Shokugeki no Souma Gets An Anime in 2015

For what it’s worth, I simply love it every time a manga I’ve been following since Day One becomes an anime. It’s like a little personal affirmation that “The Important People in the Industry” agree with my taste in manga. Sometimes it was only a matter of time (Nurarihyon no Mago, Ao no Exorcist, Kuroko no Basuke, etc.) as these manga were made for shounen tv, and other times it was a complete surprise–Yowamushi no Pedal, Love Stage (like how the heck did this get approved O.o), Baby Steps (eh, anime / manga have been biased against sports stuff for a while now), etc.

But Shokugeki no Souma is a different beast. By all means, it should have become an anime a loooong time ago. Although it’s a cooking manga, Shokugeki no Souma is so much more “shounen” than most action mangas out there. Except for one defect: the ecchi (aka non age-appropriate for the shounen anime audience). I wrote about the regretful unfulfilled anime potential in my review on Shokugeki no Souma the manga, and I’m so, so glad that my wish came true and it finally got an anime anyways.

Watch Shounen Jump’s hype video for the anime below:

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[Manga] Shokugeki no Souma

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Synopsis

Yukihira Souma’s dream is to become a full-time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skill. But just as Souma graduates from middle school, his father closes down the family restaurant to cook abroad, leaving Souma with a do-or-die challenge: reach the top at an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate … or don’t even dream about catching up to him (the father). Can Souma survive?

Read Shokugeki no Souma here.

First Impression

First off, Shokugeki no Souma hooked me on the first page by delivering great artwork, a fast-paced storytelling style (sorry no slice of life manga/anime for me folks), and all the key elements of a great shounen manga.

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