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Shokugeki no Soma


Alt Names: alt 食戟のソーマalt 소객의 소마
Author: TSUKUDA Yuuto
Artist: SAEKI Shun
Genres: Comedy ComedyCooking CookingDrama DramaEcchi 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.79: The Last "Card"
Casanova KidCongo 3 days ago
Ch.78: A Paper-Thin Difference Between Offense and Defense
Casanova KidCongo A week ago
Ch.78: Una insustancial diferencia entre la ofensiva y la defensiva
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 4 days ago
Ch.77: Pursuer
Casanova KidCongo 2 weeks ago
Ch.77: Perseguidor
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 4 days ago [A]
Ch.76: Duel Etiquette
Casanova wilcoxii 3 weeks ago
Ch.76: Duelo de etiqueta
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san A week ago
Ch.75: Beneath The Mask
Casanova wilcoxii 4 weeks ago
Ch.75: Debajo de la máscara
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san A week ago [A]
Ch.74: Sensitive Monster
Casanova wilcoxii 17 June 2014 - 08:40 AM
Ch.74: Monstruo sensitivo
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 4 weeks ago
Ch.73: Minding The Details
Casanova wilcoxii 09 June 2014 - 09:26 AM
Ch.73: Cuidando los detalles
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 16 June 2014 - 02:41 AM
Ch.72: The "Jewels" Generation
Casanova wilcoxii 03 June 2014 - 10:06 AM
Ch.72: La generación de las Joyas
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 16 June 2014 - 03:42 AM [A]
Ch.71: "Courage" and "Resolution"
Casanova wilcoxii 25 May 2014 - 01:11 AM
Ch.71: Coraje y resolución
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 16 June 2014 - 02:31 AM [A]
Ch.70: Polar Opposites
Casanova mark041793 19 May 2014 - 07:12 PM
Ch.70: Polos opuestos
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 12 June 2014 - 01:55 PM
Ch.69: Kitchen's Dictator
Casanova KidCongo 11 May 2014 - 06:51 PM
Ch.69: El dictador de la cocina
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 23 May 2014 - 05:17 AM
Ch.68: The "Port City" Match
Casanova wilcoxii 01 May 2014 - 11:15 AM
Ch.68: El encuentro en la ciudad portuaria
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 23 May 2014 - 05:12 AM [A]
Ch.67: Blending Light And Shadow
Casanova wilcoxii 20 April 2014 - 01:43 PM
Ch.67: Mezclando luz y sombra
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 30 April 2014 - 07:25 AM
Ch.66: What Fills That Box
Casanova wilcoxii 12 April 2014 - 12:45 PM
Ch.66: Lo que llena esa caja
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 13 April 2014 - 08:08 PM
Ch.65: The Theory of Bento Evolution
Casanova KidCongo 06 April 2014 - 11:55 AM
Ch.65: La teoría de la evolución del Bento
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 13 April 2014 - 08:01 PM [A]
Ch.64: On the Edge
Casanova KidCongo 29 March 2014 - 03:37 PM
Ch.64: En el filo
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 01 April 2014 - 06:00 AM
Ch.63: Plan
Casanova KidCongo 22 March 2014 - 12:58 PM
Ch.63: Plan
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 24 March 2014 - 04:35 PM
Ch.62: A Meeting of Strong People
Casanova KidCongo 16 March 2014 - 12:23 PM
Ch.62: Una reunión de personas fuertes
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 17 March 2014 - 07:48 PM
Ch.61: Putting Your Heart Into It
Casanova KidCongo 07 March 2014 - 08:06 AM
Ch.61: Poniendo tu corazón en ello
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 10 March 2014 - 03:37 AM
Ch.60: The Warriors' Banquet
Casanova KidCongo 01 March 2014 - 12:30 PM
Ch.60: El banquete de los guerreros
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 10 March 2014 - 03:31 AM [A]
Ch.59: Their Respective Weapons
Casanova KidCongo 22 February 2014 - 01:05 PM
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Vol.1 Ch.2: La lengua de Dios
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 06 July 2013 - 01:30 AM [A]
Ch.2: ลิ้นเทพเจ้า
Paiking Gokinggo 08 December 2012 - 02:50 PM
Ch.1: The Endless Wilderness
Casanova Finestyle 30 November 2012 - 05:33 AM
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.00: [Oneshot]
Tomoeda Scans Lui-san 16 June 2014 - 02:48 AM [A]
Ch.0: One-shot
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another spoiler picture from chapter 80 in the spoilertag

