Food Wars! – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 16 (Story by Yuto Tsukuda and Art by Shun Saeki) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 6, 2017 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 16 is a wonderful volume with multiple entertaining stories that fans will no doubt love!  Recommended!

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

MANGA TITLE: Food Wars – Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 16

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: February 7, 2017

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

Day three of the Autumn Moon Festival has begun, and Soma is still trying to recover from ending deep in the red on its first day. Looking to finally overtake Restaurant Kuga in overall profit, Soma unveils his ace in the hole—a new mapo tofu recipe! Will it be enough to push this first-year to victory over a Council of Ten member?

For 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.

But the first few days, Soma has lost badly and if he doesn’t make money, he will be kicked out of the Academy.  With the festival days coming to a close, can Soma pull out a comeback?

How will Soma prepare this latest challenge?

Also, Soma gets to taste the cooking of the First Seat of Totsuki Academy and what happens when Azami Nakiri, Erina’s father visits the Academy?

All this and more in volume 16 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 in which he is now near last place and if he doesn’t make enough sales, can get him kicked out of the Academy.

Can Soma make a comeback and defeat Eighth Seat, Terunori Kuga?

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 16th volume of “Food Wars! -Shokugeki no Soma”, Yuto Tsukuda and Sun Saeki manages to incorporate three story arcs.  The first primary arc is the conclusion of Soma decides to challenging Eighth Seat… Terunori Kuga, a Second Year High School student.

Behind in the point standing, Soma is must stage a comeback or else get kicked of out the Academy.  Meanwhile, Soma gets to see the First Seat in action.

The third story arc revolves around Azami Nakiri, Erina’s father who comes out of nowhere and does the impossible that will no doubt change the landscape of Totsuki Academy.

For volume 16, 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 16 is a wonderful volume with multiple entertaining stories that fans will no doubt love!  Recommended!

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