Shokugeki no Soma is a textbook case of a manga that lost itself along the way.
Somewhere along the line, the story stopped being about a cooking school and over-the-top villains came into picture and the manga became a hot mess after that.
After a very, very long arc with the first over-the-top villain, another one came into line, and by God, it's the worst character. Yeah, the worst character. Not the worst character in the manga. Not the worst character in WSJ mangas. Not the worst character in any manga. It's the worst character in any given story I've read. It's one of the worst things
that happened to mankind since, I don't know, slavery?
This character ruined the power levels of the manga, helped Soma regress all his development as a chef, ruined Joichiro's character AND his status as the final boss, it's in the process of ruining Erina (as of chapter 289) and the whole story. There were people that hated the first over-the-top villain. I miss the first villain dearly.
It's such a pity. The art is top-notch, the cast is memorable and likeable (you know, when Tsukada bother to write about them), the story was really great for most of the part (even in the Central Saga, in my opinion).
When I read, Shokugeki no Soma weekly, it's like watching the Hidenburg being gulfed in fire. 'Oh, the Humanity", indeed.
One of my favorite mangas in the past, I don't recommend it to anyone by now. My grade isn't lower only because of the memory of greater times. I don't drop this clusterfuck because I've been reading it for so long... I'm too committed. At this point, I only care about the shipping aspects, and even then the fanfics are a better option than this once great manga. The only scenario I'd recommend someone to read Shokugeki no Soma is if they want to see the rise and fall of a title. If you want to read a good story, maybe consider reading until chapter 260 something, that should be enough. Or don't read it all.
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 >:)
"Look how they massacred my boy" - Vito Corleone, The Godfather & T-Hawk, Reading this series every week.
Shokugeki No Souma has been a staple of Weekly Shonen Jump for over 6 years now and at times it sat near the top of the mountain as one of the most unique ongoing shonen series out there that took your typical battle manga and flipped it on it's head. It seems however that the best days of this manga have long gone by and what we are left with is something that is a shell of it's former self, begging to just be put out of it's
The problem's arising here is not one isolated to this series but in fact often shared with many other series under the same publication and within the industry. Just like in the fall of Bleach or the consistent escalation of villains and power in Dragon Ball and just about 80% of battle manga. The problem with Shokugeki No Souma is that it keeps on going on and on. To be able to consistently write a consistently entertaining series for years all the while under the pressure of the weekly demands of Shonen Jump is extremely difficult to do and it's not surprising to see author Yuto Tsukuda fall into the pitfalls so many before him have done.
So just how has this once new titan of Weekly Shonen Jump fallen?
- STORY -
The story of Yukihira Souma was once quite simple. Our protagonist Yukihira Souma runs a diner with his father of which he has near daily has cooking battles with to determine who is the better chef. Souma has never once defeated his father in these cooking battles and due to his father is worried that Souma will never grow as a chef. So in order for our protagonist to grow to the level where he might some day defeat his father and be worthy of running his own diner, he is enlisted to become a student at the most elite culinary school in Japan where quite similar battles take place, titled "Shokugekis".
That was it and of course during the story our protagonist meets friend and foe alike. Now this may seem very generic and boring minus the cooking part but that's because Shokugeki No Souma seemingly purposefully followed the generic trends of your average battle manga and flipped them on it's head with it's battle system. The "Shokugeki" is a genius concept because cooking is not a life or death subject so that means that a lot (but not all) battles in this battle manga don't have physical connotations but instead emotional ones. Pride, hopes, dreams are what is often at stake here, there are times where there are things such as expulsion from the school on the line but those are far less interesting then simply having our protagonist and side characters revealing their motivations and ideals through non-lethal clashes, which means whether they win or fail, we still get to see how they are affected by the results of these clashes.
But here lies the problems with the manga in it's current state, more specifically the last few arcs. There was only so many times that Tsukuda could write the same characters in the same battles with the same motivations and same ideals. So in come the introduction of newer characters with abilities that surpass our protagonist simply because we need someone new for our protagonist to eventually beat. These new characters are very hit or miss but whether we love them or not is regardless but when they're beaten they often seem to disappear off the face or the earth or become just another side character. All the while our protagonist's ability seems to reach levels of a god despite not having even finished his first year in the academy yet. Side characters, once with their own dreams are reduced to commentary, villains turn good just because we have a new villain who is somehow worse and all of the sudden people go from actual cooking techniques to using "spice chainsaws" and that last one isn't a joke.
