Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family's restaurant as its head chef.
Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its "Shokugeki" or "food wars," where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.
As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.
Some of the recipes used in the series are compiled in the manga volumes by the collaborator chef, Yuki Morisaki. A recipe book was released June 4, 2015 featuring both recipes from the manga as well as new ones exclusive to the book, written by Morisaki with illustrations done by Shun Saeki.
Shokugeki no Souma has been published in English as Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint since August 5, 2014.
My food is going to embrace you so hard, you will reach the climax of sensation, naked!
Where the cooking battles called Shokugeki dominate and control the entire position of the cooking society, welcome to Shokugeki no Souma! Alongside with simply the most attractive art, be prepared to be taken on a ride full of cliffhangers and tight moments. Furthermore, be sure to bring something to eat while you read through the pages, as you just might feel hungry when you see the beauty in the food shining in front of you.
Looking at these series as a whole, they are not really complex. Far from that. They are actually really simple, but manage to emphasize and execute the matter they bring so excellently that makes you want to read more and more, as well as gets you happy to follow further releases. The primary keyword wouldn't be "food", but "battles". "Food" comes the soonest on the second place, if not later. That would be because these series present their enjoyment focus through some sort of action, so to speak. They focus mainly on our characters facing off in cooking matches, which are judged and winners usually declared by some high-level people in the culinary world.
Sounds pretty simple, right? Some cooks showing off and aiming for the best. Well, I cannot say that's all there is to it, since there is one more factor that contributes a lot towards the overall liking of the series. That focus would be the setting. Our proud main character (highlight "proud") is a long-term cook and helper in his family, special-of-the-day restaurant. His overly manly and hot dad is a mysterious chef who is proven to be one of the best in the world. He sends his son, who clearly wants to surpass him, into the highest-class cooking school, where only rare pass. Here, things run around various cooking battles called Shokugeki. On short, win them and you'll be the main boss. Lose them, and you're out. It's like a gamble that's rather focused on cooking skills over luck. What does that bring us to? A huge, badass tournament, which is entertaining to the fullest.
Basically, if we compare these series to some sort of a supernatural shounen, they present us to the main, official battle to the top, alongside with many smaller, unofficial battles to fill in the gaps here and there, as well as present us to some new characters. The only two differences are that instead of physical fighting, the characters take each other on mentally and through their cooking. Food is their weapon, they are their casters. The second difference lies in quality. These series are those of a higher quality, regardless of their unserious focus through the story. They include a well-planned storyline and present it extremely well, regardless of the slow pacing many worry about.
Through their everyday struggle, our main characters get closer and closer to each other, hinting on a possible romance focus later in the series. What's more, they meet many new characters who get their own screentime. Now, this is where things get a little bit tricky. With so many new characters coming in in packs, many of the already-known characters are left out. They are left out even if they have the role of a main character. For example, at first, Erina has been considered as the deuteragonist of the series. Later on, she gets much less screentime and is set as the tritagonist. As of right now, when more and more characters keep on coming in, she didn't even appear in a few chapters in a row. She is only an example, though. It constantly happens with other characters as well. Now, whether this is good or not is really debatable, but I'd say it's for the better. These series focus on a tournament, and for them to stay fresh and full of enjoyment, our main protagonist has to face various new foes who he'll fight head-to-head. After all, just pulverizing the same peeps over and over again might tend to turn out boring, right? Still, a girl or two that would get at least a page on every second chapter would be good, to keep the main boy & girl setting up. As of late, we aren't getting that.
So, we've got the story full of excitement covered. We also have our gang of characters who build through the series at full speed. What we need now is to have all of this presented to us. This is where one of the biggest, if not the biggest strength-point of the series comes in — their marvellous art. Shun Saeki, the artists who has also drawn the one-shot "Our Love Counseling", does the most splendid job at keeping the characters, the food, as well as pretty much everything in the story as attractive at it gets. In many scenes, there are quite some minorities that get way too over-emphasized and over-dramatized by the art, but as a person reads through some characters, he/she gets used to it and only sees it as something funny, exciting and tight.
