Soma Yukihira’s father runs a small restaurant with delectable takes on traditional Japanese food. Soma expects to someday out-cook his dad, and he intends to start practicing in the family kitchens as soon as he graduates from middle school. Unbeknownst to him, yet, his father has an alternate lessons mapped out – he will go to the esteemed Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute and learn to be a top-class chef. However, the school has a fearsome reputation, a (blatantly) low retention rate, and is full of snobs! Will underdog Soma prevail? And is he even aware he’s been cast as the underdog in this story?
Everyone who is tried their hand at cooking has one of those failed recipes. (We WOn’t speak of the Knife Biscuit Occurrence of 1992.) For Soma Yukihira, squid legs and peanut butter are just one experiment gone awry in his search to find new methods to join the flavors accessible to him…and in all honesty, this one is really gross that it is kind of a reverse success. But don’t let this disgusting combination fool you – the son of a renowned chef, Soma is actually an extremely talented cook, capable to make the best of bad ingredients, make the most common dish phenomenal, and create culinary masterpieces on the fly. He isn’t nearly as great as his father, however, so he intends to spend the years when other kids are in high school cooking in the family eatery in order to one day surpass his pop. His father has other plans, though, and following an incident with a terrible property developer – believe the shounen version of Inari in Princess Jellyfish – he decides to take off for three years and enroll Soma in the be and end all of Japanese culinary institutes: Totsuki Saryo. Soma’s not certain he wants to go, but if it means becoming a better chef than his dad, he is willing to give it a try. We recommend reading more regarding Food War on this website. The issue? Totsuki Saryo is snobby to the point of annoyance and as the son of a little local Japanese eatery – a Mom and Pop Diner would probably be the simplest comparison to make – Soma gets zero respect from the other students even before he opens his mouth to insult them all. In a way, at its heart this really is a very essential take on the rich/poor storyline: through Soma’s more ordinary experiences and commonsense know-how, the school/cooking royals gets to recognize that commoners’ lives are not as worthy of their scorn as they assumed.
At least that is how things are looking at the end of this first volume, which certainly makes it easy for all of us to cheer on Soma as the hero. With one exception, the pupils and staff at Totsuki Saryo are incredibly horrible and extremely irritating. Assumed show heroine Erina is the worst. Said to have a “divine tongue,” at sixteen Erina is the heir presumptive of the academy along with a staff member as well as a student. This has all gone to her head in the worst way, making her intolerant, brutal, and generally disagreeable. Her sense of self-worth is so great that she cannot permit Soma even the slightest success, attempting to get rid of him because he made her feel foolish rather than showing some professionalism and understanding that there may be worth in things she is unfamiliar with. This is demonstrated not just by her activities, but by those of others around her: her grandpa and one of the instructors are both foils to her nastiness through their treatment of Soma. Granted, she is sixteen and this isn’t meant to be taken quite as seriously as I am treating it; on the other hand, Erina is so obnoxious that it becomes easy to overreact to her as a character.
The essential story, nevertheless, is fascinating, and definitely should not be read on an empty stomach. In case you are inclined towards cooking, some of Soma’s tricks and recipes could be quite inspiring, as well as the recipe for his eggs over rice dish is provided and looks fairly doable. To learn more about Food War check out this web page. The narrative affectation which could not sit well with some readers is the way that characters are shown reacting to food: a great dish basically creates an orgasm. This is revealed with non-explicit nudity (ie no nipples or crotch detail) and a great deal of liquid sound and visual effects. While it’s somewhat odd, the real issue is the fact that when Soma makes something that’s exquisitely disgusting, such as the squid and peanut butter, the characters feel like they’re being molested, with all the accompanying visual. (Typically this involves tentacles.) While it’s played for laughs, it perhaps shouldn’t be, plus it adds an uneasy edge that the storyline actually will not desire. Shun Saeki draws attractively full figured women – we do not need to see them being molested by squid tentacles in order to appreciate either the plot or his art. Luckily, he draws delicious-looking food, which does enrich the quantity.