**spoiler alert** The story of Soma Yukihira and his friends at Totsuki Culinary Academy from 食戟のソーマ 4 Shokugeki no Souma 4 continues in the fifth vo**spoiler alert** The story of Soma Yukihira and his friends at Totsuki Culinary Academy from 食戟のソーマ 4 Shokugeki no Souma 4 continues in the fifth volume of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. In the previous volume, Soma Yukihira continued completing the trials and tribulations of the Totsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp, better known as the "Training Camp from Hell." This event is currently Soma's biggest test to date because from what is known about previous camps in past years, a huge chunk of students are ususally expelled at this one event. At this moment, Soma is in the midst of the Breakfast Buffet-Style challenge, one in which he finds himself at the door of expulsion.
The volume is divided up into nine chapters, from Chapter 31 to 39. The four chapters cover the conclusion of both the Breakfast Buffet-Style Challenge using eggs as the primary ingredient and the Totsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp. As for the remaining chapters except for the last, they cover the Sensual Karaage Arc. The last chapter is a filler chapter which concentrates on the Polar Star Dormitory's ping pong challenge. _________________________
Chapters 31 to 34
These chapters cover two major conclusions. The first is the Breakfast Challenge in which the First Year Class had to create a dish up to Totsuki Culinary Academy standards with the mandatory criteria of serving it buffet style, serving 200 dishes, and utilizing one key ingredient: eggs. At the end of the fourth volume, we find out that Soma Yukihira is way behind in the number of dishes served. Soma chose to create a dish, a souffle omelette, with a poor stand-alone life. Anything with a souffle characteristic needs to be served quickly or else it will decompress. Ergo, all of Soma's souffle omelettes were useless after mere minutes. With only 30 minutes left in the challenge, Soma reorganizes and becomes the "dancing chef." Instead of serving food at-the-ready, he made it to order. By doing such, he gained a gathering for "putting on a show." As word spread about how good his souffle omelette was, he was able to concentrate on the task in which he served 200 plates just under time.
The Breakfast Challenge was a trying task, but it was the last as Soma Yukihira, Megumi Tadokoro, Erina Nakiri, and the rest of the First Year Class who survived so far (which includes all the First Years at Polar Star Dormitory), were treated to a fantastic meal by the Totsuki Culinary Academy alumni as a way to say they all passed the training. On the day of departure, circumstances happen in which Soma and Erina miss their bus to get back to the academy. While sharing a vehicle taking them home, we learn something about Nakiri: the man who's she admires the most is Joichiro Yukihira, Soma's father.
Chapters 35 to 38
These chapters encompass the Karaage Wars Arc. It is now vacation time for Totsuki Culinary Acadamy and students are either staying in their dorms or heading back home to their families. Soma Yukihira heads back to his home town to air out the Yukihira Restaurant. Upon arrival, he finds out the Sumiredori Shopping District, the area his family restaurant is located, is empty and that many businesses are on the brink of closing. He soon learns through his childhood friend Mayumi Kurase that Mozuya, a chicken karaage store in the train station, has taken all the business away.
After doing a stakeout on Mozuya, Soma Yukihira comes to the thought that to gain the business back to the Sumiredori Shopping District is to create their own version of chicken karaage to compete against Mozuya. Given the fact she is the "Queen of Meat," Soma asks for Ikumi Mito's assistance, much to the latter's delight (because she has a massive crush on Soma). Along with Mayumi Kurase, they come up with a chicken karaage that doesn't exactly beats Mozuya's karaage, but instead utilizes the wants and needs of the people who pass the Sumiredori Shopping District as well as utilizing the services of other stores in the district to help bring the new product to life. In the end, the store district survives with their new karaage recipe, but also introduces new enemies.