 

SEMI FINAL LINE-UP

 

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1 spoiler picture from chapter 80 in the spoilertag (flashback)

 

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IT'S A GOOD LAUGH !!!

Here are my views on the possible matchups:

 

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Am I the only one hoping for Soma to lose? ...But, well, this is a cooking manga exclusively for Soma (just look at the title)... of course, the only person who's allowed to win against him is his dad (or possibly, Erina... while the judges voted Erina as the winner, she tastes Soma's dish out of curiosity... and realizes a flavor on which the judges didn't tasted -activates the "God Palate" - She'll reject the decision of the judges and concede finally to Soma's cooking.)

 

Nice try, kiddo.

It's at this point that when it comes time for Souma's inevitable victory against subaru that I hope the theme is something that Souma can shape into a giant middle finger. Both to the plot "twist" and this pain in the ass "antagonist".

What I don't understand is if it is so easy to improve a dish why hasn't the chefs themselves done it? Does this mean what Mimasaka is doing is actually pretty difficult? Or does it mean this concept of improving dishes like this is completely made up?

it's mostly made up. an established dish is very hard to improve. and "perfected" dishes often have different forms all considered "perfect." it's all more or less how all the parts of the dish are made rather than improving a specific part. like if you change the batter to something richer and bolder you also need to change the toppings to match or contrast in order to best bring about the flavors.

the easiest way to give you the best answer is simply: it's manga, anything can happen even if it's absurd.

Nope, just lemon and seasalt, really mellow (even compare to sugar based preserves).  It is similar to kimchi (cabbage, eggplants, etc...) in that the taste change depending on how long it is fermented.  It's closer to pickled lemon than manisan.

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whut ? how did salt thing match in sweet he just made ?

tough certain combination of taste can made it good too ...

Man, a lot of people seem to not like how it turned out but whatever! That diablo art on the last page!! Damn, Tosh.

I'm fine with Mimasaka, he is a pretty good character, with his own good and bad points. What I don't understand is if it is so easy to improve a dish why hasn't the chefs themselves done it? Does this mean what Mimasaka is doing is actually pretty difficult? Or does it mean this concept of improving dishes like this is completely made up?

Frankly I don't quite understand this sh*tstorm about latest development...

it's not that it happened. it's the WAY i happened. the the author forced that outcome so badly, it's surpising the pages aren't covered in blood. it was obvious who was gonna win, this being a shounen and all. but to bring in random elements, force them to work and be all like "this was planned from the start" is just bad writing.

we expected the outcome. i just hate that it was done so badly. instead of the author making him come off as an amazing evil guy we hate. we instead hate what the author did more to the point we don't really even hate the copy dude anymore, we just dislike his attitude.

yea go black guy!

Here are my views on the possible matchups:

 

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Frankly I don't quite understand this sh*tstorm about latest development... This series needs at least few antagonist-like characters (... and the tsundere with "wet tongue" for MC's dad isn't really an antagonist).
This is a shonen formula that is used for past several decades, usually for MC to grow. And this is WSJ we are talking about, so some "good guys" need to lose in the end for more character development... So let's face it, , we will see Souma totally bury the "copycat guy" to the ground, to avenge his rival/friend...

