YMMV / Shokugeki no Soma

  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • Is Hisako Arato truly just an Undying Loyal Sidekick who only wishes to stand alongside her friend Erina Nakiri or does she hold some form of romantic affections for her (such as this reaction)? The fact she challenges Nao Sadatsuka to a Shokugeki to force a 50-meter restraining order on Nao to keep her away from Erina could make a case of Hisako showing Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies towards anyone who could interact with Erina apart from herself, not to mention the few times she attempts to downplay Soma Yukihira for giving Erina a rough time. As of the Fall Classic, a third camp believes Hisako might possibly be Yandere towards Erina.
      • This changed once Hisako got some Character Development/expansion during the "Stagiaire Period" Arc when she admits to Soma that in truth, she wants to be friends with Erina but the social distances between them as well as Erina as the "God Tongue" has made her hesitate to be overly familiar. Currently, the question is whether Hisako is grateful and friendly towards Soma or she has developed a crush on him.
    • Eishi Tsukasa's vote for Azami Nakiri as new director: does he really sympathize with his ideals of standardizing the student body or is Eishi merely playing along while hiding his true colors?
    • Is Akira devoted to Jun as his surrogate mother and savior, or his feelings are more deeper in a romantic way? It's not helped by Yuuki's reaction to their spontaneous hug.
  • Arc Fatigue: The "Fall Classic" Tournament Arc got hit hard with this.
    • The exhaustion came about during its preliminary challenge where ten or so chapters are devoted to showcasing every curry dish made by major AND side-characters introduced from the first-year students. Fans agree this is to invoke Character Development, but some just wanted the plot to move along and re-focus on Soma.
    • The second exhaustion is the tournament itself due to dragging on for over 40 chapters, with each match requiring culinary explanations and fine details; the result is three to five chapters each. By the time of the finals, readers were wishing for the story to just move on from this Tournament Arc.
  • Ass Pull
    • Subaru Mimasaka coming out-of-nowhere to take one of the eight finalist spots for the Fall Classic is seen as this for readers who would rather see someone they'd gotten to know over the course of the manga to battle in the finals, the largest one being Shun Ibusaki getting the shaft. Subaru becoming a huge Base Breaker later on did not help matters.
    • A portion of the fans were less than happy about how the Shokugeki between Subaru and Takumi Aldini went, not necessarily due to the results, but from the former's dish - in the words of some, it's a "Deus ex Machina it-has-everything" dish.
  • Author's Saving Throw: Introducing Erina's abusive father Azami is this for some readers who have always viewed Erina as a Jerk Sue with little-to-no redeeming qualities to her character apart from being a loose Tsundere. That this revelation humanizes her character to a certain degree justifies why she's such a huge Academic Alpha Bitch.
  • Awesome Art: Fans agree Shun "tosh" Saeki's drawings are very beautiful and awesome. The character design, whether female or male, is excellent, the great details of the dishes makes them look very delicious, the "foodgasm" reactions (or any form of reception to the dishes) are illustrated well, and the Badass auras of the chefs are very entertaining.
  • Awesome Music: The first opening and ending songs to the Animated Adaptation are catchy, well-animated and fit the tone of the show perfectly. A big favorite is the ending song "Spice", especially in Episode 9 when Erina and Soma are humming it.
    • Then there's "Food Battle Start!" which would feel more at home in a fantasy epic then a cooking anime.
  • Base Breaker
    • Either Erina is an excellent rival and heroine to the series or she doesn't deserve the spotlight because of her Jerkass qualities and rarely appears in the plot despite receiving top billing in promotional materials. She's more universally popular with Japanese readers and placed runner-up in the first character poll and top spot in the second.
      • Despite Character Development, while some readers appreciate how her flaws and personal history are being revealed, others point out Erina is slowly becoming a Neutral Female.
    • Subaru quickly became despised after his "perfect" win over fan-favorite Takumi. It doesn't help he's established to be a great cooking competitor, yet comes out from nowhere to take the eighth spot in the Fall Classic finals. Additionally, he doesn't follow usual culinary methods others find to be biased and unfairnote , nor does Subaru have a food-based Signature Style like the rest of the students. However, others state this simply propels Subaru into Magnificent Bastardry: he thrives on the fact a Shokugeki is simply, at its core, "which dish tastes better" and runs with it. Beating Takumi isn't entirely an Ass Pull when the judges state Subaru goes above and beyond with the recipe to surpass and outstrip Takumi's own. Effectively, the win is Subaru's Establishing Character Moment, setting him up as a top contender and rival to the rest of the first-years.
