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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 27 (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 49 + 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 November 2017, 27 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 less than 1% of the students manage to graduate. After securing himself a spot at the Academy, Sōma is placed in a dormitory called Polar Star where he meets several of the key characters in the series. The episodes focus mainly on Sōma's interaction with the many talented students at the Academy and a variety of adventures 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" (Or council of ten in the English dub), 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. Students can initiate a "Shokugeki" (Or Food War in the English localization) with any other student or alumni; a cooking fight with stipulations on the line. Battles fought in this way could be for cooking utensils, elite ten membership, or even expulsion from the school.

Characters and settings[edit]

The characters in Food Wars! revolve around students of Totsuki, and the wider culinary world. Characters have specific traits, nicknames and styles of cooking. For example, Ikumi Mito specializes in cooking with high quality meats; and is such known as "The Meat Master"; whereas Etsuya Eizan is known as "The Alchemist"; due to his cooking using methods to “negate” the flavor of his opponents’ dishes.

The series is mostly set in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy; which is located in Tokyo, Japan. The Academy is a wide-ranging resort; which also contains many research societies; cooking classrooms, and large arenas used for shokugeki's. The only accommodation on campus is the home of the protagonist Soma, the Polar Star Dorms; where characters have to impress the warden with their cooking to gain entry and win a room in the dorms. Totsuki also run a chain of resort hotels; with the biggest being the Totsuki resort; run by Gin Dojima, which is visited during the course of Soma's first year at Totsuki.

Soma grew up, and lived in the Sumiredōri Shopping District before attending Totsuki, where he worked at Restaurant Yukihira with his father. Despite the restaurant being closed for long periods of time for Soma to attend Totsuki, it is shown that the cafe is still very popular with locals who flood in when Soma returns to air the shop out. The shopping district is shown to also have a lunchbox store, a beer store and a printing shop; however there is likely more areas to this shopping district not yet shown.



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 November 2017, twenty-seven 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]

Video games[edit]

Food Wars! has produced two games released in Japan. Shokugeki no Soma: The Dish of Friendship and Bonds (食戟のソーマ 友情と絆の一皿, Shokugeki no Soma: Yūjō to Kizuna no Hitosara) is a visual novel developed by FuRyu[20] and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS on December 17, 2015. A teaser trailer was revealed on May 24, 2015.[21]

The game features an original story that takes place in Europe while characters from the series interact among each other. In addition, the characters will be voiced by their respective voice actors from the anime.[20] Gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on reading the text that appears on the screen which represents either the dialogue between the various characters or the thoughts of the protagonist. Like many other visual novels, players will go through all kinds of situational events as the original story unfold.[22]

Shokugeki no Soma: The Ultimate Recipe (食戟のソーマ 最饗のレシピ, Shokugeki no Soma: Saikyō no Recipe) is a mobile game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was released for iOS and Android on August 17, 2015.[23]


It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey[24] and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2014.[25] The Anime News Network gave the anime series a B; citing the art as being very good, and that Soma is a very likeable protagonist.[26]

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies as of April 28, 2013;[27] volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies as of June 16, 2013;[28] volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies as of August 18, 2013,[29] volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of September 22, 2013;[30] volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies as of December 22, 2013;[31] volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies as of February 23, 2014;[32] and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies as of April 20, 2014.[33]


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  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. ^ a b "Shokugeki No Soma is also Cooking up a visual Novel". Silicon Era. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma 3DS Game's Teaser Streamed". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Shokugeki No Soma Yujo to Kizuna No Hitosara". Play Asia. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Shokugeki No Soma getting Mobile Game later this year". Silicon Era. Retrieved November 28, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Top Manga Ranked by Kono Manga ga Sugoi 2014 Voters". Anime News Network. December 9, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Japan's Bookstore Employees Rank Top Manga of 2014". Anime News Network. February 6, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma GN1 - Review-". Anime News Network UK. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 22–28". Anime News Network. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, June 10–16". Anime News Network. June 21, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  29. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, August 12–18". Anime News Network. August 21, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, September 16–22". Anime News Network. September 26, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  31. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 16–22". Anime News Network. December 30, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  32. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 17–23". Anime News Network. February 27, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 14–20". Anime News Network. April 23, 2014. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 

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