Shokugeki no Soma, otherwise known as Food Wars! in the U.S. is a shonen manga that follows Soma Yukihira on his pursuit to become a better chef than his daddy. The cooking techniques that are featured in this manga are anything but easy, while the primary assumption seems a bit simple. Beginner cooks that need to learn the best way to cook via manga will need to search elsewhere. The manga does feature a number of recipe pages for the cooks that are intermediate to tryout Soma’s style of cooking. Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manga but cooking is often used as a theme for Soma’s transition to adulthood. At its centre, this manga is essentially a shonen conflict manga with a kitchen themed battleground. While a narrative cans enhance, Shokugeki no Soma favors to use a tried and tested rule in order to keep its readers amuse. By no mean does this make it boring to read, but one can’t help but think they have read a similar manga elsewhere.
The formulaic strategy is a system that is tried and tested that several successful shonen manga have used. It can be a boil down to two elements; a youthful and hot blooded protagonists and his exalted aim of becoming the finest ___ (fill in the blank). He does declare that he wants to become a chef that is better than his father Joichiro Yukihira while Soma never expressly says that he desires to become the best chef in the world. He’s also known as old man Yukihara, who happens to be a chef capable of cooking at the Royal Manhattan resort. While it is not based on an actual resort, Manhattan is often known as home to some of the best chefs in the world. Essentially Soma wants to conquer his old man is synonymous with most shonen’s protagonist aim to become the finest on earth. Perhaps the formula works because most readers can identify a time in their youth when they needed to be the finest in their field of interest.
The characters are not lethargic but hardly first. Soma’s tacit opponent is a stuck-up loud mouth girl named Erina,l who came from a noble heritage. Old man Yukihara is the embodiment of a trendy old man with tons of expertise in cooking. I ‘ll grill this manga and dunk it in peanut butter if the writer decides to signal romantic interest between Soma and Erina. In the beginning of volume one, Yuto Tsukuda says that he read the autobiographies of celebrated chefs in order to compose Shokugeki no Soma. He questions how much “ play is hiding behind [the] dishes that they serve. It’d have been good if he described the drama that he found or fascinating details about the lives of well-known chefs. Maybe that notion will be in future volumes, but as of now it appears that Shokugeki no Soma uses an idealize variation of professional cooking.
What interested me the most about the first volume was the one-shot that was included in the manga. It seemed that the chief character was marginally altered when Shokugeki no Soma Manga got serialized in Shonen Jump, while the characters and premise remains the same. Soma in the one-shot was less hot blooded and a bit more mature in his conducts. One of the few lines that shifted Soma’s character in the one shot was when he told Erina that he found her cooking boring. Whereas the new Soma would be eager to challenge Erina and tell her how his cooking is not substantially worse than her’s he appeared rather displeased with Erina’s cooking. Soma’s mature when he lectures because she never fails on he finds her cooking boring Erina side is additionally revealed. Ironically the quotation connects a lot about how I feel about the manga itself, “the perfect recipe…leads [to] nowhere/ There are individuals out there…who believe there’s only ever one right answer/ I can’t help but think those folks…will never manage to detect something even better” It seems like the shonen jump editors had lots of sway on the serialization of Shokugeki no Soma Manga. Prime example being Soma’s initial target of tasting every last dish under the sun instead of beating on his dad at cooking. I can’t help but believe the shonen recipe that is perfect will hinder Shokugeki no Soma from its discovery towards something better.