Monday, January 15, 2018

Manga Review: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 20, by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki, and Yuki Morisaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5-4
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2017
Volumes: 27+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 19. 21.

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?!

Soma challenges current Council of Ten first seat Eishi Tsukasa for his seat on the council! Up against Tsukasa’s delicately refined technique, Soma highlights his own creativity with a brand-new take on traditional French cuisine. Will he win that coveted seat or lose big and join Central? Even if he does win, Soma won’t be out of the woods—not when the surviving first-years have just received notice of their biggest challenge yet!


We get to see how Soma and Tsukasa's shokugeki goes, and it has an anticlimactic ending, though it makes sense.
After that, we get to see that school-wide club shokugeki's are still going on, and that Megumi is still holding her all. She's fallen in the background a little, but she's climbing up that ladder still. There's a point made here that all of the first years seem to be different, better, this year. I'm sure this will lead to trouble.
The main point in this volume, though, is when we get to see more of Erina's past, and she realizes that she doesn't really like food anymore, and has to figure out what her interest and inspiration is. She ends up talking with Soma for a bit here. After that, she has to decide how she's going to finally deal with what her father is doing—acknowledge that she doesn't agree with him, and what to do about that and his strict rules. It is very nice to finally see her make a stand, given how weak she's been so far with him.
It'll be interesting to see what happens next, and I'm quite looking forward to it.

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

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