Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Manga Review: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 19, by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki, and Yuki Morisaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: August 2017
Volumes: 26+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 18. 20.

Goodreads Synopsis:

An action-packed, saucy food comedy featuring one boy s determination to be top chef!
Soma Yukihira s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school! Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all?!
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 she tells off her own uncle, Dean Nakiri, at the end of the match?!"


We get to see the end of the Kurokiba and council member shokugeki. It's filled with a lot of salmon-cooking information that I just did not need in my life. But it also ends in a very deserving win. I did like seeing how all of the characters interact with each other, as well.
After that, we get a confrontation between Erina's awful father and Alice. It gives a surprising insight into what happened between Alice and Erina when they were little, and I completely understand Alice's stance on everything—I also quite appreciate how she handles it.
After that, Soma comes face-to-face with the first seat, Eishi. And I seriously love him. He's super hesitant about talking and instructing people, and always wanting to make sure everything is okay. We saw a little bit of it a few volumes ago, but now we get an interaction between him and Soma. And they work really well together in the kitchen. Eishi is also super full of himself. It should be interesting to see how their secret shokugeki turns out. But I'm a fan of this guy, honestly.
I'm going to have to read the next one, I think. I'm really interested, even though I've missed most of this series by this point, and I don't care too much for the over explaining of food. It's just good anyway.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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