- ART -
This is where Shokugeki no Souma has shined and continued to do so in spite of the decreasing quality of everything else within the series. Shun Saeki has done excellent with the series and has brought exceptional amounts of life into nigh every panel. One should prepare for a watering mouth at the sight of a singular panel of the food in Shokugeki no Souma, as it's often more appealing than the real thing.
Character designs are so entrancing and unique that despite the character's often short shelf life of appearances within the manga they are always immediately recognizable upon any reappearance and has lead to a cast that is extremely lovable based on the individuality of their design alone and the motions of their often ridiculous actions whilst taking part in shokugeki are illustrated to perfection and usual hilarity.
It can however be said that Shokugeki No Souma perhaps on occasion a little too far into the ecchi portion of the series and illustrations leave little to the imagination. However on the flip side of that, it is not just the girls of Shokugeki No Souma that receive such treatment so the paradoxical nature of the series towards your average Shonen manga is still left intact.
- CHARACTER -
This will be kept brief as it's very similar to the story section of this review but Shokugeki No Souma suffers once more from the same problems most shonen manga does if it runs for any extended period of time. We are introduced to characters that are fleshed out with their own ambitions, backstory, etc. Then they are shoved to the backline in favor of our protagonist and his love interests. People that once were intrigued the reader to wanting more appearances now offer little more than running commentary as they haven't been awarded the same astronomical power boosts that our protagonist has.
Another thing to note about the characters of the series are the villains. Understandable and interesting when they were fellow students who resorted to cheap tactics to advance their culinary skills and therefore contradicting the ideals of Yukihira Souma, however by advancing Souma to a point beyond the academy so quickly, we are left with Tsukuda introducing villains simply for them to be beaten because Souma has already surpassed anyone remotely interesting. Villain comes in, has no motivation other than going against our protag, uses some ridiculous new cooking technique that Souma has never seen before, Souma wins and will use their technique in the future, repeat. Congrats villain, either disappear or join the commentary booth.
- ENJOYMENT -
As you can probably tell with the tone of this review, their was love for this series in my heart at one point and a genuine excitement for every chapter. That love has been lost to say the least and any interest to be found in the series, it's story or characters have waned. The initial arcs are worth reading and for the most part fun, engaging and interesting. However it would be unwise to invest yourself in a new series if when you catch up with it you are only left with disappointment and a bitter taste in your mouth.
Shokugeki No Souma was great. Shokugeki No Souma was enjoyable. Shokugeki No Souma IS average. Shokugeki No Souma IS tedious.
- CONCLUSION -
Looking at Shokugeki No Souma and all I can see is an author who is struggling under the break neck format of Weekly Shonen Jump, desperate to just get this story over with as quickly as possible. It has been a long time since a chapter that could be deemed undoubtedly satisfying and if it wasn't for the efforts of artist Shun Sakei, their would be little to no merit at continuing with this series. This series is a sick dog, reflected in it's sales and decline in the ranks of Shonen Jump.
I'm just waiting for the day where Weekly Shonen Jump tells us all that this sick dog can't be saved.
- SCORE -
Story - 3/10
Art - 9/10
Character - 3/10
Enjoyment - 3/10
Overall - 5/10
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.
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.
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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Shokugeki no Soma is one of the most popular ongoing shonens in Weekly Shonen Jump. Its anime is rated pretty highly on myanimelist, IMDb, and other media forums. The manga here is rated an 8.43 on MAL. Does this mean you should read it? Absolutely not.
It's unfortunately common for long running series to end unsatisfactorily, whether that's because it's dragged out for too long, author doesn't care anymore, it's cancelled, or other unforeseeable circumstances. Look at Bleach and Fairy Tail. Those two series are infamously regarded as the worst shonen manga to have ever existed, due to how they've fallen in terms of the quality
of their storyline and conclusions. Shokugeki no Soma? It tops those in terms of how mediocre it is.
I have little to say about the first 264 chapters of this series. Why? Because the final arc of this series DECONSTRUCTS all of which the fans loved about this series.
From the beginning to the end of chapter 264, we had seen the cooking journey of a young diner chef surviving in one of the world's strictest yet most prestigious cooking institution, trying to chase after his father's footsteps in order to inherit his family's diner. Along the way he met a variety of other chefs around his age and experienced their unique lifestyles, cultures, techniques, quirks, and personalities. Training with a master French Chef and losing several competitions, he adapts and strives toward each challenge and grows out his little "Diner world" and realizes he wants to come up with his own brand of cooking and follow his own footsteps. To do that, he must create a dish that his eternal rival, the possessor of the God's Tongue, the talented and beautiful daughter of the Cooking Yakuza (the noble Nakiri Family), Erina, will acknowledge. But said prodigious heroine has her own cooking journey to explore with our male protagonist.
