"Food Wars" Anime Talkback (Spoilers)

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Another food related anime is on it's way. Those that like Yakitate!! Japan, Yumeiro Patissiere will like this one. Show will launch in 2015.

The cover of this year's November issue of Shueisha's Comics News magazine has confirmed that Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki's comedy manga Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma) will get a television anime adaptation in 2015.

Saeki and Tsukuda launched the manga in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in November 2012, and Shueisha will publish the 10th compiled volume on November 4. Yuki Mirosaki, a cosplay chef and model, also contributes to the manga, and each volume of the manga features recipes.

North American publisher Viz Media announced plans to release the manga in November 2013, and published the second compiled manga volume in North America on October 7. The company initially decided not to add the manga to its digital Weekly Shonen Jump anthology because the series is "a little racy," but then announced on Monday that the manga will join the anthology's lineup next week.

The manga centers on Soma, who works with his dad at his family's restaurant. His dad is a culinary master, and he often hosts cooking battles with his father. His father then enrolls him in an elite culinary school that is very difficult to enter, and the graduation rate is only about 10 percent.

The main Gofuku branch of the Yajimaya bookstore chain briefly reported on Twitter on Tuesday that a television anime adaptation had been green-lit for next year. The post has since been removed.

French publisher TONKAM mentioned an "amine" of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma manga in June, but later notified ANN that no anime was planned and changed its post.


Shueisha Confirms Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma TV Anime for 2015 - News - Anime News Network
 

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This series is one of the most popular in Weekly Jump, and it's been running for about two years, so this is no surprise at all. There aren't very many Jump anime running at the moment. The Hunter x Hunter, Nisekoi, Toriko, and Haikyu!! anime all ended in the past few months, leaving just One Piece, Naruto, and World Trigger, with Assassination Classrom starting next year. Plus JoJo's I guess, though that hasn't been a Weekly Jump title for ten years.

No mention of who's doing the anime? Please not Toei, please not Toei...
 
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I seriously hope Shokugeki no Souma winds up at Shaft, at least. There work for Nisekoi was wonderful, so if anyone is going to get a series based on a Tosh comic I hope it's them...or someone else that will treat the series well.
 

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I'm curious as to how this will also play out. I just hope animes like these don't wind up at Gonzo. Knowing Gonzo, they would paint a totally unrelated story to the manga. Black Cat fell victim to them.
 
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I'm curious as to how this will also play out. I just hope animes like these don't wind up at Gonzo. Knowing Gonzo, they would paint a totally unrelated story to the manga. Black Cat fell victim to them.
The changing of the story has to be approved by the original author, so that is still on Shueisha and the comic's author, not so much Gonzo.
 
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A longer PV appears and boy does it look like the series is going to be pretty well done!

[video=youtube;Ei7r95k5d_Q]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Ei7r95k5d_Q[/video]

Ikumi especially appears to have received some love!
 
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Episode #1

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Episode 1 information (2015-04-03)

Script
Yasukawa Shogo
Storyboard
Yonetani Yoshitomo
Episode director
Kajii Sega
Animation supervisor
Matsuura Mai Tanigawa Ryosuke
Chief animation supervisor
Matsuura Mai
Character revision
Shitaya Tomoyuki
Cooking animation supervisor
Washikita Kyota Ito Yoko Kajitani Mitsuharu
Key animator
Sato Toshiaki Ono Kazumi Ito Yoko Tanigawa Ryosuke Nakayama Yumi Fukunaga Tomoko Yoshida Nobuyoshi Tsuzuki Yukako Nakajima Yuri Hirota Akane Takazawa Mika Shibata Shiro Washikita Kyota Morifuji Kiko Yamazaki Masakazu Matsuura Mai Watanabe Keisuke
2nd key animator
Ozawa Tatsunori Kinjo Masaru Kato Ai Komatsu Sana Sakamoto Tetsuya Kishi Hiroki Yaegashi Youhei Murakami Takeshi Okamoto Yuushi Ando Maki Kouno Naoto Kameyama Tomoko Morishima Koichi Bihori Hirotaka Iwasaki Ryo Hirota Akane Rising Force Peace&Kindness Triple A Jumondo G&G Zero Gee Studio Mark Candy Box Studio Elle I&S Factory BSP Wao World
Ah, I love porn. I mean...uh...I love cartoons based on comics drawn by porn artists. I mean. Well. Uh...

...The storyboarding was quite interesting this episode. It's always a relief when an episode director and storyboard artist try to make up for any budgetary issues with interesting visuals and depictions of scenes. You don't need a lot of drawings to make something entertaining. The use of foreground, canted angles, upward framing other such techniques kept every single shot gorgeous to behold. This is how one makes great television on a shoestring budget. Storyboard Artist and Series Director Yonetani Yoshitomo definitely made this a fabulous episode. I hope Yonetani manages to storyboard more episodes for the series, especially if none of the other storyboard artists are as engaged as he was here.

It's funny how this series is so much like one of Seaki Shun's less well-known titles. Food is simply a politically correct cover for his usual shtick: men making cute and sexy girls submit sexually to him. It's fascinating to see just how thinly veiled this is, especially here in the abstract visions made so grand by the animated series production staff. Yonetani Yoshitomo is definitely captaining the ship well, so I look forward to just what he has up his sleeve next. Here's hoping he has some good connections with storyboard artists and animators!