    • Akira Hayama used to have a very large fanbase which earned him the ninth spot in the first popularity poll even though he had only appeared for a few panels at that point. While many still like him for his looks and cool, helpful attitude, a fair share of detractors think his overconfidence in his sense of smell is obnoxious, or find the way his specialty in aromas and spices seem to give him almost effortless victories boring. Having him win the Fall Classic tournament to wrap up the infuriatingly long arc was too much for many readers, causing them to drop the series altogether.
    • Terunori Kuga, the eighth seat of the Council of Ten Masters, became this due to haughty personality, short temper and sadist fixation for Sichuan cuisine. Some readers hate him because of this, while others think he is a good rival for Soma.
    • Council of Ten Masters second seat Rindou Kobayashi because of her reasons for voting for Azami as the new director to replace Senzaemon Nakiri, which has moved her from Cool Big Sis to Bitch in Sheep's Clothing for many a reader. The other members of the Council who also voted for Azami have this too except Etsuya Eizan.
    • Building off the previous point is Azami himself, especially when he's pretty much the reason Erina is the way she is. Some fans find it a cheap, cliched Freudian Excuse to give a previously unpleasant character sympathy by showing her as an abuse victim, but others state this was a natural outcome and the series was going to deal with/justify Erina's attitude eventually.
  • Broken Base
    • The title for the official English translation Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. Many hate it for its attempt to be "extreme" in a time when that's frowned upon, while some defend it for being an accurate translationnote .
    • Who's the true female lead - Erina or Megumi Tadakoro? Discussions are often coupled with Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • While some enjoy the Fanservice the series brings to the table (mostly through foodgasms), others don't appreciate the visual eye-candy, and believe the story would be just as popular without having to rely on such gimmicks to bring in fans.
    • The A-block winner of the Fall Classic's preliminary curry challenge. Akira defenders state him being the winner is a given since his Signature Style is creating curry dishes, and having him lose suddenly to amateurs in what he specializes in is unrealistic from a story standpoint. However, Soma supporters argue that while he did lose by a single point, he received the second highest overall score on a dish he had only begun working on for a few days, and is warranted to be a greater overall achievement compared to Akira's winning dish. Lampshaded In-Universe as the judges debate this among themselves.
    • How Subaru wins his match in the Fall Classic main tournament. Some think it's a believable follow-up to his pre-established Signature Style, while others see it as an Ass Pull of massive proportions.
    • The final results of the Fall Classic; the fact a Flashback is used before the judges make their decision in order for readers to sympathize with the winner's motivations didn't sit well with some readers (accusations of the writer rubbing it in against the one fans wanted to win is abound). Additionally, the judges using the criteria of "specialty" to determine the winner is another Ass Pull, when the same method wasn't used anywhere else during the Fall Classic Arc.
    • The outcome of the Tournament Arc ended with a divisive response: many were happy that Akira winning subverts the dreaded Boring Invincible Hero/Underdogs Never Lose clichés, while others complained about how Akira's victory demonstrates an example of Hard Work Hardly Works, which goes directly against Satoshi Isshiki's prior statement about the importance of determination and hard work to reach one's goals.
    • In a similar vein to Subaru, Azami suddenly hijacking the position of director from Senzaemon while backed by more than half of the Council of Ten Mastersnote . Many fans find it hard to believe a group of teenage students, despite being the best chefs in the institution, can have so much authority and power to oust the Tootsuki director easily, but others think it's simply the Absurdly Powerful Student Council trope taken to a logical conclusion, regardless of whether they liked the development. Coupled with Internet Backdraft (see below), the fact that many of the Council of Ten Masters received plenty of hype without much characterization prior to the current arc doesn't help when this event comes out from nowhere, rendering those who support Azami into possible antagonists with little to no build-up.
