i guess this is a post telling u all to read hells kitchen, a manga that is, in fact, totally unrelated to the television show featuring gordon ramsey
the protagonist of hells kitchen is a third year middle school student called satoru moriya. an exceedingly average individual, he’s not particularly good or particularly bad at anything at all. he gives up on things before he even starts if he thinks it cant be done–from sports activities and math problems to confessing to the girl he likes.
then theres dogma, a demon known throughout hell as the earl of poor eating–hes garnered his reputation by being notorious for spicing his food with deadly poisons and devouring the souls of talented chefs. hes someone who thinks “dying while eating something delicious would be a fitting death”. hes begun to find the souls of human chefs unsatisfying–that theyre all washed out with arrogance and greed, with no talent to savour.
so what does dogma do??? he picks himself a human who he resolves to turn into “a true chef”–poor moriya is the one he ended up choosing.
moriya is pretty resistant to this at first, considering dogma fully intends to devour his soul once it reaches the height of its maturity and skill–but he finds himself slowly beginning to enjoy the cooking dogma teaches him, finds himself relishing the happiness others feel as they eat the food he works so hard to make. its a feeling hes never had before, a pride in something hes managed to create himself
so he ends up going to some super elite cooking school and shit is like something out of a sports manga but its just Really Intense Cooking
romance isnt really a big thing in the series at all–yeah, moriyas got a crush on a girl from his middle school, but they dont see each other much and its not thrown in your face. there are a few side things where other people take a liking to moriya in a romantic sense, but it doesnt actively go anywhere
most of it is moriya slowly becoming confident in himself and who he is and find out what he wants to do. he makes friends! he finally has something hes good at! for the first time, he wants to work hard and get better at what he does!
reasons why you should read hells kitchen
well written characters who are easy to understand and empathize with
there isnt much of a plot outside Intense Cooking until chapter 20 or so when the Worst Character Ever shows up and creeps on everyone hes gross and wants to prove that cooking is useless and artificial food is The Way To Go
literally fuck off
anyway great characters LOTS OF FEMALE CHARACTERS
the female-male character ratio is pretty balanced out i think though not all the girls play a big part (sadly)
potential reasons why you shouldnt
food. so much food
theres food everywhere
reading it makes me so hungry
there are a few gendered/sexuality based slurs but tbh im pretty sure the translator is the one who did that and not the mangaka :^\