Sounds like a really great story. A little diner chef rose to the top of the cooking world and the rich and talented heroine goes to the bottom to see the little things in cooking to discover her own sense of identity, her own cooking. Well, now lets rinse and repeat all of that, let's ignore the rest of the talented cast that the MC met and have Soma start at level 1 once again. Let's have him be the underdog and prove that diner cooking is the best! How do we do that? Well let's have the heroine be kidnapped by his long lost mafia brother who has superpowers and has defeated who was built up to be the final boss of the series, Soma's father: Joichiro Saiba. What does he want? To marry Erina to make his cooking taste better. How will he do that? By appealing to Erina's horrible mother that abandoned her as a child and has shit taste that can't let her consume anything in this world.
Erina Nakiri becomes an abused doll who can't make a single decision for herself in her life and has no hope of pleasing her mother's shit palette with her prodigious cooking. She has to tell the MC to lose and let her marry the mafia brother so her mother can be happy. SHe went from developing for 264 chapters into a confident young chef who fights for her newfound friends and views cooking as fun to this.
Soma Yukihira had risen to the top of Totsuki academy as the First Seat of the Elite Ten. By the end of the Central arc, he had already created what he referred to as his own specialty. Now? "His cooking style is just addition and substraction. He can't multiply, and he certainly has no super powers! What can he do? No way he can make me strip!" Everything he has learned about cooking has went to 0 and he has to use his DAD's cooking yet again to fend off against the dastardly "Dark Chef's" Wolverine Claws, TNT, and chainsaws.
Repeating Nakiri abusive family drama, replacing the final boss of the series (when the series was all about Soma coming up with his own cooking style to beat his father and inherit his restaurant), NO LONGER EVEN REVIEWING DISHES OR SHOWING THEM BEING MADE (possibly due to the author's fixation on Chunnibyou super powers or because the series's cooking consultant has left), having a battle between light and darkness, showing guns and kidnapping, and worst of all deconstructing the main characters and shafting most of the cast. This series takes it all! Everything that was hyped and built up and somehow made it turn into a worst trash than it was the week before.
The series betrayed its own themes and basically its premise by dragging on way past what it needed to be. It became a battle shonen soap opera family drama than a cooking manga. The author needed to increase his foodgasms of fanservice to building-breaking levels in an attempt to critique the kind of cooking this series has produced now.
Overall, I give it a 5/10. 264 chapters of a respectable quality being its crutch, it's an utterly garbage series that destroys all expectations.
Read with caution if you want to stop up to chapter 264 or wish to see a masterpiece of a trainwreck. Otherwise, do not bother with this series.
This was the most enjoyably retarded shit I have ever read. None of it makes a single goddamn sense or is an even slightly related to reality yet it is still pretty damn fun. I wasn't sure how it is that they have managed to make cooking a source of intense competition in which a person could feel physically exhausted after cooking three meals. Or the simulation of being physically beaten but they have managed to do it, and somehow quite convincingly.
I have given this a 6 because the suspension of disbelief you have to work with is beyond, I am sure you will
manage if you have seen stupider shit but for me, it was just too much. It was just too retarded and cringe-worthy for me when they started to compare the guy to be a knight of tasting or some shit, then the girl to Joan of Arc because she was helping them cook better. (They literally fucking draw them both in armor.) You could accept their clothes being ripped off for comedic effect but to make it so that as if the whole scenario has weight, like an arc about the Third Reich of Food, making it so that student can only cook food on recipes instead of making their own, completely ignoring the whims of capitalism or common sense, then the villain forces his taste on his daughter or some shit because he finds his senior being tortured because he was cooking pleb food or something.
Either way, it's still fairly entertaining and the protagonist is fun to read because he has a unique calm and calculative shonen protagonist aura. Dare say he is cool, but it is still about cooking. Every time they compare that sushi making kid to a Samurai or when he fucking say it himself(he calls himself a warrior, I am not fucking with you),
I could feel the wave of cringe spreading through my skin.
If you could look past all of that as part of its comedy(which it isn't they want you to it seriously lol), you will definitely enjoy this. I might have given this a six for, 1 for its story but this is just my personal taste if you like what you have read so far, definitely take some time to see if this is worth your time.
This review is served without spoilers but with loads of criticism.
Shokugeki is one of the more popular Shonen Jump Mangas at the moment. That gives us an idea where the Japanese Manga industry is going towards, which does worry me.
