We all loved the food wars manga when it came out and even more when its anime began. Anime fans around the world loved this anime because of the way it depicted cooking. For some of us, it was our chance to be introduced to a world of world-class gourmet cooking. Whatever it was that attracted you to food wars, the series definitely captured the hearts of fans around the world. Before jumping straight into this, readers should be aware of potential spoilers ahead in this article.
~ Erina Nakiri
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SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA ANIME
The anime Shokugeki no Soma has been around for four seasons and recently premiered its 5th and final season. Its previous seasons were more than sufficient to keep anime fans glued to the anime series. The series takes us through the gradual progressions in the life of our main protagonist Yukihira Soma. Sadly, fans of the series that have stayed faithful to the anime franchise and have waited patiently for the new season may be disappointed. This is so because the manga may have ended in an unexpected and rushed manner.
Anime fans will be hoping that the last and final season of Food Wars does its own thing. So it doesn’t follow the anime sequence hook, line, and sinker. Personally, I think that would be doing the anime fans a great disservice if it ends in the same disappointing manner with which the manga ended. Here are some reasons why the Food Wars anime would be terrible if it follows the manga.
1. The aftermath of Soma and Erina’s relationship
All through the anime series, fans have witnessed a love-hate relationship between Yukihira Soma and Nakiri Erina. Erina is seen constantly giving Soma grief about his unorthodox cooking styles. While Soma is bent on making her agree that his cooking is delicious even with her deadly god tongue. Their relationship has progressed with Erina heading the academy and Soma holding the first seat of the elite ten.
As the series drew to its end, fans would expect that maybe, Erina and Soma would eventually end up together. But sadly, this is not so. I wouldn’t want to go into details about that. I may reveal a lot more spoilers and this may not be fair for the fans that enjoy Shokugeki no Soma strictly by watching the anime.
2. The Polar Star dormitory members didn’t get the attention they deserved.
Now before anyone faults this and feels that writer Yuto Tsukada was right for doing this, remember that the Polar Star dormitory members ? Shoji Sato, Ryoko Sakaki, Yuki Yoshino, Zenji Marui, Shun Ibusaki and Daigo Aoki have all played pivotal roles in the growth and development of Yukihira Soma’s character throughout the series. Knowing what happens to them at the end of the series would have added a nice touch. But sadly,their story didn’t get the deserved attention.
3. Too much focus on the Yukihira genius
Yukihira Soma is without a doubt the main protagonist of the food wars series. But as we progress in the manga, we begin to realise a pattern that makes the entire story less exciting and thrilling to watch. The entire story begins to focus more on Soma. We begin to see a pattern where all events lead up to a point where he wins cooking battles even after initially losing a few and gets what he wants. Anime fans who hoped for a secondary protagonist to add a little more spice to the final episodes of the series would be disappointed as nothing of that sort happens all through the series. This makes the series a bit monotonous and boring as it reaches its end.
4. The introduction of Super Powers
Anime fans that have closely followed Food Wars have maybe followed it for its extremely high-level cooking scenes. And the thrill that came with winning cooking battles. Not for the use of superpowers in cooking. For a lot of fans, the excitement the Food Wars series brought was derived from the thrill and excitement gotten from cooking meals that could make food critics and judges get orgasmic like feelings just by tasting food. The introduction of superpowers in the final episodes of the series just reduced the appeal fans got from reading the manga. In fact, the final manga chapters that were release saw a decline in the number of readers that the series enjoyed.
5. Use of unfair cooking techniques
For all of us humans, cooking skills are gotten over a while by constant practice and learning. The earlier chapters of the manga showed us that even Nakiri Erina who possesses the god tongue has been put under extreme cooking conditions to get to her current level in the cooking world. However, being able to steal a chef’s cooking abilities simply by possessing their cooking utensils just puts a really noticeable dent in the unique story that the series presented.
The earlier chapters of the manga showed us that even Nakiri Erina who possesses the god tongue has been put under extreme cooking conditions to get to her current level in the cooking world. However, being able to steal a chef’s cooking abilities simply by possessing their cooking utensils just puts a really noticeable dent in the unique story that the series presented.
MAIN CHARACTERS OF FOOD WARS.
Yukihira Soma is the main protagonist of the series. Soma is a kind and lively young man that works with his father Saiba Joichiro until he has to go to Totsuki academy to gain more knowledge on how to become a chef that surpasses his father. Soma is very confident in his cooking skills and this leads him to challenge chefs that are above his level. The story follows Soma as he grows as a chef and gains experience in the culinary world.
Erina Nakiri is the granddaughter to Senzaemon Nakiri who starts off the series as the headmaster of Totsuki academy. She possesses the “god tongue” which makes her palate the most unique in the culinary world. As a chef, Erina is very capable and rivals the top chefs in Totsuki academy and beyond.
Megumi is a rather timid and honest girl that encounters Yukihira Soma as she enrols in Totsuki academy. The series follows her as she grows and utilizes her hospitable nature in reaching the hearts of the characters she encounters through the series.
She is the maternal cousin of Erina Nakiri. She possesses high-level culinary skills as a chef and is well known for her expertise in molecular gastronomy.
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