Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is a Japanese anime series based on the manga series Shokugeki no Soma, written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. The anime adaptation is produced by production studio J.C.Staff and directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani. The series premiered in Japan on April 3, 2015 as part of the "Animeism" block on MBS.[3] Five seasons have been produced; with the final episode airing on September 26, 2020. Crunchyroll began streaming the series on April 3, 2015, as it aired in Japan.[4]

In April 2015, Sentai Filmworks obtained the North American broadcasting and distribution rights to the series and also produced an English dub in 2017.[5][6] The series premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on July 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM[1] and completed its run on April 18, 2020, with only the first two seasons aired. The third season premiered on Toonami at 1:00 AM on February 27, 2021.[2]

Plot[edit | edit source]

Teenager Soma Yukihira aspires to become a full-time chef in his father Joichiro's family restaurant and surpass his father's culinary skills, but Joichiro gets a new job that requires him to travel around the world, and closes his shop. Joichiro has Soma enroll in Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school where students engage in food competitions called shokugeki (food wars). He secures himself a spot at the school, despite the objections of Erina Nakiri, the talented granddaughter of the school's dean. Soma is assigned to the Polar Star Dormitory where he meets other aspiring chefs, including Megumi Tadokoro. The story follows his adventures as he interacts with his peers and challenges Totsuki's students as well as others in shokugeki competitions. Learning that his father was not only a student of Totsuki, but also the second seat in the Council of Ten; Soma plans on becoming the best at the academy to surpass his father.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Soma Yukihira — Soma is the main protagonist of the series. He is a 15-year-old chef who has been working at his father Joichiro's diner, Yukihira Family Restaurant, since he was a young child. When his father closes the diner to work overseas, Soma enrolls in the Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute. He resides in Polar Star Dorm, room 303. Like his father, Soma enjoys experimenting with dishes (although they often have horrible results), sees failure as a learning opportunity, and is normally laid-back until a cooking match begins, where he becomes serious. Soma is an energetic and optimistic boy who has the constant drive to improve his cooking, mostly due to his strong relationship and rivalry with his father. Due to undergoing regular cooking matches with his father, Soma is unafraid of any cooking challenge no matter how insurmountable it seems. He does not have a particular specialty, but rather utilizes his rare creativity to create free-style and innovative dishes to clash with other chefs in order to continuously improve himself.

Erina Nakiri — Erina is one of the heroines of the series and starts off as a rival to Soma Yukihira. She is a 15-year-old first-year student at Totsuki and the granddaughter of the school's director Senzaemon. She was the valedictorian of Totsuki's junior high and is the youngest student to join the school's Council of Ten. Wielding the best palate in the world, "God's Tongue" and a member of the illustrious Nakiri family, Erina stands above everyone in her class as the top prospect of the 92nd Tōtsuki Generation

Megumi Tadokoro — Megumi is one of the heroines of the series and is a close friend of Soma. She is a 15-year-old first-year student at Totsuki who resides in the Polar Star Dorm. Hoping to help her family's bed-and-breakfast, the Shokei'en Inn, she left her snowy harbor town in the Tōhoku region, and enrolled in Totsuki's junior high program. However, her shyness and stage fright caused her to perform poorly; she ranks at the bottom of the class and is placed on academic probation at the start of her first high school year. It also took her three months to pass the Polar Star Dorm entrance exam. After meeting Soma, she boosts her courage and confidence, and she improves her grades. She enjoys making comfort foods which impart feelings of familial love and nostalgia in those who taste her dishes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Color Season Episodes Toonami Premiere Toonami Finale
1 24 July 6, 2019 January 11, 2020
2 13 January 18, 2020 April 18, 2020
3 24 February 27, 2021 TBA
4 12 TBA
5 13 TBA

Broadcast History[edit | edit source]

The first season aired in Japan between April 3, 2015 and September 25, 2015 as part of the "Animeism" block on MBS.[3] A second season titled Food Wars! The Second Plate aired on Tokyo MX and MBS from July 2, 2016 to September 24, 2016.[7] The third season, titled Food Wars! The Third Plate aired on Tokyo MX from October 3, 2017 to December 19, 2017, when the season went on hiatus.[8] The second half of the third season aired from April 8, 2018 to June 24, 2018.[9] A fourth season titled Food Wars! The Fourth Plate aired on Tokyo MX from October 11, 2019 to December 27, 2019.[10] The fifth and final season titled Food Wars! The Fifth Plate premiered on Tokyo MX on April 10, 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the series went on hiatus after the second episode.[11] The series finale premiered on September 26, 2020.

