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Yukihira Souma's dream is to become a full-time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle schools his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in Europe. Although downtrodden, Souma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
В поисках божественного рецепта ยอดนักปรุงโซมะ (Thai) 食戟のソーマ 食戟之灵 Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Shokugeki no Souma
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An overall interesting series, but ultimately unwilling to try anything new, have and outcome that isn't completely predictable, or challenge any of the common shounen cliches.
- Likeable but extremely dense MC? check - Defeat equals friendship? check - MC always wins? check - First person to reveal their trump card always looses? check (in this case, whoever presents their dish first has, at best, a 0.1% chance of winning) - Lack of meaningful character development for the MC? check - Power of nakama defeats all? nope, at least it skipped that one (though it would probably try if it wasn't a cooking series)
Despite all of that, it's still fairly good (especially the art and comedy), just don't expect anything new.
As long as you don't read too much into the cooking techniques and the reactions of the people who eat, you should enjoy this manga immensely. The MC is the kinda character you can't find fault with. He is good at what he does, he has talent, and he has potential, and so he grows too. Plus he has a lot of competition and rivals, creating an atmosphere that will excite readers.
The art is just delicious. There are a myriad of interesting characters. I have no problems whatsoever with the ecchi.
Spoilers below, but I feel you should know this before reading, as I counted on this when I began reading but was somewhat let down.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Despite the romance tag, there has been zero romance. Nothing at all. The MC has shown no interest in any girl. A comment the MC's dad made hinted at future romance, but so far there has been none, and we are 76 chapters in.
This manga is just great! When I started reading, I wasn't able to eat anything at the time because i was broke and i had to wait for my paycheck to come in. My friend showed it to me to be funny. Well I'm glad he did. Even crap i'm positive will taste absolutely disgusting look delicious in this manga. (This may be because I was starving and my clothes looked delicious but who cares?) I don't know a lot about cooking, but I've seen cooking shows from time to time back when I lived with my mom. This is way better.
I'm almost always against fanservice because it detracts from the story telling and is usually used in a desperate attempt to grab fans where their would be none. The reason I refuse to continue with bleach and Fairy Tail. But for some reason I think it actually makes this story stand out more. The art really compliments the ecchi (Probably because the artist draws H manga as well) and they don't use Ecchi except for when it actually is useful to the story telling. Now here me out. They don't randomly go around flashing their boobs and insinuating sex all the time. They don't show panty shots at random just to get preteens to get interested. They use ecchi scenes to show how good the food is. For some odd reason, when the food is good enough, girls loose their minds and they go into a dreamworld where their wildest fantasies come true and their clothes fly off for no reason. Weird but fun to watch.
Best part is the Main Character. The MC is just capable. He's not perfect and annoying and he's not horrible and annoying as well. The main character has a clear goal that he's driven to and wishes to complete. The character interactions are just marvelous and the whole thing just runs smoothly. I'de recommend this to anyone!!!!! Unless you can't handle the Ecchi!
I completely agree with kujika (below post). The 1st girl (mind u, not the main girl, I hope not) is supposed to be world-class taste judge/god tongue whatsoever. However, she failed the MC bc of personal level without regret. In addition, she never acknowledge his strength. The whole time I was like "is she really good or she just know to bounce her boobs around?" I still dont understand why people call her tsundere. She is just plain mean and good at hold grudges. I gave it a 10 now bc she doesnt appear that much. And MC is awesome, he is confident, and he's very good at dealing with losing. I dont see him arrogant at all. He only talks back to people who attacks him 1st (unlike that girl who hates and thinks everyone is stupid). The 2nd girl is good. I hateee weak and crybaby characters. Surprisingly, I like her bc of how she tried to change herself to get stronger. I'm not really into ecchi fanservice (bad experience from Fairy Tail) so I didnt want to start it but it was not that bad. Its rather weird humor and well, both girls and guys can enjoy it.
... Last updated on May 9th, 2014, 10:08pm
Great art, great story, great characters, and great recipes. I can't understand why anyone thought it's not realistic (besides the oneshot, of course), there's even a famous japanese professional chef collaborating with them to create the recipes. I'd recommend this to anyone and everyone.
While some may get turned off by the amount of ecchi in this manga, you should realize that the artist started out by drawing H manga. This aside, the art is very good including the expressions of the characters, from the laid back Souma to the icy Alice and the rest of the cast. There's enough comic relief and silliness sprinkled about, but there are also serious moments. I also appreciated that the author doesn't introduce too many characters but gradually inserts them into the story as it progresses. Souma isn't a perfect cook but he knows how to learn from his mistakes. I'm looking forward to seeing him compete for a spot in the elite council later on .
It's very charming, and the main character, Souma, is hard to hate. The art is top notch. It's quite creative and diverse, once you see the dishes, your mind will be blown. The manga does contain an enormous amount of ecchi, but if you don't mind it, this manga will be absolutely enjoyable. I wasn't bored by the 30th chapter. I feel like there was constantly a new challenge every few chapters, and personally, I like that kind of pacing. There are tons of gag reliefs that I fully enjoy. All in all, A+ for story, characters, and delicious-looking food.
It's freaking awesome.
49 chapters in and loving every second of it. Character progression of the protagonist is reminiscent to that of Beelzebub; not from weak to strong, but from badass to even more badass.
Looking through the previous comments, it seems people think this falls short as a cooking manga because it fails to be informative or the material presented is just BS. But considering the amount of "how to" pages in the chapters I really cant imagine this being pulled out of someones @ss. Every single dish is made through some elaborate technique or unique ingredient, knowledge a layman shouldn't be familiar with.
And for those who think this isn't informative, you must be smoking some illegal Brazilian sht because you are out your dam mind. The basic formula for SnS is presenting a dish, then explaining the techniques the chef used, ingredients of choice, and a brief history of the ingredient or what it's most commonly used for - a procedure that takes a couple of pages.
... Last updated on February 3rd, 2014, 11:06am
Unreal but funny
I agree with previious comments that some of the dishes don't have cooking sense, but I still think is funny and for now I'll keep reading and see how it turns out... Yet as you keep reading you realize that what it lacks is compensated with how well it expresses emotions and builds the atmosphere..
... Last updated on November 19th, 2013, 1:36pm
Fails as Cooking, Passes as Ecchi-Shounen.
Tosh, I mean SAEKI Shun *teehee*, as a manga artist is very good at his job. His art and coloring are undoubtedly magnificent.
But Shokugeki no Soma is probably not.
I read the One Shot before and I'm quite satisfied with it, so I started reading the series, which is serialised not long after the One Shot is out. Then I started to realise what I overlooked when it was One Shot: Shokugeki no Soma should be a cooking manga.
From my point of view, the manga fails as a cooking manga. Why? Because cooking manga is usually realistic and more informative. The story gives quite too little information and I don't feel like it involves cooking as much as it should. For some reason the kind is unlike sports manga, or other kinds where unreal things can be more easily accepted. Cooking manga's really should have good information. (To name a few ones with sufficient information: Mr Ajikko and Tetsunabe no Jan)
In spite of what has been said before, this manga passes as an Ecchi-Shounen manga. It contains probably everything young male readers will ever ask for from a Shounen: Fan Service, great art, friend-related things, and male fighting spirits. So if you see it as just another typical Shounen, it is an above-average and attractive manga to pick up.