21 February 2016

Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma Vol. 5 -7 by Yuto Tsukuda




Published: 2015
# of Pages: 192
Source: Purchased Copy, Books-A-Million




The assignment is to invent a new dish worthy of appearing on the high-class Totsuki Resort's breakfast menu. To  create their dishes, Soma and his friends use the combined knowledge and confidence they've gained while at the cooking camp to individually pass the challenge--everyone, that is, except for Soma! Having made a critical error, he finds himself behind with little time left. What can he do to overcome his biggest hurdle yet?!



This volume continues with Soma and his friends at the cooking camp. Soma makes a pretty big error when they have to cook breakfast using eggs. What I loved was the patience Soma utilized to make sure he was able to pass the challenge. The students had to make 200 plates of food and Soma only had 30 minutes to figure something out. How he did it, I have no idea. This volume was creative, innovative, and gave me great insight to cooking as always. I truly believe this was one of the volumes that had the best recipes, recipes that actually made my mouth water.











Published: 2015
# of Pages: 192
Source: Purchased Copy, Books-A-Million




The contestants for the Totsuki Institutes's annual Fall Classic have been chosen! A decades-old event, the Fall Classic has been the grand stage for fierce cooking battles for years. The chosen participants, each aiming to be crowned winner, begin their training! But as they do, someone special visits Polaris Dorm.



Three words--The Fall Classic! After Soma and his friends return from cooking they find out about the Fall Classic. It is a major event that takes place every year where select students are given the opportunity to battle in front of culinary masters of the world. Once the individuals of the classic are chosen they are given the summer to prepare. With the introduction of a new professor, Yuto Tsukuda shows his strength and knowledge of the culinary world. I also like the new characters; they add a special flare to the story line of the manga.

The best part of this volume was getting history associated with Soma's dad. Learning about his cooking experience and where he was able to get training explained quite a bit about Soma. And the reader even got the opportunity to watch them battle once more. This is one of my favorite volumes so far.








Publication: 2015
# of Pages: 200
Source: Purchased Copy, Books-A-Million 




The preliminary contestants do their utmost to showcase their skills too the acclaimed judges, with the favored students presenting the most exquisite of curry dishes! Only the top eight finalists will qualify to enter the main event. Who will make the cut?! 



And the Fall Classic has arrived! Although this volume has less plot development, it probably is one of the more complex volumes in the series. When I first began Food Wars I did not realize how complex it would be to write and maintain interest in a food manga. With such a wide cast and so many of them actually participating in the Fall Classic they had to come up with a wide variation of recipes and develop the ability of the judges to actually describe the complex details of the dishes. I was completely in awe at the writing associated with this volume. Yuto Tsukuda clearly has done his research and not only describes dishes but how they affect the human palette. Some characters who I absolutely love were able to shine and make some great dishes. 




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