Manga for Foodies By Deb Aoki
Eat For Your Life!
Chow Down Champs
King of Extreme Cooking
By Shigeru Tsuchiyama
Digital Manga Publishing
Gluttony and gastronomy mix in this trio of manga by Shigeru Tsuchiyama. Eat for Your Life! follows the adventures of an office worker whose taste for good food is often greater than his paycheck. He soon discovers the world of competitive eating, where overeating athletes go head-to-head to eat fast and eat a lot to gain fame and fortune.
Chow Down Champs is about competitive eating at the high school level, where teens with big appetites compete for glory against high schools throughout Japan. King of Extreme Cooking features a traveling chef who swoops into struggling restaurants to give them a taste of new ideas and recipes for success.
While all three are digital-only releases, they're fast, fun reads that leave you hungry for more (and for ramen and pork cutlet too!)
The story is where it really shines though, competitive eating was never a sport (? is it really a sport??) I’ve had an interest in. Hell I’ll be honest and admit the only time I’ve ever heard about it is in TV series where it’s used in murder mysteries, such as Bones or Diagnosis M.So for this was a refreshing voyage, a new plot for me to get into without feeling like i know what’s going on all the time, I found this invigorating and exciting. I find I’m actually really looking forward to the subsequent volumes, and i do hope this gets a print release as I’d love to have a print copy on my shelf.
This was a surprisingly fast read, I was rather surprised when I reached the end of the first volume since I felt like no time had passed at all* and that's a good sign. The pacing was rather quick, both for the actual contests, thank goodness considering how each eating contest Ohara finds himself in is under an hour long, and for the story in general, it wastes no time introducing Ohara to the world of competitive eating and finding him a mentor for it. ...It's not silly or goofy but it is rather light-hearted and just has fun with the whole idea, which paired with the quick pace makes it much more of a fun read than I expected.