This is nothing more than a filler chapter as it showcases the rivalry between Megumi Tadokoro and Satoshi Isshiki in ping-pong, in which the former wins their match at the time. Apparently, if Megumi did not pursue cooking, she would have become a professional ping-pong player. _________________________
All in all, the fifth volume is a good read as it continues the overall story of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. Thankfully, the stories are still fresh, not utilizing past stories or anything like that. To be frank though, the series is still fairly new....more
The story of Soma Yukihira and his friends at Totsuki Culinary Academy from Food Wars!, Vol. 3 continues in the fourth volume of Food Wars: ShokugekiThe story of Soma Yukihira and his friends at Totsuki Culinary Academy from Food Wars!, Vol. 3 continues in the fourth volume of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma. In the previous volume, Soma along with the rest of the first year students attended the Totsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp. It comes off as a fun-filled vacation camp but is really known as the "Training Camp from Hell." From what is known, a huge chunk of students from previous years are expelled at this one event. If Soma as well as other first years want to continue their education, they have to survive a whole week of "hellish" classes and challenges.
The volume is divided up into nine chapters, from Chapter 22 to 30. They cover Soma Yukihira and Megumi Tadokoro's Shokugeki against alumni Kojiro Shinomiya. It also covers the beginnings of the Breakfast Challenge using eggs as a primary ingredient. All are still part of the Totsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp.
Chapters 22 to 27
These chapters cover the Shokugeki between Soma Yukihira and Megumi Tadokoro versus Kojiro Shinomiya. Because of what happened in her last class, Megumi has been expelled when her "Recette" is unacceptable to Kojiro. Soma steps in to save her by challenging Kojiro into a Shokugeki. If he wins, Megumi stays. If he loses, both he and Megumi are expelled. Thanks to some interference by Gin Dojima, the Shokugeki is made official with Totsuki Culinary Academy alumni as judges. The challenge is kind of tough as only leftover ingredients from the day are available. Not only that, the condition that Megumi will be the lead chef, not Soma, complicates matters as Megumi lacks self-confidence.
Thankfully, Soma Yukihira and Megumi Tadokoro were able to finish a dish in time. Given that both Soma and Megumi appear in the next chapters, it is evident they were not expelled. The question is how did two students survive when they were going against an alumni of Totsuki Culinary Academy?
Chapters 28 to 30
Though Soma Yukihira and Megumi Tadokoro are not expelled, they are not out of the woods just yet. An announcement is made for all students to assemble into the main hall. They soon find out they have another challenge they need to pass: cook a breakfast dish for tomorrow's morning patrons. It will have to live u to Totsuki Culinary Academy standards and it must use eggs as an ingredient. Not only that, they have to serve 200 servings tomorrow if they are to pass as well.
The first years are given the night to either sleep or work on a dish. After some thinking, many of the first years make their choice in which it will either make or break them the following day. When morning comes, the first years take on the task head on. Many are doing well but there seems to be a problem as Soma Yukihira only had less than 10 plates served with only 30 minutes left. Apparently, he put himself into a trap, something Erina Nakiri - his "arch rival" - knew of prior to the challenge yet she remained silent.
All in all, the fourth volume is amazing to read and not boring at all. Since this is a continuation of a much larger story, it is vital to start from the first volume. Just be thankful that up to the fourth volume, Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is still fresh.
NOTE: I assume those reading my review for Food Wars! Volume 2: Shokugeki no Soma have read Food Wars! Volume 1: Shokugeki no Soma. If not, please reaNOTE: I assume those reading my review for Food Wars! Volume 2: Shokugeki no Soma have read Food Wars! Volume 1: Shokugeki no Soma. If not, please read that manga first. I also reviewed the first volume if you are suddenly on the fence on reading this series.
As mentioned in my previous reviews for this series, I decided to reread this manga books as a refresher on differences between the manga and anime. Ergo, I found the reread enlightening on differences as well as nostalgic.
Picking up from where the first volume ended, Soma Yukihira is now attending the Totsuki Culinary Academy. He passed his transfer exam, introduced himself to the entire first year class, and even passed his first lesson with flying colors alongside Megumi Tadakoro, another first year classmate who is on the brink of being expelled due to numerous failings. Now Soma's story continues as he meets new friends at the dorm he is staying at, learns about the Council of Ten, and even participates in his first Shokugeki, also known as a Food War.
