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Series cast summary:
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka ...
 Soma Yukihira (24 episodes, 2015)
Minami Takahashi ...
 Megumi Tadokoro (19 episodes, 2015)
Maaya Uchida ...
 Yuki Yoshino (19 episodes, 2015)
Ai Kayano ...
 Ryoko Sakaki (19 episodes, 2015)
Kengo Kawanishi ...
 Shoji Sato / ... (18 episodes, 2015)
Risa Taneda ...
 Erina Nakiri (17 episodes, 2015)
Junichi Yanagita ...
 Daigo Aoki / ... (17 episodes, 2015)
Saori Oonishi ...
 Hisako Arato / ... (16 episodes, 2015)
Taishi Murata ...
 Shun Ibusaki (16 episodes, 2015)
Yûsuke Kobayashi ...
 Zenji Marui (15 episodes, 2015)
Shizuka Ishigami ...
 Ikumi Mito (14 episodes, 2015)
Takahiro Sakurai ...
 Satoshi Isshiki (13 episodes, 2015)
Natsuki Hanae ...
 Takumi Aldini (11 episodes, 2015)


Yukihira Soma is a teen with a great enthusiasm for cooking. He dreams of surpassing his father, a great chef and restaurant owner, and so attends Totsuki Culinary Academy, a legendary and formidable cooking school for the greatest teenage chefs in Japan.

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The anime is great.
12 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars) is an anime about battles of cooking as the title suggests. This anime has gotten very popular in the few months it has been airing and it has also been received pretty well. But is it any good or is it just another one of those popular but dull anime, that I will discuss in this review.

Story - 8/10

You must have realized that the anime revolves around Soma Yukihira who wants to become a cook and surpass his father in cooking. Some stuff happens and Soma ends up in Totsuki Academy, which is the best cooking school in Japan. After reading the synopsis, you must have come to the conclusion that it isn't unique or special, but that doesn't make it bad. The story isn't anything even special but the other aspects of the show are so well done that it makes you feel that the story is better than it actually is.

Art and Animation - 9/10

The animation of the show, to be described in one word, is brilliant. While one can say that almost all anime that are released these days have really good animation, Shokugeki no Soma's animation is a level above most others. (while not being as good as something made by ufotable but it's still very detailed and fluent). The best thing about Food Wars's art is the way they display food, it's really good. The art is consistent throughout the show and doesn't get bad at any moment. The openings and ending too are animated nicely. The designs of the characters are, for the most part, unique as well, with most characters having different designs. However, one can argue that Erina Nakiri(one of the female protagonists) looks pretty darn similar to Asuna Yuuki from SAO.

Characters - 9/10

The cast in this anime is pretty big, which you would expect from a shounen anime like this. There are rivals, friends, upperclassmen, etc but they have gotten pretty good screen time to express their characters.

Our lovely protagonist, Soma Yukihira is just really awesome. He can be OP sometimes with his dishes but he is awesome, nonetheless. He is and is not your typical shounen protagonist. When I say he is your typical shounen protag, I look into the fact that he has a goal of surpassing someone, he is pretty determined to do that, etc. When I say he isn't, the unique features of his characters come out: his confidence, he is good at what he does, he is arrogant. Now, here his arrogance does a great job because it's really fun to see the opponent's reactions after they are brought down by his words, and most importantly, he entertains us. For an anime like Food Wars, he is the perfect protagonist.

The two main female characters of the show are damn good: Megumi Tadokoro is your usual clumsy, scared girl from a small village who hopes of making it big here. While there is nothing much unique about her character as of yet, she has done her job well so far and is getting development and she does get braver as the anime progresses. Erina Nakiri is the tsundere who is also known as "God Tongue" because of her ability to only acknowledge the best of foods. She is the daughter of the Director(or something big shot of Totsuki at least.) and her family is one of the leads in culinary restaurants and other stuff in the world. She is prideful, arrogant and would destroy anything that could stand in her way of being no. 1 in Totsuki; anyone other than Soma. Erina hates Soma and you'll know why she does after watching the first couple of episodes. The interactions between Soma and Erina are fun to watch, really fun to watch. Although the show hasn't focused on Erina too much as of yet, but I am sure she will be getting her time in this second half. The remaining characters, too, as I said, are entertaining to watch. Some of their interactions are hilarious while some will show you the intensity of the battles happening in Food Wars.

Pros :

1. Extremely entertaining. 2. Amazing comedy and you'll jump out of your seat while watching some of them. 3. Great animation and soundtrack. 4. Immensely amusing character interactions.

Cons :

Comedy can get out of hand sometimes with the ecchi. If you aren't a fan of ecchi, you might not like the characters' reactions after they eat the food. They get naked and act and act like they're having orgasms. A lot of people have enjoyed this but some might not. However, the good thing is that these get less and less as the anime progresses and by around episode 8, these foodgasms are reduced since the anime starts to get more serious and take off to the skies.

Enjoyment: 10/10 This anime is a hell of a ride and the entertainment value of the show is right up there. The first episode is nothing compared to what the next few episodes bring to you. The thing got better and better with each passing episode.

Overall - 9.5/10 In my opinion, Shokugeki no Soma is the best anime released in the year 2015. I guess, the stats it has on MAL speaks for itself. I would definitely recommend this anime to you, even if you are not a fan of such anime, it's worth your time and I am almost certain that you won't regret watching it.

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