Monday, June 11, 2018

Manga Review: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Volume 23, by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki, and Yuki Morisaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shonen Jump Advanced (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2018
Volumes: 29+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 22. 24.

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?!

Dropping all pretense of being fair, the Azami administration has now declared that to pass the third stage of the advancement exam, Soma and the members of the resistance must each defeat a Council of Ten member. And what will everyone think when it comes to light that Dean Azami's real motivation for overthrowing the institute is Soma's own father, Joichiro?!


So the fight with Akira ends, with possibly-not surprising results. After that, we learn who actually won their shokugeki, and who didn't. The results are not great, and so they decide to confront the headmaster. And so does Soma's dad.
Afterward, we get to see what happened when they were kids and going to school there, Erina and Soma's dads. What happened when they were in school to make them what they are now. They both took very different paths, and Soma gets to see a new side of his dad, and why Soma is the way he is now because of it.
I really like Soma's dad, and I think it's fun when the adults all show up and get together. The next challenge will definitely be a difficult one, and it should be interesting.

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

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