Shokugeki no Soma, otherwise called Food Wars! in the U.S. is a shonen manga that follows Soma Yukihira on his quest to become a better chef than his dad. While the primary premise seems a bit straightforward, the cooking techniques which are featured in this manga are anything but easy. Beginner cooks who desire to learn the way to cook via manga will have to search elsewhere. The manga does feature a few recipe pages for the intermediate cooks to tryout Soma’s style of cooking. Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manga but cooking is often utilized as a theme for Soma’s transition to adulthood. At its center, this manga is essentially a shonen battle manga using a kitchen themed battleground. While unique ideas can improve a narrative, Shokugeki no Soma prefers to use a tried and tested formula in order to maintain its readers amuse. By no mean does this make it boring to read, but one can’t help but think that they’ve read a similar manga elsewhere.
The formulaic approach is a tried and tested strategy that several successful shonen manga have used before. It might be a boil down to two elements; a young and hot blooded protagonists and his lofty goal of becoming the best ___ (fill in the blank). While Soma never expressly says that he desires to become the best chef in the world, he does declare that he needs to eventually become a better chef than his daddy Joichiro Yukihira. He’s also referred to as old man Yukihara, who happens to be a chef with the capacity of cooking in the Royal Manhattan resort. While it is not based on a real hotel, Manhattan is often known as home to some of the best chefs on the planet. Basically Soma wants to defeat his old man is synonymous with most shonen’s protagonist goal to become the best in the world. Visit this website for amazing information about Food War. Possibly the formula functions because most readers can identify a time in their own youth when they wanted to be the best in their area of interest.
The characters are vibrant but hardly original. Soma’s implied rival is an stuck up loud mouth girl named Erina,l who came from a noble history. Old man Yukihara is the embodiment of a trendy old-man with loads of expertise in cooking. In case the author decides to imply amorous interest between Soma and Erina, I’ll grill this manga and dip it in peanut butter. In the beginning of volume one, Yuto Tsukuda says that he read the autobiographies of well-known chefs in order to write Shokugeki no Soma. He challenges how much “play is hiding behind [the] dishes they serve so effortlessly”. It would have been good if he described the drama which he found or intriguing details about the lives of well-known chefs. Maybe that idea will soon be in future volumes, but as of now it appears that Shokugeki no Soma uses an idealize version of professional cooking.
What interested me the most about the first volume was the one-shot that was contained in the manga. While the characters and premise remains the same, it appeared the primary character was slightly changed when Shokugeki no Soma got serialized in Shonen Jump. Soma in the one-shot was less hot blooded and a bit more mature in his conducts. Some of the few lines that changed Soma’s nature in the one shot was when he told Erina that he found her cooking dull. He looked quite displeased with Erina’s cooking whereas the brand new Soma would be enthusiastic to challenge Erina and tell her how his cooking is a lot better than her’s. Soma’s mature side is also revealed when he lectures Erina on why he finds her cooking dull because she never fails. Ironically the quote connects a whole lot about how I feel about the manga itself, “the perfect recipe…leads [to] nowhere/ There are people out there…who believe there is only ever one right answer/ I can’t help but think those people…will never be able to find something even better” It seems like the shonen jump editors had a lot of sway on the serialization of Shokugeki no Soma. Prime example being Soma’s original aim of tasting every last dish under the sun instead of beating his dad at cooking. Find out more regarding Shokugeki No Soma Anime through this web page. I can’t help but feel that the perfect shonen recipe will hinder Shokugeki no Soma from its discovery towards something even better.