Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 11 (Story by Yuto Tsukuda and Art by Shun Saeki) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

March 29, 2016 by  


“Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” volume 11 continues with the Semi Finals of the Fall Classic and now Soma must take on chef stalker/copycat, Subaru Mimasaka in a shokugeki cooking battle! Who will be the victor?

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© 2012 by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki. All Rights Reserved.

MANGA TITLE: Food Wars – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 11

STORY AND ART BY: Story by Yuto Tsukuda and Art by Shun Saeki


PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga

RATED: T for Older Teen

RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2016

Mimasaka copies his opponents’ dishes so perfectly and completely it’s uncanny. And he does it solely to win. But is that what cooking is really about? Hoping to find the answer, Soma bets his all as a chef! Who’s right and who’s wrong will be made clear when it comes time to judge the Fall Classic’s first semifinal round!

With the summer vacation coming up, the Totsuki Institute has announced the next competition and it’s the Fall Classic!

And as we are now in the semi-finals, the copycat chef Subaru Mimasaka destroyed Takumi Aldini and has now challenged Soma for a battle of beef stew.

Seeing how Subaru was able to find ways of getting intel against his rivals, can Soma outwit him?

Meanwhile, the semi-final match between Akira Hayama and Ryo Kurokiba also begins!

Find out who makes it into the finals in volume 11 of “Food Wars! -Shokugeki no Soma”!

What is “Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma” about?

In 2012, writer Yuto Tsukuda and artist Shun Saeki created their manga series “Shokugeki no Soma” which continues to be serialized in “Weekly Shonen Jump”.

The manga was voted #3 in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees “Recommend Comics of 2014” in Japan and voted #12 in the 2014 “Kono Manga ga Sugoi!” Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey and continues to be a popular series in Japan.

With a total of eight tankobon volumes released in the U.S., Viz Media will be releasing the first manga volume titled “Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma” in North America in August 2014.

The series revolves around a young teen named Soma Yukihara who works for his father, chef Joichiro Yukihira, at their local restaurant.

Trained to cook at an early age and known for trying to combine various foods together as experiments, Soma has been known to cook dishes that make people feel they have tasted the best food ever to touch their tastebuds. But his goal is to someday beat his father in cooking.

But with landsharks trying to get control of the land to build condo units where the restaurant is located, one day while returning to the restaurant, everything inside is removed.

While Soma wants to rebuild, his father tells him that he will be closing the restaurant for two or three years to travel and as for Soma, he is enlisted in Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute where the elite of the elite attend and less than 10% of its students ever graduated.

But his father gives Soma a stern message, if he can’t make it at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, he will never beat him.

Determined to prove to his father that he can graduate as an elite cook, Soma is still looked down by his fellow students and faculty because unlike them, he is not wealthy and his family did not own a four or five star restaurant.

But Soma is determined to prove them wrong.

In volume 11, the Fall Classic continues as Subaru Mimasaka and Soma are in a battle of who makes into the semi-final.  As Subaru has defeated nearly all his competition by stealing their recipes and also their cooking utensils, Soma is willing to quit being a cook if he loses, but if he wins, Subaru must give up and return every chef’s cook utensil.   But can Soma beat the copycat chef?

And the elite chefs, Kurokiba vs. Hayama duke it out in the semi-finals.  Who will make it into the finals?

As a big fan of manga series about food and the culinary industry, “Food Wars! -Shokugeki no Soma” is a series that I absolutely enjoy.

For one, you have an antagonist that was cooking since he was young, often experimenting on different foods, even know that all his combinations are not always successful. But he also was brought up in a family restaurant and has to attend a school of elitist who think their food is the greatest and that they are more refined because they are wealthy.

So, it’s pretty awesome to see how far these people will put him down and until they eat his food, their reaction, and probably this may be the best word to describe their reaction to his food as “orgasmic”.

With the eleventh volume of “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma”, Soma encounters his most difficult rival yet.  Subaru Mimasaka has destroyed every chef by stealing their recipe, improving on it and winning over the judges, but also winning and taking a chef’s prized cooking tool.

So, now Soma must find ways of defeating Subaru.

Also, the elite chefs Hayama and Kurokiba go against each other.  Which one of them will make it into the final round of the Fall Classic?

For volume eleven, the storyline by Yuto Tsukuda has been nothing short of enjoyable. This is a fun manga that left me craving for more and Shun Saeki’s artwork is energetic, fun and the more suggestive artwork that was seen in earlier volumes are not too extreme.

But also what makes this volume quite exciting is the fact that we are now in the semi-finals and we see the top four go into a hardcore cooking battle.

So, this was no doubt an exciting matchup between Soma vs. Subaru and Hayama vs. Kurokiba.  And a storyline that fans of the manga series will continue to enjoy.

Overall, “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” has turned out to be one of my favorite manga releases and with each volume, I always look forward to more and more! Do you love food, cooking competitions and comedy? Then definitely give this manga series a try!

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