December Anime Challenge - Shokugeki no Soma
We start a brand new challenge this month! Last month’s anime challenge was The Devil Is a Part-Timer! We hope you enjoyed the Supernatural Harem anime as much as we did. This month’s anime is perfect for December, because when we say December one of the words that pop up is Food. Our challenge is Shokugeki no Soma, a food anime that will leave us hungry for more! The anime’s first season ran from April to September 2015 and is inspired by the shonen manga written by the mangaka Yuto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki, with the help of Yuki Morisaki, who contributed the recipes for the series. The anime also had a second and third series, and is very popular.
In the anime we first see Souma working with his dad at the family’s restaurant. His father decides to enroll Souma into an elite culinary school, Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute that is difficult to enter and the graduation rate is only 10%! The school campus is a wide-range elite resort boasting many research societies, cooking classrooms and large arenas exclusively for cooking competitions. Will Souma survive this school? Will he become the best cooking duelists between his peers?
Disclaimer: Shokugeki no Soma is an anime filled with fanservice such as ecchi, viewer’s discretion is advised.
Week 1 - 03 - 09 December
Episodes to Watch: 1 to 3
Shokugeki no Soma, the manga which inspire an anime, Drama CDs, Visual Novels and anime fanatiks that are foodies started out as a shonen manga written by the mangaka Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki, with the help of Yuki Morisaki, who contributed the recipes for the series.
Yūto Tsukuda, born in the Fukuoka district in 1986 is also known for the manga Shōnen Shikku. Tsukuda is mainly responsible for the plot and storyline of Shokugeki no Soma.
Shun Saeki, the manga’s illustrator is married and he has a pet ferret! He also worked on the manga Our Love Counseling, and this one-shot series were published as a special chapter in Volume 3 of Shokugeki no Soma. Yuki Morisaki, one of the main collaborators on the manga is know as a chef and a model, yes, this beauty is responsible for providing all the yummy recipes in the anime as from Chapter 5. She also published a book inspired by the anime, Tōtsuki Academy Challenge Plate: Shokugeki no Soma Official Recipe Book in 2015.
This week we are watching episodes 1 to 3. We hope you enjoy the challenge with us and have a super sugoi week.
Week 2 - 10 - 16 December
Episodes to Watch: 4 to 6
Instead of our normal review, let’s look at a recipe from the anime! In the anime, Roast Pork, Just Kidding (also known as Gotcha! Pork Roast) is a dish made by Sōma Yukihira in order to defend Restaurant Yukihira from being demolished by Yaeko Minegasaki, the urban life planner. Here is a video by Youtuber Kitchen Waifu reenacting the recipe from the anime!
This week we are watching episodes 4 to 6. We hope you enjoyed watching the video with us, and are enjoying the challenge with us and have a super sugoi week.
Week 3 - 17 - 23 December
Episodes to Watch: 7 to 9
This week we look at the Improvised Mackerel Burger Meal, which is a dish made by Sōma Yukihira for Fumio Daimidō’s entrance exam for Polar Star Dormitory. Here is a video of YouTuber Immanuel Bear reenacting the recipe from Shokugeki no Soma.
This week we are watching episodes 7 to 9. We hope you enjoyed watching the Improvised Mackerel Burger Meal video with us, and are enjoying the challenge with us. Have a super sugoi week.
Week 4 - 14 - 30 December
Episodes to Watch: 10 to 12
It is Christmas and we end this challenge with a bang. Here is a Shokugeki no Soma AMV. The song is It’s My Life and the artist is Bon Jovi. Enjoy.