    • The introduction of non-Council of Ten Masters recruits to Central's ranks added to make up the rest of Azami's faction: either the plot is becoming interesting with a new batch of villains or the story is needlessly Padding itself and stalling the audience by using these recruits as a roadblock before the main cast can settle against the Ten Masters directly. Once again, the same problem with the Ten Masters who sided with Azami arise when these recruits have a single characteristic (thus far) as one-dimensional Jerkasses.
  • Bishonen Jump Syndrome: Many of the male characters are drawn very prettily, such as Takumi, Satoshi and Akira. In the Fall Classic Arc, Isami Aldini not only slims down, but turns into Tall, Dark and Handsome; even Zenji Marui, the resident Butt Monkey Extreme Doormat, is drawn nicely.
  • Crack Pairing: A number of people have jokingly shipped Soma with Fumio Daimidou after Chapter 96 where, in a moment of excitement, the former declared "I love you, Fumio-san!" while hugging the latter.
  • Crazy Awesome: The vast cooking techniques, culinary know-hows, knowledge of food and multiple ingredients and the orgasmic eating. There's a reason why this series is a contender for being Trope Codifier of Food Porn for manga.
  • Creepy Awesome: Subaru, the "King of Stalkers", who often has the expression of a devil, but the fact he's so adept at stalking it rivals or surpasses the level of Yuno Gasai.
  • Double Standard: Nao stalking Erina and Hisako? Played for Laughs; Subaru stalking his competition? Treated very seriously and an In-Universe Nightmare Fuel by the characters.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Some fans weren't pleased to see an angry Ryou Kurokiba intimidating judge Sonoka Kikuchi when she couldn't decide whether his or Akira's dish is better in the Fall Classic. On the other hand, the reaction is justified, since there's a reason why an odd number of judges are on the panel. In-Universe, the audience becomes similarly agitated and want a decision.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse
    • Weekly Shonen Jump has ran a few popularity polls for the characters which make for a handy gauge.
      • Takumi reached fourth place in the first poll and third in the second, placing behind Soma and Erina (and Megumi in the first poll, switching places with her later in the second), despite his minor contributions: one impromptu match against Soma during the "Training Camp" Arc and his loss in the first match of the main tournament to show how good Subaru is.
      • As of the first popularity poll, Shun was placed tenth despite having few lines of dialogue and scenes. Likewise, Akira was placed ninth, even though he's one of the last first-year students to be introduced; he rose to eighth by the second poll.
      • Jerkass alumni Koujirou Shinomiya was ranked fifth in the first poll and seventh in the second even though he's only appeared very briefly during the Training Camp and the Stagiaire Period arcs, which might have come too late for the second poll! Western fans seem to be more receptive to him, to wit his Chou Farci dish is placed second in the dish poll. Above all else, he's the first character to receive the Spin-Off series Shokugeki no Soma: Etoile.
      • Alice Nakiri and Ikumi Mito have gained a noticeable fanbase too, largely from the former being The Ace and The Tease, the latter being Ms. Fanservice, and having occasional Ship Tease with Soma. Both placed among the top ten in each of the character polls to date.
      • Hisako got a boost in popularity post-Stagiaire Period Arc where she and Soma worked well as a team. She placed fifth in the second poll higher than Alice by a single vote, ascending from fourteenth in the first.
      • Honorable mention to Ryou who placed eleventh in the second after barely reaching the top twenty in the first one.
    • The introduction of the remaining Council of Ten Masters members for a "meet-and-greet" drove fans crazy with excitement, particularly with regards to first seat Eishi, a very pretty yet charmingly Adorkable character, and second seat Rindou who gives off a large presence that is mysterious, intimidating and sexy all-in-one packagenote . Reinforced with the "Moon Banquet Festival" Arc where the two get more of the spotlight: Eishi is a supremely confident chef despite being timid otherwise, while Rindou is the friendly mentor-type senior who gives off a Distaff Counterpart vibe to Soma or Jouichirounote .
