Publisher: Viz Media
Publication Date: February 2, 2016
Although this volume wasn’t fast-paced, it really didn’t need to be because the tension between Aldini and Mimasaka is incredibly thick. We also have the opportunity, as readers, to become intimate with two characters we didn’t know nearly as well before this volume. Thanks to Subaru Mimasaka’s creeping, a wealth of information about Aldini’s cooking style, personality, and family history are revealed. We also learn a good amount about Subaru himself through his methods to stalk and torment his targets. Unlike previous rivals in this series, Subaru is unique in that he doesn’t have his own style. His involvement in the story line really shakes things up and makes the shokugekis unpredictable because now it truly is hard to tell who is going to win. He breathes fresh life into a series that was beginning to feel a little stale.
For the most part, Soma takes a spot on the back burner in this volume but when he does come back into the limelight, his re-introduction as the focus character is hotly-anticipated. The author did an amazing job building up to a climax in this volume, only to take us on another roller-coaster ride immediately. I can’t believe I have to wait until volume 11 to find out what happens next.
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