Shokugeki is a simple battle Shonen template follower with good artwork and fan-service to keep its young readers wanting more. It makes the main/important characters look like bad_asses during these so-called food battles and thus periodically try injecting some undeserved hype into the Fandom. I feel it has put its fans in a sort of an illusion that it is the best thing ever
(look at other reviews) which is surely not the case.
It's a simple story of a kid who goes to a culinary school, with all the things that I have mentioned above. It's a battle Shonen so expect bad guys popping up from time to time for battles. The characters are not well developed. I hate the main character as the writers have given me no reason to like him, nor any of the characters in general.
The only thing good about this manga is its art, which is sad. The plot is non-existent.
This Manga uses fan service and food as bait which is pathetic. I started reading this as I am a connoisseur (of sorts) of good food and also was curious to see why this was becoming popular. And being a completionist is the only reason that's kept me from dropping this series. I want it to conclude properly and as soon as possible, and then I might give it an extra point.
I feel that this series has put its fans under the illusion that is great, which I beg to differ. Hopefully, this review provides my perspective on it.
For now, I'm gonna give it a 5
Screw being a completionist, I've got better things to do. Gonna drop this :D
Shokugeki is quite a long manga that seems to constantly run circles around itself. The story, for example, is incredibly repetitive, and the writing, overblown to huge proportions.
Although, the manga does boast great art (obviously inspired by hentai) that seems to be one of the main reasons for the large amount of readers and popularity this series has gotten. The weakness with the art though comes with the loss of originality, all the art is the same throughout the series, and even though it looks pretty, it has all been seen before.
I'd be lying if I didn't say this was a decent manga,
and with a little bit of originality it could grow into something interesting. Hopefully filler chapters and un-needed dialogue can be removed, in room for some needed change.
Shokugeki no Soma Review
Shokugeki no Soma is about a young boy named Soma Yukihira who embarks on a journey refine his own cooking and surpass his father. To further this his father sets him to join Totsuki Culinary Academy stated as the best in Japan. Soma joins this academy, and to which is where the story takes off. The context of the academy allows Soma to not only meet people his age whom are even more talented than him but also helps him grow outside his own world called is restaurant. For the first 130 chapters boasts several well-written character arcs which not only build
Soma as a chef but also establishes the cutthroat education of Totsuki and each of the side characters place within their “Generation”. However, after that the manga changes direction and tries to become something it was not by introducing a villain with little relevance in an academic setting turning the once enjoyable manga into a repetitive battle where the same tropes that once made battles amusing are overused and loses impact. The author in the early chapters of the manga says “Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manga”, oh the irony. Worse yet the last arc of the manga introduces an event worse villain whom regresses ALL OF THE progression the characters gained the previous particularly one and destroys the flow of the manga reducing it to a bore to read.
[If you want to know more keep reading otherwise just read the first 130 chapters (best parts) but if you are willing to tolerate half decent writing read up to chapter 263 but after that relish in an arc of absolute disappointment, read at your own headache.]
At the start of the story we are presented with the way cooking will be presented in the manga through a short yet hilarious (First impression) cooking battle where reactions are greatly exaggerated. SnS does this well as it establishes what makes it special and at the same time foreshadows the cooking battles in the future. Here we see Soma’s desire to win against his father through competition building the goal of the series. Then we are placed in a school context called Totsuki Culinary Academy where students are placed in a cutthroat education system where can be expelled for small mistakes and challenges. This not only builds how chefs in this world are created but also explains provides an incentive for students to perform at their best. At this point of the story we are introduced to Erina Nakiri whom acts as the main heroine of the story. Possessing a special talent which places her leagues ahead from many individuals in the story. Doing so establishes her role as a rival to Soma and gives him another goal. Furthermore, her role also expands to the building of the Elite 10, giving Soma further reason to progress as a student. This small arc establishes the direction of the SnS and gives plenty of room for us to see Soma’s growth by giving him incentives to build a foundation where he will build his own style of cooking.
Skipping ahead we are then introduced to a new cast of characters whom hold prodigious talents within the same generation as Soma. Each character has their own aspirations to give them a reason to be at Totsuki and have individual styles and which make them memorable and unique. We see our cast put through rigorous education to prepare them as chefs, seeing each struggle with different tasks yet overcoming with their own git. Through this we are presented with the theme of hard work and not being afraid to fail, building a moral message for readers. This theme is combined with subtle foreshadowing builds a sense of camaraderie in our cast. Being described as “Diamonds in the rough sharpening each other”, that by clashing with each other they can become better at their cooking and with each other. [For me it humbled the story making it nothing more than friends going to school and becoming better and eventually becoming chefs and achieving their dreams, this was why I liked it so much.]
