Chūka Ichiban!/Cooking Master Boy Manga Gets Sequel in November
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Manga creator Etsushi Ogawa announced on Saturday that he will launch a sequel manga series to his Chūka Ichiban! (Cooking Master Boy) manga series titled Chūka Ichiban! Kiwami on Kodansha's Magazine Pocket app in November. New chapters of the manga will appear every two weeks.
The original manga is set during a fictitious 19th century China, where chefs from all over China competed in culinary tests of ability, and being a master chef granted one respect and authority. The story centers on Liu Mao Xing, a young chef from Szechuan province who learns cooking from his mother. After saving his mother's restaurant, Mao goes on a journey to become a Super Chef, battling other chefs with other cooking styles along the way, and contending with the conspiracies of the Dark Cooking Society.
The manga ran in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine for five volumes from 1995 to 1997, and the Shin Chūka Ichiban! sequel manga ran for 12 volumes from 1997 to 1999. The manga inspired a 52-episode television anime in 1997-1998. A Chinese live-action drama adaptation aired in 2005.
Aside from Chūka Ichiban!, Ogawa has other gourmet manga, including Tenshi no Frypan and Sushi Ichi!. The latter launched in 2013, and is currently ongoing. He irregularly publishes chapters of Asakusabito with Masaharu Nabeshima in Nihon Bungeisha's Weekly Manga Goraku magazine.