Shokugeki no Soma: Yuujou to Kizuna no Hitosara

食戟のソーマ 友情と絆の一皿

Shokugeki no Soma: Yuujou to Kizuna no Hitosara
TitleShokugeki no Soma: Yuujou to Kizuna no Hitosara
Original title食戟のソーマ 友情と絆の一皿
AliasesFood Wars
DeveloperFuRyu Corporation
Publishers FuRyu Corporation
LinksWikipedia (en), Wikipedia (ja), Wikidata
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Related anime[DB-ANN] Shokugeki no Souma (TV Series, 2015)

Description

The series is set mainly at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school located in Tokyo, Japan, which only a handful of students graduate each year.[a] Its students mostly come from Totsuki's junior high school, but transfers are taken provided they pass the entrance exam. The campus is a wide-ranging resort with many research societies (clubs); cooking classrooms, and large arenas used for competitions. Housing varies, but the most affordable is the Polaris Dormitory, where characters have to impress the dorm matron with a dish in order to secure residence. Totsuki also runs a chain of resort hotels; with the biggest being the Totsuki resort; run by Gin Dojima, which is visited during the course of Soma's first year at Totsuki.

The top student chefs occupy seats on the Council of Ten Masters. Students can initiate a shokugeki with any other student or alumni; a cooking fight with stipulations on the line. Battles fought in this way could be for cooking utensils, research society facilities, council membership, or even expulsion from the school.

Protagonist

Yukihira Soma
Yukihira Soma幸平 創真 
Hair, Red, Spiky
Eyes, Amber, Tsurime
Body, Muscular, Pale, Scar
Clothes, Apron, Headband, School Uniform
Personality, Carefree, Confident, Ore, Outgoing
Role, Classmate, Cook, High School Student, Popular, Rival, Roommate, Son
Engages in, Competition, Cooking, Teasing
Voiced byMatsuoka Yoshitsugu

Description

As the main protagonist, Soma fights his odds in the elite school in order to become the best chef in the world, even with strong background discrimination of his academy. He is currently a student at Totsuki Culinary Academy and a resident of Polar Star Dormitory. Soma isn't afraid of any challenge that he either gets himself in or gets involved with, which is seen a couple of times in the manga. He even challenges his father to a cooking match and seems to always lose to him. Soma is a very confident and positive person though he can be quite dense when it comes to romantic matters or his rivarly with Takumi which he sometimes takes it in a light-hearted manner. He can be serious too when it is needed. He is not afraid to challenge anyone.
Despite many of his classmates having hostile feelings towards him, Soma has a very friendly, cheerful and energertic personality and gets along with everyone in the Polar Star Dormitory and even some of his other classmates.
He does have a tendency to create experimental "special dishes" and have his friends taste them even though most of these are terrible; something he shares with his father. Soma's specialty is common cooking, making artful dishes out of common and/or cheap ingredients and using common Japanese dishes (i.e. curry or beef bowls) as bases for his dishes during competition.

[From Wikipedia]

Main characters

Arato Hisako
Arato Hisako新戸 緋沙子 
Hair, Bob Cut, Pink, Short, Spiky Bangs, Straight
Eyes, Garnet
Body, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Knee-high Socks, Necktie, School Uniform
Personality, Ambitious, Arrogant, Loyal, Proactive, Stubborn, Watashi
Role, Cook, Friend, High School Student, Secretary
Engages in, Cooking, Planning
Voiced byOonishi Saori

Description

Erina's secretary and close friend, Hisako specializes in medicinal-based dishes. She thinks of Erina as the best, and that she could only be her number two and nobody could ever get to Erina's level past her.

[From Wikipedia]

Hayama Akira
Hayama Akira葉山 アキラ 
Hair, Ponytail, White
Eyes, Green
Body, Olive
Role, Cook
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced bySuwabe Jun'ichi

Description

An assistant of Professor Shiomi Jun, Akira comes from overseas, and met her when he was a kid, warning her about adultered spices in a market. Akira specializes in curry dishes, with a wide knowledge in various spices and aroma. He's a tall and handsome man with a tanned skin and silver hair. Like Soma, he also aims to be at the top of the Ten Master Council. His nose is very sharp when it comes to spices and is capable of identifying ingredients and grade of cooking by the first smell, so sharp it's considered a worthy match of Erina's "God's Tongue", and being identified as Aroma Master. Despite being Jun's assistant and both are experts in spices, she uses theoretical knowledge, while he depends on his sense of smell. Unlike the naive, ditzy, easily angered and dependent Jun, Akira is mature, reliable, street smart, cool and down-to-earth.

