First Impression – Shokugeki no Soma

What’s cooking, good looking?

There seems to be a sudden spike in “food porn” shows that deliver on drool-worthy food and fanservice. First there was Koufuku Graffiti, and now the ecchi aspect has escalated to give us Shokugeki no Soma. I for one welcome this new trend of sexual eating in anime. This is the start of something beautiful…

I may be among the few who actually enjoy cooking shows that plainly teach you how to make something. I’d be completely satisfied with a show that just had regular old cooking minus all the panting, moaning, and near orgasms. But trying to sell a cooking show to anime fans could be tough, so they decided to throw in a boatload of innuendos and a heavy dose of shounen battle manga sensibilities. I’m not complaining though! These added flourishes make things more spicy as we see cooking conjure such…unique…reactions from the taste testers.

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The way imaginations run wild while eating food makes me very optimistic about the future of Shokugeki no Soma. It’s not just people eating food and moaning in an uncreative way to try and get a rise out of viewers. They go all the way with that imagery until boobs are bouncing every which way, clothes are flying off, and even guys are getting meat juices spraying into god knows where. It’s so ridiculous that you just have to laugh.

I also like that the eating process gives rise to some whacky visual metaphors that show a limitless amount of imagination. For instance, Soma’s peanut squid is so bad that it’s described as being forcefully groped by tentacles, which then leads to a ridiculous image of Mayu being wrapped with tentacles. I also enjoyed seeing food so bad it had to be not just described with words, but a clip of a jukebox smashing the blonde-haired girl’s head. Reality blends with the imaginary almost seamlessly to describe the tastes in a playful and exciting way.

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Pretty sure all the guys will hate me for my choice of screenshots

Cooking is never just cooking and food is never just food. Eating gourmet delights transports you to different worlds and creates all sorts of new sensations. I’ve only read a bit of the manga, but with the flare for the absurd that Shokugeki no Soma has been sporting so far, I can only imagine the scenes will get crazier and better. Food so bad it transports the diner to hell and they have to climb back up to Earth on a spaghetti thread? Curry so spicy you hallucinate a heavy metal band screaming in your face and then using your tongue as a guitar pick? The possibilities are endless, and I have a feeling this show is not afraid to turn things up to 11.



Shokugeki no Soma is one of those shows that isn’t just silly…it’s EXTREMELY SILLY. The kind of silly that treads dangerously on the line of being the work of an idiot or a genius. But so far, I really like everything we’ve seen so far about the show. Underneath the veneer, it’s just another shounen battle story with a cocky, super-talented protagonist. But I find that everything else is done so perfectly that it’s able to overcome being just another batch-produced, stereotypical anime. Shokugeki no Soma is an insane show, and I love it for pulling out all the stops right from episode one. There’s genuine cooking knowledge here – I get the feeling the mangaka really does love food. He’s just packaging it in a way so that it also contains tits, which I imagine is just another thing he loves. There’s a lot of passion behind this series and I’m really impressed with the first episode so far. Good on you, JC Staff, for not dropping the ball. I’ve been craving bacon like crazy after watching this….

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Almost forgot to put a screencap of the main character instead of near-NSFW eating reaction pics…


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49 Responses to “First Impression – Shokugeki no Soma”

  1. skylion says:


  2. Di Gi Kazune says:

    I *suki*heart* you for your choice of screenshots. If I were a guy. 😛

    Life Sexy. Shabadadu~

  3. BlackBriar says:

    This is literally food porn! Are we sure there’s no ethics committee of any kind watching this? 90% chance they’d find this obscene. As if any of us would care, actually. Looks like your love of food is negating the ecchi elements, OC. Because I don’t know you to be one for that genre. I heard it’d be there, my expectations that it be subtle and all but not played out like this. My eyebrows were raised.

    Verdict: I can work with this and the lead is the type that works hard for what he wants.

    • Overcooled says:

      It’s pretty saucy! I’m honestly torn about whether to tag all the posts as NSFW because it’s so borderline.

      Yeah, I’m not big on fanservice because uh I’m not really interested in having boobs shoved in my face. But when it’s there to be ridiculous, fun, and silly then I’m all for it.

  4. Highway says:

    I’m gonna be “that guy” with this show. Like with Koufuku Graffiti, I’m just not into the reactions to the food. Turns me off entirely. Too over the top, just feels fake. The story part of the show seems good, but it feels like it’ll be annoying to sit through five minutes of overstimulation to see the rest of the show.

    And people’s mouths in close up sakuga are still squicky for me.

    • Overcooled says:

      I’m sure you can’t be the only one a little turned off here. It’s even more intense than Koufuku Graffiti and if you don’t like the over the top reactions, the plot is pretty much buried underneath.

