What Is Inappropriate In Food Wars

Naruto Shippuden, Vol.39 , Chapter 357 : Deidara Vs. Sasuke!! - Naruto ...I'm relatively new to watching Food Wars, about half way through Season 1 at this point, but I am astounded at how it has sucked me in completely. Not to mention how much I want to eat all the food shown, IBS and lactose-intolerance be damned. It also makes me want need to know what's going to happen next in a way that an anime hasn't done in a long, long time. But… will I watch it with my teens? If you read the title of this post, you already know the answer. "Absolutely not." However, I think it's still a good anime for teens to watch! I had an inkling that before approving my Anime & Manga Club request, I should take precursory look at the show. Watching anime is one of my favorite extracurricular things I do as a librarian (besides reading)! The show is listed as PG-13, but I know that anime has a very wide definition of what constitutes that rating. Sitting down to watch the first few episodes, I thought to myself "It's just a cooking anime, how good/bad could it be? I was happily surprised.

One of my favorites is Kill la Kill, after all.

The show continuously delves into intricate cooking techniques, explains flavor profiles, explores different cultures' cuisines, and focuses heavily on the relationship between food and diner. It's actually fairly educational. The characters are well-rounded, and have healthy-ish relationships with each other and are believable. So then why not show it to my teens? Because that previously mentioned culinary education is often animated as the diner experiencing an erotic, borderline raunchy, reaction to the food that is strategically drawn to keep the show within the parameters of the PG-13 rating. The beauty of modern anime is the extremes and artistic liberties they can take with the human experience. Food Wars just takes it way beyond other anime. If you google image search "food wars foodgasm" you'll see the less than mild stuff I'm referencing. In the past, I've tolerated a lot of fan service for the sake of plot. One of my favorites is Kill la Kill, after all. So it takes a lot of fan service to make me uncomfortable, and Food Wars has outdone them all. It may be defined as non-traditional fan service, since it sort of serves a purpose and all people regardless of age, gender, or body type are subject to being animated in a foodgasm scene, but it's fan service.

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I couldn't justify watching it with my teenagers, especially since some of them don't understand what the show is implying, and I'm not there to educate them (although I have done sex ed programs in the past). This isn't to say that we haven't watched anime without fan service, Soul Eater comes to mind readily, but it goes to show how much of it I can reasonably ignore for the sake of responsibly entertaining my teens. Food Wars fan service is durationally much longer and involved than traditional fan service, which usually consists of a pose or a moment in the plot. My general guidelines for showing an anime that has fan service is that, if an adult comes in, which they often do because I share the space with our Art Gallery, will they report me to my director/supervisor for showing something inappropriate to my teens? Will the patrons complain that the anime sounds inappropriate (remember how in Food Wars the voice actors put on aroused tones).

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This is largely why I have established the policy of looking up ratings and pre-watching any show unfamiliar show suggestions. All that being said… I still think has some mighty redeeming qualities, and ones that I wish other anime/manga would take into consideration, so I absolutely still recommend it for teens to watch on their own or to borrow the manga from the library. One of the main reasons I keep watching the show, and why it's important for teens to watch it too, is the main character of Soma Yukihira. While Soma is often portrayed as oblivious to the obnoxious barbs of his peers at Totsuki, that doesn't stop him from being a courteous competitor. He acknowledges his classmates' strengths without overly boasting about his own, only focusing on how he can perform his best. He is a subversive, gentler male character when compared to the toxic masculinity often presented in anime, and someone that doesn't seem to care about being perceived a certain way, other than being known as a good cook. That's the kind of character I'd like my teens to watch and (hopefully) emulate. This anime doesn't shy away from letting its characters fail, even Soma, which adds a heightened sense of drama and suspension. Paired with the pacing of the show, Food Wars doesn't follow a cut and dry formula, like other Topic Animes do, like say Yu-Gi-Oh or Gurren Lagann.

Most anime predictably works around the premise that the protagonist will succeed- it's the good ones that keep you in suspense of how that end goal will be accomplished. It's the even better ones that let their protagonists fail in meaningful ways that last more than an episode. One of the characters who seems in a perpetual free fall is Megumi Tadokoro. Sweet, caring, and considerate, she is suffering from a major case of Imposter Syndrome Yet because of the rigorous demands set at Totsuki. She manages to keep on trying and persevering through the show, tackling challenges in her own humble way. She is a character that doesn't seem to be affecting her emotions in a manipulative or punitive way either, she's genuinely anxious. The show even delves into other characters helping her through her anxiety without othering her because of her mentality. Whether she's an anxious person because of the stress of school, or if that's just how she is, the show does a good job of portraying a teen with anxiety that has friends. Often in anime, and even in our Westernized shows, people with anxiety are shown to be loners, and more readily coded as "socially awkward" or "shy" by creators. Food Wars is different. In the end, my club watched Your Lie in April instead. They were bummed, but not surprised with my decision (especially the ones who were already familiar with the anime). I still plan on purchasing the manga for the collection though. Has there ever been an anime in your library you weren't comfortable showing?