I don't understand why people despise big guy so much, learning process, especially cooking, starts with mimicry. Once you've nailed what you've mimicked, then you can add your own twists into the dish. As a chef, I have pride, but not empty pride. What I meant by empty pride is refusing to mimic, or calling mimicry a method of cheating, which is not. In this era, the roots of cuisine has been rooted deep down and making something that is 100% original is close to impossible, BUT we can improve on what's already in front of us, to make a whole new thing, fusion is one common way. Mimasaka put extra effort into his shokugeki, planning everything from start to finish, and Takumi just bit his bait, and lost as a result. This is not cowardly, in fact I would say it is quite brave of him. He took Takumi on with the exact same dish, which of course Takumi knows best because it's his own dish, yet he has the balls to improve on it and challenge Takumi at his own game. I think this loss is a great loss for Takumi, it showed his limits and opened his eyes to the fact that there is still much room for improvement. This is how a chef grows, not only through successes, but through failures to know what he/she's done wrong, and find a new room for improvement and make that as a new objective.

Well if you made an original recipe you have created that you're so proud of that it could be put in the history book and going to use it in a competition ,would you like someone else comes along and steal your idea (mimicking, even though the terms is totally different) then alter it that it become reasonably better 'eg health benefit' than yours and shoves it in your face in front of the audience?

This is a competition you know. What you mentioned is more on the lines either a personal hobby or working in catering business.
Nobody gives a damn and do what you want with food in the outside world but in a competition to show what you can come up with to please the judge, aka Gordon Ramsey, you need to keep your fucking cards close to your chest if you want to win. Things like improvment is during your own time and losing.

Thats a Joseph Joestar asspull right there :v

I don't understand why people despise big guy so much, learning process, especially cooking, starts with mimicry. Once you've nailed what you've mimicked, then you can add your own twists into the dish. As a chef, I have pride, but not empty pride. What I meant by empty pride is refusing to mimic, or calling mimicry a method of cheating, which is not. In this era, the roots of cuisine has been rooted deep down and making something that is 100% original is close to impossible, BUT we can improve on what's already in front of us, to make a whole new thing, fusion is one common way. Mimasaka put extra effort into his shokugeki, planning everything from start to finish, and Takumi just bit his bait, and lost as a result. This is not cowardly, in fact I would say it is quite brave of him. He took Takumi on with the exact same dish, which of course Takumi knows best because it's his own dish, yet he has the balls to improve on it and challenge Takumi at his own game. I think this loss is a great loss for Takumi, it showed his limits and opened his eyes to the fact that there is still much room for improvement. This is how a chef grows, not only through successes, but through failures to know what he/she's done wrong, and find a new room for improvement and make that as a new objective. 

 

Well said, I agree with your point about Mimasaka. However, the reason of most of the rage was how the authors pulled that twist out of nowhere. When the judges tasted Mimasaka's food last chapter, they did not comment about it, even though it was already in the food. By it, I mean the pickled lemon.

Past this point, the readers directed their hatred towards the obvious and preconceived villain.

 

Unrelated but nice Haruka avatar you have there man.

I knew Tatsumi will lose from the start since this big guy is a new rival or something. But that was a lame fight.

 

At least Megumi lost to from a reasonable rival rather than a copying guy with "keikaku doori".


hmm, is that "manisan lemon" ?

 

Nope, just lemon and seasalt, really mellow (even compare to sugar based preserves).  It is similar to kimchi (cabbage, eggplants, etc...) in that the taste change depending on how long it is fermented.  It's closer to pickled lemon than manisan.

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I knew he would lose, but to lose that way -____- jesus preserved lemons.. There's no way mimasaka will win against souma huehue souma makes so many random dishes it's hard to tell what he arrives at in the end~ 

So Joey Takumi will have a duel Shokugeki against Rare Hunter Subaru, after the loss of which he will part with his Red-Eyes card Mezza Luna knife. Yugi Souma will then avenge his comrade when facing the villain, but Joey Takumi will tell his friend to keep the card knife until he can properly win it back in a duel Shokugeki. Is that about right?

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Well, I must admit I get some good recipes via mimicry in other person cooking recipes ...

But I won't do that in cooking competition ... that's what I hate about it ...

(tough there's no clear rule about it, so I guess it's the flaw in this Shokugeki)

THIS MOTHERF%&$ER!!! -__- PRESEEEEEERVED LEMONS?!?!?! REALLY?! THAT"S JUST WAY TOO DIABOLICAL!

