March 12, 2020 by TinyNavajo
Food Wars! Vol. 14-16 (Shokugeki no Soma #14-16) by Yuto Tsukuda
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*Published October 4, 2016, December 6, 2016, February 7, 2017*
Yep, I’m going to continue on my reviewing three at a time for Food Wars! as I tend to get them in batches of three through Libby and I read them one right after another, so they all blur together. The theme for these three though is the last part of the stagiarie program, the Moon Festival, and the introduction of a new headmaster, Erina’s father.
Having passed the first challenge of the stagiaire program, Soma moves on to his next assignment—working for Totsuki Institute graduate and former first seat Shinomiya at his brand-new Tokyo restaurant! Excited by the challenge, Soma dives into the assignment hoping to find new ways to improve his cooking. But the way Shinomiya runs his kitchen is unfamiliar to Soma—only the best of the best stand a chance of keeping up! Does Soma have what it takes to pass this next challenge?
Soma finally meets the Totsuki Institute’s current reigning Council of Ten, and in true Soma fashion, he challenges them all to a shokugeki! But the Council of Ten members see Soma and the rest of the first-years at the Momiji Meet ’n’ Greet as not worthy of their time and blow them off. As Soma leaves the meeting pondering ways to convince a council member to take him up on his challenge, Megumi mentions the upcoming school festival. Just what kind of scheme could Soma be cooking up this time?
Day three of the Autumn Moon Festival has begun, and Soma is still trying to recover from ending deep in the red on its first day. Looking to finally overtake Restaurant Kuga in overall profit, Soma unveils his ace in the hole—a new mapo tofu recipe! Will it be enough to push this first-year to victory over a Council of Ten member?
As with many manga series, this one follows a simple formula. It is a formula that does a lot to develop and show the main character in what could be considered the best light. Soma continues to learn and improve and work on his cooking in order to incorporate all that he learns, both in the classroom and out of it. And I liked seeing this school drama act a bit more like a school drama should with the introduction of the Moon Festival, a yearly festival for all the students to raise money for the school and to show off their skills and food diversity.
Soma has become a character that seems to have stagnated just a bit, but with other characters around him growing and developing, they bring a bit more interest that Soma may be lacking just a bit. And I will admit that I continue to drool throughout all of these mangas at the all of the delicious food! I almost wish that there was a restaurant that would recreate all of the food that is shown in these mangas, as I would love to just taste what these kids are making. And these are high school kids (for the most part) that are cooking these foods! I know that it’s possible, it still blows my mind though.
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