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Food, Food and more food!! How to describe a anime like Food Wars? Well it’s like watching an anime of Gordon Ramsay on crack. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is a new anime with only a few episodes out. But I have never seen anything like it. I was really excited to watch it because yeah, well, I have never seen or heard of an anime where the main plot is about the food business in Japan.
For me, who lives in Tokyo, it is really fun to see it in an anime style. Your mind will wonder a little about what the food business is like and the families who own restaurants. I can promise your mind will totally be blown away, just watch the first episode and you’ll see.
Take a look into my list of recommendations for similar anime like Food Wars and you will hopefully get some great tips for great anime.
Similar Anime to Shokugeki no Soma / Similar Anime to Food Wars
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 9, 2011 – December 25, 2011
Sato Yo is a high school student who loves SEGA games. One day he goes to a grocery store to buy some food and when he tries to take a bento box, he loses conciousness. He wakes up and realize all the bento have been sold out. He quickly notices that a war game is going on at the grocery stores. Players called Wolves compete for half-priced bento. The leader, Yarizui Sen forces Yo to join her club, Half-Pricer Club, and enters the bento war.
Similarities between both anime are the genre and the story, which revolves around food. Ben-To focuses more on the comedy and it sure is a funny anime. It doesn't have a lot of focus on storytelling or seriousness, but that doesn’t make it less enjoyable. A great and fun anime about food.
2. Gourmeet Girl Graffiti (Koufuku Graffiti)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 9, 2015 – March 27, 2015
Koufuku Graffiti is about Ryou, a middle school girl who lives on her own. Her skill is being very good at cooking and makes friends through her tasty meals. The anime revolves around food and how tasty Ryou’s meals are.
It’s similar to Food Wars because of the story about food and the main protagonist who learns how to cook delicious meals. But it's also similar because of the so called food porn that happens in the anime because of the ecchi theme that is expressed in the anime, showing how they eat these delicious foods.
Koufuku Graffiti Trailer
- Episodes: 147
- Aired: April 3, 2011 – March 30, 2014
Toriko is a hunter of very important and precious food. He is often hired by restaurants and the rich. A man with skills far greater than any regular man, he captures evasive and rare animals to complete his ultimate dinner course. The anime is set in a world where the taste and texture of meals are very important.
Both anime are similar in cooking and how the story revolves around food. In Food Wars they have fights by cooking their food. In Toriko, it’s martial arts fighting. But even so, they are two very similar anime that I recommend.
Any Animes Like Food Wars / Any Animes Like Shokugeki no Soma ?
4.Freshly Baked!! Ja-pan (Yakitate!! Japan)
- Episodes: 69
- Aired: October 12, 2004 – March 14, 2006
The story is about Azuma Kazuma who became obsessed with bread when he was 6 years old. His sister wanted the family to have bread for breakfast, but their grandfather refused and only wanted his natto, miso soup and rice. Kazuma agrees with his grandfather and there wasn’t anything more to it. Later his sister kidnaps him and shows him a bread store where it turns out that Kazuma has the magical Hands of the Sun. This means he is suited to make bread and goes into the bread making business.
Both anime focus on food. The only difference is that Food Wars focuses on whole meals while Freshly Baked!! focuses on bread. They both have detailed explanations on how the food is made and also have food battles.
Yakitate!! Japan Trailer
5. Cooking Master Boy (Chuuka Ichiban!)
- Episodes: 52
- Aired: April 27, 1997 – September 13, 1998
The anime takes place in 19th century China. It’s an era where the country was close to chaos. Also in an era called The Era of Cooking Wars. This era was about competing to become the best chef in China. The chefs compete against each other in order to gain respect and power.
The similarities with both anime are about food and chefs. Also, the way the characters in the shows react to the food are exaggerated. But as in Food Wars, these over the top scenes are very fun to watch. What also makes them similar are the young boys who are very good at cooking and strive to be the best.
Cooking Master Boy OP
6. Dream-colored Pastry Chef (Yumeiro Patissiere)
- Episodes: 50
- Aired: October 4, 2009 – September 26, 2010
Ichigo Amano is 14 years old and a incredibly clumsy girl. It seems like she can’t do anything right, except eating cakes. At a Sweets Festival, she meets Henri Sensei who learns about her ability of taste and invites her to transfer to St. Marie Academy to become a respected patisserie.
Both anime are about school life, cooking and baking food. They’re similar because of the training both protagonists go through to become better at what they do. Both anime also have explanations for how the food is made, and they also share the same genre of comedy.
Dream-colored Pastry Chef Trailer
Now, anime like Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is something that really is completely new for me. Even though it has been something very different from what I am used too, it has been a really fun and interesting experience. I really love these kind of anime because you get to see a little more than just the your regular noodles and rice that they usually show all the time in anime like Naruto. It was a really fun experience because of the crazy way the food was enjoyed in the anime. Also because of the regular over the top comedy you have in anime. It is fun to watch something that revolves around everyday life instead of humans, monsters, etc., with over the top superpowers.
I hope you guys got inspired to check out some of the recommendations and be sure to check out Food Wars. Because all the anime I have mention, I can definitely say that Food Wars is my absolute favorite cooking anime. I promise it will really surprise you.