Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma Vol 15 Review

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Food fights and fan service—what more could a fan want?

Soma Yukihira’s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father’s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school! Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all?!

Soma finally meets the Totsuki Institute’s current reigning Council of Ten, and in true Soma fashion, he challenges them all to a shokugeki! But the Council of Ten members see Soma and the rest of the first-years at the Momiji Meet ’n’ Greet as not worthy of their time and blow them off. Soma leaves the meeting pondering ways to convince a council member to take him up on his challenge when Megumi mentions the upcoming school festival. Just what kind of scheme could Soma be cooking up this time?

I always love that Food Wars doesn’t shy away from diving straight into another great story arc that covers a huge competition. In this case, the school festival is going on and Yukihira decides to challenge the 8th seat on the council. The stakes for this event? You guessed it, if the booth at the festival ends up in the red, you are expelled.

Going against the 8th seat, he decides to challenge him directly in Chinese cuisine, which is what he also specializes in. His crazy plan leaves him struggling for an idea of what to cook. But as he has done in the past he draws off of ideas his father taught him. This brings another unique dish that nobody at the school saw coming and a strategy that just might win him the challenge he is looking for.

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Robert Prentice