  • Japan (MBS) — April 3, 2015 - September 25, 2015[3]; July 2, 2016 - September 24, 2016[7]
  • Japan (TBS) — April 3, 2015 - September 25, 2015[3]
  • Japan (CBC) — April 3, 2015 - September 25, 2015[3]
  • Japan (BS-TBS) — April 3, 2015 - September 25, 2015[3]
  • Japan (Tokyo MX) — July 2, 2016 - September 24, 2016[7]; October 3, 2017 - December 19, 2017[8]; April 8, 2018 - June 24, 2018[9]; October 11, 2019[10] - December 27, 2019; April 10, 2020 - September 26, 2020[11]
  • Japan (BS11) — July 3, 2016 - September 25, 2016[12]; April 8, 2018 - June 24, 2018[13]; October 11, 2019[10] - December 27, 2019; April 10, 2020 - September 26, 2020[11]
  • Japan (Animax) — July 12, 2016 - October 4, 2016[12]; May 13, 2018 - July 29, 2018[13]
  • United States (Adult Swim) — July 6, 2019[1] - April 18, 2020; February 27, 2021[2] - Present

Toonami Broadcast History[edit | edit source]

Food Wars premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block on July 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM.[1] The series completed its run on Toonami on April 18, 2020 and was subsequently replaced in the lineup by Paranoia Agent. Only the first two seasons (37 episodes) aired on Toonami during its initial run.

The third season premiered on Toonami at 1:00 AM on February 27, 2021, replacing Assassination Classroom.[2] The series moved to the 1:30 AM time slot on May 15, 2021 but returned to 1:00 AM two weeks later on May 29th.[14][15]

  • Toonami (United States) — July 6, 2019[1] - April 18, 2020; February 27, 2021[2] - Present

Toonami Marathons[edit | edit source]

Food Wars! only had one marathon appearance during its run on Toonami, the Food Wars! Marathon on November 30, 2019.

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Better bring your appetite, because Toonami and Sentai Filmworks are serving up a brand new show on the Saturday night menu! ". facebook.com/TOONAMI. June 27, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2175293802761455/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on June 28, 2019. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Hope you’re hungry! ". facebook.com/TOONAMI. February 10, 2021. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2647010295589801/. Retrieved on February 10, 2021. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Anime TV Commercial Previews Opening Theme ". animenewsnetwork.com. February 19, 2015. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-02-19/food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma-anime-tv-commercial-previews-opening-theme/.85168. Retrieved on June 28, 2019. 
  4. "Crunchyroll Streams Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma Anime ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 3, 2015. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-04-03/crunchyroll-streams-food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma-anime/.86722. Retrieved on June 28, 2019. 
  5. "Sentai Filmworks Adds Pleiades, Re-Kan, Snafu Too, Hello! Kinmoza, UtaPri Season 3, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, Food Wars ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 4, 2015. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-04-04/sentai-filmworks-adds-pleiades-re-kan-snafu-too-hello-kinmoza-utapri-season-3-is-it-wrong-to-try-to-pick-up-girls-in-a-dungeon-food-wars/.86760. Retrieved on July 1, 2019. 
  6. "Sentai Filmworks Announces "Food Wars!" English Dub Cast ". crunchyroll.com. June 30, 2017. https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/06/30/sentai-filmworks-announces-food-wars-english-dub-cast. Retrieved on July 1, 2019. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Food Wars! 2nd Season Reveals July 2 Premiere Date, New Visual ". animenewsnetwork.com. June 6, 2016. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-06-06/food-wars-2nd-season-reveals-july-2-premiere-date-new-visual/.102879. Retrieved on June 28, 2019. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 3rd Season Premieres on October 3 ". animenewsnetwork.com. August 24, 2017. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-08-24/food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma-anime-3rd-season-premieres-on-october-3/.120493. Retrieved on June 28, 2019. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime's 2nd Cour Premieres on April 8 ". animenewsnetwork.com. March 5, 2018. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-03-05/food-wars-the-third-plate-anime-2nd-cour-premieres-on-april-8/.128566. Retrieved on June 28, 2019. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime's 4th Season Reveals New Visual, October 11 Premiere ". animenewsnetwork.com. September 2, 2019. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-09-02/food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma-anime-4th-season-reveals-new-visual-october-11-premiere/.150641. Retrieved on April 25, 2020. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Delays New Episodes Due to COVID-19 ". animenewsnetwork.com. April 17, 2020. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-17/food-wars-shokugeki-no-soma-anime-delays-new-episodes-due-to-covid-19/.158711. Retrieved on April 25, 2020. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "On-air TV Schedule ". shokugekinosoma.com. http://www.shokugekinosoma.com/2ndplate/onair/. Retrieved on July 1, 2019. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "On-air TV Schedule ". shokugekinosoma.com. http://www.shokugekinosoma.com/3rdplate/onair/. Retrieved on July 1, 2019. 
  14. "The Stone Wars are about to begin! ". Facebook.com/TOONAMI. April 21, 2021. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2694270994197064/. Retrieved on April 21, 2021. 
  15. "Line Up Update 05.29.2021 ". Facebook.com/TOONAMI. May 29, 2021. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850/2718402911783872/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on May 29, 2021. 
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