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Soma/Takumi is the most popular between the Yaoi Fangirls for loads of Foe Yay, Ho Yay, both being handsome, extremely talented and having excellent chemistry.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Some fans (such as this podcast episode of Weekly Manga Recap) have pointed out Central soldier Rentarou Kusunoki's character design to feature this; it includes a headband, orange messy hair, face-tattoos, eyebrow piercing, another tattoo around the wrist, an inverted cross-pendant on the ear that looks too heavy to wear in Real Life, a red chef suit with cross-motifs and Capri pants. Due to his looks, readers on forums have nicknamed him "Hisoka" or "Visual Kei Reject". While some argue it's normal for this genre to feature villains with over-the-top appearances, others points out Rentarou is still a high school student, and it's unlikely a prestigious academy like Tootsuki would be willing to let him go walking around the campus looking as such.
  • Fetish Fuel
    • There's plenty on the girls' side, with lots of Costume Porn, gratuitous Fanservice and foodgasms illustrated in extreme detail.
    • Many of Satoshi's attires for parties, which can pass also as stripper costumes.
    • Gin Doujima's most prominent scene is him naked and stretching... in a Public Bathhouse Scene.
    • Akira provides it with this shot. One page later, readers see Ryou working out very sweaty and showing off his muscular arms.
  • Foe Yay
    • Erina/Soma, fueled by the Irony Erina has a platonic crush on Soma's father Jouichirou.
    • Takumi/Soma, to the point Takumi can't stand Soma having other rivals but him.
    • By the Fall Classic, Akira/Soma
    • Given they had an unsanctioned Shokugeki, Koujirou/Megumi
    • Before the Fall Classic final, shippers also started to do art of Ryou/Akira. Both developed a fierce rivalry during their match and, once they make it to the finale against Soma, they dismissed the latter's relevance as a rival to focus on each other, instead.
    • Chapter 161 gives rise to Tsukasa/Soma.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Erina has looked down on Soma's cooking because he comes from a plebeian background, and doesn't believe in using the highest end ingredients in his food (among other reasons). Though she's not the only person with this mindset, she embodies it the strongest, and a lot of her frustrations regarding Soma revolve around this. With the introduction of her father Azami, it's clear why this is a sore point for her - Azami belittles, embarrasses and insults his daughter and her customers, claiming any who believes high quality ingredients equates to high cuisine is an idiot who shouldn't be served food in the first place. In other words, he's the extremist example of this viewpoint.
    • In Chapter 3, Erina fails Soma on his entrance exam despite her clearly enjoying the dish he served; Soma returns in the following chapter showing his application was accepted as her decision was overruled by Senzaemon himself. It might seem odd the director of a school as prestigious as Tootsuki would take interest in a single student, even if the quality of his dish is good. In Chapter 135, Senzaemon confessed he advised Jouichirou to have Soma apply to Tootsuki; not only did he deliberately ensured Soma would be brought into the student body, but Senzaemon agrees with Jouichirou his son is the one who can change Erina for the better.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: If this poll is any indication, western viewers ranked Megumi higher than Takumi. This is more or less thanks to her being one of the most well-written Shrinking Violet Nice Girls thanks to her Character Development during Training Camp.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Everything about Erina's personality becomes a lot worse because she was basically corrupted by her father into being like this from the start.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At the end of the Training Camp Arc, the Tootsuki Alumni accused Koujirou of attempting to recruit Soma and Megumi to work as interns for his restaurant. Cut to the Stagiaire Period and Soma has to work at Koujirou's restaurant "SHINO's" as the second part of the Stagiaire challenge.
  • Hollywood Law: While the absurdity of the Council of Ten Masters voting Azami into power as director can be Hand Waved by them being an Absurdly Powerful Student Council, the fact this action somehow grants the abusive Azami parental rights over Erina should be impossible. In Real Life, without the presence of a court order, in addition to Azami's personal history, it would be very unlikely. A bunch of teenagers do not have the power to decide such privileges.
  • Ho Yay: Has its own page.
  • Freud Was Right: The characters' reaction to dishes are often orgasmic-like or erotic. The only exceptions are children.
  • Internet Backdraft
    • Making fun of Erina's Out Of Focusness to the story due to the tremendous amount of marketing she received early on started off fun for everyone, but as people began to move past it, it became more of an annoyance for some readers regarding the few that still find time to bash Erina for this case.
    • Some believe the "Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manga" meme has run it course. This is why others started going with the second version of the meme (see below).
