January 20, 2020 by TinyNavajo
Food Wars! Vol. 11 (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma #11) by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki
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*Published April 5, 2016*
This could be considered about one of the tensest volumes of the manga yet. I loved seeing Soma take on the mimic that has been taking almost everyone down in shokugeki, and seeing how much Soma has learned. And we also got another battle, so a two-battle volume!
Mimasaka copies his opponents’ dishes so perfectly and completely it’s uncanny. And he does it solely to win. But is that what cooking is really about? Hoping to find the answer, Soma bets his all as a chef! Who’s right and who’s wrong will be made clear when it comes time to judge the Fall Classic’s first semifinal round!
With Food Wars! being an action manga, the best thing you could have done in my opinion, is give us two battles! And we get two battles in this volume, Soma vs. Mimasaka, the world’s most perfect mimic and who has stolen the cooking implements of the other students at this prestigious cooking school. If you know action mangas though, you know that Soma would be the one who won this shokugeki, but the bet he made was huge (he would stop being a chef for always! if he lost) compared to what others have made. And it always shows Soma’s character that he doesn’t rub his victory into Mimasaka’s face. In fact, Soma encourages Mimasaka to take his cooking more seriously and to learn why he likes cooking so much.
We then get to see Ryo and Akira’s semifinal battle. I loved seeing the Master of Spice go up against the Sea Food Specialist. I do admit, I wish I would have seen a definite answer to who would have won and who would have gone up against Soma in the finals. Overall, though I thoroughly enjoyed this volume and am excited to read the next.
What do you do when you don’t quite get what you expect in an action manga? What constitutes an action manga to you? Comment below and let me know!