The amount of potential here is astounding with so much room to grow for every character unfortunately this is where everything begins to slowly break apart. From here we are introduced to a villain character, now while a villain character is not bad thing, but for the context already built this type of villain WAS A BAD THING. This villain jumps into the story immediately with 0 foreshadowing and felt completely like an asspull, this is furthered with their backstory with Erina as a complete douche to give us a reason not to like them, while this can be argued that it is an understandable backstory, I feel it is a poorly thought out one as it turns into Erina a tragic character and the only reason to sympathise with her is because of her backstory and not her own character. I can point several more reasons to why the villain is a poor choice. Firstly, the context built up contained students working together improve their cooking through each to other within a school environment of cooking, introducing a villain not only compromises that context but changes the kind of story being told. Secondly, while a villain is certainly an aspect to build tension the story, why go so far as to use simple actions abuse and assault to make them seem bad. Here is probably the main reason why I felt this villain was not necessary, they limited growth to only a few characters and just pushes all the other characters out of the window because the focus is changed to defeating this villain. Eventually they undergo a several cooking battles to get rid of the villain and over the course of this battle, they become extremely repetitive. Using what was once an entertaining trope used to describe flavour became overused and diminished the value of victory. It was used so much and eventually stopped being entertaining to see. [For me I got so bored it, I just started skipping chapters to the end to see the result].
Now at the end of the story, all development goes out the window. The last arc of this manga just destroys the little amount of development that the last arc made and regresses it to absolute mush. The characters backtrack on their development and the introduction of a new villain completely breaks this manga. This villain not only regresses any past development but also cripples any potential for future ones. It is because of this character this manga fell so hard, their purpose is meaningless, in conjunction with background villains with no purpose other than fodder to build empty tension. There was 0 depth to their character, motivation to make them look like a big ass prick. Throughout halfway of this arc I wanted the old villain back because this new one made them look like a decently written villain. I want to go into more depth but for the sake of time ill just end it here. The ending did not even clarify anything, there was no proper closure or anything. No ambiguity just a rushed ending arc to show that the manga was cancelled.
At the end all I can say is that the art is the only redeeming feature of this manga. At the beginning the art was good but towards the end the designs and artwork for food all really stood out. Saeki Shun (artist) is a talented artist and certainly deserves praise for his work, his details in proportions when drawing the reactions to food really stand out when he uses shading to manipulate the “lighting” of the scene and to indicate expression. The food drawn is well designed with great attention to detail. It’s such a shame to see his talent wasted towards the end especially when his art really grew then.
As you can tell by this long review, I once really loved this manga. 2 years ago, when I first started to get into it, I was so enthralled by this manga because it had something I rarely find in any other manga, characters whom I became fond of. I was surprised how diverse cooking was and its ability to connect with everyone because of different styles. Particularly, Soma interesting to me because he was not overpowered in talent but in wit and spirit. He did not need to worry about loss because he welcomed failure and learnt from it and when he needed to be practical, he could think for himself. I loved the manga for this and had it been handled differently I would have called it my favourite manga of all time. But from halfway to the end the manga became boring to read yet I still stuck around because it rubbed off on me not to give up on it. The first villain was fine because I admit I did enjoy it however towards the end when the last arc was made, I started to get burnout because it became so repetitive and did not have that same depth it once had.
Nonetheless it was a worthwhile experience and I did enjoy it while it lasted.
Story: 5/10 (first 130 chapters), 6/10 (131-263), 2/10 (264-315).
Overall Score: 5/10
Yukihara Souma is a shonen hero in every sense of the name. He was holding a knife since he was aged 3 (bad anime dad trope check) and was routinely "helping" his school dinner ladies all through middle school. Cooking is a part of Souma's very existence it's only right that his one goal in life is to beat his mentor and become one of the greatest cooks who ever lived.
Although centered around a very down to earth topic. Through a unique setting the story takes on an appeal that rivals the universes we've seen come out of shonen jump in the past. Using
all the tricks both an ecchi and shonen reader can expect. It's funny and intense, and comes with an edge bordering on survival territory. Yet I feel that this manga will be very limited in its appeal if you want to laugh and jump around in excitement this is perfect. If you want a depth of emotion like sadness and rage then maybe this isn't the one for you (but don't outright ignore it). Just try to remember "Shokugeki no Souma is a cooking manga"
There is only so much you can do with black and white. Especially when you're writing about something that requires a certain degree of detail. Yet with an array of colour chapters to indulge in and the amazing detail throughout it becomes very hard to mark it down for it. The writer uses a style that truly captures the intensity of the work and that's all I can ask for. Plus it gets bonus points for including both male and female fan-service.
