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Shokugeki no Soma


Alt Names: alt ยอดนักปรุงโซมะalt 食戟のソーマalt 食戟之灵alt Food Warsalt 식극의 소마alt La Batalla Gourmet de Soumaalt Shokugeki no Souma
Author: Tsukuda Yuuto
Artist: Saeki Shun
Genres: Comedy ComedyCooking CookingEcchi EcchiSchool Life School LifeShounen ShounenSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Yukihira Souma's dream is to become a full-time chef in his father's restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skill. But just as Yukihira graduates from middle schools his father, Yukihira Jouichirou, closes down the restaurant to cook in America. Although downtrodden, Souma's fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jouichirou which is to survive in an elite culinary school where only 10% of the students graduate. Can Souma survive?
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Ch.103: Specialty
Casanova KidCongo 3 days ago
Ch.102: Souma's Strength
Casanova vadoff A week ago
Ch.101: A Fine Tempered Sword
Casanova KidCongo 3 weeks ago
Ch.101: Una espada bien templada
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 2 weeks ago
Ch.100: A Sharp Blade
Casanova wilcoxii 4 weeks ago
Ch.100: Una espada afilada
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 3 weeks ago
Ch.99: The Fangs That Cut Through The Battlefield
Casanova wilcoxii 4 weeks ago
Ch.99: Des crocs acérés pour attaquer
Japan-shin SethShin 21 December 2014 - 02:10 PM
Ch.99: Los colmillos que desgarran el campo de batalla
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 3 weeks ago [A]
Ch.98 (full color): The "Things" They've Accumulated
Casanova wilcoxii 25 December 2014 - 05:53 AM
Ch.98: The "Things" They've Accumulated
Casanova wilcoxii 15 December 2014 - 08:05 AM
Ch.98: Accumulation
Japan-shin SethShin 12 December 2014 - 02:18 PM
Ch.98: Las "cosas" que acumularon
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 20 December 2014 - 02:50 AM
Ch.97 (full color): Moonlight Memories
Casanova wilcoxii 25 December 2014 - 05:52 AM
Ch.97: Moonlight Memories
Casanova wilcoxii 09 December 2014 - 02:09 AM
Ch.97: Souvenirs au clair de lune
Japan-shin SethShin 30 November 2014 - 08:20 PM
Ch.97: Recuerdos de luz de Luna
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 12 December 2014 - 11:45 PM
Ch.96 (full color): The Answer He Reached
Casanova wilcoxii 25 December 2014 - 05:50 AM
Ch.96: The Answer He Reached
Casanova vadoff 28 November 2014 - 06:30 AM
Ch.96: La réponse trouvée
Japan-shin SethShin 27 November 2014 - 08:00 PM
Ch.96: La respuesta a la que él llegó
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 04 December 2014 - 05:15 PM
Ch.95 (full color): A Battle Surrounding the "Season"
Casanova wilcoxii 25 December 2014 - 05:48 AM
Ch.95: A Battle Surrounding the "Season"
Casanova KidCongo 22 November 2014 - 03:50 PM
Ch.95: Bataille de saison
Japan-shin SethShin 20 November 2014 - 09:21 PM
Ch.95: Batalla por la temporada
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 03 December 2014 - 05:12 PM
Ch.94: Seizing the Season
Casanova KidCongo 13 November 2014 - 08:11 AM
Ch.94: Aprovechando la temporada
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 18 November 2014 - 03:13 AM
Ch.93: The "Sword" That Announces Autumn
Casanova vadoff 05 November 2014 - 05:29 AM
Ch.93: La espada que anuncia el otoño.
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 10 November 2014 - 05:04 AM
Ch.92: Firestarter
Casanova KidCongo 27 October 2014 - 07:19 AM
Ch.92: Igniciador
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 29 October 2014 - 04:36 AM
Ch.91: Beats Eating Each Other
Casanova KidCongo 23 October 2014 - 11:09 AM
Ch.91: Bestias devorándose la una a la otra
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 29 October 2014 - 04:33 AM
Ch.90: Iron Will, Heart of Steel
Casanova KidCongo 17 October 2014 - 03:47 PM
Ch.90: Voluntad de hierro, corazón de acero
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 24 October 2014 - 12:07 AM
Ch.89: Morning Will Come Again
Casanova KidCongo 09 October 2014 - 06:36 AM
Ch.89: El mañana vendrá de nuevo
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 14 October 2014 - 04:01 AM
Ch.88: ~DREAMLAND~
Casanova vadoff 01 October 2014 - 03:01 AM
Ch.88: ~Tierra de ensueño~
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 06 October 2014 - 01:47 AM
Ch.87: Secret Plan
Casanova KidCongo 26 September 2014 - 10:50 AM
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Ch.2: ลิ้นเทพเจ้า
Paiking Gokinggo 08 December 2012 - 02:50 PM
Ch.1: The Endless Wilderness
Casanova Finestyle 30 November 2012 - 05:33 AM
Vol.1 Ch.1: Endlose Wildnis
Shinseiscans.org SoraTheSkyGod A week ago
Ch.1: Bezkresna Dzicz
ZlyAnon ZlyAnon 10 February 2013 - 12:56 AM [A]
Ch.1 Read Online
Rulate Project kentus 17 September 2013 - 08:08 AM [A]
Vol.1 Ch.1: El interminable desierto
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 06 July 2013 - 01:25 AM [A]
Ch.0: [Oneshot]
Utopia Nx-Kun~ 16 July 2013 - 07:31 AM
Ch.0: Oneshot
Rulate Project kentus 17 September 2013 - 08:04 AM
Ch.0: Onsehot
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 30 November 2014 - 08:34 PM [A]
Ch.0: One-shot
MasterPieceNoFansub Ryosuke 17 July 2013 - 08:37 PM


