Saucy and Sultry – Food Wars! Vol. 1 Review

Food can be a very sensual experience, as it engages all of the senses. Think of a the sizzling sound from fajita plate, the smell of sauteed garlic, the texture of ice cream as it melts on the tongue, the great sense of ease from seeing the waiter coming to with food, and the agonizingly blissful taste of the last bite of a burrito. “Food Wars!” (食戟のソーマ Shokugeki no Sōma) captures and embellishes this concept masterfully, hilariously, and a bit erotically.

FWv1_3

She’s experiencing the sensuality of food

“Food Wars!” is about a young kid entering high school named “Soma Yukihara.” He is son of a small special-of-the-day restaurant owner, and has seemingly helped run the place his entire life. Soma has challenged his dad to a cook off hundreds of times (489 to be exact) and lost every time. The first recipe they show Soma cooking is of squid and peanut butter, so it’s not a surprise that he loses.

FWv1_1

However when it comes time to save the restaurant, Soma steps up to the occasion revealing that he is actually somewhat a chef prodigy. After saving the restaurant, Soma’s father reveals he is going to close the shop for a few years as he is travelling and cooking around the world and suggest Soma enters the prestigious Tōtsuki Culinary Academy to develop his skills if he ever hopes of beating him. To wrap up volume 1, Soma goes through an initiation test that every other student fears of even attempting as the instructor is a renowned food expert and prodigal student. He ends up at the Tōtsuki Culinary Academy giving a speech on opening day, since he is the only student to transfer into the academy rather than go through the Tōtsuki Culinary Academy middle school, and makes enemies out of all the students in his year by claiming he is better than all of them.

“Food Wars!” is an outstanding example of Japanese manga and their ability to tell stories that American comics would not attempt. Mangas and Animes do big action and adventure stories, but can also make great stories about seemingly less exciting topics like biking and culinary arts. The characters in “Food Wars!” are very stereotypical for an anime/manga: ridiculously talented and hard working lead, shy and full of potential side kick, wacky mentor (Soma’s walks with only an apron), and condescending equally talented rivals. Stereotypical as they may be, they have enough of a twist and are in a unique environment that it feels very fresh.

Speaking from my culinary experience (one summer class), “Food Wars!” does a great job capturing the culinary arts. They do justice to cooking techniques, styles, and descriptions of flavors. The writer is obviously well versed and knowledgeable in the culinary arts; perfectly infusing culinary arts into the story without it being the dominant flavor (you had to be expecting food puns). The artwork also does a wonderful job capturing the culinary arts, going as far to drawing proper grip on knives and seemingly providing a snap shot of the chefs movements. I also have to praise their ability of drawing food, because even in black and white the dishes look appetizing. Lastly also have to thank them for providing the recipes.

 FWv1_4FWv1_5

The only part I’m a bit on the fence about is the use of sexuality. I love the cuts to inner imagery of characters as they taste the food, it is basically what they do on “Family Guy” but not as random. However it always seems to be sexual. It’s likely a cultural thing, it just irks me a little because they’re supposed to be high school freshmen.

Tentacles...

Tentacles…

 Overall, “Food Wars!” is a great read. It’s full of humor, artistry, and mouth watering descriptions and imagery that will keep any reader entertained and hungry. I’d recommend “Food Wars!” to fans of manga/anime, someone looking for a light hearted comedy, anyone who has interest in the culinary arts, and anyone who watches Food Network/ Cooking Channel. “Food Wars!” is available for purchase through Viz Media (VizManga.com). 

 

Shop Deadpool tees in our officially licensed Marvel store!

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Ben Wheatley and the Cast of ‘Free Fire’ Talk About the Film’s Lengthy Shootout

Put a bunch of scumbags in the same room and give...

Bill Finger Finally Recognized in ‘Batman & Bill’

For decades Bill Finger got the finger from several of his...

Unforgettable
‘Unforgettable’ Has Moments of Memorable Camp

The jilted ex-lover subgenre of thrillers endures despite the fact there...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Now Available

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Now Available from...

Injustice 2 Gear
Injustice 2 Gear Trailer Explains How Every Battle Defines You

Injustice 2 Gear Trailer explains the game’s sub-title and also the game’s...

Shift Happens Review
9.0/10
No Other Way to Say It, This Game is the Shift – Shift Happens Review [Xbox One]

Everyone goes through shift, but it’s always easier to handle shift...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Bring Back Memories of Prince in Full Vivid Color

They say time heals all wounds, but really you just become...

Five Things You Should Know About the Valiant Summit

The Valiant Summit came has left a huge impact on the...

9.5/10
Batman 21, The Wait is OVER!!!!

Title: Batman 21 Writer: Tom King Artist and Inker: Jason Fabok...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
EIROA The First 20 Collection has begun Shipment on the Colorado

From C.L.E. Cigar Company – April 21, 2017 (Miami, FL) –...

WWE and Loot Crate Reveal Their Latest Mystery Box and Surprise!

The Game, Triple H has revealed the next wave in the...

Evil Geniuses Special Edition
SteelSeries teams up to create Evil Geniuses Special Edition Gear

SteelSeries teams up to create Evil Geniuses special edition versions of...

Arena Football Automotives MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Full Bellator 178: Strauss vs Pitbull 4 Weigh-In Results & Photos

UNCASVILLE, CONN. (April 20, 2017) –The official weigh-ins for Bellator 178:...

Bellator 176 and Bellator Kickboxing 5 Weigh-In Results and Photos

All Photos Credited to Bellator and Lucas Noonan. TORINO, ITALY –...

Combate Americas Adds Women’s 105-Pound Bout for the April 20 Card in Tucson, AZ

NEW YORK – April 6, 2017 – Combate Americas announced today...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Adult Continuity Issue Nine – Ten Inch Mutant Ninja Turtles

The porn parody has a long, hard, turgid and difficult to...

DC’s New Aqualad is ‘3-Pages of Gay’

3…2…1…Okay, now that the Social Justice Warriors who have only read...

12 Incredible Assyrian Women Around the World (Reposting)

March commemorates Women’s History Month in the United States of America,...

Event News Event Reviews
Romy and Michele Reunite on Stage

This summer something exciting will be happening… Romy And Michele’s High...

Blackheart Burlesque
Artistically Exotic and Downright Sexy – Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque

Your cosplay fantasies come to life, but way better and sexier...

Danzig’s Blackest Of The Black with Ministry, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu & More

This year marks the first Blackest Of The Black Destination Festival....

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Gaming Uncensored: Year in Review 2016

A look back at the year in gaming.

Gaming Uncensored Roundtable: December 2016

December’s roundtable discusses story in games with Chad, Josh, and Spencer....

Gaming Uncensored: Podcast #349

Jamie reflects on some of his time with the HTC Vive....

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Prince’s ‘Deliverance’ Reminds Us of Who We Lost

On Friday, April 21st, it will be one year since we...

As Balto Heads on Tour with their Latest Album ‘Strangers’

Balto is a quick on the trigger, Folk, Country, Blues, Gospel,...

Lebanese Englishwoman, Nadine Khouri Lulls you with ‘The Salted Air’

There is something fitting about a woman who’s last name translates...