This is where the manga truly is in a league of its own. There are so many amazing characters with their own: origins, personalities and desires. It is very difficult to find someone that is universally hated in this series because they all have strengths and weaknesses that anyone can relate to. From the awesome MC to his entourage of enemies and friends; the development of each is superbly thought out and though exaggerated feel incredibly realistic. One final note of perfection is how well each style of cooking reflects the personality of the character. from Nikumi's aggression as a meat chef to the Aldini brothers' speed and precision as Italian cooks.
With all these superb elements it is very difficult not to enjoy this manga. I for one love it. It is an amazing epic that still has a few years worth of story left in it to keep me interested. (it's been 2 years and we're only half way through 1st year). With the anime adaption now well under way there is a lot to keep you going. It started out as a casual interest and turned into the highlight of my week in just a few chapters.
to quote one of the chapters. "I give you an A only because I don't have the authority to give you something higher". This manga has filled every possible desire I could have, so all it can do now is continue to impress and exceed my already bloated appetite for the series.
the manga tells the story of Yukihira souma who dreams of becoming a great chef in the restaurant of your family and overcome his father's skills, Yukihira jouichirou. but he ends up closing the restaurant to cook in europa.souma ends up in the elite culinary school in which only 10% can graduate with this Yukihira will face the most varied wonders in culinary battles in cruel '' Shokugeki ''! !!!
The manga has a theme which is quite rare nowadays "Food" and "Cooking" with this may be hard to please some people but "shokugeki in Souma" managed to leave the nice manga and fun to
read mainly by the easy way that they explain the issues cooking (which can be difficult for people who do not understand any of it).
The manga art and amazing and mesmerizing taken by Tosh (an artist hentai XD) Mostly the food incredibly detailed textures of what a sense of realism in the manga.
the manga and interesting to read and is not one of the greatest of Weekly Shonen jump but he rose to prominence and became one of the most famous (which is rare since it is a topic that has not really featured in the magazine) scenes in which the characters are not cooking are good also what does the manga oscillate in a theme as it also involves the lives of the characters.
Finally I recommend the manga, it is good for those who love manga with alternative themes.
So here we have a cooking manga, running in Shonen Jump, set in high school, with a straightforward headstrong protagonist, some ecchi, some tsunderes, and it's all drawn by an artist known for mainly for hentai. But hey, it's about cooking!! Haven't seen THAT in Jump before. No cliches here, right? ... RIght?!
Shokugeki no Soma isn't some mold-breaking, era-defining shonen manga. In fact, I would go so far as to say it's often formulaic and predictable. But my god is it entertaining. Every chapter, from the very beginning, has never failed to be exciting and memorable. And despite being a bit formulaic, there are
some interesting and unique elements explored here that you won't find in other shounen manga.
The story is set in Totsuki Academy, a competitive culinary high school where grades, popularity, and job outlooks are all determined by cooking skills and cooking competitions (called Shokugeki). Our crimson-haired main character, Soma, enters the academy in order to one day surpass his dad in cooking. At the academy, he meets a hosh posh of different cooks, some of which he befriends, some of which he competes against, and maybe there's even some romance involved??... Anyways, all in all it's a pretty straightforward story. The pacing is quick, and there are plenty of nail-biting twists and turns, but there aren't many complications or strange deviations from what's been done before. Hence why I say the story is predictable. The tension is there, but the result is never beyond the realm of expectations.
Compared to most other shounen manga, the art in Soma is very clean-cut and detailed. The backgrounds aren't much to look at, but the character designs are consistent and appealing. The food is also realistic enough to make me hungry. Especially the food that Soma himself makes, specifically the Japanese style dishes. The mackerel dish he makes in chapter 8 made me drool a little. No joke.
As for the characters, it's hard to point out a unique one among the bunch. You have your tsundere (a couple of them actually), the clumsy girl, the determined male protagonist, the malicious looking one with glasses, so on and so forth. That's not to say they're not likable though. Despite their stereotypes, there's enough comedy and personality quirks to keep their interactions entertaining and refreshing. It takes a while for any substantial character development to kick in, but it's quite rewarding when it does. There are a handful of characters that have begun to show a lot of room for development, especially in the latest arc, as the characters begin to fumble through surprisingly down to earth experiences to hone their skills.
