Food Wars! The Second Plate
Shokugeki no Sōma: Ni no Sara (JP)
Genre: Food, Tournament, Comedy
Season: Summer 2016
Premiere Date: July 2, 2016
A manga duo comprised of Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki began their Shokugeki no Sōma (Food Wars! Shokugeki no Sōma) in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in November 2012, and since then, it has become one of Shueisha’s best-selling series, often ranking in the best-selling manga charts in Japan.
An anime adaptation of the competitive cooking story was officially announced in October 2014 and began airing in spring 2015. After revealing an original anime DVD to be bundled with the limited edition of the eighteenth volume of the manga, a second season of the anime was announced not too long after the first series ended. A Nintendo 3DS game based off of the franchise was also released in Japan.
After graduating middle school, Sōma Yukihira’s father Jōichirō suggests that he attend a certain culinary school. Although the school is famous for the top-class chefs that it produces, the school is only for the cream of the crop; less than ten percent of students graduate the super-elite school.
The school tests its students with Food Wars: battles in which students must pass or face expulsion. Sōma isn’t afraid, however, and uses these battles as a chance to improve his cooking skills. He also continues to grow as a person along his fellow students, who have the same aspiration as he does.
And so, the season turns to autumn. Sōma is selected to participate in the Tōtsuki Autumn Election, a competition in which only the chosen few can participate. The theme of the Tōtsuki Autumn Election’s preliminary round is curry, and Sōma competes against Akira Hayama, a young man who is extremely skilled in making the perfect curry spice mixture. Although Sōma fought hard and did make it to the competition’s main battle, he still loses to Hayama by a single point.
Sōma has seven possible opponents for the main round: Sōma, Megumi, Takumi, Hisako, Kurokiba, Hayama, and Subaru. Who will come out on top?
Voice: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
A first-year student in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy’s high school division. Sōma had been training rigorously at his family’s restaurant “Yukihira” to become a greater cook than his father, but ends up enrolling at the famous culinary academy. Because he’s been cooking in the kitchen since the age of three, he has a cocky personality and confidence in his skills as a cook.
Voice: Risa Taneda
A first-year student in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy’s high school division. She’s one of the few students who graduated from the academy’s middle school division, and is one of the members on the Elite Ten Council, the student council formed by the academy’s ten best students. She has an ability for absolute taste called the “God’s Tongue,” but also has a haughty attitude.
Voice: Megumi Tadokoro
A girl who traveled all the way from the Tohoku region to join Tōtsuki Academy. She is one of the students who graduated from the middle school division, but is in danger of flunking if she gets one more E ranking. Her cooking is as gentle and comforting as her personality. If she could get her nerves in check, she might be one of the best cooks at the academy.
Voice: Junichi Suwabe
A first-year student in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy’s high school division. He has an exotic appearance with his tanned skin and silver hair. Despite being a first-year, he is part of the Shiomi Seminar, a group that focuses on the research of spices. Not only does he thoroughly understand the complexity of spices, he also has an extremely strong nose.
Voice: Chinatsu Akasaki
A first-year student in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy’s high school division and Erina’s cousin. A girl of mixed heritage, her mother is from Denmark, and her father is from Japan. She researched molecular gastronomy at Nakiri International, and is an expert in her field. Although she is very sociable and talkative, she also has a childish side.
Voice: Saori Ōnishi
A first-year student in Tōtsuki Culinary Academy’s high school division. She has worked as Erina’s secretary since childhood, earning her the nickname “Hishoko” (Secretary Girl). She respects Erina and serves her loyally, while Erina trusts her deeply in return.
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Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani
Series Composition: Jukki Hanada
Character Design: Chika Ishida
Music: Tatsuya Katō
Animation Production: J.C. Staff
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Sōma Yukihira
Risa Taneda as Erina Nakiri
Minami Takahashi as Megumi Tadokoro
Chinatsu Akasaki as Alice Nakiri
Nobuhiko Okamoto as Ryō Kurokiba
Saori Ōnishi as Hisako Arato
Natsuki Hanae as Takumi Aldini
Junichi Suwabe as Akira Hayama
Hiroki Yasumoto as Subaru Mimasaka
Ai Kakuma as Mayumi Kurase
Ai Kayano as Ryōko Sakaki
Banjō Ginga as Senzaemon Nakiri
Shizuka Ishigami as Ikumi Mito
Maaya Uchida as Yūki Yoshino
Takehito Koyasu as Gin Dōjima
Yūsuke Kobayashi as Zenji Marui
Takahiro Sakurai as Satoshi Isshiki
Rina Hidaka as Urara Kawashima
Taishi Murata as Shun Ibusaki
Mamiko Noto as Hinako Inui
Source: Official Website
Image Source: YouTube
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