The Food Wars! creative team cooks up their take on One Piece with this limited series!
Before I begin, I should say that I do not consider this to be a "crossover." Sure, the formatting shtick of having people transform or strip from ingestive euphoria definitely comes from Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma, but stylistic crossovers aren't enough to make something an actual crossover. This manga consists of two non-canonical stories set 100% within the One Piece universe, specifically within the East Blue. The stories show off Sanji's prowess as a chef. This type of thing can be kinda neat every once and a while--and I know the anime has some filler episodes that play in similar space--since the majority of One Piece focuses more on Sanji's fighting prowess than feir cooking prowess. The first story is set on the Baratie Restaurant before Sanji met the Straw Hats. It involves fem wowing a famous food critic named Savarin. The second story is set after Sanji has joined the Straw Hats and involves Sanji helping a fisherman father prepare a sushi platter for feir daughter's wedding. Both stories involve fem using rare types of seafood which are notorious for being difficult to cook properly. I especially appreciated how the second story actually had fem fail at feir attempts to prepare the Draconic Super-Fillet Salmon the first few times fe tried. And the sorta aloof, off-the-record cooperation between Sanji and Zolo was also kinda entertaining, though I felt that the sob story that led to it was heavyhanded. The food is drawn to look appetizing, but the familiar characters that we know from the canonical manga look a bit off. Which is probably why the artist didn't even try to draw the upper faces for Usopp or Luffy and instead just cut them off at the noses whenever fe drew them. [Reviewed at chapter 2]
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