There's something to be said about Shokugeki no Soma's use of cooking as its form of competition. Unlike in sports or combat, cooking is an art form appealing to the taste buds, the results of which are often subjective. So an interesting issue arises with a manga about cooking: how does someone visually express the subjective experience of taste? Of course, you can just have the characters explain what they're feeling. But Soma goes beyond that and truly makes an effort to utilize the visual story-telling aspect inherent to manga. At firsts, these expressions of taste were very simple. Characters would have pornographic "mouth orgasms" in response to to the taste of good food, which I often found to be hilarious, but a little bit out of place. As the story goes on, these sensory experiences become expressed through vivid, often fantastical mini-stories and set-pieces, some of which are evocative, and others of which are hilariously bizarre.
So, in my opinion, should you read Shokugeki no Soma?
Shokugeki no Souma is taking over the manga world by the storm. The volumes fly off the shelves and fans absolutely rave about it. And to good measure. The art is fantastic, the premise is interesting (food battles--what can I say, I'm a sucker of cooking manga), and there's a diverse cast of characters. That being said, I don't think Shokugeki no Souma will ever be regarded as a classic such as Hikaru no Go. The main reason being that the protagonist, Souma, wins too easily. He almost always pulls through in matches by thinking of some clever scheme. Not only that, but Souma doesn't
have strong rival to compete with. (VERY slight spoiler: some may argue his dad is his rival, or the number one, but none of these characters are very developed.) To compare, Hikaru had an extremely strong rival and had to suffer numerous losses in order to achieve his goal. Hikaru and his rival pushed themselves hard because they had each other, and you could really see their growth without. This pattern is often seen in other "greats" such as Glass Mask and Death Note. However, it's missing in Shokugeki no Souma. A small but critical point which would have really pushed this manga to be better.
Basically, Shokugeki no Souma is pretty enjoyable with fantastic art, but I don't think it'll ever be considered a 'Great'.
Art is perfect. But characters are where this manga shines. Some people aren't happy with the recent development but after almost 300 chapters of couse someone will drop it. Personally this manga is the absolute #1 one best thing I've ever read and invested myself into, so if you are wondering whether to watch this - of course you should it's a god damn masterpiece.
As I said you cannot find better and more interesting characters anywhere and this is what this manga is about. Even the villains are great, the forgetfull Tsukasa or thee charming Asahi? And the MC always finds an unexpected way to
If you're looking for a great food manga to read, you've arrived at your destination. When Shokugeki No Souma describes the food, it goes in depth to the texture, the flavor, and anything else that makes food taste good. Wen you read this, there is a 90% guarantee that your mouth will start watering. The food looks delicious and the way it is described makes it even more delicious! I really enjoy Shokugeki No Souma. Now, let's not just focus on the food. The characters in this show have some good backgrounds that you can look into. Especially Soma's father. There will be no spoilers
in this review, but there are so many questions that can be asked about him. How did he have friends in New York if he lives in Japan? Is he some important figure in the food community? So many to be discovered. Now, excuse me while I read some more!
Shokugeki no Souma is a story about a mainstream boy who is trying to get through the toughest and most famous cooking school in Japan. Yukihira Souma has a dream of becoming a professional chef and surpass his father at cooking.
Story -10: Right now, the story is amazing. I've literally fell in love with this. It's no doubt one of the most unique and groundbreaking mangas I've read before. It mixes in lots of comedy, adventure, drama, school life, and even a little romance just do finish the cake! The story really reminds me of Prince of Tennis, Naruto, and Iron Chef all in
one. It's really a great story.
Art - 9: Artwork looks great. Very nice and clean look to it. Serious and playful at the same time. Great mixture!!
Characters - 10: These characters are magnificent. They're loving and challenging. Souma is relaxed, but serious when need be. He's strong, faithful to his friends, and loves everyone. Best of all, he never backs down from a challenge. These characters are excellent.
Enjoyment - 10: The novel is just great from the start. I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far and the new chapters are no exception to that. Outstanding performance so far!
Overall - 9: Even though I gave a lot of the previous criterion 10s, the story is still very new and doesn't have a lot of chapters yet. It is updating at a pretty good rate though. However for the time being, I'll keep it at a 9 since it's still young. If the manga continues just as it is now and sticks to the story line, the will easily be a 10. I strongly recommend this to anyone who's looking for something to read. I know some people this is ecchi but so far, I haven't really seen a huge ecchi theme. Sometimes the characters get all flustered up eating the food and it is portrayed like sex, but really I think thats just humorous. Don't read this if you're just looking for a good ecchi theme book. It's not :|
Shokugeki no Souma, or in English, Food Wars!, is, obviously, about students working their way up the food chain in the cooking industry. Centred in Toutsuki Academy, a prestigious cooking school with only a small group left to graduate after the gruelling examinations throughout the three years in high school. The concept of the story’s premises are definitely fascinating, in my opinion. In fact, both the manga and the anime brought up many interesting facts about the culinary world, that I would say was an educational experience for me. Thinking about that makes me wonder how much research did the authors Tsukuda Yuuto and Morisaki
Yuki went through to have the materials for the last 264 chapters of the story. So to cut to the chase, I really enjoyed this particular manga and hope to see the anime doing as good as well.
