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Amara Tenoh



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 4:16 pm Reply with quote
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Gemnist



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 4:27 pm Reply with quote
If this show ever gets a dub, count me in (and it better - it's a Shonen freaking Jump series!).
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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 4:38 pm Reply with quote
I need to be honest: the reason I got into Food Wars in the first place is because Shun Saeki used to draw eromanga under a pseudonym, and I was a huge fan of their erotic work. So, here comes Food Wars and those bombastic spreads that bring new meaning to the term "food porn"...

Food Wars is truly engrossing in the ways a Shonen Jump manga should, and it really makes you salivate over all kinds of different foods and plates. Isn't that, like, the highest praise you could ever give a series based off of food? Because I think it is.

If there's one thing I disliked, it's how the series started out with this weird perspective on how the haughty Erina had to be taken down a peg forcefully. It just really never sat well with me. I'm really glad that the series moved away from that and went on to put Erina and Soma as rivals occasionally united by a cause (such as when spoiler[Erina's siblings] are involved).

Sadly, I got into this series back when it was being scanlated. Once I heard it was being released in the U.S., I backed off--and haven't been able to get into it since. No money. Sad Stuff like this really makes me want a job. Just not, y'know, flipping burgers.
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Snakebit1995



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 5:29 pm Reply with quote
Levitz9 wrote:

If there's one thing I disliked, it's how the series started out with this weird perspective on how the haughty Erina had to be taken down a peg forcefully. It just really never sat well with me. I'm really glad that the series moved away from that and went on to put Erina and Soma as rivals occasionally united by a cause (such as when spoiler[Erina's siblings] are involved).



In terms of you Spoiler tag, what are you talking about spoiler[Erina has no siblings, Alice is her cousin, as a matter of fact i think the Aldini twins are the only people in the show with siblings.]

But i do agree, the series has some of it's best stuff with Erina and Soma working together, usually in a less than friendly manner.
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Sakura Shinguji



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 6:02 pm Reply with quote
Levitz9 wrote:
I need to be honest: the reason I got into Food Wars in the first place is because Shun Saeki used to draw eromanga under a pseudonym, and I was a huge fan of their erotic work. So, here comes Food Wars and those bombastic spreads that bring new meaning to the term "food porn"...


Comrade! *grasps hands*

Yes, I too found Food Wars jumping up in my interest rankings above the "go buy this" threshold when I realized that I already owned Shun Saeki's two eromanga volumes. In addition to all of the non-ero accolades Food Wars rightfully deserves, I was happy to see that Saeki's ero-predilections, and great art overall certainly, had made the jump to the mainstream.

Yet now I also find myself wishing he'd have the time to knock out another handful of chapters for one of the eromanga magazines out there, so I could get another book out of it. Many mangaka who cut their teeth on eromanga and make the jump to more mainstream manga don't ever go back, for various and totally legit reasons, but it's fun when they do. Basically, I'm sitting around selfishly thinking things like, "if Hiromitsu Takeda can keep doing straight-up eromanga while still pumping out Maken-ki on a regular basis, why not Shun Saeki?" Smile
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Levitz9



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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2016 7:02 pm Reply with quote
Snakebit1995 wrote:
Levitz9 wrote:

If there's one thing I disliked, it's how the series started out with this weird perspective on how the haughty Erina had to be taken down a peg forcefully. It just really never sat well with me. I'm really glad that the series moved away from that and went on to put Erina and Soma as rivals occasionally united by a cause (such as when spoiler[Erina's siblings] are involved).



In terms of you Spoiler tag, what are you talking about spoiler[Erina has no siblings, Alice is her cousin, as a matter of fact i think the Aldini twins are the only people in the show with siblings.]

But i do agree, the series has some of it's best stuff with Erina and Soma working together, usually in a less than friendly manner.


Huh, I always thought that spoiler[Alice was Erina's half-sister, not her cousin.] Thanks for correcting me on that!
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horseradish



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 12:46 am Reply with quote
I found out about Oishinbo at my local library while browsing though the graphic novel/manga section. Noticed the spine and picked up a random volume afterwards, since I was impressed with the detailed food drawings. I had such a great time learning more about Japanese cuisine and seeing the characters interact with each other. Nice to hear that Yamaoka and Kurita have children to share their adventures with. Anime hyper
Edit: Oh yeah just recalled that the Viz volumes included the section about their firstborn and the name selection process for both parents. Wonder how many kids the couple raises later on.

I remember being sometimes surprised with the political issues addressed in the series. For example, there was a brief discussion about using the politically correct Japanese term for China versus using its derogatory western-derived name (支那, Shina). Yamaoka encouraged his colleague to refer to the country as "the middle kingdom" (中国, Chūgoku), since Japan is respectfully referred to as "sun origin" (Rìběn, 日本) in Mandarin Chinese and (Yat-bun, 日本) in Cantonese Chinese. The series could've just focused on the thrilling rivalry between father and son and the occasionally wacky humor with coworkers, so I really liked the wider scope.

It would be awesome if more Oishinbo gets published in English someday. 111 volumes about delicious fooooood...


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WingKing



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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2016 10:21 am Reply with quote
I love Food Wars! I gave the anime a try not expecting much from it, and it ended up being one of my three most favorite shows from last year. I work for a library and told my materials department that they needed to buy the manga, and it's been checking out steadily for us ever since we got it (with some of those checkouts coming from me, naturally). I really like the cast of characters, and I also think at least so far it's been paced well too, not too fast or too slow for my liking. But I've always enjoyed watching shows like Iron Chef and Chopped and the old Food Network Challenge anyway, so combining that sort of stuff with a classic shonen battle series formula turned out to be right up my alley. And while I honestly couldn't care less about fanservice, I do have to admit that Saeki's artwork and figure drawing is generally fantastic.

The only other cooking manga that I've ever read was the first volume of Kitchen Princess, many years ago when I was on a teen book committee and it came up on our list. I thought that was pretty good too, combining cooking and recipes with a classic shojo romance formula, but I never got back to reading the rest of the series (and that one never got an anime at all, not even one of those one-shot OVAs).

You've made me curious about Oishinbo now too, so I might look into that one someday when I'm in the mood for a new manga series. Apparently it also got a 136 episode anime in the late 80s that no one outside Japan has ever watched, since it doesn't have a single user rating here on ANN.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:35 am Reply with quote
I hope that the moderators will forgive me for doing this because I was late in doing this,nevertheless,I'd like to throw my two cents in,if nobody minds. I heard there's going to be a second season of this show. I wonder what it'll be like? It could have a group of American chefs (some of whom are foreign-born) coming to Japan to help out the protagonists to stop the villain of the series from shutting down their restaurants just for the heck of it. They help the kids master new techniques that knock the socks of just about everyone in sight,including the villain. What do you guys think about this? Do you think they'll do that?
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