And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious.

Cosenza Comics- Cosplayer Scott Shelly ( Hangul:셸리 ) is one of the female protagonists in the webtoon. She begins a one-sided relationship with Jay at the start of the series but as the story progress they have a mutual crush on each other and as of chapter 378 they are in a relationship. Shelly is the only female member of the Humming Bird Crew. Because she stayed at England before coming to Korea her personality is perceived as very headstrong. She does not like it when people talk badly about her friends, especially Jay. Shelly also has a lot of stamina and strength, she can keep up with the group's pace when racing and can actually send people flying with her punch (Although that may be for comedic reasons) but never got into the street fights with the guys of the crew. When she was hit on in her first appearance on the series she refused with a lot of sass. Mia described her as someone who can confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Although her words are harsh, it is because she never sugar coated her words with her friends. And with Jay, Shelly is very clingy and flirtatious. She has very foreign features: pale skin, her eyes actually look more mint green in color than blue, blond wavy hair. It is known later in the series that she has a tattoo in the side of her arm near the wrist that reads out "temet nosce" or "Know Thyself". At school she wears her uniform usually without the red vest and both wears the skirt and pants.

She is often seen wearing high-end brand clothing, but also occasionally wearing street wear and tomboyish clothes. When riding her bike, she usually wears a jacket and helmet with the same color as her eyes or the Hummingbird crew's hood. She is tall, with long thin legs, a small waist and a bigger bust. Not much is known about Shelly, but it is established that she is from England and she requested to transfer to Sunny High School because of Jay. It was told in an early episode (Ep. 27) that she will be in Korea for one semester. Shelly is the granddaughter of Sunny High School's principal, Nick. When Shelly was a kid, she didn't want to get married and promised Nick that she will just live with him forever, which caused Nick to think that Shelly is not interested to guys until she got interested in Jay. That also caused the over protectiveness of her grandfather. Jay saw what happened and chased the thieves to get her purse back. She refused on taking him to the hospital but Jay refused. She picked up his student ID that had fallen to the ground and, motivated by her encounter with Jay, called her grandfather, asking him to let her attend Sunny High School. Her second meeting with Jay was in their classroom. She kissed him out of the blue and the gossip that Shelly and Jay were in a relationship quickly spread around the school.

39;ll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed.

When Jay, Dom and Minu got suspended, Shelly visited them and scolded Dom and Minu badly about how Jay got caught with their actions. Jay got pissed and told her to screw off, she ended up crying and running away. When Jay was about to say sorry, he got a pink rose from Minu, saying that he should give it to her. He couldn't and Shelly went on saying that she'll forgive him if he became her boyfriend for a week and Jay agreed. She joined Hummingbird as the only female on the team, she continued to flirt with Jay and when Jay was teaching Mia how to ride a bike, she kept on intervening and wanting him to teach her even though she knows how. On a special episode, Shelly was seen riding a bike in Jay's neighborhood. Minu and Kay noticed her, Kay was thinking of who might Shelly go out with and ended up being shocked that it was his brother. In the last scene, Jay and Shelly are resting after riding their bike together, and she comments that Jay suits biking more than studying. The Preliminaries for the League of Street has started, only Dom and Jay were able to race at the first two rounds. After that, they found out that Jay's birthday was near and planned to celebrate it. She didn't showed up at school on his birthday because she was the one who prepared the gift that they got for him.

When the boys with the worried June except Jay planned to give Jay a strong alcoholic drink, they didn't expect Shelly to drink it, thinking it was juice. They are dumb-founded and later on, a drunk Shelly came closer to Jay and told her how she was hurt by his actions and proceeding to kiss him the second time. They pulled Shelly of Jay who was already littered with kiss marks. Mia was the one who brought Shelly home, when she was sober enough, Mia asked her if she liked Jay which she answered yes. Mia told her how she envied her for being able to confidently express her thoughts and feelings. Shelly answered that she doesn't understand Mia's concern and told her an advice to start believing in herself more and learning to love herself. This pushed Mia to contact the modeling agency that reached out to her. Before the race, Shelly was being hit on by a member of the Bullet Crew who will be racing against them. The glasses guy kept on hitting on her even when she's denying him. Vinny came to her rescue and punched the guy when he didn't stop.

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