An official preview image of an upcoming issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump revealed a second season of Shokugeki no Soma is in the works — to the surprise of absolutely nobody.
“Anime Maru already posted about this,” remarked Florida native Joel Joestar on Facebook. The comments have a similar feel to them; “Yup, it was just a matter of time after they let the cat out of the bag,” “About time they followed through,” and “C’mon Jojo, post something we didn’t all know already.”
Joel and his friends are not alone: the sentiment echoed by many since the reveal is one of general vindication. Fans were dismayed at the absence of an announcement following the season finale in late September, but readers of the manga all seemed to agree there’s no chance JC Staff would stop there. Fans were later justified by our previous coverage of the Weekly Shonen Jump cover announcement.
For the uninitiated, Shokugeki no Soma is the story of a young but talented chef who is sent to an elite cooking school by his father, where he impresses and overcomes in stunning shounen fashion. The first season ends after the preliminaries of the Autumn Elections, revealing who has won the privilege of competing in the Main Tournament and gaining attention from established figures in the food industry. Readers of the manga will know that the action has only just finished preheating, and the main course is still yet to come!
Shokugeki no Soma rocketed to the top ten of the New York Times best seller list in the US on two occasions, and was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2014. The success of the series has spawned figure sales and other character goods which are also selling well. Fans were excited but unsurprised In October of 2014 when the best selling series earned itself the announcement of an anime adaptation, and those sentiments are exactly what we see this week with the news of a confirmed second season. But come on, we all knew it was coming anyway.