Since a young age, Soma Yukihira has shown talent and a love for cooking. Working under his father in the family diner, his goal in life is to take over as head chef. When Soma’s father suddenly closes the diner to cook around the world, Soma is sent to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, a prestigious school for anyone who wants to make it in the culinary industry. Baiting his son that if he were to ever supersede him at the family restaurant, then Soma would need to prove himself and graduate from the Academy as only 10% of the students graduate.
Right, let’s get into the review – please be warned that there are spoilers ahead.
From the very first episode, everything is… intense? Outrageous? Would that be the best way to describe it? Everything about Shokugeki no Soma is crazy, and as the episodes go on, it only gets crazier.
I want to put a big disclaimer that this show is pretty heavy with its fan service/ecchi elements. Be warned that this is an anime that finds the most absurd reasons and scenes for the characters to be getting their clothes off. Every dish pretty much turns out to be sensual, and someone will be getting their clothes off at the taste of eggs, rice, fish etc. You name it. So please, unless you want to answer uncomfortable questions like I had to about all the naked people flying around the screen, do not watch this on your main family TV. Learn from my mistake.
Classes at Tootsuki Academy are essentially an episode Masterchef – not much learning really happens, just lots of competitions, tough scenarios that you’d face in high paced hospitality. These poor kids, they’re only teens and are being thrown into such stress enducing environments.
Students are able to envoke a Shokugeki (a term for a food battle made up by the creators) which gives the series a very sports anime vibe. As for the overall plot, the story is quite basic, which isn’t a bad thing. Shokugeki no Soma has so many different elements which really make the series enjoyable, but it’s the characters that are the real winner.
The smack-talk in this is so real, and I am here for it. Everyone talks such a big game, and ends up eating their words. I love it. Sick burns bro.
I must say that the quirkiness that comes with the series is what really makes it unique. The fan service moments can get a bit much, so if you’re someone who doesn’t like that you might not enjoy it as much. If you’re willing to give it a try, hang in there, it’s worth it and the fan service bits get less and less frequent as the series goes on.