The second volume in the Food Wars! manga features nine chapters: "Maria of the Polar Star," "Lawless Area," "A Dish That Calls for Spring," "The Ice Queen and the Spring Storm," "The Meat Invader," "The Night Before the Showdown," "Enter the Battlefield Popofet," "Quiet Don, And Eloquent Don," and "Megumi's Garden." The following is a summary of the chapters without any major plot spoilers. Since the first chapter is technically the sixth in the manga, I will start with number six in the listing too.
6. Introduces the Polaris Star Dormitory, the building Soma Yukihira will stay while attending the Totsuki Culinary Academy, and its dorm mother, Fumio Dajmido. 7. Introduces the other residents of Polaris Star Dormitory. Details the Council of Ten. 8. A truth about Satoshi Isshiki, the oldest student in the dorm, is revealed when Soma Yukihira tries one of Satoshi's dishes. 9. Soma Yukihira tries to make a dish to compete against Satoshi Isshiki's dish. Soma learns about the Shokugeki (Food War!). 10. Introduces the Don RS Club and its "Head Don," Kanichi Konishi. Introduces Ikumi Mito. 11. Chapter showing how Soma Yukihira, along with the Don RS Club, prepare for a Shokugeki. 12. The Shokugeki between Soma Yukihira representing the Don RS Club and Ikumi Mito begins. 13. Judges try out Soma Yukihira and Ikumi Mito's prepared meals. A winner is decided. 14. Introduction to Polaris Star Dormitory's features, specifically the Megumi Tadokoro and Satoshi Isshiki's vegetable garden, Shun Ibusaki's firewood workshop, Ryoko Sakaki's Koji lab, and Yuki Yoshino's farm pens.
Overall, Food Wars! Volume 2: Shokugeki no Soma continues what the first volume started. As for comparison to the anime, it is pretty much one-to-one....more
These days, I usually don't spend the time reading like I used to simply because I work as a writer/editor for news sites, especially The Inquisitr. TThese days, I usually don't spend the time reading like I used to simply because I work as a writer/editor for news sites, especially The Inquisitr. That does not mean I stopped trying to read, it just has to be books I can finish fairly quickly, those lacking time restraints. This is what makes manga appealing to me these days.
I will be honest and say the only reason I decided to reread Food Wars! Volume 1: Shokugeki no Soma is because I recently found out it was adapted into an anime. I also wanted a refresher on the differences between the manga and anime too. In the end, I found the reread not just enlightening on said differences, but nostalgic.
As shown in the synopsis, the story of Food Wars! is about Soma Yukihira, a 15-year-old boy who worked at his father's local restaurant all his life. One day, Soma's father, Joichiro Yukihira, decides to close the restaurant for three years so he can travel. As for Soma, he is sent to Totsuki Culinary Academy, the most elite culinary institution in the world. There his limited view on cooking is opened as he takes on new challenges and experiences, while making new friends (some competitive) along the way. It is also there, he meets his rival, a girl who is known as a prodigy in culinary, Erina Nakiri.
The first volume in the Food Wars! manga features five chapters: "The Endless Wilderness," "God's Tongue," "Transforming 'Furikake,'" "The Demon King Talks About 'Gems,'" and "The Chef That Doesn't Smile." The following is a summary of the chapters without any major plot spoilers.
1. Introduces Soma Yukihira, his father, and the Yukihira Restaurant. 2. Introduces Erina Nakiri and Totsuki Culinary Academy. 3. Showcases Soma's entrance exam into the academy, judged by Erina. 4. Introduces Senzaemon Nakiri, the director of Totsuki Culinay Academy. 5. Introduces Megumi Tadakoro. Showcases Soma's first class.
There are also two special reading features in this volume too. The first is a "One-Shot" of Food Wars!, which is a prototype of the manga prior to the main release per se. Second is "Kurase-San's Diary," which features Kurase, a girl who lives in Soma Yukihira's home town charged with judging Soma and his father's food for a competition in the first chapter.
Overall, Food Wars! Volume 1: Shokugeki no Soma is a solid start for the new manga series by Yuto Tsukuda. It surely is popular if there are 17 manga books total and an anime based off of them....more