In the end, Shokugeki no Souma are some light series, filled with cliffhangers that tease you and make you wait for the next chapter to come out, but you don't get to dislike them for that. Focusing on various food showdowns and over-dramatized actions as well as resolves, they bring that peak of unserious enjoyment, and they do it right. With the whole pack of excitement the characters experience being presented through some excellent art, they certainly are a product worth of reading if you're a type that likes some light read including various tournament showdowns, but are bored of the overused physical violence. Sit down, grab some cookies or whatever, read Shokugeki no Souma, and get the warm feeling of experiencing something light, but most splendid.read more
There are those boring times that we experience in our lives. Leading us to try new things, may it be funny or serious or just plain something we want to do, and those experiences will give us a learning or two. I had two or more of those moments in my life, and what i did during one of those times was browse a random manga in a manga hosting site. And there i found a shimmering shining diamond. A manga titled Shokugeki no Souma.
The story is quite simple really, the protagonist, Souma Yukihira, has a father that has a world renowned culinary arts skill, known by high people from throughout the world. But is just running a Specialty of the day restaurant. One day Souma's father decided to work abroad as requested by a friend, resulting to the closing of their restaurant. Souma is now sent to a very prestigious high school where the sons and daughters of japan's top restaurants are enrolled.
To keep the spoilers out of this review i recommend that you read the manga because i like to preserve the excitement on souma's conquests. BTW, this is an ecchi manga. Additional points.
The art was magnificent. The ingredients being used, they were somewhat detailed but not THAT detailed, otherwise I'll give a 10. The drawings are clean, and may i say "those meats." If you know what i mean.
Hey, i never had these feeling since yakitate japan and mister ajikko. The characters are well thought in my point of view. Unique skills, Unique Background stories, Unique Goals, and Unique Traits and any other Unique things that you can think of.
Are you kidding? It's a shame that i could only give a 10/10 to describe this feeling I'm having right now. This would be one of the greatest anime if this would be adapted to be one(I have high hopes for that.). Talking about this manga having high potentials to be adapted as an anime, i had second thoughts if i would continue reading this or not. Mainly because i don't wanna spoil myself and decrease the enjoyment of watching an anime, knowing what will happen in each upcoming episode. So yeah, this is quite an exciting piece of work.
WHAAAAAAT?! 9/10 but reading you're reviews on each sector seemed that it was getting a 10/10?!
If a gave it a 10/10 then there would be no room for improvement. Overall I fell in love with this manga. To the point where i didn't want to spoil myself because i somehow feel that this will have an anime adaptation soon. A must read to all ages(Lol, jk 18+). This manga also gave me this weird thing called, "Inspiration". Much like Yakitate Japan and Mister Ajikko, the reactions of the judges gives a good laugh. I now leave this place deciding whether to continue reading this or not. This feeling, Tasukete XD. Anyways, This Manga is highly recommended to everyone. This will somehow boost your self confidence. Don't believe me? Read it for yourself >:)
Now, now, that's what we readers always ask ourselves about this manga in particular, right?
It's incredible how enjoying a manga we presume it's bad can be. Our first reaction after recommending a cooking manga to a friend is always the same, we are greeted with a "That's lame, bro, I can make my spaghetti".
You are that friend right now, right?
Well, this is not your usual spaghetti. It's an epic spaghetti. Complemented with an art unrivaled in this genre. But I know that's not enough. Well, you have an alpha male main character as well, that pumps more blood up your brain than your average shounen main character. What's your excuse?
True, it is a cooking manga, but it will leave you speechless, since a kebab burger will have more impact in you than a character death ever did.read more
If you like typical shounen battle manga and ecchi but want a new taste this manga is for you. It's a Slight Ecchi Cooking Battle Manga (^ ^). Lots of tension, suspense, cliffhangers, satisfying wins, well MC does lose, but rarely because of MC protection. Art is great it's drawn by Saeki Shun who aslo did 'Our Love Counseling' great oneshot btw. Lots of foodgasm scene (LOL) basically scenes where the characters get orgasms after eating the delicious food (yum yum). Great story, MC trying to be the top in a hard to graduate 'superior elite school'. Action, yes, lots of action battles everywhere (It's called shokugeki, a showdown between two chefs) Oh yes and MC is typical, he has red hair (real typical, has to stand out) he's badass, he's great at cooking ins't all that invincible cause he doesn't battle the best of the best yet so far. Well overall I really recommend this to everyone :D
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