What do you get when you cross a high school harem-style manga, Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokemon stadium-esque battle sequences, and Iron Chef? Yuto Tsukuda’s (author) and Shun Saeki’s (illustrator) Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma manga!
In a nutshell, Food Wars is a coming of age story where teen chef Soma Yukihira strives to one day defeat his dear father in a one-on-one cooking battle. Along the way, he get enrolled in a prestigious cooking academy where he must test his mom-and-pop restaurant skills against world class talent in a series of cooking battles. And along the way, due to his big heart, unwavering work ethic, and cocky attitude, he picks up a multitude of rivals, admirers, and companions.
You don’t get the creepy pervy vibe of other harem manga where absurdly attractive and under-dressed teens are throwing themselves at the hero in awkward situations. Instead, the book somehow comes off extremely wholesome despite occasional humorous fan service. I attribute this to the fact that Tsukuda focusses on Yukihira’s good-naturedness while taking the cooking seriously.
How serious, you ask? Serious to the point that every volume contains several recipes from dishes concocted in each food battle.
So let’s recap: Food Wars Shokugeki No Soma is a super-enjoyable, mostly wholesome manga with top-notch art and a real love of the culinary arts… and over-the-top cooking battles.Add to Favourites