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I think she's the one Souma falls for and wants to cook for. Probably he will lose to her and then beat his father afterwards.

My headcanon agrees.

I think it was an interesting "hidden" judging criteria for this contest, especially if you think of it being judged like art. It's not just technical skill and impact that matters, but developing a style (and basically a brand) that people can instantly recognize. (I think "signature dish" would be a more apt term than "specialty".)

 

Interestingly enough, Todokoro has that down pat, she only needs to level up her technical skills (and her confidence). I still suspect she's the hidden boss.

 

I think she's the one Souma falls for and wants to cook for. Probably he will lose to her and then beat his father afterwards.

I think it was an interesting "hidden" judging criteria for this contest, especially if you think of it being judged like art. It's not just technical skill and impact that matters, but developing a style (and basically a brand) that people can instantly recognize. (I think "signature dish" would be a more apt term than "specialty".)

 

Interestingly enough, Todokoro has that down pat, she only needs to level up her technical skills (and her confidence). I still suspect she's the hidden boss.

It's a shounen, does Souma even like girls? I don't think anybody ever hooks up in a shounen, maybe only at the ending after a timeskip.

Hayama a shit.

 

Curry nigger go back 2 India, there is a trash heap for you to sleep on.

 

Jokes aside, his character is boring even with this recent development. He's just so mindnumbingly dull and his gimmick is so shit that I can't motivate myself to give a single fuck about him.

he needs the power of a harem.

I want to see Souma's reaction after the match. Will he act like this again?

 

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I'm very much hoping to see exactly that, and a hostile reaction to anyone who tries to praise him for a performance that wasn't good enough to win.

I want to see Souma's reaction after the match. Will he act like this again?

 

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This chapter just makes what Jouichiro said in chapter 1 all the more evident..

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That's why I pointed this out in my previous post, note that everyone has their own beliefs and uses different wordings to get the message across. Meeting the person of his life seems to work for Souma's father hence he hopes his son can do likewise, this is fatherly love shown in a somewhat awkward way. However this can applies to both genders, it can means to give to the person you hold dear, doesn't necessary have to be your other half.

 

The current Souma is merely cooking to be better than his opponents, he didn't have anyone special in mind when he cook, instead it feels like he is just satisfying the "customers" in front of him. He still have a long way to go, the journey towards the top has just started.

If you take a step back and think about your words, genius is nothing more than a label. Anyone that is capable is a genius. Anyone that is capable worked hard to become capable; I have yet to see babies work out advanced astrophysics problems or draw from birth. So if Souma were to defeat every cook later on due to hard work, it simply means that he has become capable and thus a genius. There's nothing to hate.

And that's exactly why Isshiki is both so certain and so happy that Eizan's schemes backfired. Most of the students have a self-destructive "I'm against geniuses, so I'll lose anyway, therefore I won't even bother to put up a serious fight to avoid the humiliation of losing after putting in an effort to win" attitude, despite any potential they haven't yet fully developed, and setting Soma up for a humiliating loss was only supposed to reinforce that pecking order.

