Food Wars! Vol. 17 – 19 (Shokugeki no Soma #17 – 19) by Yuto Tsukuda
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*Published April 4, 2017, June 6, 2017, August 1, 2017*
Onward, ever onward into the madness that is Food Wars! and I absolutely love this series. And as stated in previous reviews, I tend to get these books in batches of three and they all get read at once, so they tend to blur just a bit, so it’s easiest for me to review them in batches of three. So, onto our triple review!
Under new dean Azami Nakiri, the Totsuki Institute undergoes a revolution. Erina—now under lock and key by her father’s hand—is freed by her cousin Alice in a daring midnight escape! Running blindly through campus, the two fugitives finally reach safety…at the Polaris Dorm?! With the hand of darkness close behind, can Soma and the gang keep Erina safe?
In this volume, we just how much of a change has come around due to the new regime under the thumb of Azami Nakura, a man who wishes to push out clones and copies of the best of the best. While this sounds like it has the possibility of being a good thing, it also means that there are no longer clubs or seminars that encourage experimentation and individuality. In a world where for Soma, taking what he learns at each experience and uses it to expand his own resources and abilities, it may just be the worst thing to come to Tostuki.
The shokugeki to decide the fate of the Polaris dormitory nears its conclusion! Even with the judges firmly in his opponent’s pocket, Soma puts everything he’s learned from his time at the dorm on a plate, cementing Polaris’s future—or lack thereof—at the institute. Meanwhile, Central makes its move, beginning a full-scale purge of anyone daring to resist! Will Soma survive to take on this next challenge?
Here we see the end of the shokugeki that will decide the fate of Polaris dormitory. It’s here we see the true ingenuity of those who learn and apply their learning to their own cooking in order to entice even those who have been bought to always vote Central in the take over of clubs. But even after the shokugeki, we see Azami come by Polaris dorms to talk to his daughter and we get a bit of backstory into why Azami is doing this and it has something to do with Soma’s father, Joichiro. I know that this villain feels just a tiny bit flat, but I did enjoy getting to know a little bit of his backstory and his connection with Soma’s dad. It’s going to be interesting to see where this goes next.
Fighting to save Alice’s society from being abolished by the Azami administration, Ryo Kurokiba, battling as her champion, begins his shokugeki with Central elite Kusunoki. The theme is salmon, and both chefs put everything they’ve got, including their pride, into their dishes. So what’s got Alice so troubled that she tells off her own uncle, Dean Nakiri, at the end of the match?!
In this volume, the absolute best part is that we see Soma take on the First Seat in the Council of Ten in a shokugeki with some of the highest stakes Soma could possibly take on; if he wins, he gets First seat…if he loses, he joins Central as Eishi Tsukasa’s sous chef. You would think that he was completely crazy to do this, and you would be completely right! Why would he do this? I think that it’s to prove to the Tsukasa that individuality is what’s needed for Tostuki, not this copy and paste method that Azami Nakura has devised.
This is the start of a excellent arc that I think is a good way to focus on Erina and how she became the way that she is now, and how is she falls back into her old habits, she lose all the humanity that she had regained. And I think that it’ll be interesting to see more of Azami’s background and how it revolves around Joichiro, and all the crazy strands that have been woven since before Erina and Soma were born.
Also, this is my third week of being off of work and I’ve done nearly all that I can at my home to keep myself occupied. So, insolation question; what are y’all doing to keep yourself occupied? Have you started new hobbies or are you relying on old ones? Comment below and let me know what in your home you’re doing to keep yourself sane and safe!