Published: Feb 4, 2010 to ?
Serialization: Shounen Rival
Score: 7.921 (scored by 805 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
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Nov 27, 2012
Story: (Some spoilers ahead!) It's really something when a manga is able to knock out every other favorite I have and achieve top rank. Unfortunately, I should say this now. It really is superb story-wise until the manga gets to a certain arc. At that point, it's just not that amazing anymore. Anyway.
How can a manga about cooking be so great? Hell's Kitchen is about how the Earl of Poor Eating is tired of only consuming souls of experienced, but conceited, immoral chefs. So he comes up with the idea of possessing your most average and normal person... the protagonist. With this, you're invited to the wacky, but highly creative and well-thought adventures he has at a cooking academy for very talented teens. The techniques in this manga are REAL. They're so odd, but if you research them, you find out that they're actual skills that are used, and the cooking elements are in fact, fact. I figure I should stop here because I'd be spoiling more, though.
Art: At the beginning, the art style for Hell's Kitchen is ehh. Once you get into it, which will be near the beginning, you disregard the art completely. The only way I realized that the art isn't that great, was that I re-read chapters when I got caught-up. (I purposely held this off for weeks because I didn't want to catch up) Even so, the art is decent and above average. You'll notice some mistakes if you look, but it's all right otherwise. It's one of a kind and enjoyable nonetheless. The art styles and character designs give off a lot of personality that is practically oozing out from the characters.
Characters: Oh, of course, the characters themselves. The ones in this series are quite lovable, even with their flaws, and achieve their own personal, original flair. They aren't overused, recycled character archetypes, which are pretty common nowadays. Nearly all of the characters are real likeable- even the main antagonists at times. I really like a lot of the cast. They're very colorful and have great personality for the story. It's hard not to love them.
If it wasn't obvious enough, I enjoy this manga, and I really don't know what I did to keep myself from waiting for new chapters. ...but like I said before, with the current chapters, it lost it's brilliant shine. I hope it becomes amazing again.
However, you should give it a go! It doesn't matter if you're a shounen or shoujo fan, you might just love this. read more
Nov 6, 2012
And he meets plenty of them. A fangirl whose only love is knives, a masked boy with an extreme dedication to spices, and many others.
The artwork is quite stunning. I take minor issue with the shading in some instances, but it still fetches an overall rating of 9. The food art is impeccable- I guarantee it will make you hungry. The character development is running quite smoothly, and the plot is well-paced.
All in all, this is a fun, if a bit outrageous, manga that I would recommend to just about anyone, especially foodies. read more