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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Souma Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Sōma Yukihira
食戟のソーマ
(Shokugeki no Sōma)
Genre Adventure, comedy,[1] slice of life[2]
Manga
Written by Yūto Tsukuda
Illustrated by Shun Saeki
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump Comics
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original run November 26, 2012 – present
Volumes 31 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Shokugeki no Sōma: à la carte
Written by Michiko Itō
Illustrated by Shun Saeki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump j-Books
Original run February 4, 2014 – present
Volumes 4
Manga
Shokugeki no Sōma - L'étoile
Written by Michiko Itō
Illustrated by Taiki Asatoki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shounen Jump +
Original run March 3, 2015 – present
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani
Written by Shogo Yasukawa
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Animatsu Entertainment
Original network TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS, Animax
English network
Original run April 3, 2015 June 25, 2018
Episodes 61 + 5 OVA (List of episodes)
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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (Japanese: 食戟のソーマ, Hepburn: Shokugeki no Sōma, lit. "Sōma of the Shokugeki") is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. Yuki Morisaki also works as a Contributor, providing the recipes for the series. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha. As of May 2018, 29 volumes have been released in Japan. The series is licensed by Viz Media, who has been releasing the volumes digitally since March 18, 2014, and released the first volume in print on August 5, 2014.[3]

An anime adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between April 3, 2015 and September 25, 2015. A second season named Food Wars! The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016.[4][5] The first cour of the third season, referred to as Food Wars! The Third Plate aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017.[6] The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018.[7]

Synopsis

Setting

The series is set mainly at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school located in Tokyo, Japan, which only a handful of students graduate each year.[a] Its students mostly come from Totsuki's junior high school, but transfers are taken provided they pass the entrance exam. The campus is a wide-ranging resort with many research societies (clubs); cooking classrooms, and large arenas used for competitions. Housing varies, but the most affordable is the Polaris Dormitory, where characters have to impress the dorm matron with a dish in order to secure residence. Totsuki also runs a chain of resort hotels; with the biggest being the Totsuki resort; run by Gin Dojima, which is visited during the course of Soma's first year at Totsuki.

The top student chefs occupy seats on the Council of Ten Masters. Students can initiate a shokugeki with any other student or alumni; a cooking fight with stipulations on the line. Battles fought in this way could be for cooking utensils, research society facilities, council membership, or even expulsion from the school.

Plot

Teenager Soma Yukihira aspires to become a full-time chef in his father Joichiro's family restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skills, but Joichiro gets a new job that requires him to travel around the world, and closes his shop. Joichiro has Soma enroll in Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school where students engage in food competitions called shokugeki (anime: food war). He secures himself a spot at the school, despite the objections of Erina Nakiri, the talented granddaughter of the school's dean. Soma is assigned to Polaris Dormitory where he meets other aspiring chefs, including Megumi Tadokoro. The story follows his adventures as he interacts with his peers and challenges Totsuki's students as well as others in shokugeki competitions. Learning that his father was not only a student of Totsuki, but also the second seat in the Council of Ten; Soma plans on becoming the best at the academy.

Soma and the other first-year students participate in a cooking camp judged by the school's alumni that expels about a third of the entering class. He enters the Fall Classic, a competition that takes the top 60 first-year students, pares them down to eight students who then compete in a single elimination tournament. The first-years then participate in week-long stagiaire internships at local restaurants, as well as a large-scale school-wide Moon Festival. When Erina's father Azami takes over the school, Soma and Erina form a rebel faction to challenge the establishment.

Media

Manga

The manga began as a one-shot in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012 and then began as a series in November 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on April 4, 2013. As of October 2018, thirty-one volumes have been published. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America and published the first volume on August 5, 2014.[9]

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced on October 2014 by Shueisha.[10] The anime was directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani at J.C.Staff with Shogo Yasukawa as the series scriptwriter and starred Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the main character, Sōma Yukihira.[11] Crunchyroll began streaming the anime on April 3, 2015.[12] Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America.[13] For the first fourteen episodes, of the first season. The show's opening theme was "Kibō no Uta" (希望の唄, The Song of Hope) by Ultra Tower,[14] and the ending theme was "Spice" (スパイス, Supaisu) by Tokyo Karankoron.[15] From episode fifteen onwards, the opening theme was "Rising Rainbow" (ライジングレインボウ, Raijingu Reinbō) by Misokkasu, while the ending theme was "Sacchan's Sexy Curry" (さっちゃんのセクシーカレー, Sacchan no Sekushī Karē) by Seiko Oomori. A 25-minute original video animation was bundled with the 19th volume of the manga, which was released on July 4, 2016.[16]

A 13-episode second season, titled Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate (食戟のソーマ 弍ノ皿, Shokugeki no Sōma: Ni no Sara) aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016.[5][17] The second season's opening theme song is "Rough Diamonds" by SCREEN mode, and the ending theme song is "Snowdrop" (スノードロップ) by Nano Ripe.[18][19]

The first cour of the third season aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017.[20][6] The first opening theme song was "Braver" by Zaq, and the ending theme song is "Kyokyo Jitsujitsu" (虚虚実実) by Nano Ripe.[21] The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018.[7] The second opening theme is "Symbol" (シンボル) by Luck Life, and the ending theme song is "Atoria" (アトリア) by Fo'xTails.[22]

Video games

Food Wars! has produced two games released in Japan. Shokugeki no Soma: The Dish of Friendship and Bonds (食戟のソーマ 友情と絆の一皿, Shokugeki no Soma: Yūjō to Kizuna no Hitosara) is a visual novel developed by FuRyu[23] and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS on December 17, 2015. A teaser trailer was revealed on May 24, 2015.[24]

The game features an original story that takes place in Europe while characters from the series interact among each other. In addition, the characters will be voiced by their respective voice actors from the anime.[23] Gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on reading the text that appears on the screen which represents either the dialogue between the various characters or the thoughts of the protagonist. Like many other visual novels, players will go through all kinds of situational events as the original story unfold.[25]

Shokugeki no Soma: The Ultimate Recipe (食戟のソーマ 最饗のレシピ, Shokugeki no Soma: Saikyō no Recipe) is a mobile game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was released for iOS and Android on August 17, 2015.[26]

Reception

It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey[27] and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014.[28] The Anime News Network gave the anime series a B; citing the art as being very good, and that Soma is a very likeable protagonist. They however opined that the amount of fanservice might put some readers off, and considered some instances of fanservice uncomfortable and unnecessary.[29]

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies as of April 28, 2013;[30] volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies as of June 16, 2013;[31] volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies as of August 18, 2013,[32] volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of September 22, 2013;[33] volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies as of December 22, 2013;[34] volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies as of February 23, 2014;[35] and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies as of April 20, 2014.[36] As of May 2, 2018, it was revealed that the manga had 14 million copies in print.[37]

Notes

  1. ^ While the English manga volume 1 back cover indicates the school has a 10% graduation rate,[8] it appears to be about 1%, as Dean Senzaemon says in his opening speech that in the last year, of 812 entering freshman, only 76 made it to the second year, and that the number of students who graduate each year can be counted on one hand.Ch. 4

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External links

  • Official anime website (in Japanese)
  • Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (manga) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia
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