Ever since he was a child, Souma Yukihira helped his father cook in his restaurant, constantly challenging him to cook-offs in anticipation for the day when he would finally win. However, when his father suddenly decides to leave to go on a trip around the world, Souma is sent to the Totsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only the top 10 percent graduate. Here, Souma learns that not only are some of his classmates top-tier chefs, but they also engage in intense competitions called ”food wars”.
Cooking is serious business, guys. While Food Wars isn’t the first to declare it, it is the first do show it off in such an intense way. When it comes to cooking anime, Food Wars is just the tip of the iceberg. Explore this mouth-watering genre further with these great anime recommendations.
For Fans of Delicious Food
After being briefly kidnapped by his sister as a kid and shown the wonders of freshly-baked bread, Kazuma became obsessed with it. After the bread maker discovers that Kazuma has the “Hands of the Sun,” which are of the perfect warmth for making bread, he passes on the trade. Now Kazuma seeks to make the best, most unique Japanese bread to rival all other breads.
Yakitate was the original food anime, although it is more focused on bread. Both shows share a focus on comedy, but they also provide some education by delving deeper into the preparation process. They both also feature ample food battles to elevate what would be a slice of life anime into the shounen genre. Who could have thought competitively baking bread could ever be so interesting?
Gourmet Girl Graffiti
Ryou Makiko lives alone while attending art school in the city. Unfortunately, while Ryou loves to cook, all of her dishes have been tasting horrible to her lately. Depressed, her aunt calls one day and tells her that her cousin will be staying with her sometimes on the weekend. When Ryou cooks for her cousin, suddenly she realizes that her cooking wasn’t bad, it was just meant to be eaten with others.
Both series are about girls having orgasmic reactions to food, do I really need to say more? I do? Well, okay then. Like Food Wars, Gourmet Girl goes into the actual recipe and science of food while making it, but it goes further to give tips on how to best enjoy a meal as well.
One day while You Satou is trying to get himself a half-priced bento, he is knocked unconscious. When he awakens, all the bentos are gone. Hungry, he tries again the next day only for the same result. In this world, if you want to get a sacred half-price bento, you must be willing to fight for it. In a world where only the strong get to enjoy bento, Satou must train to fight or stay hungry.
You like a side of tits with your cooking anime? This a great follow-up to Food Wars then. Although technically Ben-to isn’t about cooking, just food. However, both shows have ample fan service as well as tasty-looking food.
In this world, happiness is measured by what you eat. As such, people are always on the hunt for ultimate ingredients that are gotten from powerful monsters. Those who battle these monsters for ingredients are Gourmet Hunters. This story follows Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter and his chef friend Komatsu. Toriko aims to cook the perfect meal while Komatsu wants to reach the level of master chef.
While both shows feature shounen-like battles, Toriko has actual battles while Food Wars is just cooking battles. However, both shows put a huge and oft-comical focus on food where the best food is made out to be the best thing ever.
Cooking Master Boy
Cooking Master Boy takes place during the fictitious era after China’s Qing Dynasty where the country was overcome with cooking wars. Chefs challenge each other to earn the respect of a nation and to become China’s top chef. Enter Mao who, after the death of his mother, travels China to improve his cooking. Along the way he meets friends and rivals alike, but mostly, he cooks.
Both series revolve around the main characters fighting in cooking contests. However, while Food Wars can be serious at times, Cooking Master Boy is mostly comedy. Both series also share the same over exaggerated reactions to food.
Ichigo Amano is clumsy and not good at anything, but one day she has a chance encounter with a master patissier. When he discovers her amazing palate, this famous pastry maker offers her a chance to attend the prestigious St. Marie Academy, a cooking school that specializes in desserts.
Yumeiro Patissiere is like Food Wars for kids. No weird orgasm shots. No clothes bursting off. No guy that cooks in nothing but an apron. It is just a cute little girl that tries her best at baking cakes against people that are better at baking cakes.
Murasaki Wakako is a young office lady that loves to unwind after work with drinks and the perfect food to pair with it, especially after a really hard day.
Wakakozake is a short anime about food, not unlike Food Wars, both shows demonstrate a deep, passionate, and almost philosophical view on different food. Both actually might even teach you something about food. Unfortunately, Wakakozake’s episodes are only about two minutes long.
For Fans of Weird Competitive Theme Schools
Kill la Kill
Ryuuko Matoi wanders the land looking for the person that killed her father. Her only clue? The missing half of his invention, the Scissor Blade. This investigation leads her to Honnouji Academy, a high school ruled by powerful Satsuki Kiryuuin and her Elite Four. Unable to beat even one of the weakest underlings, Ryuuko gains a rare uniform that gives her great power, enough to make a stand against the powerful people that rule the school and may know something about her father’s murder.
In Food Wars, they fight over food and are often scantily-clad. In Kill la Kill they just plain fight and are often scantily-clad. Both main characters are brash and instantly challenge the most powerful and skilled members of the school, only to get their butt whipped.
Yuugo Hachiken is hard-working and studious, but tired of living up to expectations. Deciding to leave academic life behind, Yuugo enrolls in the Ooezo Agricultural High School in Hokkaido, believing learning agriculture to be much easier. However, he is soon proven wrong. The farm life is anything but easy.
Like in Food Wars, Silver Spoon features a school where the students are highly specialized in their field. They grow crops, raise livestock, and they engage in competition. The difference is that the school in Silver Spoon isn’t training chefs, it is training those that produce the ingredients.
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran Academy is a school for the wealthy elite, but Haruhi Fujioka, hoping to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer, got in on a scholarship. Haruhi wants to avoid all the glitz and glamour of the school, but while looking for a quiet place to study, she winds up finding an eccentric host club. After breaking a vase, she winds up having to join them to pay off the debt. There’s just one problem, they think she is a boy.
Both anime series feature highly eccentric schools. In Food Wars, they have gardens, raise livestock, and have high-stakes cook-offs. In Ouran, they allow a host club to basically do whatever they please with the school. They also consume a lot of fancy food in Ouran, too, but more snacks and less actual meals. Both shows also feature main characters that are often seen as commoners or somehow not worthy to be there.
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