Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 12 (Story by Yuto Tsukuda and Art by Shun Saeki) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
June 19, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” volume 12 is the starting of the Finals of the Fall Classic and now Soma must take on elite chefs Hayama and Kurokiba in a three way standoff! Who will be the victor?
© 2012 by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: Food Wars – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 12
STORY AND ART BY: Story by Yuto Tsukuda and Art by Shun Saeki
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga
RATED: T for Older Teen
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2016
Soma Yukihira’s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father’s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school! Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all?!
The Fall Classic semifinals conclude with a historic first—a three-way battle in the finals! The ingredient chosen to grace the grandest stage is an autumn staple, pike. But with such a tight time limit, what incredible dishes can finalists Soma, Hayama and Kurokiba possibly create?!und!
With Akira Hayama and Ryo Kurokiba tying at the Fall Classic, the Totsuki Institue has decided to make the finals a three way final standoff between Hayama, Kurokiba and Soma!
And the special ingredient is….Mackerel Pike!
But when it comes to finding the freshest fish, Hayama and Kurokiba have years of experience of selecting the best fish. Will Soma find a way to use whatever skills he has to find the best fish for the competition?
Find out who makes it into the finals in volume 12 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 12, the Fall Classic continues as elite chefs, Kurokiba and Hayama have tied in the semi-finals. Because of this, both men have moved into the finals and will now be a three way standoff between Soma, Kurokiba and Hayama.
With the announcement that the special ingredient will be mackerel pike, Soma learns that both Kurokiba and Hayama are elite chefs that also have years of experience of finding the best fish to use in the competition. From the science of how long a fish has been dead, out of the water, if it’s in season, etc.
Because it takes years of experience, will Soma be able to find the best fish to use at the competition with only several days to perfect a mackerel pike dish?
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 twelfth volume of “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma”, Soma encounters his most difficult challenge yet and that is to take on the elite chefs, Hayama and Kurokiba in a three way finalist standoff.
As the announcement is made that the special ingredient will be mackerel pike, all three head to the fish market but Soma is quick to learn that both elite chefs have years of experience with finding the best fish to use for the competition.
With only a few days until the finals, will Soma find a way to find the best fish to use in the competition and what dish will he create that can surpass both Hayama and Kurokiba?
For volume twelve, 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 (in terms of fan service and sexuality).
So, this volume is no doubt an exciting matchup between Soma vs. Hayama vs. Kurokiba. And which one of these will be victorious?
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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