Food Anime: Shokugeki No Souma Review

Total number of episodes: 37 (Finished)

Average time per episode: 25 mins

Total number of seasons: 2

Watch season 1 here!          Watch season 2 here!

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

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However his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

“Totsuki is an otherworldly place, where those with talent throng together and devour one another. Its depths are unfathomable. Sharpen your fangs, boy!” – Season 1 Episode 10.

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As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.

The animation of the show, to be described in one word, is brilliant. While one can say that almost all anime that are released these days have really good animation, Shokugeki no Soma’s animation is a level above most others.

The best thing about Food Wars’ art is the way they display food, it’s really good. The art is consistent throughout the show and doesn’t get bad at any moment. The openings and ending too are animated nicely. The designs of the characters are, for the most part, unique as well, with most characters having different designs.

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The cast in this anime is pretty big, which you would expect from a Shounen anime like this. There are rivals, friends, upperclassmen and more but they have all been given ample screen time to express their characters and personalities.

Our protagonist, Soma Yukihira is just really awesome. He can be over powered sometimes with his dishes but he is awesome, nonetheless. He is not your typical shounen protagonist, unlike other shounen protagonists the unique features of his character come out: his confidence and his arrogance. It’s really fun to see the opponent’s reactions after they are brought down by his words, and most importantly, he entertains us. For an anime like Food Wars, he is the perfect protagonist.

Food Wars has one hell of a knack for making you hungry. Before you question it, yes, this is a good thing. This makes it so the anime has one special quality that not many others can boast about. It’s a show that doesn’t just connect with you through its characters, story, or music, it also reaches out and grabs your stomach.

Food Wars wastes no time in making its culinary aspects as impressive as possible. There’s an indescribable amount of detail animated into the cooking sequences, whether it be the flailing knives, the crispness of the raw vegetables, or the simmering of a deep frying ingredient

Each final dish is made out to be visibly intricate, and the explanations they give for the meals regarding the ingredients, setup, origin, motive, and whatnot are so explicit that you can almost fully grasp the food with all of your senses.

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Furthermore, throughout the anime, the amazing use of sound effects from the chopping and cooking of ingredients to the opening theme and episodic sound tracks are on point. Sound is an excellent tool for immersion and within Shokugeki no Souma it’s used to really entrance audiences and make them feel as if they are there and that is the impact the show is going for.

Final Verdict: Shokugeki no Souma is everything you could look for in a food anime. Its creative and sharp shounen style means that people enjoy not only the beautiful art but the quirky characters, definitely something everyone should watch.

Overall Rating: 10/10

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