Shokugeki no Souma

Title:Shokugeki no Souma
Food Wars
食戟のソーマ (Japanese)
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Notables: Animation - JC Staff
MATSUOKA Yoshitsugu
R1 License - Sentai Filmworks (ADV)
Soma Yukihira is the son of a renowned cook and small restaurant owner. He has always assumed that he would take over the restaurant someday, and strives to match or exceed the talent of his father. Despite some definite skill of his own, however, that is a near impossible goal. Everything he had assumed is turned upside down one day when his father abruptly announces that the restaurant will close and Soma must apply for admission to the prestigious Engetsu Teahouse Culinary Academy, Japan's top cooking school.

24 episodes
See series sequels, Shokugeki no Soma OVA and Shokugeki no Sōma: Ni no Sara.
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Rent 8 7 8 6 7 7 Ggultra2764 [series:3028#1552]
The basic premise to Food Wars is the absurd and ultra-serious approach that staff, students, and alumni of the Totsuki Cooking Academy employ in honing their craft in being top cooks within the industry. Mainly focused on new transfer student Soma Yukihira, Food Wars explores our lead interacting with the different students and staff members of Totsuki and getting caught up in the crazy school competitions and classes employed by the school to fish out the elite cooking talent among their student body. The comedy for this is a bit hit-or-miss as a number of the reactions that tasters of prepared meals often get over-the-top and made me snicker, while some of the typical shounen anime tropes such as Soma's bad-tasting meals he purposely prepares for those annoying him, emphasis on sexiness with some female characters, and some of the typical anime character types rearing their head did turn me off at points. The series also includes some gradual character development for a number of its relevant characters where some learn to refine their cooking skills in response to specific scenarios or improve their attitude or confidence when it comes to cooking and/ or interacting with Soma. The series also gets highly detailed in emphasizing the prep work and different types of ingredients used for the various meals prepared by characters, including nice visual details on the designs of food to emphasize how delicious they are. While having it misses and occasional annoyances for me, Food Wars was otherwise mostly solid in the execution of its comedy and featuring gradual development of its characters in improving their skills or personalities. I may be tempted to check out the second season of Food Wars down the line.

Last updated Friday, September 15 2017. Created Friday, September 15 2017.
Unevaluated Stretch [series:3028#628]
(One episode watched):

I was more annoyed than amused by the absurdity of this show--for example, the notion that a bet or a promise would mean anything to absolutely despicable villains. As is the case more often than not, the plot of the show seems to take off without bothering to instil the main character with enough personality for us to care much about him. That is especially important when the show is about a line of work that I don't know or care much about. Whereas at first I had thought that the plot might have some depth and originality to it, it soon seemed rather simple and crude. It was semi-funny, but not funny enough to watch if some sort of interesting story isn't being told as well. I fear that much of what this show has to offer will consist of big-boobed women having an orgasm-like experience as they taste Soma's excellent cuisine. This show will likely be more about boobs than food. But I must admit that I was left slightly curious about what the hyper-demanding cooking school that Soma is applying to would be like, so I thought about watching at least one more episode. But then I thought again, and decided it probably wouldn't be worth it.

Last updated Saturday, December 05 2015. Created Wednesday, April 08 2015.

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