 

Instead, in the matter of weeks Soma has already found ways to overcome his glaring weaknesses compared to two of these "geniuses", and is already fighting toe-to-toe against them. So rather than becoming an example of students that stick their necks out results in figuratively getting their heads cut off, Soma is inspiring other students to overcome their own fear of facing those "above" them.

This chapter just makes what Jouichiro said in chapter 1 all the more evident..

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Hardworking genius will always triumph over no talent hardworking guy. I hate when the main character who everyone say have no talent at the beginning of the story eventually defeat the genius (look at you naruto) because he soo hardworking. Guess what? Genius also work hard.

If you take a step back and think about your words, genius is nothing more than a label. Anyone that is capable is a genius. Anyone that is capable worked hard to become capable; I have yet to see babies work out advanced astrophysics problems or draw from birth. So if Souma were to defeat every cook later on due to hard work, it simply means that he has become capable and thus a genius. There's nothing to hate.

Hardworking genius will always triumph over no talent hardworking guy. I hate when the main character who everyone say have no talent at the beginning of the story eventually defeat the genius (look at you naruto) because he soo hardworking. Guess what? Genius also work hard.

I wonder how this went over in Japan. In the grand scheme of things, us English speakers don't actually matter. And also, if it got people talking, some authors consider that a victory as well.

Honestly, when this arc started I had mixed feelings on the possibility of Soma winning. I was always of the opinion that because his goal is to become number one, to have him get so close to the end goal so quickly would have felt very rushed. Note that this is entirely based around plot development and not about who should and shouldn't have won.

In the entire world, not just among his grade level at the little school. His winning here would have done a good bit to establish that as a plausible possibility down the road. Instead, we're supposed to believe that this kid is going to become the best chef on Earth when he can't even win out against his own classmates.

Man, who coulda seen this coming, right?

 

When he loses, you all owe me a buck each in USD. One buck total if it's in white-tail deer form. Leave it next to Souma's 3rd place trophy.

 

Oh. Good job, past me.

Honestly, when this arc started I had mixed feelings on the possibility of Soma winning. I was always of the opinion that because his goal is to become number one, to have him get so close to the end goal so quickly would have felt very rushed. Note that this is entirely based around plot development and not about who should and shouldn't have won.


Everybody is saying the results were kind of bullshit and they were. While it was alluded to, Hayama's backstory definitely should have been integrated better at an earlier time. That aside if you actually read and think about what the judge's criteria for winning was, there was no way Souma would have won because right now, Souma's only trademark is creativity and a never give up mentality. Creativity is not unique, it's not singular, and both Kurokiba and Hayama were creative in their dishes while maintaining there core concepts.

Hayama wants to use spice to change cooking for the women who have him purpose. It shows in his spice oriented dishes.

Kurokiba's life started as a tiny constant struggle for the top with little change then Nakiri showed him how big and new the works really was and it shows in his overwhelmingly flavorful dishes that use more modern techniques to aid them.

What did Soma's dish say? He's really creative. And never gives up. Really unique. It's not a bad thing, he's just not experienced enough. His dad didn't raise him to hold a passion and dedication for cooking in the same way that Kurokiba's and Hayama's lives did.

Souma's only motivation right now is to beat his dad which isn't really a goal at all. And that's why he didn't win.

Can we all come to terms that Hayama is the author's little favorite characther?

And that, while this does not change, he will pull this kind of win from nowhere each and every time?

 

Honestly, I'm pissed. So far the whole manga has been "Adapt to your situation and overcome difficulties" and "One-trick ponies get run over by creativity", and now, because it was convenient in order to push some character development for a seriously one-dimmensional, boring cook, Souma got robbed of his win. It was BULLSHIT, like many have said, Hayama won only because "HURR DURR, MY WAIFU, POWER OF LOVE" level of crap. I can deal with some shounen here and there time and time again, but this time it was too much.

 

And for those saying that Souma has to lose in order for the story to progress, guess what, HE ALREADY HAS, QUITE A FEW TIMES AS WELL. Shinomiya, his dad countless times, Hayama himself during the autumn eliminatories (though that is debatable as his plate moved more judges than Hayama), and it was shown that he is miles away from people like Ishikki. So I ask of you, was it REALLY necessary for him to lose to someone so close to him in terms of power, and let us not forget, for a second time?!

