Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Shokugeki no Souma Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume featuring Sōma Yukihira
(Shokugeki no Sōma)
Genre Adventure, comedy[1]
Written by Yūto Tsukuda
Illustrated by Shun Saeki
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump Comics
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original run November 26, 2012 – present
Volumes 26 (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 – present
Volumes 4
Shokugeki no Sōma - L'étoile
Written by Michiko Itō
Illustrated by Taiki Asatoki
Published by Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Shounen Jump +
Original run March 3, 2015 – present
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani
Written by Shogo Yasukawa
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Animatsu Entertainment
Original network TBS, MBS, CBC, BS-TBS, Animax
English network
Original run April 3, 2015 – present
Episodes 44 + 4 OVA (List of episodes)
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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (Japanese: 食戟のソーマ, Hepburn: 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 September 2017, 26 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 released the first volume in print on August 5, 2014.[2]

An anime adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between April 3, 2015 and September 25, 2015. A second season named Food Wars! The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016.[3][4] A third season, referred to as Food Wars! The Third Plate began airing on October 4, 2017.[5]


Food Wars: 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 neighborhood restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skills. But just as Sōma graduates from middle school, his father, Jōichirō Yukihira, gets a new job that requires him to travel around the world and closes his shop. However, Sōma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jōichirō which is to survive in an elite culinary school, called "Totsuki Teahouse Culinary Academy" where only 10% of the students manage to graduate, where he meets many amazing students and experiences new events that allow him to grow further towards his cooking goal.[6]

In the Academy, the best chefs are promoted to seats on the "Elite ten", a council of the most promising students. Learning that his father was not only a student of Totsuki, but also the second seat in the Elite Ten; Soma plans on becoming the best at the academy.



The manga began as a one-shot in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012 and then began as a series in November 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on April 4, 2013. As of September 2017, twenty-six volumes have been published. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America and published the first volume on August 5, 2014.[7]


An anime adaptation was announced on October 2014 by Shueisha.[8] The anime was directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani at J.C.Staff with Shogo Yasukawa as the series scriptwriter and starred Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the main character, Sōma Yukihira.[9] Crunchyroll began streaming the anime on April 3, 2015.[10] Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America.[11] For the first fourteen episodes, the show's opening theme was "Kibō no Uta" (希望の唄, The Song of Hope) by Ultra Tower,[12] and the ending theme was "Spice" (スパイス, Supaisu) by Tokyo Karankoron.[13] From episode fifteen onwards, the opening theme was "Rising Rainbow" (ライジングレインボウ, Raijingu Reinbō) by Misokkasu, while the ending theme was "Sacchan's Sexy Curry" (さっちゃんのセクシーカレー, Sacchan no Sekushī Karē) by Seiko Oomori. A 25-minute original video animation was bundled with the 19th volume of the manga, which was released on July 4, 2016.[14]

A 13-episode second season, titled Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate (食戟のソーマ 弍ノ皿, Shokugeki no Sōma: Ni no Sara), began airing on July 2, 2016.[4][15] The second season's opening theme song is "Rough Diamonds" by SCREEN mode, and the ending theme song is "Snowdrop" (スノードロップ) by Nano Ripe.[16][17]

A third season premiered on October 4, 2017.[18][5] The opening theme song is "Braver" by Zaq, and the ending theme song is "Kyokyo Jitsujitsu" (虚虚実実) by Nano Ripe.[19]


It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey[20] and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014.[21]

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies as of April 28, 2013;[22] volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies as of June 16, 2013;[23] volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies as of August 18, 2013,[24] volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of September 22, 2013;[25] volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies as of December 22, 2013;[26] volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies as of February 23, 2014;[27] and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies as of April 20, 2014.[28]


  1. ^ "The Official Website for Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma". Viz Media. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Food Wars!, Volume 1". Viz Media. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 2nd Season". Anime News Network. December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Food Wars Anime's 2nd Season's Title, Summer Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. February 28, 2016. Retrieved February 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 3rd Season Premieres on October 3". Anime News Network. August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Chef That Doesn't Smile". Shokgeuki No Soma. Season 1. Episode 3. 2017-08-03. 5:30 minutes in. 
  7. ^ "Viz Media Adds Shokugeki no Sōma Cooking Comedy Manga". Anime News Network. November 4, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Shueisha Confirms Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma TV Anime for 2015". Anime News Network. October 28, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "J.C. Staff Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime Cast Yoshitsugu Matsuoka". Anime News Network. November 9, 2014. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime". Anime News Network. April 3, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "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. April 4, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ ""Shokugeki no Soma" TV Anime OP Song PV by Ultra Tower". Crunchyroll. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ "Food Wars! Anime's 2nd Season, OVA Previewed in Videos". Anime News Network. March 28, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Season 2 Listed With 13 Episodes". Anime News Network. June 28, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  16. ^ "SCREEN mode, nano.RIPE Perform 2nd Food Wars! Anime Season's Themes". Anime News Network. May 22, 2016. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Food Wars! 2nd Season's New Promo Previews 1st Autumn Election Match". Anime News Network. June 21, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Gets 3rd Season This Fall". Anime News Network. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  19. ^ "ZAQ, nano.RIPE Perform Theme Songs for Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Season 3". Anime News Network. August 17, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2014 Voters". Anime News Network. December 9, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Japan's Bookstore Employees Rank Top Manga of 2014". Anime News Network. February 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 22–28". Anime News Network. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 10–16". Anime News Network. June 21, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 12–18". Anime News Network. August 21, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, September 16–22". Anime News Network. September 26, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 16–22". Anime News Network. December 30, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 17–23". Anime News Network. February 27, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 14–20". Anime News Network. April 23, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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