Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma

Ikumi Mito NHML

 

So I watched Food Wars a while ago, and found myself liking it a lot more than I’d expected to. Similarly, I thought Nikumi here would be just eye candy without much character, but she ended up being one of my favorite characters in the whole series (but also eye candy, Food Wars isn’t shy about fanservice).I thought I’d do a lot of Food Wars stuff while I was watching it, but that ended up not happening for one reason or another. I get a second chance now that Nikumi (Soma’s nickname for Ikumi Mito) won the NHML raffle this month. I actually did a handful of sketches of these two together, since I had some old interest in them kicked up again. No promises, but there’s a chance one or two of those might end up fleshed out a bit for future pics (or I might forget about Food Wars altogether again, who knows). Anyway, I picked this one to use for the NHML since it showed off the most of Nimumi’s body, I think, and I hope you all like it.

With this post, NHML nominations for the month of June are now open. For those who don’t know, I’ll run down the rules real quick. Nominations are limited to one per person. You can nominate any female character you want, provided I have not drawn her within the past calendar year (though I prefer characters I’ve never drawn, period). Previous NHML winners are not eligible for a second time. Nominees must also not be from the same franchise as this month’s winner, Food Wars. If you violate any of those rules, I’ll let you know, and you can nominate someone else. I know it can be hard to keep track of these things. You may nominate by either commenting in the cBox, commenting on this post, or emailing me (Nearphotison2010@yahoo.com). I’ll compile a list of the nominees in the sidebar of this site, and then on June 1st I will use a randomizer to select the winning character who I will proceed to draw sometime that month. I look forward to seeing who you all nominate this time around!

Better Than Spice

Fairly recently I watched Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, the erotic cooking anime. As a fanservice show it’s of course packed full of characters I’d be interested in drawing, but one pairing that I was particularly drawn to was Akira Hayama and Professor Jun Shiomi. They’re a great pair if you’re into “opposites attract”, I think. Beyond the obvious color scheme differences (pale brunette and the dark-skin/white hair combo), there’s also a big size difference between them. Hayama is cool and collected, while Jun is nerdy and easily flustered. They’re also a student and teacher pairing, as Hayama is a student of Jun’s, and on top of that Jun is his guardian/mother figure. Jun’s raised Hayama since he was pretty young, training him to be a great cook and spice expert. Hayama’s got a super nose that allows him to pick the perfect spices for cooking, hence the dialogue in this pic.
I really like these two, and would definitely like to draw them again. I’d like to do other Food Wars! pics, too, but we’ll see if that desire sticks.