      I think it’s cute that mouth close-ups kinda freak you out though :3

      • Highway says:

        I dunno if it’s a freak out, but there’s certainly things I’d rather look at.

  5. Foshizzel says:

    This was a ton of fun! I have only read like 15 chapters of the manga and just wait for the first few cooking battle moments! They are awesome and to the ones that hate the ecchi elements I guess you are going to be missing out on the fun.


    • BlackBriar says:

      First, brawls for half priced lunches in Ben-To. Now we have full scale wars over cuisine. Is there anything the Japanese aren’t capable of turning into a battlefield?

    • Overcooled says:

      I read like 5 chapters and really liked it…then I got busy. But yes, I’m looking forward to the battles too!

      • BlackBriar says:

        I haven’t read the manga but looks like the battles will be cutthroat given the way the school was depicted at the end.

        • skylion says:

          I’m going into the battle’s expecting a more kinetic, sexy, and perverse form of Master Chef. Can you imagine how many more numbers FOX could pull in if Master Chef was like this?

  6. Di Gi Kazune says:


    Red hair – check
    Spikey hair – check
    Good chef – check

    Why is Emiya moonlighting in another show?

    • skylion says:

      I am the bone of my iced tempura mixing bowl..

    • BlackBriar says:

      Trace omlet!

      • skylion says:

        Trace On-igi…

        • Overcooled says:

          If this implies he can conjure food out of thin air instead of swords then I’d befriend him IMMEDIATELY.

          • skylion says:

            Wholly prepared food? Or just the ingredients? It’s the difference between summoning a plate of dressed and cooked swordfish, and the actual fish itself. In the best situation, if you play your cards right,a surprised and angry swordfish could come in handy….

            • Di Gi Kazune says:

              Oh yes, I now do rememeber that Extra/CCC does have a cookoff.

              Cooking items – The treasury contains meat that multiplies in proportion to how much is eaten, hydra meat, a fully automatic cooker capable of processing hazardous food like the hydra meat, and a tablecloth capable of manifesting any food the user chants.[18][9] It also contains seasonings and herbs, but he notes that none could make the almost-poison cooking of Lancer palatable. There is an herb that can prepare the stomach for such a meal, but it causes permanent ageusia upon consumption.[19]

          • Di Gi Kazune says:

            Gate of… Babylon.

            Only the finest are kept in there, be it swords or food! – Quote

  7. Irenesharda says:

    The idea of food wars shounen-type series was interesting, especially since there’s been an influx of food related anime as of late. Unfortunately, I wish I had read more carefully and found out this ecchi elements before watching the premiere. But oh well, you live and learn.

    Have fun with this you guys, I heard the source material is pretty good. 🙂

    • Overcooled says:

      The PV and promo stuff was pretty tame so I can see where the misdirection happened. Thankfully, I knew what to expect going in so I could watch it without anyone else in the room…

      • BlackBriar says:

        Definitely! This is the kind of series dangerous to watch in a crowded house. That’s why we have headphones!

  8. JPNIgor says:

    I swear that as soon as the tako rape scene ended, my mom entered my room and I was laughing maniacally and left her weirded out.

    Seriously, this is seriously unexpected. I couldn’t watch this without stopping whenever someone entered fearing that some crazy stuff would happen again.

    • BlackBriar says:

      This is the kind of show you wait until everyone else is asleep to watch.

      • Di Gi Kazune says:

        When all of a sudden you break out in laughter and wake everyone up. And then the rush to your room to see what is going on.

        • BlackBriar says:

          Make sure your bedroom door is closed beforehand. That or find a secluded room.

          • Di Gi Kazune says:

            Love Hotels exist for that purpose in Japan.

            • JPNIgor says:

              Great suggestions, though all of them fail eventually.

              First because I don’t have all the time of the world right now to stay awake until late at night. Second because as DGK pointed out, I would start laughing out loud and everyone would wake up panicking. Third, my bedroom doesn’t have a door right now.

              And wtf, who would rent a love hotel room to watch actual anime? That’s going a little too far hahaha

            • Di Gi Kazune says:

              The initial answer was mean towards privacy. Love Hotels exist for reasons of insufficient home privacy. There is nothing to say the use cannot be repurposed. Then again, some *certain* anime that would be appropriate in a Love Hotel setting. 😉

  9. AllenAndArth says:

    this show is EPIC…but the OP song sucks

  10. Kyokai says:

    I loved the manga (art is GORGEOUS!) and it’s interesting as hell in anime form too. I’ll be looking forward to Tootsuki shenanigans.

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