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Soma Yukihira’s dad runs a small restaurant with tasty 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 dad has a different course mapped out – he will go to the prestigious Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute and learn to be a top-class chef. But the school has a fearsome reputation, a (by choice) low retention rate, and is full of snobs! Will underdog Soma prevail? And is he even aware that he’s been cast as the underdog in this story?
Everyone who’s tried their hand at cooking has one of these failed recipes. (We will not speak of the Knife Cookie Episode of 1992.) For Soma Yukihira, squid legs and peanut butter are just one experiment gone awry in his search to find new ways to join the flavors available to him…and to be honest, this one is so gross that it is kind of a inverse success. However don’t let this disgusting mixture fool you – the son of a renowned chef, Soma is actually an extremely gifted cook, capable to make the best of poor ingredients, make the most common dish extraordinary, and create culinary masterpieces on the fly. He isn’t almost as good as his dad, nevertheless, so he intends to spend the years when other kids are in high school cooking in the family restaurant in order to one day surpass his pop. His father has other plans, though, and after an incident with a awful property developer – believe the shounen version of Inari in Princess Jellyfish – he decides to take off for three years and register Soma in the be and end all of Japanese culinary institutes: Totsuki Saryo. Soma’s not certain he needs to go, but if it means becoming a better chef than his father, he is willing to give it a try. There is a more comprehensive coverage of Shokugeki No Soma News on this website. The problem? Totsuki Saryo is snobby to the point of annoyance and as the son of a small local Japanese eatery – a Mom and Pop Diner would probably be the simplest comparison to make – Soma gets zero respect from the other pupils even before he opens his mouth to insult them all. In a way, at its heart this really is a very basic take on the rich/poor narrative: through Soma’s more average encounters and commonsense know how, the school/cooking royals gets to understand that commoners’ lives aren’t as worthy of their scorn as they presumed.
At least that is how things are looking at the end of this first volume, which definitely makes it easy for us to cheer on Soma as the hero. With a single exception, the students and staff at Totsuki Saryo are very awful and extremely annoying. Assumed show heroine Erina is the worst. Said to get a “divine tongue,” at sixteen Erina is the heir presumptive of the academy and also a staff member together with a pupil. This has all gone to her head in the worst way, making her intolerant, brutal, and usually unpleasant. Her awareness of self-worth is so great that she cannot enable Soma even the smallest success, attempting to get rid of him because he made her feel foolish rather than revealing some professionalism and understanding that there may be worth in things she is unfamiliar with. This is shown not just by her actions, but by those of others around her: her grandpa and among the educators are both foils to her nastiness through their treatment of Soma. Allowed, she is sixteen and this isn’t intended to be taken quite as seriously as I’m treating it; on the other hand, Erina is so obnoxious that it becomes easy to overreact to her as a character.
The basic storyline, nevertheless, is intriguing, and certainly should not be read on an empty stomach. If you’re inclined towards cooking, some of Soma’s tricks and recipes might be quite inspiring, and the recipe for his eggs over rice dish is supplied and looks pretty doable. Read more articles about Shokugeki No Soma Season 2 on this website. The narrative affectation which will not sit well with some readers is the way that characters are revealed responding to food: a great dish essentially creates an orgasm. This is shown with non-explicit nudity (ie no nipples or crotch detail) and plenty of liquid sound and visual effects. While it’s somewhat bizarre, the real dilemma is the fact that when Soma makes something that’s exquisitely disgusting, like the squid and peanut butter, the characters feel like they’re being molested, together with the accompanying visual. (Generally this includes tentacles.) While it is played for laughs, it perhaps must not be, plus it adds an uncomfortable advantage that the story actually doesn’t want. Shun Saeki draws attractively full figured women – we don’t need to see them being molested by squid tentacles in order to value either the storyline or his art. Luckily, he draws delicious-looking food, which does improve the quantity.