Shokugeki no Soma (Manga) Review
Author: Yūto Tsukuda
Mangaka: Shun Saeki
the creation of the manga was a collaboration between Yūto Tsukuda, the mangaka Shun Saeki and Yuki Morisaki, a famous chef.
Chapters (so far): 83
– School life
– Slice of Life
There are mangas that are so good yet under the radar and they totally deserve the merit of having their own animes. And in my opinion Shokugeki no Soma, is one of those mangas that should have an anime adaption.
Synopsis of Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Soma is ultimately a manga about culinary skill and cooking mixed with friendly rivalries and clashes. The reader is quickly introduced to the protagonist, in this case, Yukihira Souma, a young and gifted boy whos goal is to become the best chef in his father’s restaurant and eventually to surpass him. However, due to an unusual turn of events, his father, Yukihira Jouichirou closes down the restaurant to cook on the international stage. His father then challenges and rekindles Souma’s spirit by stating that to surpass him, Souma would have to survive through an elite culinary school, in which only a talented 10% of the students reach graduation.
Plot of Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Soma differs from the normal mainstream plots comparable to those of FT, One Piece and etc, yet it still remains as its own success story. (No pun intended) Shokugeki, in my own opinion has a very well written story line, it has fast pacing when needed, for instance as the character do ‘battle’ to compete for the best dish. And is slow in breaks between each match to allow the reader to revel in between adrenaline rushes. Sticking with the shounen side of the manga, romance is not a major part of the manga and still at chapter.83 any hints of romance are subtle or ignored by the main protagonist. In some ways, because the protagonist: Souma doesn’t take hints emphasises the fact that his mindset is focused solely on cooking and his task.
Similarly, I personally am not a fan of ecchi, hell, I will rarely read a manga if ecchi is one of genres. Yet, in Shokugeki the ecchi genre is not used as a lewd (lulu) and perver-ty way but as a technique to emphasise how a dish or flavour has an impact on a character. Furthermore, a strong foundation of the story is the addition of the Shokugekis, or public challenges between the students to decide the better chef. These shokugeki’s are the pivot for the storyline and each character is able to show off their abilities as well as to convey their struggle towards achieving the goal of ‘best chef.’
Characters of Shokugeki no Soma
The characters are a myriad of different personalities and whereas some are for comic relief others show the stark harshness of the competitiveness in the elite school. Love interests? Who knows? There are too many lovely characters to get through so I’ll just choose a boy and a girl.
One of the next major characters you’ll meet at the beginning of the story will be Erina Nakiri, also nicknamed God’s Tongue for her exquisite judgement of food as well as the grand-daughter of the principal of the elite school. Erina, is one of the main antagonistic rival of Souma and had originally rejected his application into the school. Although Souma shows no hostility, Erina is not a fan of his although she acknowledges his cooking capabilities. Erina’s idol is Souma’s father Jouichirou however she is unaware of this fact.
From Italy, Takumi is Souma’s self proclaimed rival, which seems one-sided and the twin brother of Isami Aldini. (un-identical if you wanted to know.) Takumi is also from a family-owned background similar to Souma and holds great pride in his restaurant name. As the story develops we see how his connection with his brother is both filial and strong, and at one point to breaking point. These are just two of the characters compared to the many. The character development could be better, however for the main characters their expressions and mannerisms are each so unique that you cannot help but fall in love with them.
Art of Shokugeki no Soma
When I pick up a manga, art is one of the things I will always judge before reading it. There are many mangas, but not with art as superb as the ones I have seen in Shokugeki no Soma. Each scene is meticulously drawn and the attention to detail is amazing. As we reach climax scenes the use of the big panels help to draw the reader’s attention as well as quickly alerting them to which parts are the most important.
Verdict of Shokugeki no Soma
A very superbly done manga and one I would definitely recommend. What I didn’t enjoy about this manga was the fact that some chapters can be short and left at cliffhangers. On the other hand, each chapter offers something very different whether it be laughs or have you gripping your seat to see what happens next.
Ginny T. UK.Surrey based/AnimeAmino Original blog.