    • Revealing the rest of the Council of Ten Masters members, especially Rindou, got most fans hyped, despite many of them not getting enough characterization (sans Erina, Satoshi, Terunori, Eishi and Eizan), as they hardly say a word or showed more sides to their respective personalities. Once Azami appears and is elected as the new director, while backed by members of the Council of Ten Masters, namely those who weren't given enough time for the audience to know about, many readers started abandoning these characters, labeling them as "dead weight" to an established antagonist.
  • It Gets Better: Some viewers were turned off by the anime's first episode featuring a foodgasm with tentacle imagery (due to the medium, it feels more pronounced compared to the manga). The actual story with Soma going to Tootsuki doesn't start until the next episode.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Hayama, Ryou, and Erina are all highly competitive and can be very arrogant and condescending to their peers, yet each of them had a hard time growing up in their own hellish, rough environments. It's hard not to feel at least a little sorry for them.
  • Jerk Sue: Erina is arguably the best cook of the first-years, has god-like sense of taste (hence, "God's Tongue"), beautiful, the granddaughter of Director Senzaemon and part of the Council of Ten Masters, meaning she can virtually do whatever she wants at school and get away with it; rarely does she get called out for anything. Her only "human traits"? She's a Tsundere with a crush on Soma's father. She gets more characterization down the line as a clandestine lover of Shoujo manga used as a bribe by Soma to get her to help taste-test a dish, mellowing out during the Stagiaire Period with Megumi, and looking absolutely horrified after seeing her father's steely gaze for the first time in years.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships
    • Soma, who's been paired with many characters as they are introduced: Erina, Alice, Megumi, Ikumi, Hisako, Takumi, Akira, Ryou, Koujirou, and so on.
    • Koujirou is also becoming this with plenty of Ship Tease with fellow alumni Hinako Inui and Fuyumi Mizuhara, Megumi, Wei Gao, and Grace from the Spin-Off. Also expect pairings with him and Soma or his sous-chef Abel.
    • Megumi is shaping into one, as she is usually paired with Soma, Koujirou, Donato Gotouda, Hinako, Ryou, Isami, etc.
    • Erina, with Soma the most popular, yet girl pairings with Hisako, Nao, Ikumi, and Alice are abundant.
  • Love to Hate: Right from his introduction, Azami garnered a lot of hate because of his elitist views of the culinary world and parental abuse towards Erina. On the other hand, his motivations and personality make him more than just a petty, simplistic villain, given The Reveal he has a history with Soma's father Jouichirou.
    • Eizan slowly built a hated reptuation: while he was already an unpleasant person, following Azami's takeover, Eizan shows his true nature as a blatant cheat who bribes judges just to establish that challenging him to a Shokugeki is useless. Naturally, fans anticipated how and when his downfall took place. Currently, some fans are starting to pity and sympathize with him for the disdain he receives from his Central colleagues.
    • The new Central soldiers immediately irked fans as soon as they are introduced due to loads of Jerkass behavior, to wit Soma and Takumi In-Universe confront them right away. Even thought Ryou was the one who faced Rentarou first, fans collectively celebrated when he won.
  • Memetic Badass: Megumi as a Japanese Delinquent seen during Satoshi's dream sequence in the Training Camp Arc, resulting in a second appearance for a chapter cover art and in an Imagine Spot during her match against Ryou in the Tournament Arc. Since then, the fanbase has been doing fanworks of her as this.
  • Memetic Molester
    • Subaru was instantly pegged a "creepy stalker" by fans long before it was confirmed he is one.
    • Nao stalking Erina and Hisako with binoculars; whereas Subaru does it as part of his strategy for a Shokugeki, Nao's obsession is treated in a more comedic tone...nevermind that she harrasses the girls with countless letters, follows their every move with binoculars and tries to cast curses on whoever approaches them (initially towards Hisako for being closer to Erina, then intended to do so to Soma for working with Hisako, until they bonded).
    • Azami has been labeled the "Pervert Parent" when Erina's attitude is a product of how he brainwashed her by getting her into a dark room with him and hurt her if she refused to do as he says; not helped by the fact that he wants to isolate Erina so he can be the only person she can rely on, stating all this in the creepiest way imaginable. Clearly father of the year material...
