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Food Wars! Volume 12 manga review

By Leroy Douresseaux
Jun 14, 2016 - 14:56

Food Wars Volume 12 cover image

Rated “T+” for “Older Teen”

Soma Yukihira grows up cooking in Yukihira Family Restaurant, owned by his family and situated in a less attractive side of town.  The 15-year-old wants to be a better chef than his father, Joshiro Yukihira.  So the teen hones his skills day in and day out.  Then, his father suddenly decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school, Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate.  Soma does not really want to attend Totsuki, so can he succeed?

As Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma, Vol. 12 (Chapters 93 to 101; entitled Moonlight Memories) opens, the finals of the 43rd Fall Classic begin.  But instead of two young chefs fighting to win, it is a three-way battle featuring Ryo Kurokiba, Akira Hayama, and Soma.  The secret ingredient is Pike, a fish.  Ryo and Akira are masters at choosing the freshest fish, but that is a weakness for Soma.  Now, he must find a way to create great taste without using fresh fish.

THE LOWDOWN:  My mouth is usually watering the entire time I am reading a volume of the Food Wars! Manga.  This time I couldn't make myself salivate over fish, which is not a favorite dish of mine.  Canned tuna and fried shrimp, with a few exceptions, are about it for me.

Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma Volume 12, my tastes aside, is a thoroughly enjoyable read.  It is so good that it might make a few readers disrobe the way succulent dishes force some series characters go nude or nearly nude.  Was there anything new in Vol. 12?  Yes, we learn that a meal is never over until it is over...

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Hungry readers and foodies will want to sample the menu of the Shonen Jump Advanced title, Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma.


Rating: A+ /10

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