The way it played out in my head would be that Souma would win the election, and try to challenge someone from the Elite Ten, AND THEN get thrown on hiss ass and learn that he is still very immature and his cooking need improvment, and from there get more exposure to the world of pros, getting bigger and better oponents, eventually coming around and earning a seat in the Elite Ten, cue dramatic events and internal squabble, maybe even leaving school like his father, and from the outside beating each and every member of the Elite. Or something like that.

 

But now we are left with a sour taste and a premonition that, even though being a Wild-Card type from the beggining and the kind of person who learns with everything and employs these learnings and different kinds of styles to his cooking, Souma will have to become a one-dimmensional cook in order to win? Is the author dumb and can't handle more complex characters? Or is it that the audience can't keep up?
 

I'm waiting for the next chapter, but this whole Autumn Election arc felt like it's purpose was to push Hayama's own personal story in order to set him as a challenge up ahead, instead of setting up a future for Souma.

 

And mark my words:
The author likes Hayama so much that, even when Souma eventually wins against him (and we all know it will happen), it's not going to feel like a victory.
It will be a very mild win, not the crush your opponent to the ground and rub salt on his wounds that spice boy deserves (and that could even make for some interesting character development on Hayama's part too, so would be a win-win).

 

I'm mad. Next arc better be good.

 

Edit: Oh yeah, last rant. People say that Hayama won because, on top of his nose, he is dedicated and, from we could gather from this chapter, a very studious person. Not going to take that away from him, it is a respectable trait.
Except Souma is the exact same. He studied a way to overcome his weakness in terms of judging fish. Back in the curry competition, need I remind you that he knew NOTHING about curry spices, and nevertheless gave spice boy a run for his money after a very short time to make test dishes and study? Yeah.

Souma already has a style, and he has way more girls after him than almost everyone else in this manga. I don't even buy Jun as Hayami's love interest. That's just foolishness. How do Alice and the others lose then? How does Ryo not have his own woman and thus be able to win?

 

That's the problem with that lame plot point.

 

If they wanted to shit on Souma's specialty, which is making food that tastes like it's very familiar to somebody/is for the common person/feels like Japan/etc. then they should have done that. But we've gotten praises for Souma's specialty plenty of times, and the mangaka wasn't going to shit on "Japan's soul" cooking. Should have done it though to be consistent.

 

Instead now we have to pretend Souma just no longer has any specialty and nobody ever commented on his style previously, Mimisaka's plotlines make zero sense either, and the whole "cook for a girl" thing, which also makes all the female cooks look like utter dipshits, as well as....all the male cooks outside of allegedly Hayami now (Ryo doesn't count either, God knows why).

 

I don't know how the tan girl even loses, she's obviously feeling Souma, and has meat as her specialty. How could she possibly lose? And that Motoki or whatever her name is, that also seems interested in Souma and tries really hard and has that motherly specialty.

 

That's why you shouldn't shoehorn in stupidity to explain a loss.

 

The loss should have been: No matter what you did to cover up your inability to select the fresh fish, the gap between their ability to select and your cooking ability isn't large enough for you to be able to make it up. Also the fish flavor isn't there either, because you used cooking abilities to mask the taste of the fish, while the other two took advantage of the fresh fish flavor and so they better filled the judging categories than you. You made a great dish but it isn't a Pac Suray dish.

 

That type of reasoning makes sense and is believable. Not this heart of the stove BS.

Firstly, I think what Souma's father meant is to find someone whom you truly cares about and cook for that person, as Souma is a boy thus his partner should be a girl(unless he went for the Aldini route lol) And at this point, we the readers still can't be sure whether Hayama sees Jun as a love interest or not, it could be as an elder sister or someone he respect. Mimasaka's arc taught Takumi a hard lesson, for he is being too reliance on his Italian cookings alone.
 
Nikumi(tan girl) apparently loses because she is too obsessed with high-grade meat and neglected the cooking procedure. To be honest, what Souma had presented for this final showdown isn't really a dish out of the ordinary. Grilled fish on rice then with soup poured in isn't new, except soy milk was used instead of the usual broth. So yeah, Souma's dish this time round wasn't all that unique, the only thing that stand out is the fishes is "preserved" in rice bran...

Maybe this is my own personal preference in terms of story telling, but I feel there's nothing wrong with having the protagonist fail occasionally and learn to deal with that failure, especially when a big part of his character is "makes the most of his failures" and "is the ultimate sore loser".