  • Memetic Mutation
    • Foodgasm note 
    • Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manganote 
      • Shokugeki no Soma is a (blank) manga.note 
      • (blank) is a (blank) manga.note 
    • Poor turtlenote 
    • Sonzonednote 
    • Shokugeki no Soma: Civil War note 
    • Inadequate Service note 
    • HERE'S AZAMI note 
    • Notice me, Senpainote 
    • Food Nazis note 
  • Moe
  • Narm: It becomes hard to take it seriously when almost everyone who treats Soma like crap breaks out their own little Psychotic Smirk. Yes, we get it, they're assholes.
  • Narm Charm: On the other hand, whenever Soma shows up said assholes, its almost always a Crowning Moment of Awesome; in fact, the entire series runs off this. Its self-aware nature combined with extremely detailed art makes readers forget that Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manga.
  • No Yay: Erina's relationship with her father Azami has extremely uncomfortable overtones; the fact the cover art for Volume 16 of the manga shows her in chains while being held in a suggestive pose highlights this.
    • In a minor scale, while Akira/Jun has a considerable following, people who don't ship them still take in consideration that Jun is basically Akira's surrogate mother. While Akira's loyalty towards her is open to interpretation, all of Jun's interactions with him have been consistently familial.
  • Older Than They Think: An obscure Japanese television show named Delicious Gakuin had a similar premise. The main character is enrolled into a super school of chefs along with two other characters while living at the school dorms, teachers are experts in a particular style of cuisine, cooking duels are big in scale and the protagonist ends up in a match against his father. There are aesthetic differences, the primary one being that Delicious Gakuin is more of a Cast Full of Pretty Boys, while Shokugeki no Soma has Fanservice for both genders, with the latter arguably doing a better job of developing "foodgasms" and explaining insight into general cuisine for casual viewers.
  • One True Threesome
    • Ryou/Akira/Soma after the Fall Classic becomes this when Ryou and Soma start frequenting Akira's place.
    • Another popular one is Soma/Takumi/Isami.
    • By the Moon Banquet Festival, we get Akira/Alice/Ryou, as she gets to drag and boss them around.
    • After the Stagiaire Arc, Erina/Soma/Hisako due to the latter's Character Development toward her viewpoint of Soma.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap
    • Koujirou garnered plenty of hate in his introduction for being portrayed as a Bad Boss Jerkass who was deliberately setting up students to failure during Training Camp, but became much more likable as the series progressed once Character Development started to kick in. He's become so popular he consistently ranks in the top ten for favorite character polls, even garnering a Spin-Off series detailing on his culinary career post-graduation from Tootsuki.
    • Many of Erina's haters started to find her more sympathetic thanks to Characterization Marches On to Defrosting Ice Queen, her friendship with Hisako, the anime showing more of her Adorkable moments and her Up to Eleven Jerkass father returning to Tootsuki, which shows her being genuinely fearful, and showing that she and Alice truly love each other, despite their differences.
    • Officially, Subaru once he helped Soma with his booth in the Moon Banquet Festival and recognized he owed Soma for not letting him quit cooking after their match in the Tournament Arc.
    • While Terunori started as a haughty big-mouth who looked down on the first-years, a sympathetic light was shone when he's Not So Different than Soma during his first-year, acting cocky when in reality he wanted an opportunity to challenge Eishi and win. The fact he's part of the minority who didn't vote for Azami as the new director possibly indicates he's not as initially antagonistic as it seems. He gained more sympathy points when he expressed his disgust at this, to the point of skipping Council meetings out of pure indignation.
    • Fourth Seat Momo Akanegakubo, while still being a Central soldier and supporter of Azami, readers have begun warming up to her because of her Not Good with People personality and social awkwardness making for funny and Adorkable moments.
      • Though Word of God states that she and Rindou were already one of the most popular characters after the introduction of the Elite 10.
  • Sailor Earth: Expect plenty of Fanfics to feature new Tootsuki students who are either New Transfer Students like Soma or someone who has "The Devil's Tongue" as a counterpart/Foil to Erina.
  • Ship Mates
    • Soma/Takumi fans also like pairing Isami/Megumi.
