Shokugeki no Souma is one of my favorite animes, and it can also be classified as a sitcom. A teenage boy named Souma Yikihira has been working with his dad cooking in a diner since he was three. One day his dad disappears and tells him to attend the nation’s most prestigious cooking school Totsuki Culinary Academy, where only ten percent of the students graduate. What follows is a comedic tale of his ascent to the number one chef in the school, which turns out to be harder than he thinks.
“Still from Shokugeki no Souma, “An Endless Wasteland” (Season 1, Episode 1, 2015)
I loved this anime from episode one. Souma is driven by a passion for cooking and never knowing when to quit. He always manages to exceed his peers’ expectations, who think little of him for having come from a downtown diner background. Souma faces many obstacles but overcomes all of them with his quick thinking, culinary skills, and creativity. His love of cooking is rekindled when faced with kids who are just as good, if not better, at cooking as he is.
This anime has a great comedic sense to it. Every episode makes me laugh at Souma’s antics and his ignorance of some social ques. He doesn’t care what others think of him, and that speaks volumes to me, someone who used to care what everyone’s opinion of him was.
This anime also has deeper meanings that appear throughout it. Souma encourages a young lady who was at the bottom of the ranks in culinary middle school, telling her not to give up and giving her advice on how to be less anxious when cooking. His belief in her helps her make her place at Totsuki as one of the best chefs in the school. I encourage people to follow their dreams and to work hard at achieving them. Souma always tries his hardest, even when everything is stacked against him. This has inspired me to give my all into whatever it is I am doing, whether it be work, sports, or life in general. Achieving your dreams takes a lot of work, success will not come to you, you have to make it happen, and this anime helped show me that.