WARNING: Hold your horses there kiddo, this certainly ain’t a kid friendly anime. I’d recommend watching this if you’re cool with sexual content, but it didn’t seem to get too explicit… But the implicit suggestions were definitely all there, so you have been thoroughly warned!
If I had to describe the first episode of Food Wars: Shokugeki No Soma in just one word, it’d be disturbing… And I’m okay with that! I had to put a lovely warning at the top of this post, because within minutes of this starting, let us just say that tentacles happen… And if anyone knows anime, tentacles usually involve ladies and their underparts. As such, if you find this sort of thing highly gross and questionable as to why someone would watch it, then read on and you might understand.
Soma is the titular character of this show, which follows him through his journey to become a top chef. He and his dad compete in very frequent cook-off challenges, which his dad has always won! Soma wants to be able to beat his dad so he can take on the family restaurant. Somas biggest problem as a chef? He loves to make people eat his failures, as well as his delicious meals!
The aforementioned tentacle scene happens when the judge of the latest cook-off told him his meal was delicious, even though he had lost to his dad. He offers her his peanut butter coated squid tentacles… And as she described the taste, it was like slimy tentacles were groping her. Yuck!
However, some of the food that Soma and his father produces are so good that it is quite the orgasmic experience for the mouth… And the show is keen to display this. I’m normally quite put off shows like this, where you’re unable to look anywhere without breasts bouncing all over the place, but in Shokugeki No Soma, it was done in such a way that it was highly entertaining.
Okay so it is low brow humour in that respect, but ultimately, this is a cooking anime. I hadn’t really seen a cooking anime before but I knew some other ones existed, such as Toriko. With this in mind, what did I make of the very surreal experience? I said the exact words for my thoughts in the previous paragraph: Highly entertaining.
Whilst I warned people that it is sexually implicit, it’s not sexually explicit per se… At least not yet. See, the aforementioned peanut butter tentacle situation shows a girl being wrapped by tentacles… But you don’t see anything happening. Instead, it’s all heavily suggested. As such I’d not show this anime (or… really many anime) to my little brother, as he’d find it far too rude. With this in mind, I’d argue a 15 or 16 year old would be able to watch this without being exposed to too much… Except for a lot of suggestive themes and nudity.
Before I close this article… I’d like to clear the air over one thing to do with this anime and manga. It’s quite diverse in the gender representation on nudity. If you are a heterosexual male who finds other males losing their clothes and having orgasmic experiences on screen to be disturbing, do not watch this. If you are highly against women screaming out in ecstasy over putting things in their mouths, then do not watch this. But if you said this show wasn’t fair in making men and women alike have these experiences, I’m afraid you haven’t watched it. At least this first episode. We’ll see how it goes as time goes on and if it keeps its fair gender diversity.
Have you guys seen this anime? You can watch it over on Crunchyroll right now where it’s up to episode 5. Episode 6 will be aired on Crunchyroll this coming Friday, but alas: I’ll be meeting with the Bristol Geeks! As always, leave your comments below, over on the Facebook page or on Twitter! DIS- GUS- TING.