In this volume, we meet Soma Yukihira; a budding young cook whose man ambition is to out cook his father, who is famous for his culinary talents. Soma's father challenges his son to graduate from the most elite cooking school in the country; the Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute; which boasts a 10 percent graduation rate.
Having read food based manga before (I believe my first one was Antique Bakery), I jumped into this manga expecting some pure fun. And it didn't disappoint. Unlike Antique Bakery, Food Wars is resplendent with all your classic manga tropes: Impossibly high school standards, rampant fan-service, giggle worthy super deformed characters, and the roguish underdog sure to triumph over the queen bee of the school.
If you're familiar with this sort of manga, you can already see where it's going. This manga is predictable but adorable and volume one gave me just enough story to make me want volume two. Seasoned manga readers will know where this is going but it'll be a cute ride getting there.
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