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Chuuka Ichiban!

Chuuka Ichiban!

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Cooking Master Boy
Japanese: 中華一番

Information

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 - Children
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 7.691 (scored by 2776 users)
Ranked: #9772
Popularity: #2441
Members: 5,381
Favorites: 43
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

comedy cooking

Synopsis

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.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Related Anime

Adaptation: Chuuka Ichiban!

Characters & Voice Actors

Mei Li
Mei Li
Main
Yukino, Satsuki
Japanese
Yukino, Satsuki
Mun, Seon hui
Korean
Mun, Seon hui
Zhi Lao
Zhi Lao
Main
Sakamoto, Chika
Japanese
Sakamoto, Chika
Byeon, Hyeon Wu
Korean
Byeon, Hyeon Wu
Xi Er
Xi Er
Main
Yanaka, Hiroshi
Japanese
Yanaka, Hiroshi
Li Wen
Li Wen
Main
Canna, Nobutoshi
Japanese
Canna, Nobutoshi
Kim, Seung jun
Korean
Kim, Seung jun

Staff

Anno, Masami
Director
Kagawa, Yutaka
Episode Director, Storyboard
Koshi, Shigeo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Fukushima, Hiroyuki
Storyboard



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Feb 7, 2008
zeru02
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
KokoaKuroba
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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Recommendations

similarly., they're both about cooking!!!`~
reportRecommended by ka-ki - Add to favorites
Both have energetic young guys as their protagonists, and both are of a specific theme: while Grander Musashi is about fishing, Cooking Master Boy is obviously about cooking. Both also have evil antagonists who want to take over the world by fishing/cooking :)

Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

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

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