He was originally an orphan living in (presumably) India. He was abandoned by both his parents, and was not even given a name by them. Born with a strong sense of smell, which led him to meeting Jun when she was there researching spices, where she recognized the dormant talent in him. When she left she brought him back to Japan, where he was adopted by the then leader of the "Hayama Seminar" which became the "Shiomi Seminar" once he retired. He quickly learned Japanese while there, and studied spices and aroma under Shiomi, who became a mother-figure for him. The motivation for his cooking and his drive to win all stems from wanting to give something back to Jun for pulling him out of the slums and giving him a second chance at life.

[From Wikipedia]

Ibusaki Shun
Ibusaki Shun伊武崎 峻 
Hair, Eye Covering
Role, Cook
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byMurata Taishi

Description

Shun, usually going by his last name Ibusaki, is a first-year resident of Polar Star. He has messy hair that usually covers his eyes, and has a quiet nature. Ibusaki is shown to be very calm and perceptive; he quickly noticed that Satoshi was holding back during his informal competition with Soma, and was one of the few students that remained calm during the grueling breakfast challenge despite mounting pressure.

Ibusaki's specialty is smoked food. Like many of the other Polar Star students, he would often use the dormitory lounge for smoking food, and would hand-chop the wood he uses. He presented a curry using an array of applewood-smoked items during the Autumn Election Preliminaries, including smoked eggs and smoked salt. He was given the nickname "Prince of Smoke" for this dish, placing 5th in his block alongside Marui, but was ultimately eliminated.

[From Wikipedia]

Kurokiba Ryou
Kurokiba Ryou黒木場 リョウ 
Hair, Black, Red
Clothes, Bandanna
Role, Cook
Engages in, Cooking
Subject of, Split Personality
Voiced byOkamoto Nobuhiko

Description

Ryou is Alice Nakiri's aide. Originally, he owned a local pub within a port city in Denmark, where he also served as the executive chef. He was very controlling as an owner, having absolute authority in both the kitchen and to his customers. He met Nakiri Alice during her visit to Denmark and became her aide at some point after, although the exact details of when he left his restaurant is currently unknown.

Ryou ordinarily appears to be inattentive, lazy, and mostly subservient to Alice. Unlike Arato Hisako, he does often quip back at her at times and comments on her reactions in a deadpan manner, though the two are very close to each other. However, his demeanor changes when he puts on his headband - his passive expression gives way to a much more aggressive appearance, with sharp eyes and a mad, almost savage grin. In the manga, he had been described as a "mad dog" and a "dictator in the kitchen". Like Alice, Ryou is an exceptional cook, possibly even more so than even Alice by his own admission. He specializes in seafood, and his cooking has frequently been described as "violent" and "forceful", characterized by rich and sharp flavors. He considers the kitchen to be a battlefield between a cook and his customers, and believes that a chef should make a customer submit to his tastes. As such, he despises camaraderie among chefs, and is fiercely independent in his cooking.

[From Wikipedia]

Marui Zenji
Marui Zenji丸井 善二 
Hair, Black
Clothes, Glasses
Role, Cook
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byKobayashi Yuusuke

Description

Zenji, usually going by his last name Marui, is a first-year student and resident of Polar Star. He has a bookworm-like look, with bobbed hair and oversized glasses, and is shown to have poor stamina. Among the Polar Star students, he was the most exhausted by the Summer Training Camp curriculum, comically shown to be in near-death on several occasions. Despite this, he is a very competitive chef. He has no specialization; instead, he researched cooking styles from all over the world and employs them as needed to make unique, free-style dishes.

During the Autumn Elections, he presented a "White Porage Curry Udon" using cooking methods dating back to 1920. This dish was praised by judges, giving him an exceptional score of 88 - tied with Ibusaki for 5th in his block - though ultimately not enough to advance to the main tournament. As a running gag, and despite his protests, Marui's room in Polar Star is often commandeered by his dorm mates for hosting parties and other social activities. This has even extended to his hotel room during the Summer Training Camp, with the other students actively remarking that they should play cards "in Marui's room".

