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Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 15 (Story by Yuto Tsukuda and Art by Shun Saeki) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

November 22, 2016 by  



“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! Volume 15 has Soma learning about Chinese cuisine and taking on one of the members of the Council of Ten.  Fun, exciting and overall awesome…Definitely give this manga series a try!

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


MANGA TITLE: Food Wars – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 15

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: December 6, 2016


Food fights and fan service—what more could a fan want?
 
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?!

Soma finally meets the Totsuki Institute’s current reigning Council of Ten, and in true Soma fashion, he challenges them all to a shokugeki! But the Council of Ten members see Soma and the rest of the first-years at the Momiji Meet ’n’ Greet as not worthy of their time and blow them off. Soma leaves the meeting pondering ways to convince a council member to take him up on his challenge when Megumi mentions the upcoming school festival. Just what kind of scheme could Soma be cooking up this time?


Soma meets the Council of Ten, the top 10 student chefs at the Academy.  Of course, being a first year student, the Council of Ten don’t exactly expect much from the new students.

But as Soma learns of the prestige that one obtains by having a seat on the Council of Ten, Soma wants to show that he deserves to be recognized for his cooking.

But in order to do that, he must challenge someone from the Council of Ten.  And with the Totsuki Institute School Festival coming up, Soma decides to challenge the Eighth Seat Terunori Kuga, a second year high school student known for being a master of Chinese cooking.  And to do that, Soma must create an awesome Chinese dish that would rival Kuga’s famous Special Mapo Tofu.

How will Soma prepare this latest challenge?

Find out in volume 15 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 15, Soma decides that the only way to get recognized for his cooking is to challenge the best.

And Soma decides to challenge a member of the Council of Ten at the upcoming Totsuki Institute School Festival.  A festival in which one must create dishes for thousands of people, have their own booths created and it’s a high level challenge which Soma has never participated in before.

And if one doesn’t make enough money for their booths and run in debt, they will get expelled from the Academy.

But Soma, being a person confident about his cooking, has chosen to take on one of the best when it comes to Chinese cooking….Eighth Seat… Terunori Kuga, a Second Year High School student.

But as no one from the Council of Ten look at the first year students of being any threat, has Soma gotten himself involved in a challenge that he can’t win?


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 15th volume of “Food Wars! -Shokugeki no Soma”, Soma decides that the only way to get recognized for his cooking is to challenge the best.  Something that he has always done.

And Soma decides to challenge a member of the Council of Ten at the upcoming Totsuki Institute School Festival.  A festival in which one must create dishes for thousands of people, have their own booths created and it’s a high level challenge which Soma has never participated in before.

And if one doesn’t make enough money for their booths and run in debt, they will get expelled from the Academy.

But Soma, being a person confident about his cooking, has chosen to take on one of the best when it comes to Chinese cooking….Eighth Seat… Terunori Kuga, a Second Year High School student.

Kuga is known for his tough approach to perfection when it comes to Chinese food.  And he is the best at it.  But Soma wants to challenge Kuga.

But as no one from the Council of Ten look at the first year students of being any threat, has Soma gotten himself involved in a challenge that he can’t win?

For volume 15, 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).

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! Volume 15 has Soma learning about Chinese cuisine and taking on one of the members of the Council of Ten.  Fun, exciting and overall awesome…Definitely give this manga series a try!

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