Hey guys! I am back at it again trying to shed some light on newer or underappreciated anime. I decided that this time I wanted to discuss an anime that is on the rise in popularity but is still relatively new. So, you can quickly binge watch the first season and be on track with the second season. Food Wars! : Shokugeki no Soma is the name and food is the game. Please be advised this show is not for everyone; it has been dubbed “food porn” because of the partially nude and major fan service with the female characters (ridiculous body types). However it is a fun, interesting show that will make you want to hop in the kitchen and throw down! Or you will becoming super hungry; Eat before watching!
Food Wars! is an adaptation that tells the tale of a young protagonist by the name of Yukihira Soma. Yukihira Soma is a cooking genius and is only recently exiting junior high at the beginning of the show. He dreams of becoming a full-time chef in his family’s diner and surpassing his father in cooking skills. However his dreams of running his family diner are almost instantly put on hold as his father abruptly closes up the shop and travels abroad. As the first episode progresses, Soma stumbles upon Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite school where only 10% of the student population actually graduates. He finds himself immersed in the gourmet world and instantly sets his eyes on a new goal; getting into the academy and becoming the best!
The manga started of as a one shot in Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012. As of November 2012, the manga had began as a series. As of July 2016, the series has published 19 volumes. It was written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki.
The show debuted on April 3, 2015 and the first season wrapped on September 25, 2015. Do not cry though! The second season is currently running so you can jump right back into the show. The show is licensed by Sentai Filmwork for digital and home video release in North America. The licensing company is also responsible for licensing the show Angel Beats and Akame ga Kill! The adaptation is simulcasted with English subtitles by CrunchyRoll! (usually how I watch all my anime by the way).
The show is very fast paced and keeps you on your toes. However, they still seem to find a way to properly and effectively develop characters which adds to the depth of the story. The show is only 24 episodes and runs through three main arcs: The Introduction to Totsuki, The Freshmen Training Camp, and the start of the Autumn Elections.
In the first arc, the audience is introduced to new budding rivals, a few support characters and Shokugekis. A Shokugeki is a battle or a cook off between two or more individuals usually with some high stake on the line. This could be anything from class rank, school expulsion, honor, etc. Remember this term! It is mentioned a lot from time to time. Here is an example!
The second arc is focused on the Freshmen Training Camp at Totsuki Resort. This is the first major event for the freshmen class or 92nd Totsuki Generation as they are referred to in the show. The camp is notorious for its challenges and obstacles and the group must overcome the odds in order to survive expulsion! That’s right, the first event is a major weed camp to ensure the Totsuki academy name isn’t tainted or tarnished.
The final arc is the start of the Autumn Elections which is the second major event in the show. This tournament is compromised of 60 contestants voted in by the Totsiki Elite Ten Council. This council is made up of the best ten students in the academy. They handle a lot of internal affairs for the academy such organizing events and evaluating student performances. Once the 60 candidates with the most potential are selected, they are split into Group A or Group B. The top four of each group will move on to the actual tourney!( Yes the first tourney is a preliminary). Will Soma make it to the actual exam?! Watch and find out!
(Left to Right: Takumi Aldini, Ikumi Mito, Isami Aldini, Alice Nakiri, Erina Nakiri, Megumi Tadokoro, Soma Yukihira)
What’s a good anime without some interesting characters and rivals along the way?!
Soma Yukihira, the red haired boy, is very laid back, impulsive individual who is determined to the very best. He never backs down from a challenge and his cooking style is very unorthodox for the academy standards.
Megumi Tadokoro, the blue haired girl, is Soma’s first friend and a sweetheart. She seems to be a pushover and always doubts herself until she becomes friends with Soma. Her cooking style ties in heavily with her hometown and based usually with vegetables, herbs, and fish.
Ikumi Mito is the golden haired girl and is one of Soma’s rival. Her cooking style is a reflection of her personality, tough and precise. She incorporates the finest meats in all her dishes! She is a meat fanatic!
Takumi Aldini is the yellow haired boy on the left in the photo. Isami Aldini is the drooling guy in the photo.The two brothers are twins and both specialize in authentic Italian cuisine. Takumi is more driven and prodigious than his brother Isami, however both are excellent cookers and challengers throughout the show.
Lastly, the Nakiri relatives! Erina Nakiri, yellow haired girl to the right, is one of the Elite Ten at the institution and is for having the “God Tongue”. Her “God Tongue” only appreciates the finest of food and makes her a really difficult individual to please. Alice Nakiri, the white haired girl, is Erina’s cousin. She specializes in Molecular Gastronomy cooking techniques
The visuals of the show is breathtaking. The show is filled with vivid imagery and descriptive words that makes the food come to life in my opinion. With the usage of random cutaways, the artists try their best to colorfully and playfully allow the audience to visualize tasting experiences throughout the show. This is also usually when all the fan service and sexual references comes into play.
The music of the show helps create the fun and exciting environment for Food Wars. I love both the opening and ending songs; I never skipped past them unless the previous episode left me on a cliff hanger. The music played during competitions or during Shokugekis add another dimension to the appeal of the show and helps develop the serious nature of the battles.
In summary, the words boring, dull, lame are not words associated with this anime. It is very fast paced but leaves plenty of time to develop the characters and a good plot. The show currently is airing a second season which further proves my point about it being a great upcoming anime to begin watching. The characters are very likable and the show is easily in my top 15 for anime. The show is subbed but don’t let that stop you from missing out on some good eats! Bon Appetite!