[From Wikipedia]

Mito Ikumi
Mito Ikumi水戸 郁魅 
AliasesNikumi, Meat Master, The Meat General
Hair, Ahoge, Blond, Short, Spiky Bangs
Eyes, Cyan
Body, Olive, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Bikini, Choker, School Uniform, Shirt
Personality, Confident, Modern Tsundere, Tomboy, Watashi
Role, Cook, High School Student, Student Club Member, Wealthy
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byIshigami Shizuka

Description

Ikumi is another first-year student who specializes in meat-based dishes, and later, in meat-based donburi. She is often called "Nikumi," a portmanteau of the Japanese word for "meat" and her given name, although she strongly dislikes when most people use this nickname (her family name, "Mito" is also a reference to the English word "meat."). Although initially an antagonist, she later becomes a close friend of Soma (even has secret crush on him) and the denizens of the Polar Star Dormitory.
She is considered very beautiful and is known for her provocative and revealing attire, often cooking in little more than a bikini. She is the presumptive heir to a large meat distributor, and is used to using exceptionally high quality ingredients in dishes she makes.
[From Wikipedia]

Nakiri Alice
Nakiri Alice薙切 アリス 
Body, Albino
Personality, Genius
Role, Cook, Cousin, Dane, Granddaughter
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byAkasaki Chinatsu

Description

Alice is Erina Nakiri's cousin and a first-year student of Totsuki Culinary Academy. She is half-Danish and half-Japanese. Like her cousin, she has a dignified appearance with fair skin and a curved body, though she possesses short, silver hair and a pair of stylized eyes that often deform into cartoonish shapes. Her extremely pale skin, whitish silver hair and red eyes is likely the result of albinism. For most of her childhood, she lived in Erina's shadow; as such, to improve herself, she travelled to Denmark at the age of 5 to improve her culinary skills, hoping to eventually surpass her cousin.

[From Wikipedia]

Nakiri Erina
Nakiri Erina薙切 えりな 
Hair, Blond, Sidehair, Spiky Bangs, Straight, Waist Length+
Eyes, Violet
Body, E+ Cup, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Ribbon Tie, Thigh-high Stockings
Personality, Arrogant, Blunt, Genius, Perfectionist, Tsundere, Watashi
Role, Cook, Cousin, Daughter, Friend, Granddaughter, High School Student, Ojousama, Rival
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byTaneda Risa

Description

The main female protagonist and primary antagonistic rival to Soma, until becoming more than a friendly rivalry. Due to her background as one of the prestigious families of high class Japanese food chain industry, the Totsuki Corporation, Erina often looks down upon whoever is considered "common" and unjust to her taste due to her family regal pedigree. Having a fearsome reputation for her God's Tongue to taste any food and accurately describe the taste, Erina is able to disqualify anyone whose dish tastes "bad" and her foul critique could break chef and student alike. However, she also gives credit to chefs with skill (other than Souma). She is also part of Elite Ten Council as the 10th seath.

[From Wikipedia]

Sakaki Ryouko
Sakaki Ryouko榊 涼子 
Hair, Spiky Bangs, Straight
Eyes, Garnet
Body, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Knee-high Socks, Necktie
Personality, Watashi
Role, Cook, Friend, High School Student
Engages in, Cooking, Planning
Voiced byKayano Ai

Description

Ryouko is a tall, mature-looking girl with long purple hair, orange eyes, and a large bust. She is gentle and kind, responding to the eccentrics of the other Polar Star residents in a level-headed manner and comforting the other students when they are troubled. Ryouko's specialty is fermented foods due to her parents owning a well-known fermented goods shop, and she maintains a workshop near the dorms to produce her own ingredients.

[From Wikipedia]

Shinomiya Kojiro
Shinomiya Kojiro四宮 小次郎 
Hair, Brown, Dyed, Parted to Side, Red, Short, Spiky Bangs
Eyes, Amber, Hosome
Body, Young-adult
Clothes, Belt, Chef's Uniform, Cross Necklace, Glasses, Jeans, Shirt
Personality, Arrogant, Friendly, Ore, Perfectionist, Short-tempered
Role, Cook, Famous
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byNakamura Yuuichi

Description

Owner of a French cuisine restaurant called Shino's, Koujirou was a student of the 79th generation and held the first seat in the Council of Ten Masters, he is a man with glasses and red hair. He is also known as the "Legumes Magician".