Let’s go a little further into this manga without spoilers. As is common, in my opinion, with all ecchi genre works done in the creator’s industry, it is there just for fan-service. Most of the time, adding playful sexual scenes or actions made no sense with the story, thus unnecessary, and if done too much, becomes an overkill. However, Shokugeki no Souma was a little different, for though the concept for the ecchi aspects of the story may be ridiculous, it did not feel like an overkill. It blended with the story, giving it a purpose, instead of other series like High School of the Dead or Maken-Ki!, which needed some panty shots whenever they could. So yes, the ecchi aspects of Shokugeki no Souma was agreeable, more so that it’s a relief it didn’t move to the rating of “Mild Nudity.”
The story arcs itself and the characters are interesting as well, I would go as far as to say pleasant to the viewers. Yukihira Souma has a very care-free style to others, but is serious about cooking to the heart, more so that losing to a shokugeki hurts him but he won’t let it show and continue encouraging his friends. The fact that the protagonist never give up; pushes on; perhaps a bit comedic here and there is one of the many great aspects of a hero, which is also common to other manga and anime. His relationships with the members of Kyokusei and his rivals, such as Aldini, Mito, Hisako and Nakiri Erina are comedic and moving to the opposing party. Even though they were rough towards Yukihira, he never appears to be hurt and either plays dumb or busy to hear, but in the end, Yukihira pushes everyone to their goals and to quote a line from Tadokoro Megumi: “He is the centre of the vortex of Toutsuki Academy.” That is drive of a hero I much enjoy watching. A talent to work his way to the top. Comedic and could be perceived as oblivious to things around when he is not.
Another great aspect to Shokugeki no Souma that really attracted me was the art done by Saeki Shun. I find it simple, but artistic in a sense, unlike some manga series, perhaps Ajin, where the characters may be a bit out of proportion but who am I to judge? My manga/anime artworks are also out of proportion. Saeki’s art style of the characters and even the food was something I much admire, so there’s that too.
Now that chapter 264 brought the Regiment de Cuisine to a close, it is easy to see the ultimate arc of the story. However, I’m a bit curious as to how Tsukuda and Morisaki will continue from here on out. With this, I’d rate this manga with an overall of 9/10, the only thing that perhaps left me desiring about is perhaps Erina and Yukihira’s relationship. They’ve placed so many implications throughout the series, it kind of made me hope for a romance aspect to their relationship.
Obviously, spoilers ahead. In essence, to sum it up, I wasted 315 chapters of a story. Shokugeki no Souma in my opinion, is one of the greatest downfalls/declines I've ever seen in a manga. As a personal fan of the Central Arc, I noticed even then that during the final fight of Rindo/Tsukasa, vs Erina/Yukihira, it felt extremely rushed, with no adequate pacing whatsoever. After thinking not much of it, I turn to the rest of the story, eager to see what happens afterwards. I was met with a ridiculous character named Asahi Saiba, a supposed "adopted" son of Joichiro, who he taught when he
was young. While becoming a great chef, he manages to not only completely destroy Joichiro in a Shokugeki, but also Tsukasa, the first seat, as well, with no real showings of his power. However, that's not even my main issue. The issue lies with his character and the ending. Instead of showing what ways he's able to come back, and Soma being able to surpass his limits, he instead just does another "I'll surpass you" moment to somehow end up beating this supposed master of chefs, giving him the side character treatment as a result. In the end, it results in a battle between Yukihira, and Erina, and you would think finally, this is the scene where she says his food is good, right? No, instead typical Erina goes on to say it's not much more then slop. Yukihira, being flamed by this, wishes to challenge Erina one more time. And that's it. That's how it ends. It ends with a challenge in the middle of a giant competition, with no clear ending, leaving a load of loose ends, along with enough cliffhangers for eons to come. Sadly, in my opinion what was an honest 10 for me has been reduced to a 4, as almost half of this once great story, has turned into, in Erina Nakiri's words, nothing more than B-grade slop.