I figured enough people talk about this and enough chapters/episodes have been released to possibly warrant a thread of its own. Shokugeki no Souma is a manga and anime centered around a battling academy. With food! In Tootsuki Culinary Academy, students often face off in 'Shokugeki', which basically amounts to a cooking showdown. This concept is central to the series. Do not be put-off by the heavy focus in cooking. It doesn't take a food enthusiast to enjoy this. SnS is basically a classic Shonen manga, only the character do battle with cooking rather than weapons/magic/whatever. Yukihira Soma, the titular protagonist, is a great main character in that he is neither overpowered nor a dunce, with clear character progression and expanding abilities as the series goes on. He knows what he wants and he does his best to get it. Not always with success, but he is ambitious, and that is something I really like in protagonists. The supporting cast is mainly great, with a few shaky presences here and there, but overall they add to the story's awesomeness rather than subtract from it. There are some elements of ecchi to it, but those are mostly for comedic purposes. The series in no way relies on them. SnS also has a pretty great spinoff centered around Etoile, one of the best supporting characters in the series, as well as a few side-stories. For the purposes of this thread, discussion will include both anime and manga adaptations, so people who have only watched the anime, be warned of SPOILERS from the manga. The latest few manga chapters prompted me to make a thread. So much is changing so quickly. I wonder if Erina will actually manage to run away. To the Polar Star of all places. Papa Nakiri continues to get equal parts creepier and equal parts more awesome whenever I see him, and Grandpa Nakiri is just getting more and more awesome. I mean, of course he'd be a fitness buff. Why not, right? Anyway. Shokugeki no Soma thread. Go!