10 Anime like Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars)
About Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars)
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars) follows the story of 15-year-old Souma Yukihira and his dream of running his family’s restaurant someday as the head chef. At first, running the Yukihira Diner family restaurant was his only dream, but then, his dad goads him into enrolling into Tootsuki Culinary Academy—the most elite culinary school where only 10% of the student body graduates! For Souma, it’s a CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! No matter how difficult or extreme the circumstances may be, such is the life of someone who’s going to become the best of the best chefs in the world! Thus, Souma’s dream evolved into a much grander dream—to learn everything about food and cooking and finally become a world-class chef!
This anime is, as you know, all about FOOD and COOKING! As a result, drooling and exaggeratedly salivating is expected. This show is something that must not be watched if you’re not prepared to become really hungry! I mean, it’s that kind of show that can make you crave for (what else?!) FOOD! That’s why it’s such a great show. And it even teaches about cooking and preparing all sorts of cuisine! Now that’s what I call—delectably phenomenal!
And so, little as they may be, I’ve picked certain series that matches Shokugeki no Souma’s genre and theme. As expected, most of them are about food, cooking, and ingredient-hunting so—drool all you want! The anime like Shokugeki no Souma are here to deliver some FOODGASM attacking both the senses of sight and gustation (well, most of them)!
1. Cooking Master Boy
As old as it may be, Cooking Master Boy is one of the trailblazers of cooking/food anime. As a matter of fact, it’s one of its own genre that may have been the first for many people. And so, it’s not surprising that it garnered so much attention in the past. I mean, for a cooking/food anime, this show surely doesn’t disappoint!
In the 19th century of China during the reign of the Qing dynasty, the “Era of the Cooking Wars” was at its peak! In this era, a boy named Mao rises to hone his cooking skills and become an authority in cooking just like his late mother who was popularly known as the “Fairy of Cuisine.” And so, Mao travels around China in order to study and learn the various ways of cooking and ultimately become a legendary chef of his own caliber!
2. Yakitate!! Japan
If you’re wondering when FOODGASM began in anime, then Yakitate!! Japan might tell you the answer! This show actually embodies the word “Foodgasm!” And by that, I meant that this show is capable of making people drool endlessly, voraciously wanting to eat the food presented (well in this case, BREAD). Heavenly bread-tasting, orgasmic eating sensation, and exaggerated after-taste expressions—all of these you’ll witness in this anime!
Azuma Kazuma isn’t just any ordinary kid! He possesses the unique peculiarity called the “Solar Hands.” With this peculiarity, his hands are warmer than any ordinary human. And with this, his bread-making prowess is up on a much higher level! At first, Azuma didn’t really like bread. But after discovering the wonders of bread and the process of making it, he undertakes a quest where joining “Pantasia” and creating the legendary bread known as “Ja-Pan” are his goals!
3. Koufuku Graffiti
Love that feel-good sensation you get whenever you eat delectable food or at least see someone eating? Well, not only will you feel good with the food presented in Koufuku Graffiti but you’ll also feel good with the overall “feel good” atmosphere of the show. It’s a refreshing slice-of-life/food anime after all so it’s to be anticipated!
Ryou Machiko is a girl who lives alone while attending in a prestigious art school. She cooks for herself at home but lately, she no longer finds the food she cooks delicious. “It’s just food, why does it not taste good anymore?” Later on, Ryou learns that her cousin Kirin will be staying with her during the weekends because she also would like to study in the same art school. From then on, with Kirin getting to taste Ryou’s cooking, she discovers that taste isn’t everything! “Good meals are meant to be eaten by loved ones and dear friends.” That is the very essence of good food!
It’s all about FOOD with Toriko! Yes, there is an endless amount of battles and whatnot in this one but, it’s all still about food! Everything is for the sake of food! Hunting for rare and exotic ingredients, cooking them to perfection, and eating the godliest sustenance that exists—it’s a grand food adventure! And for that, Toriko is an anime you shouldn’t miss!
Toriko is a legendary “Gourmet Hunter” whose dream is to create the ultimate Full Course meal! Of course, doing so isn’t just a simple task! In a world where food is the dictator of everything, procuring ingredients as well as preparing them to their best shape and form is truly a daunting task! Chef Komatsu was assigned with the mission of finding Toriko for a very important task. As soon as he found him, friendship bloomed! Together, they are now on an out-of-this-world undertaking fulfilling their hopes and dreams and with food at the very center.
So I heard you like shows with people intensely fighting for food… Buddy, look no further because Ben-To is all about action, food, and a lot more than you can chew! As weird as a concept as it is, Ben-To is all about fighting over food! You don’t fight, you don’t eat—it’s that simple! That’s pretty much what to expect so go on and watch!
