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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?
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For now 9.
I think people have expectation of the manga, that from the first chapter it obviously shows it will not fulfill. The manga obviously shows it is not taking itself seriously, nor that it will be a "real cooking" manga. It is funny, silly, amusing, but the thing it is not even trying to be, is realistic. This gives more like "Yakitate Japan" vibes to me, as in that the recipes and ideas are real, but for them to even be possible to happen, the cook must have godly unearthly skill.
I have to also say, to people that like me can get annoyed from too much fanservice, that the fanservice in this one is scarce. Of course I say it is scarce, compared to other stories that constantly you see random fanservice that throws you off. For this, fanservice is connected with the food tasting and it is enjoyable paired with comedy, usually being a guy appearing in a really amusing ecchi condition along with the girl. There is also a running joke about octopi, which actually whenever I see it I think of a usual meme about Japan, which makes me chuckle. Ecchi by now makes me feel tired and unhappy, making me drop many stories. Thankfully on this one ecchi is not drowning the story away or taking up a big part.
It is indeed like it is mentioned a rinse and repeat story, but at least for now (thankfully) it has not made me lose interest, like it happened with Yakitate Japan and the Yakitate 9 story arc. Although I am expecting this story to be milked, I am trying to always be more acceptive of that, since it feels that in the 21st century, money move the world.
One of my favs
Shokugeki no soma is one of my favorite manga's out there. I can agree with some people that sometimes the fights can become a little predictable, but the story's good and for me its hard to predict whats going to happen next. Also I absolutely love the art style.
A bit desappointed at times but still very enjoyable
There are many reasons why I could find this lacking, I don't like how the mangaka sets rules and breaks them on convenience for his story-telling (Can't give examples of this without spoilers, needless to say the structure of power is way too fickle). Same goes with the ideology of central, it's so ridiculous and shallow it takes off the weight of the struggle. The plot is pretty repetitive. The way enemies are always underhanded to villanous degrees but when they taste the food they don't lie (except for Nakiri, one of the main chars who prefers ruining a students admission to the school rather than accept she was wrong; later on the reader is supposed to pitty and like this cute poor girl). And so on, yet I still like it, perhaps because some of those flaws are intended and purposely made fun of but what really makes this shine are the characters and the art, for the most part standard but at times very rich with detail.
Reading this manga will make one hungry at times, still haven't decided whether it's a good point or not, but well - whatever.
Drawing are nice, and it goes both for characters and the dishes most of them make.
There's actually a plot! Pace is decent as well.
Looking forward to each new chapter.
this is just awesome
I can't believe that there are actually haters of this manga, I mean that it is just plain great. It does not get played out or boring the MC is just refreshing losing but losing fate just keep trying and improving, to plus on it he is not a pushover. Even the supporting characters are interesting funny and I kind like the Soma and Megumi pair .Even though she was a complete scaredy cat she learn from Soma and tries to improve her self to cute. Anyways please give it a chance it's worth it
... Last updated on August 18th, 2015, 7:37am
It's PoT for cooks, though this is more fleshed out and better overall. In one color page of the manga Megumi held a racquet with her kind expression and pigtails and I had to laugh. I enjoyed PoT. This is simply the better story.
I keep reading it over and over. And watching the anime- generally I prefer manga but the anime does the visually comedic moments so well. And it doesn't stray too much from the manga's content!
I enjoy all the varying dynamics of cooking styles and personality clashes. It's a super fun story well told. And it's friggin' hilarious.
... Last updated on August 15th, 2015, 5:53pm
Worst School ever.
This "school" requires you to pass a hard entrance test to see if you are a decent enough chef already. Then throughout their semesters they regulary "fail" students, and they get expelled. They never teach their students, just test them, and test them some more. Infact, the only time a student is ever taught anything is when they get expelled. "Your expelled! because you shoulda done this or you did this wrong!" This is less a school and more a 3-year long tournament where you self study cooking.
... Last updated on June 14th, 2015, 6:15am
There was a day when I thought Code Geass would be the greatest anime ever, and now the day has come when I now think Shokugeki No Soma is the greatest manga ever. I love how the world of manga and anime keeps evolving to greater heights. From the in depth character development, to the amazing creativity and flawless design, to unique battle format, and especially the crazy food orgasms, This is a ride you don't want to miss. ^^
Also Try not to mind the constant eroticness, while it may be a red flag for some(such as myself), the story is just too good to pass up. Besides it's Japanese anime/manga, if your looking for something clean go watch Tom and Jerry (which is a master piece of it's own btw)
... Last updated on June 11th, 2015, 11:47pm
Creative and delicious!
When i was suggested to read this manga, i dropped it a few times because of the prologue as I'm not a fan of ecchi. Like some ecchi manga, I thought it will be full of fan-service and no story. This manga however,maybe 5-10 chapters in, starts the drama and I couldn't put it down. The reactions from the judges/tasters also get less pornographic as you continue, and more relative with the "taste" of the dish.
What i really love about the manga, is that if you get absorbed into it - you really do feel the tension and the atmosphere of the place. I think the art is absolutely gorgeous and it does play a part in this. I find myself sometimes just starring at the page because the art is flawless. Character-wise it's really up to your taste. Some people hate different characters, and some people love them. There's enough variety for everyone.
started great but is now predictable and repititive
This actually was fun starting out even mid but after like a 100 chapters im starting to burn out theres too much a repition and predictable pattern now standard shounen tournamenty elements throw in the cliche and fanservices (sexual and other wise) in galore
ugh this is killing me.... its popular yes but its popular like naruto and bleach.... this thing is too shallow and the drama and twists..even for a comedy ..are awful...shallow, predictable.... so lacking creativity...and very very very forced
this has become just another cheap factory product rather than something custom, unique and great like that made of an artisan... its like someone gathered all the pattern datapoints on high selling manga... and programmed a software program to machine write a chapter content and focus...
If you're okay with something looks like it was wrtten and directed by a machine and then factory made ..u should be fine...
if you want something more creative... dont..DONt read this ull regret it once u get into it and start hating it... simlar the Im Dal Young effect