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Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Souma Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, featuring the main protagonist Sōma Yukihira
(Shokugeki no Soma)
Genre Cooking , Comedy
Written by Yūto Tsukuda
Illustrated by Shun Saeki
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original run November 26, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 12 (List of volumes)
Light novel
Shokugeki no Sōma: à la carte
Written by Michiko Itō
Illustrated by Shun Saeki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump j-Books
Original run February 4, 2014 – ongoing
Volumes 4
Shokugeki no Soma - L'étoile
Written by Michiko Itō
Illustrated by Shun Saeki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shounen Jump +
Original run March 3, 2015 – ongoing
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani
Written by Shogo Yasukawa
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
English network
Original run April 3, 2015 – ongoing
Anime and Manga portal

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (食戟のソーマ Shokugeki no Sōma?, lit. "Sōma of the Shokugeki") is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. Yuki Morisaki also works as a collaborator, providing the recipes for the series. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha. As of April 2015, 12 volumes have been released in Japan. The series is licensed by Viz Media, who has been releasing the volumes digitally since March 18, 2014, and releases the first volume in print on August 5, 2014.[1] An anime adaptation is currently airing.


Shokugeki no Soma tells the story of a boy named Sōma Yukihira, whose dream is to become a full time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skills. But just as Sōma graduates from middle school, his father, Jōichirō Yukihira, closes down the restaurant to cook in America. However, Sōma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jōichirō which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students manage to graduate.



The manga began began as a one-shot in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012 and than began as a series in November 2012. The first tankōban volume was published on April 4, 2013. As of April 2015, twelve volumes have been published. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America and published the first volume on August 5, 2014.[2]


An anime adaptation was announced on October 2014 by Shueisha.[3] The anime is directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani at J.C.Staff with Shogo Yasukawa as the series scriptwriter and will star Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the main character, Sōma Yukihara.[4] Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the anime, beginning on April 3, 2015.[5] Sentai Filmworks has licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America.[6] The show's opening theme is "Kibou no Uta" (希望の唄 Kibou no Uta, The Song of Hope) by Ultra Tower,[7] and the ending theme is "Spice" by Tokyo Karankoron.[8]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate
1 "An Endless Wasteland"
"Hatenaki Kōya" (果てなき荒野) 
April 3, 2015
2 "God Tongue"
"Kami no shita" (神の舌) 
April 10, 2015
3 "That Chef Never Smiles"
"Kono Ryōrijin wa Warawanai" (この料理人は笑いわない) 
April 17, 2015
4 "Maria of the Polar Star"
"Kyokusei no Maria" (極星の聖母 (マリア)) 
April 24, 2015


It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey[9] and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014.[10]

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies, as of 28 April 2013,[11] volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies, as of 16 June 2013,[12] volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies, as of 18 August 2013,[13] volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of 22 September 2013,[14] volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies, as of 22 December 2013,[15] volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies, as of 23 February 2014[16] and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies, as of 20 April 2014.[17]


  1. ^ "Food Wars!, Volume 1". Viz Media. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Viz Media Adds Shokugeki no Sōma Cooking Comedy Manga". Anime News Network. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Shueisha Confirms Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma TV Anime for 2015". Anime News Network. October 28, 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  4. ^ "J.C. Staff Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime Cast Yoshitsugu Matsuoka". Anime News Network. November 9, 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  5. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime". Anime News Network. April 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  6. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Pleiades, Re-Kan, SNAFU Too, Hello! KinMoza, UtaPri Season 3, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon and Food Wars". Anime News Network. 2015-04-04. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ ""Shokugeki no Soma" TV Anime OP Song PV by Ultra Tower". Crunchyroll. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ スパイス(アニメ「食戟のソーマ」エンディングサイズ) (in Japanese). Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2014 Voters". Anime News Network. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Japan's Bookstore Employees Rank Top Manga of 2014". Anime News Network. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 22-28". Anime News Network. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 10-16". Anime News Network. 21 June 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 12-18". Anime News Network. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, September 16-22". Anime News Network. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 16-22". Anime News Network. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 17-23". Anime News Network. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 14-20". Anime News Network. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 

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