• Kim Mallory

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 1 - manga review

4.5 stars

Triggers-Mild Violence, some sexual content. Currently rated for OT (Older Teen) 16+

Soma Yukihira picked up a kitchen knife at the tender age of 3 and hasn’t left the kitchen since then. He and his father run a small, family-style restaurant which Soma intends to inherit once he 1. defeats his father in a Food Battle to prove he is the better cook and 2. graduate high school. But all that comes to a grinding halt when Soma’s dad decides to close the family business for 2 or 3 years, while he ‘wanders’ the world and Soma can get some much-needed training by joining the elite culinary world, the Totsuki Institute.

What can I say about this manga? It reads like what you expect from a Shonen, from the heart-felt pep talks to spur our protagonists on, to the flashy kitchen battles that makes you wish the food was real, it looks so good! Like a good Shonen, it has a plethora of handsome guys and pretty girls but sometimes the fan-service can be a little over-the-top, hence the 4.5 rating.

If you love food (and hey who doesn’t) and you love manga, then I urge you to pick up Food Wars! The BHPL has the complete collection, vol 1-36. It will make you laugh, probably make you mad and definitely make you shake your head (Shiki’s apron, that’s all I’m going to say) and wish for more.


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