Shokugeki no Souma Episode 1 - Album on Imgur
 
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I've been looking at this manga for a long time due to its very beautiful artwork and... interesting method of depicting reactions to food spawned from a creator who actually does all pornographic content otherwise, so I'm glad to have it in anime form. As is always the case with series such as this (except hopefully One-Punch Man), the anime doesn't quite match the detail of the manga, but when it gets to the... climax... it's exactly what I expected it to be. And that's something very strange.
 
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Episode #2

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Episode #2 featured a killer storyboard and selection of layout. Simple, ordinary actions look far more eye-catching when they are shot with interest. I especially liked the cut at 12:33. I had the sense of the characters being filmed by a camera pointing downward from a corner in the room, but thanks to the closer zoom and rightward alignment the shot looked almost over-the-shoulder without actually being over any on-screen character's shoulder.

The animation supervisors did a great job keeping the characters on model and menacing, although I do wish the reactionary faces from that scrub whose family owns a French restaurant had been stronger. The girls were definitely cute, especially Erina. I cannot imagine how much fun the key animator for her orgasm scene had. It is a shame some of those feathers were CG, I think the scene would have been a lot more impactful if there had been time to draw more of them by hand.

The background artists do a great job with the food. As a result, I almost feel as if the normal backgrounds are mostly ignored. Couple with poor painting and quite a few of the layouts wind up looking like they are made in CG, which is such a shame.

Wow, English and a 'Doctor McFly'! That is...well, something. I was on the verge of laughing, at least!

I do not believe I will ever see another boob joke match watching a three month old Erina describe her mother's breast milk as "lacks depth of flavor." I didn't even see that coming. Bravo!

Wow, was that gospel music playing when Erina spoke of her new dish? I bet that there's going to be a running gag of Souma unintentionally stealing Erina away from her assistant. It seems like something Saeki Shun would write even though he is but the artist of the comic.

I like how Erina only refers to Souma as 'Yukihira Souma' at first. Like with Tenshinhan and Piccolo from Dragon Ball it gives the sense that Erina is keeping herself 'unfamiliar' with Souma. Nevertheless, Erina exhibits a fascination and familiarity with the character, thus leading these conflicting elements to say even more about her character. Such a simple trait adds a lot of layer.

To think "But you haven't seen its true form yet!" would be used in a cooking show! Such is the versatility of shounen comics.

Shokugeki no Souma Episode 2 - Album on Imgur

 

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I was expecting the other people to at least attempt to... pleasure Erina and fail spectacularly (or maybe introduce another rival at this stage), but otherwise this went exactly as I expected. More orgasms, of course, this time from a well-endowed fifteen-year-old girl. Yep. No surprise.

I wonder how creative and feasible all of these dishes are. I'd really like to try them.
 
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Episode #3

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The layouts for Episode #3 were not quite as strong. The beginning scenes lacked interesting composition or selection of shots. For a series about gourmet food you need to be a gourmet filmmaker, too! I did like the cut at 7:03, though. The use of that cut at that moment helped to describe Erina's status as an imposing figure. Luckily the storyboarding picked up in the second two thirds. One of the best examples of the power of layouts came in two cuts that didn't even feature characters. This cut of the whiteboard and this cut of the clock are two of the best cuts in the episode. A mediocre director would show a clock from the front. A competent director shows it from an angle that makes tangible the clock or whiteboard. Because we see the width of the clock we understand that it is a three dimensional object, we understand that it can be touched and has a relationship with the environment around it. These cuts last for very little time yet we are told an extra layer about the world that the story is set it in. It's a small addition that adds a lot, describing rather than distracting. This isn't merely restricted to Shokugeki no Souma, it can and has been applied anywhere.

Megumi_faces.png are the best.

I like the nonchalant manner in which Souma accidentally shakes the students out of their fears. A guy like that is perfect for ending the reign of an over-bearing rule. Society needs to be challenged every once in a while to ask "why not?" It's how things stay alive.

Shokugeki no Souma Episode 3 - Album on Imgur
 

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Looks like we've got a whole rouges gallery to contend with throughout this unique school experience. Nobody worth remembering in this first battle, but the point is more to set up what Soma's pattern will be like, how much of an antagonistic atmosphere he's only added to with his speech, and of course Megumi's role in the series and her bond with Soma. All very enjoyable so far.
 

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Ah yes the story of a chef who would be considered a commoner putting a bunch of cooking school snobs in their place. I'm enjoying this so far, though mostly it makes me want to revisit Yakitate Japan.
 
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Episode #4

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It's no surprise that Souma would wind up in the dorm with the characters of the academy. The dorm itself is a character, too, thanks to the layouts and the coloring employed.

Six minutes into the episode I began to hope Souma's cooking would make Daimido feel so good she would "feel young again" and her orgasm scene would involve a young version of her. When I get to the rest of the episode I sincerely hope my hopes will be fulfilled.

Well, it didn't quite happen as I expected but we did get the prelude to a sex scene! Now we just need to get the sex scene, too...

It wouldn't be a naughty scene without a "I can't get married now" from the girl. Souma walking in on Megumi only for the rubber ducky to obscure his penis was a tried-and-true tactic that is thankfully lifted up by the strength of the key animators' loving drawings.

If Shokugeki no Souma had been created in the 1990s I get the sense that Miki Shin'ichirou would have voiced Isshiki Satoshi.

Shokugeki no Souma Episode 4 - Album on Imgur