Monday, May 28, 2018

Manga Review: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 22, by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki, and Yuki Morisaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: February 2018
Volumes: 29+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 21. 23.

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?!

It's stage three of the advancement exams, and to pass, Soma must beat the new Council of Ten's ninth seat--Akira Hayama. Although Soma is not happy to see Hayama sporting Central's badge on his chest, he can't hide his excitement over a rematch with the very person who snatched the Fall Classic win from him!


I had to pick up this volume myself, largely because I've always really liked Hayama and Jun's relationship. I didn't want to miss anything important, and I really wanted to know what brought him to this point.
Hayama and Soma go one-on-one in this volume, both with very high-stakes. Hayama is trying to win for Jun and their research, but he's seemed to have lost some of his motivation for cooking. Soma, on the other hand, needs to win to not be expelled—but mostly he wants to win against Hayama, because their rivalry is important to him.
The cook-off is intense, and it seems to clearly be going in one direction for a while—until a twist is revealed. We're left with a cliffhanger, but I have an idea of who's winning this, and I think that things will work out well for Hayama.

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