Half-Priced ben-to boxes are sacred—this is what 15-year-old You Satou learned the hard way! At first, he was just trying to grab a ben-to box but then, he suddenly just found himself unconscious…on the ground! What in the world happened?! As it turns out, fighting is a necessity when it comes to obtaining food, especially half-priced ben-to boxes. And so, Satou begins training under the “Ice Queen” herself in order to become a true-blue ben-to wolf warrior!
6. Dagashi Kashi
Do you like sweets and snacks? Well I’m sure you do! I mean, who doesn’t?! Eating is always such a pleasure, and for Dagashi Kashi—snacks and sweets are everything! It’s a show that focuses on the hobby of snacking and such, so you should know the drill by now. Look, discover, and learn about dagashi (Japanese snacks), to the point that you’ll uncontrollably crave for some!
Kokonotsu Shikada wants to become a manga artist, but his dad wants him to take-over their snack business—the Shikada Dagashi! And this folks, is where the conflict comes in! Kokonotsu doesn’t want to take-over the family business despite being very passionate and knowledgeable about it. That is until, the eccentric Hotaru Shidare comes into their lives! Hotaru comes with a mission: To invite Kokonotsu’s dad to work with the gigantic snack company, Shidare Corporation. Kokonotsu’s dad comes up with an idea: If Hotaru convinces Kokonotsu to take-over the Shikada Dagashi, he will accept her request!
7. Yume-iro Patissiere
You know what a patissier is? A patissier is essentially a pastry chef who's skilled in making desserts, pastries, bread, and other baked goods. So now that you know what a patissier is, then you should now have an idea what Yume-iro Patissiere is all about. Yes, it’s about cooking and baking pastries and all kinds of desserts…all in the spirit of competitiveness!
Ichigo Amano is not particularly good at anything except eating cakes. Yes, eating cakes is her ultimate passion. And unknown to her, she actually has a tasting talent. This leads to her being discovered by a famous patissier named Henri Lucas. With this discovery comes Ichigo’s rare opportunity—the chance of studying in the prestigious dessert culinary school, St. Marie Academy.
8. Gin no Saji (Silver Spoon)
So as we’ve been talking about food all this time, let’s also talk about what food is even before it was food! As you know, food is a product of agriculture and the processes surrounding it. And this is what the theme of Gin no Saji is! It’s about agriculture, faming, and living in the farm! And oh, let’s not forget about food! Cause where there is agriculture and farming, there is…FOOD!
Yuugo Hachiken is a studious young man who decided to enroll in Ooezo Agricultural High School in order to escape the stress and pressure laid upon him by his parents. Unknown to him, his decision will lead him to a great shock in his life. Confident as he may be, he obviously underestimated agriculture and farming! What he though was easy and stress-free is actually very complicated and hard. So now, he decided that he’s going to be serious. No matter what challenges may come, he’s going to tackle things head-on and with full determination! “Farm life—here goes nothing!”
9. Kill la Kill
Oh, if you’re wondering, there’s nothing about food in Kill la Kill. I placed it here because it has exaggerated fanservice and ostentatious ecchi. And you know what anime has both of these? Yes, Shokugeki no Soma! So in those terms, Kill la Kill and Shokugeki no Soma are pretty much alike!
It all started with one murder—the murder of Ryuuko Matoi’s father! Hence, Ryuuko’s journey of revenge begins! With only the missing half of the “Scissor Blade” as the clue, things lead to Honnouji Academy, a school ruled by the ruthless student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin and her underlings, the Elite Four! But is the murderer actually linked to the school? Ryuuko has to fight in order to solve the mystery! With the Scissor Blade and the mysterious power-uniform called Senketsu, Ryuuko has to engage Satsuki and the Elite Four in order for her to obtain the answers to her father’s demise!
10. Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom)
And here’s another one! Why’d I put Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) here? Well, that’s because I can actually see some similarity. There’s no “food” concept in this one, but there’s the “student struggle” concept! The students here, much like Shokugeki no Soma, are fighting a larger-than-life battle to achieve a goal. The goal is to graduate and become world-renowned chefs in Shoukugeki no Soma while it’s to assassinate the teacher and save the world in Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. And oh, I forgot to say—Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is amazingly entertaining and humorous as well!
In one particular school, the ultimate goal is to—assassinate the teacher! Well, the teacher is none other than Koro-sensei! And mind you, he’s no ordinary teacher! Who knows what he really is but, he has some tentacles and some dangerous powers. Actually, he already destroyed part of the moon. And so now, he’s threatening to destroy the whole world if his students fail to assassinate him before their graduation. Study, train, and become great scholarly assassins—the fate of the world now lies in the hands of Koro-sensei's dear students!