This week for Sensate Saturday I’ve got another Quick Review. It’s Nobunaga no Chef by Nishimura Mitsuru!
Plot Synopsis: Ken is a modern-day chef who wakes up one morning in war-torn 16th century Japan. Faced with an impossible situation, he does what he does best â€“ he cooks. Soon, word of his wonderful food reaches the capital, and the ears of warlord Oda Nobunaga, who immediately orders Ken to cook for him…
Plot: The plot is pretty awesome, I’ll be the first to admit that this rose pretty quickly towards the top of my reading list after I read this first chapter. Personally this is a lot like Shokugeki no Soma except without the food porn connotations and the blatant fan service.
Characters: If you know anything about Japanese History you’ll be aware that Oda Nobunaga is probably the biggest wild card in Japan’s history. He had a history of doing things completely out of the blue for seemingly no reason whatsoever. He also was known to be one of the most brutal warlords in Japanese History. Ken on the other hand is a rather cool tempered guy who doesn’t really care so long as he gets to cook. I enjoy him. My favorite side character is Natsu, but the reasons why would be spoiling.
Art: The art is excellent, frankly I’d put this up there with some of the best, not the absolute best, but it’s in the top 100 easily. It’s not even published by Shueisha either, which was a bit of a shock to me, but it’s their loss, because this looks to be an amazing series.
Overall: If you like food and/or history you have to read Nobunaga no Chef.
For those who like: History, Time Travel, Fiction, Cooking, Awesome Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Excellent Artwork.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.