Manga: Nobunaga No Chef

A modern-day chef named Ken wakes up and finds himself in the Sengoku Era without any memory of himself. However, he remembers how to cook and retains most of his knowledge on the subject, and the wonders of his dishes soon reach the ears of Oda Nobunaga, who promptly recruits Ken to be his head chef. Under Nobunaga's service, Ken uses his cooking skills to change the courses of war, and survive the war-torn era.

A Chef of Nobunaga (信長のシェフ, lit. Nobunaga no Shefu) is a Japanese manga series written by Mitsuru Nishimura and illustrated by Takuro Kajikawa. The title has ran since March 2011 in the Weekly Manga Times magazine, and has been compiled into 11 bound volumes.

This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: The series doesn't focus too much on war and action, but Kaede definitely qualifies - she was able to combat a group of vagabonds with a broken leg.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Kaede. She's beautiful, stoic and strong-willed.
  • Animal Motifs: Butterfly for Nohime, which Ken uses to prepare a meal for her.
  • Bifauxnen: Natsu was initially portrayed as a somewhat hyperactive Keet in her introduction, but was revealed to be a girl before the first chapter ends.
  • Arms Dealer: Imai Soukyuu.
  • Artistic License Pharmacology: In one story arc, Kennyo attempted to have Nobunaga poisoned by serving him several nutmeg macarons. Nobunaga almost immediately collapsed after eating them, despite the fact that: 1) The amount of nutmegs placed in 3 macarons are nowhere near enough to cause poisoning, 2) Fatal nutmeg poisoning is very rare, 3) Nutmeg intoxication takes a few hours after consumption to reach its effects.
  • Bald of Awesome: Shingen Takeda is the most prominent example.
  • The Blacksmith: Natsu works as a blacksmith and had crafted most of Ken's knives. She has even been hired by Nobunaga to forge weapons for his men.
  • Blade on a Stick: Mori Yoshinari's Weapon of Choice.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Honda Tadakatsu, during his introduction in the Battle of Anegawa, interrupts Ieyasu's Rousing Speech to charge headfirst at the enemy.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: As per Shinto folklore involving the goddess of the forge, Natsu as a female blacksmith is subjected to this.
  • Cooking Duel: There is one between Ken and an Ikko-ikki representative near the end of volume 5.
  • Easy Amnesia: Ken does not remember who he is and where he came from. He remembers everything else though - from trivia regarding food ingredients, nutrition, and cooking techniques, to the history of the Era he's stuck in.
  • Everyone Can See It: Between Natsu and Ken, although nobody really encouraged them due to Natsu's oath as a female blacksmith.
  • Food Porn: Each and every dish that Ken presents is drawn in great detail.
  • Happily Married:
    • Azai Nagamasa and Oichi. The latter even refused to flee from Odani when Nobunaga expressed desire to attack, so that she could remain with her husband.
    • Oda Nobunaga himself seems to have a good relationship with Nouhime.
  • Have We Met?: It is implied that the Ikko-ikki representative is another time displaced chef that was transported along with Ken from the Heisei Era. Confirmed in Chapter 49.
  • Historical-Domain Character: Definitely. All three unifiers of Japan make an appearance, and so do most of the important historical figures in that era.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade/Historical Hero Upgrade: Mostly averted. Nobunaga has plenty of Pet the Dog moments as well as Kick the Dog moments throughout the manga, and it has been quite balanced so far.
  • Punny Name: Katsunote  rice pops up one time, complete with Ken's explanation for it.
  • Running Gag: Ken never fails to hit his head against the ceiling beam (or doorway) whenever he visits Natsu's house.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Just about everyone aside from court officials, really.
  • Shown Their Work: The manga gives quite an accurate portrayal of the Sengoku Era, barring Ken's involvements; the author even bothered to reference the sources he used for the historical information. There are also brief trivias and a recipe at the end of each bound volumes.
  • Supreme Chef: Ken of course, although he admits that he isn't quite on the tier of another timetraveler, Youko when it comes to sweets.
  • Title Drop: Ken's title as Nobunaga's chef has been mentioned twice:
    • Ken declared himself as Nobunaga's chef when refusing Ashikaga Yoshiaki's offer to work for him instead.
    • Azai Nagamasa angrily referred to Ken as such when he realized that Ken had somehow divided his forces.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sea bream for Ieyasu.
  • Tsundere: Nobunaga can be seen as this in a non-romantic way. He may appear cruel and ruthless but he's actually quite caring and compassionate, like when he spared an Azai soldier who (unwillingly) went with his general in a Desperation Attack to Oda camp because he provided him shelter when he returned to Gifu from Kanegasaki (Nobunaga, along with Ken, also helped the soldier's son on that occasion) by saying than he's not interested in a nobody's head.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Ashikaga Yoshiaki, who was under the impression that being a Shogun grants him absolute power over the feudal lords, despite being a narrow-minded, incompetent puppet. Nobunaga compared him to a frognote  due to his narrow-mindedness.
  • The Vamp: Downplayed, but being a Kunoichi, Kaede would sometimes use sex to extract information. In one episode, we see her do this with Imai Sokyuu.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Ken had Nobunaga vomit out the poison he was given by Kennyo, and the scene pans over to show Mitsuhide's disgusted reaction.
  • War Is Hell: Ken said this word-per-word when he witnessed the terrible bloodshed caused by the wars.
  • Warrior Monk: They form a sizable part of Ikko-ikki sect's army, although not all.