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hmm, is that "manisan lemon" ?

preserving Lemon by dried it and mix it with sugar and / or honey ...

I think it's quite good ... (BTW, I love "manisan ginger")

 

 

I don't mind Takumi losing to Mimisaka, and I was actually pretty certain since the previous chapter that it would go down that way- but the explanation as to how he did it? Fucking hamfisted. He just pulled a 'keikaku doori' without any actual reasonable basis to extrapolate from. His Copy+1 thing is already a stretch but this chapter itself was just really weak, especially with the "BUT THERE WAS ALREADY LEMONS" explanation out of nowhere, which the judges in reality clearly would have noticed considering their noticeable tastebuds in previous chapters. Not to mention somehow knowing he'd kept olive oil on him at all times and would even use it.

 

It's not a matter of people being bothered by Takumi losing, as anyone advocating this would notice if they bothered to read- it's a matter of the writer suddenly turning into Tite Kubo. Don't advocate bad writing, people.

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You do know this is a translated Manga right? Although I appreciate scanlation groups for putting in efforts to bring us chapters for free, but what we read from those chapters may not necessary be accurate to the point of being authentic, at least not close to 100%.
And I've certainly read some series done by not so skilled translators but not naming any here.
 
Regarding your comment on the taste of lemons, if you ate the same cuisine made by different chefs, they're bound to overlaps due to the fact that those two mentioned are of professional level. Not trying to be rude here but this latest chapter just concluded, is giving such a harsh verdict prematurely really wise? What if the story gets better later on?

I don't understand why people despise big guy so much, learning process, especially cooking, starts with mimicry. Once you've nailed what you've mimicked, then you can add your own twists into the dish. As a chef, I have pride, but not empty pride. What I meant by empty pride is refusing to mimic, or calling mimicry a method of cheating, which is not. In this era, the roots of cuisine has been rooted deep down and making something that is 100% original is close to impossible, BUT we can improve on what's already in front of us, to make a whole new thing, fusion is one common way. Mimasaka put extra effort into his shokugeki, planning everything from start to finish, and Takumi just bit his bait, and lost as a result. This is not cowardly, in fact I would say it is quite brave of him. He took Takumi on with the exact same dish, which of course Takumi knows best because it's his own dish, yet he has the balls to improve on it and challenge Takumi at his own game. I think this loss is a great loss for Takumi, it showed his limits and opened his eyes to the fact that there is still much room for improvement. This is how a chef grows, not only through successes, but through failures to know what he/she's done wrong, and find a new room for improvement and make that as a new objective. 

The reason for the hate isn't the fact that he's a copycat but the fact he's being an a**hole about it. At least for me.

THIS MOTHERF%&$ER!!! -__- PRESEEEEEERVED LEMONS?!?!?! REALLY?! THAT"S JUST WAY TOO DIABOLICAL!

I don't understand why people despise big guy so much, learning process, especially cooking, starts with mimicry. Once you've nailed what you've mimicked, then you can add your own twists into the dish. As a chef, I have pride, but not empty pride. What I meant by empty pride is refusing to mimic, or calling mimicry a method of cheating, which is not. In this era, the roots of cuisine has been rooted deep down and making something that is 100% original is close to impossible, BUT we can improve on what's already in front of us, to make a whole new thing, fusion is one common way. Mimasaka put extra effort into his shokugeki, planning everything from start to finish, and Takumi just bit his bait, and lost as a result. This is not cowardly, in fact I would say it is quite brave of him. He took Takumi on with the exact same dish, which of course Takumi knows best because it's his own dish, yet he has the balls to improve on it and challenge Takumi at his own game. I think this loss is a great loss for Takumi, it showed his limits and opened his eyes to the fact that there is still much room for improvement. This is how a chef grows, not only through successes, but through failures to know what he/she's done wrong, and find a new room for improvement and make that as a new objective. 

Mimasaka's gonna become likeable down the road and all this will be put behind us, like always. And then when he inevitably loses horribly at a later arc, you'll feel for him what you do now for Takumi.

 

<--- Mimasaka 2.0 right here, manga-critique style


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