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Chuuka Ichiban!

Chuuka Ichiban!

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Cooking Master Boy
Japanese: 中華一番


Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 27, 1997 to Sep 13, 1998
Producers: Nippon Animation
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #10332
Popularity: #2757
Members: 6,720
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The story takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, where the Emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". It was an era in which top chefs with different cooking styles tried their best to improve their skills and to become the best chef in China. It is a country where insulting a high-grade chef or fooling around with cooking could land a person in a jail, and impersonating a top-chef is as good as usurpation of authority. Chefs compete with each other in order to gain respect and even power, but also with the risks of losing everything.

The country of China has four major regions: Beijing, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong.

The beginning of the story takes place in Szechuan, Mao's birthplace.

After the death of Mao's mother, Pai, who was called the 'Fairy of Cuisine', Mao becomes a Super Chef in order to take the title as Master Chef of his mother's restaurant. However, before he takes his mother's place as Master Chef, he continues to travel China in order to learn more of the many ways of cooking, in the hopes of becoming a legendary chef, just like his mother. During his journey, he meets great friends and fierce rivals who wish to challenge him in the field of cooking.

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Adaptation: Chuuka Ichiban!

Characters & Voice Actors

Mao Hsing, Liu
Mao Hsing, Liu
Tanaka, Mayumi
Tanaka, Mayumi
Xi Er
Xi Er
Yanaka, Hiroshi
Yanaka, Hiroshi
Mei Li
Mei Li
Yukino, Satsuki
Yukino, Satsuki
Hong, Lan Fei
Hong, Lan Fei
Okiayu, Ryotaro
Okiayu, Ryotaro


Annou, Masami
Annou, Masami
Hanyuu, Naoyasu
Hanyuu, Naoyasu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kagawa, Yutaka
Kagawa, Yutaka
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takamura, Akira
Takamura, Akira
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Episodes  0 / 52
Aired  Apr 27, 1997 to Sep 13, 1998
Status  Finished Airing
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Feb 7, 2008 6:52 AM
First chinese dubbed anime that I just finished watching, so the story's still fresh in my mind. I've seen bits of this anime in our local channel, back then it was already pretty interesting but I haven't been able to catch it always on tv. The plot is very interesting, centering around a 13 year old boy who has a magical touch when it comes to cooking. Like his mom, Mao believes cooking should be used to bring happiness to people, and this is the theme the story revolves in. One can't help but cheer for Mao as he goes through several tough cooking competitions. read more
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Jun 28, 2012 5:54 AM
I remembered when I was a kid, I've watched like 2-5 episodes of this on TV and thought that I want to Completely watch it. My first impression of it was something like making Yakitate Japan into a cooking anime set in 19th century China. Watching it completely right now, I saw that this was really an enjoyable series. The story was alright (though they say the manga was better), It was not predictable(unlike other shounen anime were you already know how the MC will win),it also made good cliffhangers and twists which was truly unexpected, and the animation is good for an 80's show. read more
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May 14, 2011 6:41 PM
Cooking Master Boy is an anime about a boy who happens to be really good at cooking [obviously] much to the surprise of the people he meets along the way. Despite it's rather plain subject matter, I give the series high marks for the enjoyment that comes with watching it. Although not a fan at first, I was hooked by the fifth episode and watched faithfully to the end. Although simplistic, the artistry grabs the eye and the sound, although plain, grabs for the heart. I especially enjoyed hearing the dub in Cantonese, as the voice actors were excellent. I would recommend this series to read more
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Jun 23, 2012 2:58 PM
I've only watched the Cantonese dub of this anime when I was a child but the memories of this anime is still fresh in my mind.

This is a type of anime which makes a normal profession seem like magic. You will see people chopping food in outrageous fashion, the critics' food reactions are hilarious and down right over the top. That was what made me fall in love with this anime and also attempting to cook like they have although my cutting skills still can't make cabbage fly yet.

Plot wise it's like Pokemon to be honest. Main character goes off to venture the country, read more
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Opening Theme

#1: "Sora (空)" by Maki Ooguro (eps 1-18)
#2: "Iki mo Dekinai: Now I Can Breath (息もできない~Now I can breath~)" by ZARD (eps 19-36)
#3: "Kimi Sae Ireba (君さえいれば)" by DEEN (eps 37-52)

Ending Theme

#1: "Aoi Sora ni Deaeta (青い空に出逢えた)" by Arisa Tsujio (eps 1-20)
#2: "Mineral (ミネラル)" by Kaori Nanao (eps 21-36)
#3: "Kaze no You ni Jiyuu: Free as the Wind (風のように自由~free as the wind~)" by Keiko Utoku (eps 37-52)

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