This. Seriously, THIS.

 

The story has spent chapters (including some of the latest ones) establishing that Soma simply isn't the kind of person to give up, and that rather than discouraging him, every "failure" only serves to make him that much more determined, and sets the foundation for the next step of his growth. It's exactly this quality in him that Isshiki thinks will help shake things up with the Tootsuki students and lead them to overcome their own fear of failure, causing Eizan's schemes to backfire.

Souma already has a style, and he has way more girls after him than almost everyone else in this manga. I don't even buy Jun as Hayami's love interest. That's just foolishness. How do Alice and the others lose then? How does Ryo not have his own woman and thus be able to win?

 

That's the problem with that lame plot point.

 

If they wanted to shit on Souma's specialty, which is making food that tastes like it's very familiar to somebody/is for the common person/feels like Japan/etc. then they should have done that. But we've gotten praises for Souma's specialty plenty of times, and the mangaka wasn't going to shit on "Japan's soul" cooking. Should have done it though to be consistent.

 

Instead now we have to pretend Souma just no longer has any specialty and nobody ever commented on his style previously, Mimisaka's plotlines make zero sense either, and the whole "cook for a girl" thing, which also makes all the female cooks look like utter dipshits, as well as....all the male cooks outside of allegedly Hayami now (Ryo doesn't count either, God knows why).

 

I don't know how the tan girl even loses, she's obviously feeling Souma, and has meat as her specialty. How could she possibly lose? And that Motoki or whatever her name is, that also seems interested in Souma and tries really hard and has that motherly specialty.

 

That's why you shouldn't shoehorn in stupidity to explain a loss.

 

The loss should have been: No matter what you did to cover up your inability to select the fresh fish, the gap between their ability to select and your cooking ability isn't large enough for you to be able to make it up. Also the fish flavor isn't there either, because you used cooking abilities to mask the taste of the fish, while the other two took advantage of the fresh fish flavor and so they better filled the judging categories than you. You made a great dish but it isn't a Pac Suray dish.

 

That type of reasoning makes sense and is believable. Not this heart of the stove BS.

That works when his numerous failures eventually pay off with a win,but if he just ends up with the same result(SAME EXACT RESULT FROM THE CURRY ARC)then he's exactly what this school is about.No matter how hard you try the talented  and special will step on your efforts and use it to grow stronger.

How can you say the exact same result as the curry arc? Hayama's win there was superficial because of the fact that the 2 judges who gave him a perfect score was too fixated on the fact that he used fresh holy basil leaves which are hard to get in Japan. But the fact that the contest was about curry dishes and not the spices used was disregarded by them which even resulted in an argument.

That backstory felt misplaced in spite of the result of the competition. It's the age old story of a boy who wants to somehow give back to the person whom he feels forever in debt to and does his best to do it. Would rather it be place earlier in the stories. Well, considering the last chapter, there are no worries about Souma. He'll only get better from it unless the mangaka wants to give Souma a "slump" arc just to counter the last chapter. 

People who are complaining that Hayama's backstory was just made up on the spot are wrong. It has been alluded to prior to this chapter.

 

Hayama winning reinforces the idea that Souma still lacks an important part of cooking. Look at Ryou, he cooks for himself, he wants the challenge of versing difficult competiors and what not. Souma wants to beat his dad and do what he couldn't do. Hayama is cooking to prove that what he was taught by Jun is the ultimate cooking method and is thus cooking for her (as well as for himself of course), therefore having that extra drive that Ryou and Souma lack is what made him win because it allowed Hayama to create something that the judges deem couldn't be made by anyone but Hayama. Which is what the winning critera was about. Souma, while he was creative and orginal made a dish that the judges thought could have been made by someone else, maybe with not as much ease, but nonetheless still something that could be recreated by antoher.

 

I will admit that it was poorly written and done badly, but it reinforces what the theme of this manga is about.

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i think the reason for this arc ending the way it did is not that Souma didn't work hard enough it's that he as a chef was always trying to beat his dad. The reason he entered Toutsuki was because his dad forced him to. everything he has done has been to surpass his Father and this arc shows that his current mindset is holding him back. he needs to realize what his cooking is what his skill is he needs to start living for HIMSELF FOR HIS DRILL IS THE DRILL THAT WILL PIERCE THE HEAVENS


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