen as a luxury so that only the richest of her kind would eat food

Yes and? You don't give an internment camp survivor a double-bacon cheeseburger just because they "can" eat food. They'll die.

I mean, the whole premise of getting nutrition from the air is so flawed that I just automatically suspended disbelief.

 

Either she doesn't need that much nutrition in comparison to humans, in which case we can expect her to gain a lot of weight in the future, or she has similar nutritional needs, in which case bacteria in the air wouldn't be enough. 

The "bacteria" would only be a part of what could be being used for nutrition. For example, most of the "dust" that you find around is actually caused by human skin shedding, and maybe some human hair - each has the possibility of being used nutritionally. Also, take a look at the various different ways some bacteria survive. There are actually bacteria that survive off minerals. Also, there is also the possibility that her race has a "sympbiotic" relationship with another life form (like bacteria) that gets food from the air, and in turn, has waste products that are used as "food" by the alien.

 

Lots of possibilities, just gotta open your mind to them.

Wasn't it explained in chapter one that her species are able to eat food, but choose to do filter-food things due to scarcity of it, and food itself being seen as a luxury so that only the richest of her kind would eat food

Yep.

That's my best guess with the little biology I know, applied to something that could be hand waved away with an "Aliens guy" meme. 

 

His name is Giorgio A. Tsoukalos. The "A" is for "Aliens".

Wasn't it explained in chapter one that her species are able to eat food, but choose to do filter-food things due to scarcity of it, and food itself being seen as a luxury so that only the richest of her kind would eat food

http://bato.to/reader#27a674656f7545dc_15

what are you doing with my waifu??

To take a shot at understanding the "science" behind her species digestive needs;

Lets assume that her planet wasn't always quite so barren and that her people consumed food normally once upon a time. Then a crisis hit and food became scarce.

Her people adapted to become more like... filter feeding whales? I guess it could be similar to how pandas, who are carnivorous by nature, adapted to eating bamboo. 

Once she returns to eating normal food... the old digestive system starts up again and resumes as normal, because it wasn't removed just adapted over by necessity. 

That's my best guess with the little biology I know, applied to something that could be hand waved away with an "Aliens guy" meme. 


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