Food Wars manga artist releases special illustrations to mark the series’ 10th anniversary

Food Wars season 2 character visual
Food Wars season 2 teaser visual. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

The Food Wars manga artist is going all out for the occasion with some unique new designs for Soma Yukihira and Erina Nakiri as the manga is now commemorating its tenth anniversary of debuting in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine!

Even though the cooking-themed action series’ original manga and anime adaptation runs ended in the past, it is still regarded as one of the most significant works to emerge from that magazine. A large part of the impact was attributable to the series’ overall art, which brought the characters and cooking to life.

Shun Saeki’s new Illustrations

Shun Saeki, the Food Wars manga artist, shared two new illustrations for Soma and Erina for “the first time in a while” in honor of the franchise’s tenth anniversary (which will be topped off with a special event in Japan around the actual anniversary this November). It’s been a while since the illustrator last drew these figures and much longer since fans last witnessed the team in action. Fortunately, it’s a unique way to start a significant year for the beloved anime and manga series. Check out the special illustrations below:

The new Sketches of Soma and Erina
The new Sketches of Soma and Erina. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

The show’s protagonist is middle schooler Yukihira Soma, who aspires to outperform his father’s culinary abilities. One day, his father decides to shut down the family business and further his education in Europe. Before departing, he enrolls Soma in an exclusive culinary program that has a 10% graduation rate and is very competitive to get into. Will Soma be able to develop his skills, or will it be too hot in the kitchen?

Food Wars: How to get started with the anime & manga

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is a long-running shonen manga series that changes the traditional shonen format. It does this by focusing on food and flavor rather than punches or swords. The plot includes all the traditional elements of shonen fiction, such as a heroic male lead and themes of bravery and confidence, but it also holds a few surprises.

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A five-season anime series with the same name was adapted from the original Food Wars! manga. Food Wars! is still a sumptuous feast for any anime fan, even though many viewers feel the show peaked in its last season. Fortunately, getting started with this franchise in manga or anime form is fairly simple for newbies.

Where to read the Food Wars! manga

The 36 volumes of the original Food Wars! manga have been published, but fans may need to make room on their bookcases for them all. Each volume is available at Barnes & Noble in print or as a NOOK e-book. In addition to carrying all 36 volumes of Food Wars!, Rightstufanime.com now offers digital manga editions on Kindle and Comixology.

There aren’t any omnibus or hardcover special edition volumes of the Food Wars! manga as of this writing.

Where to watch the Food Wars! anime

The whole manga’s plot was adapted into five “plates,” or seasons, of the Food Wars! anime. The complete Food Wars! anime is available for streaming on Crunchyroll in Japanese with subtitles in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Arabic. The 74 episodes of the program, which is split into two seasons, can also be viewed online via Hulu.

A physical copy of Food Wars! on Blu-ray is also available for anime lovers to purchase if they cannot stream the show or do not want to. The first four seasons are available on Blu-ray from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rightstufanime, with Season 5 hopefully following at some point.

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What are your thoughts on the manga Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma ten years after its initial publication? Also, what are some of the series’ most memorable scenes and characters? Share your opinions about it in the comments section.

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