    • Soma/Megumi and Soma/Erina shippers also pair up Ikumi/Kanachi Konishi, Ryou/Alice and Akira/Jun
    • Soma/Erina shippers also ship Takumi/Megumi
    • Soma/Megumi fans also ship Erina/Hisako.
    • The headlining yaoi pairs are Soma/Takumi, Ryou/Akira, Satoshi/Shun
    • Also Soma/Alice and Soma/Erina shippers apply Pair the Spares with Ryou/Megumi as well.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat
    • Soma x "person"
    • On a lower scale, Soma/Alice vs. Ryou/Alice, and another group who also prefer Ryou/Megumi. Akira/Alice has also been added after the Moon Banquet Festival.
    • A very small kerfuffle, but one that exist nontheless, is between those who want to see Ryoko Sakaki be a part of Soma's harem, and those who like to see her with Shun instead.
      • Even in that portion, there's another debate between the Satoshi/Shun and the Shun/Ryoko shippers. In a very minor scale, there's also people who ship Shun/Zenji as well.
    • Soma/Akira vs Ryou/Akira vs Jun/Akira also crops up from time to time.
  • Shipping Goggles
    • Many fans support the Soma/Erina ship because of the latter's hostility towards him can be seen as Unresolved Sexual Tension, but also due to the Irony set to bite Erina back once she discovers Jouichirou is Soma's father.
    • While Soma/Erina shippers dismiss it as a Platonic Life Partners relationship, Soma/Megumi is the runner-up favorite because of their good chemistry and that it's most developed friendship in the series.
    • Isami/Megumi gets a lot of this even though they had only three of these moments: the first one is when Isami took a pause from cutting clean duck meat to ask nicely if Megumi wanted something, only for her to say she was admiring his cutting speed, the second during a brief moment when Isami accepts Yuuki's cheering fans for Megumi's match in the Tournament Arc, and the third when when Isami catches Megumi from falling and helps her lift some heavy boxes.
    • While Akira/Jun shippers love to see their relationship turn into a Teacher/Student Romance, there are people who refute the notion, interpreting their relationship as a familial one, as Jun is technically Akira's adoptive maternal figure.
    • Ryoko teasing Shun and getting him flustered was enough for fans to ship them together.
    • A lot of readers also ship Koujirou/Hinako together because of their interactions as Sempai/Kohai who are always arguing. The fact that Hinako Cannot Spit It Out in Etoile fuels this ship even further.
  • Shown Their Work: There's a great amount of information about various cooking styles, ingredients and recipes used for each dish. Some of them include tempeh (an Indonesian fermented soybean), shalyapin (or Chaliapin) steak, and the concept of live cooking. Naturally, series collaborator Yuki Morisaki is a chef herself.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Minor example from the anime - leaving out Subaru's brief introduction to close out the Fall Election preliminaries. Not only were fans hoping to get a glimpse of an important future character, it ended up leaving anime viewers who haven't read the manga confused as to who got the last spot in the A-Block since Shun and Zenji were deadlocked for fourth place.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Despite the fact he's clearly wearing a male uniform, more than a few people have mistaken eighth seat Terunori for a girl due to his rather delicate facial shape, his large, effeminate-looking eyes and use of a hairclip.
  • The Woobie
    • Megumi: there are times where readers just want to give her a hug for all the negativity she's forced to endure, with a prime example being Koujirou setting her up for expulsion during the Training Camp Arc, despite doing the right thing for her test dish, and for the amount of heckling she receives throughout the Fall Classic Arc for "being in a position she doesn't belong".
    • The turtle from Chapter 73 butchered without hesitation by Hisako while it was alive. It becomes part of a hamburger; Double Standard ensues as readers have already seen plenty of dishes containing other bizarre animal meat (such as monkfish). Also justified by the fact she employs medicinal cooking, which bears its roots in Chinese cuisine where it's customary to use seafood the day it is used to ensure freshness.
    • Akira, Ryou and Erina in Flashbacks as children: Akira is a street kid being mercilessly beaten by a shopkeeper, Ryou has bouts of post traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms accompanied by the phrase "I have to win. If I don't win, I'll die.", and Erina is physically and pyschologically abused by her father as a child in order for him to hone her God's Tongue.
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