Addicted to Curry begins with a young schoolgirl named Sonezaki Yui. One day she encounters what looks like a half dead man in the middle of the road. Not knowing what to do she throws some food at him (so he can at least survive) and runs away. She then returns to her home, which is also her father's Ganesha Curry restaurant. The man who Yui encountered was Koenji Makito, who knew Yui's father Souichiro and was actually looking for him. Following Yui's scent Koenji finds her and the restaurant. Yui initially thinks Koenji is going to kill her for throwing food at him, but after they talk she finds out that he knew her father. Koenji then finds out that the restaurant is going out of business and that Yui's father go on journey to improve his curry cooking techniques. To repay Yui's father for helping him out Koenji decides to team up with Yui to save the curry restaurant.
This a good very good detailed food manga, for those interested in that kinda thing, although it deals with only curry related foods 80% of the time. I can see where Shokugeki no Soma "borrowed" many things from this manga.
Funny interesting characters overall though later on the manga adds too many (like so many other mangas of this type)
Has some RomCom in it, with your pervert type main character and many panty shots type ecchi, though it isn't the whole point of the series, but be warned.
I've read the raws to the end and it kinda becomes too over the top later on with pseudo
magical cooking abilities, and becomes too ecchi heavy, but I was satisfied with the ending and the whole series.
Many of you will most likely have heard of "Yakitate Japan", the famous manga based on cooking bread. Falling under the shadow of such a formidable title is the lesser known manga, "Addicted to Curry," an equally good manga, but about curry instead of bread. I personally found "Curry" an enjoyable, laughable manga to read, and would encourage you to read it, especially if you love curry. I like cooking, and I like curry, so I really liked Addicted to Curry.
Addicted to Curry has a very..."followable" plot, making the transition from chapter to chapter clear and smooth. While each arc spans several (10+) chapters, within
each chapter Makito will cook a new curry that looks ABSOLUTELY delicious. Furthermore, they even kindly include the recipe of the curry so even us regular people can cook it :) The only thing i have against the plot is that the outcome of each curry battle is quite predictable, in that if the prize is the goodwill of the curry house, then Makito will most likely 99.9% win. However, so far I am enjoying the pace of each arc, and the different curries that appear in each chapter.
My pet peeve is wishy-washy art. That is why I love Addicted to Curry's strong, crisp, clear lines, with careful detail taken to each character's appearance. Makito is quite good-looking, and Yui looks really cute. Enough detail is present in the background of each panel, but not an extraordinary amount of detail (the only background I really remember is the curry shop), But I am a sucker for good art, so kudos goes to the mangaka for beautiful art.
Not too much to say about character...Makito is a perv, Yui cries a lot (but not so much that I would put down the manga because of it). I have only read 60 chapters, so Makito's past is still unknown to me, but it promises to be a very complex and interesting past. I liked how the mangaka develops all the main characters equally, so that was a plus. But that's about it.
I am a girl, straight, so fanservice is really not that...ahh...appealing to me, but if you're a boy, then you'll definitely have more than one nosebleed in the course of reading this manga. HOWEVER, I definitely enjoyed the cooking aspect, and the mouthwatering dishes were drawn sooooo well. I like all the arcs so far, not a single boring or filler chapter, so enjoyment gets a 9 from me.
A great, solid, manga, probably won't become a classic like Cardcaptor Sakura, Swan, Bleach, whatever, but still a highly enjoyable read. I recommend it to boys more (for the fanservice) but girls could read it too! And enjoy it as much. If you have read Yakitate Japan, then you'll probably like "Addicted to Curry." However, even if you haven't, If you like cooking and curry, then you'll definitely enjoy "Addicted to Curry."
Those who wanted to learn how to cook, or those who wanted to improve their cooking skills will find Addicted to Curry suitable and interesting for them. Although this curry manga is not yet an anime, I'm sure it will be an interesting "curry anime" soon. However, this curry manga is not just about cooking and curry-talk! It contains fighting, guns and knives, for those who have interest in the weapons of destruction. This manga is somehow ... uh ... ecchi (meaning very small amount of inappropriate stuff) so I recommand those who do not like "a bit of gay" don't read it.But, those who
loves curry, comedy, fighting and cooking will definetely find Addicted to Curry great.
This is about a dude called Makito who wants to make the Curry House as famous as it was in the past. However, the antagonists wanted to buy up the Curry House for himself since he didn't want it to go famous .... will Makito Koenji, the first-class skilled curry chef, make the Curry House infamous again ... or will he let the antagonist succeed his dream?
To be blunt, Addicted to Curry has a very mediocre plot, rounded off with forgettable (but not unlikeable) characters and slightly above average art. In all honesty, I feel that it merits a 5/10,but I gave it a rating of 6/10 because of my soft spot for food/cooking manga.
Why didn't Addicted to Curry manage to hold my interest?
To sum it up, it is because of the stale story and almost non-existent plot development. I had high expectations for this manga because of its good ratings, and simply due to the fact that it was about cooking curry. But I was disappointed with how
the story progressed as I read it.
It was a little bit unrealistic but that isn't the main point. A story doesn't have to be realistic to be good. But on top of being unrealistic, it just was not interesting. It was kind of cheesy, with the over-used premise of an abandoned restaurant, followed by the sudden appearance of an angel sent from heaven in the form of a genius cook who, with his unparalleled skills, amazingly revives the shop (and the fighting will of the cutesy, well-meaning owner).
It's fine to use an over-used plotline. But to make it worth reading, there HAVE to be elements that make it different from the rest of such stories. There has to be a certain twist, or a cast of very strongly developed and unique characters. Unfortunately, Addicted to Curry employed neither and the story ended up sub-par.
Despite this, Addicted to Curry deserves credit in other aspects.
I really enjoyed the depictions and descriptions of the curry dishes. Cooking it as well as eating it; they were both a treat! The episodic stories also ended with the recipe of the spotlight curry so that you can try your hand at making it yourself. The range of curry information is truly praiseworthy.
Bottom line: Passively entertaining. Worth the read if you're a die hard lover of curry. If you love ecchi as well, you will most definitely enjoy it. However, if you're looking for a good, solid, interesting cooking manga, give this one a skip.