[From Wikipedia]

Tadokoro Megumi
Tadokoro Megumi田所 恵 
Hair, Long, Parted to Side, Straight, Twin Braids
Eyes, Amber
Body, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Apron, Hair Flower, Hairpin, Hair Tie, Ribbon Tie, School Uniform
Personality, Clumsy, Flustered, Low Self-esteem, Timid, Uchi, Watashi
Role, Cook, Daughter, High School Student, Kanban Musume, Roommate
Engages in, Competition, Cooking
Subject of, Bullying
Voiced byTakahashi Minami

Description

Originating from the snowy outstation in Japan, Megumi went to Totsuki Culinary Academy to become a chef and dreams of eventually helping her mother run their hot spring inn, giving up a table tennis scholarship at a prestigious high school to attend the Academy. Unfortunately, even with her neat skills in cooking, Megumi's poor social skills and her extreme demophobia get the best of her and because of this she does not do well in the early days of her time at the academy. It wasn't until she met Souma and partnered with him in their first class together that she has shown signs of her confidence growing throughout the series.

After witnessing Soma's incredible cooking skills and creative method of cooking, Megumi would become his assist partner and friend throughout the series. She is also a resident of the Polar Star Dormitory and is great friends with the other female residents. The secret weapon in her cooking is hospitality, which creates a feeling of familial love and nostalgia (once regressing an arrogant chef to his childhood in the Japanese countryside) in those who eat her dishes. She also has a very motherly nature as seen during the cooking class she taught in for small children.

[From Wikipedia]

Takumi Aldini
Takumi Aldiniタクミ・アルディーニ 
Role, Cook, High School Student, Rival, Twin Brother
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byHanae Natsuki

Description

Takumi is the oldest nephew of the owner of the Trattoria Aldini, a trattoria located in Florence, Italy. He is half-Japanese, but unlike his twin brother Isami, he appears more European - with blonde hair and blue eyes - and is noted as being extremely handsome to the point of having his own fan club, both in Totsuki Academy and in his hometown. He enrolled in Totsuki at the behest of his uncle, taking with him his mezzaluna and a bottle of homemade olive oil as a good luck charm.

Takumi is a talented chef. His specialty is Italian cuisine, although many professional chefs noted that he has a broad vision, willing to use methods and ingredients that lesser chefs would not easily have come up with. He has demonstrated that he is not limited by his specialty; like Soma, he is willing to mix Italian cuisine with ingredients and methods from other unassociated culinary styles to create inventive dishes, and if necessary, is capable of modifying his recipes in a short time. He is a notably more gifted chef than his brother, and patrons of the trattoria frequently would request his cooking. Despite this, he is very kind and supportive of his brother, to the point of risking his pride and his mezzaluna - his memento from his home - to defend Isami's honor.

Takumi has a fierce (and somewhat one-sided) rivalry with Soma. As he, too, has first-hand experience working at a small restaurant, Takumi sees Soma as someone similar to himself and, thus, a worthy rival and will jump at any chance to compete with him. He frequently tries to challenge Soma to informal cooking challenges (usually leading to an embarrassing situation for himself), hoping to one day defeat Soma in a formal Shokugeki challenge. Despite their rivalry, both he and Soma greatly respect each other, and likely view each other as friends outside of the arena.

[From Wikipedia]

Yoshino Yuuki
Yoshino Yuuki吉野 悠姫 
Hair, Odango, Short, Spiky Bangs, Twin Tails
Eyes, Green
Body, AA Cup, Pale, Slim, Teen
Clothes, Chef's Uniform, Ribbon Tie
Personality, Carefree, Energetic, Watashi
Role, Cook, Friend, High School Student, Roommate, Tsukkomi
Engages in, Cooking
Voiced byUchida Maaya

Description

Yuuki is a petit, energetic girl with odango and a first year student residing in Polar Star. She is the most hyperactive of the dormitory's residents, often acting childishly, teasing the other students, and reacting to situations with exaggerated mannerisms. She has a flat chest, and as a running gag, is often shown to be envious of more well-endowed students like Ryouko, though Ryouko and Megumi remain her closest friends in the dormitory. Yuuki is also frequently shown reacting in exasperation to Soma's antics.

Yuuki's specialty is cooking wild game. She raises and breeds a large number of game animals in the dormitory, including both deer and boar. During the Autumn Elections, she prepared a wild game curry that won high praises from the judges, finishing 7th overall in her block, but she was ultimately defeated and failed to advance to the main tournament.

[From Wikipedia]