January 22, 2020 by TinyNavajo
Food Wars! Vol. 12-13 (Shokugeki no Soma #12-13) by Yuto Tsukuda, illustrated by Shun Saeki
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*Published June 7, 2016 and August 2, 2016*
Yeah…I keep reading these in batches and they all tend to blur together when I do, so I’m just going to start reviewing them in the batches that I read them as well. It will make my life easier, and your life easier as well.
Anyway, with these two volumes, we FINALLY get the finals to the Fall Classic and we see just what it means to be the master of the things that you create. We also get to see a new battle field for the students as the Fall Classic winds down and a new challenge is presented.
The Fall Classic semifinals conclude with a historic first—a three-way battle in the finals! The ingredient chosen to grace the grandest stage is an autumn staple, pike. But with such a tight time limit, what incredible dishes can finalists Soma, Hayama and Kurokiba possibly create?!
Three students survive the harsh trials of the preliminaries, winning their way into the finals. Which student will be the one to take home the crown as the winner of the Fall Classic?! Later, the furor of the Fall Classic has barely died down when Soma and the others are sent off to new battlefields! What is this new challenge that will test their desire to be chefs?
Throughout these two volumes, I love that we see Soma is just a little bit in over his head with the finals and with the new challenge for the first years of interning at professional restaurants. And while the finals were to expected, I still thought it interesting how it showed Soma that there is still a lot for him to learn and that this school is truly one of the best places for him to learn.
I also enjoyed seeing the dishes presented in the final by Soma, Hayama, and Kurokiba as they were exquisite dishes. I am not a fan of fish, it’s not my favourite thing to eat, but each dish presented just sounded amazing and wonderful and I wanted to actually eat those dishes. Granted, these are fish dishes so I wouldn’t have ordered them myself, but if someone said “I made you something to try” and gave me either one of the three, I would dig it. Because that is how good they sounded!
After the final, we now get to see the students as they kind of start back into the real world and work of being a chef. We see that they are near prodigal as young chefs, but they are not masters of their crafts just yet. And I love that we get to see them get some real world experience for a while.
I’m really loving Food Wars!, it’s quickly becoming one of my favourite mangas to read, and I’m really excited for the next set of three I’ll be able to read. What manga series is one of your favourites to read? Why is that? Comment below and let me know!