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