Reflection: Food Wars! Volume 1

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Manga: Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma

Mangaka: Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki

Publisher: Viz Media / Shonen Jump Advanced

 

 

Soma Yukihira dreams of one day becoming a better chef then his father, Joshiro. The Yukihira’s own a small family restaurant in Tokyo. After finishing Junior High School Soma’s father announces that he is shutting down the family restaurant. Joshiro will be spending the next three travelling around the world cooking for high end clients in some of the world’s top restaurants and hotels. While he’s away he challenges his son to spend this time to practice his cooking and attempt to prove that he is the better chef when he returns to Japan. Soma is given the opportunity to take the entrance exam at a prestigious cookery school where less than ten percent of students graduate. If Soma graduates from the school his father agrees that he will accept that he is a great chef in his own right.

 

The concept for Food Wars is really interesting and I can see myself getting quite into it. The rivalry between  Soma and his father as well as Soma and the other students at the school are really interesting base to set up the story. However, a lot of the story is extremely over exaggerated and distracts away from the main story. For one it really takes the phrase ‘food orgasm’ to a whole new level. I can see this being toned back over the first couple of volumes though and the story developing into something more.

 

The first volume is actually fairly short so the story isn’t developed too much, but on the other hand the original one shot is included in the tankobon. This is quite interesting to read and see how the concept developed from the early stages of its development. The second volume of Food Wars will be available at the start of October and currently the series has eight volumes published in Japanese so It will be continuing for some time yet.

 

Turtle

 

Check out Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma at: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781421572543/?a_aid=turtlemanga

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First Impressions: Food Wars

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It’s Tuesday, and some of us know what that means. Shonen Jump was out yesterday. This week we got a little peek into a series called ‘Food Wars’ which has just had its first volume published (online, out in print later this year. So let’s take a look at it.

 

Synopsis:

Soma Yukihira is the main character in this manga about a school for top chef’s. Always dreaming of becoming a better chef then his father who owns a small family restaurant, Soma enrols in a top culinary school. In the chapter printed in this week’s Shonen Jump, Soma is attending the schools entrance exam where he is required to cook something which meets with the specification of the heiress o the school, who is regarded as one of the toughest food tasters in Japan. The chapter ends before we find out how his end product turns out, but considering the series is about him in the culinary school, I think it’s safe to assume he does alright.

 

My Opinion:

Yuto Tsukuda (writer) and Shun Saeki (artist) have done a fantastic job of writing this chapter. It reminds me of the start of Bakuman, and as you might tell from my blog, I am a huge fan of Bakuman. The story is quite intriguing and gets you interested in something you may otherwise not have any interest in. I havn’t heard about too many Shounen mangas where the main character aims to become a great chef, so this brings something else to the table.

 

Rating:

If more of this series appears in Jump in the future, or I see the series in a shop, I would jump to the chance to read it. If not, then I don’t think I would really mind. The story is interesting, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see what happens. Give it a look if you’re interested and maybe you could let me know after a few more chapters if you think I should give it a better chance.

 

Turtle