Cooking Master Boy TV Anime Unleashes Culinary Battle in October

Main cast, key visual, and new trailer revealed for upcoming adaptation based on gourmet manga by Etsushi Ogawa

A key visual featuring Mao and his friends and rivals, the main characters of the Shin Chuka Ichiban! TV anime.


Shin Chūka Ichiban! ("The True Best Cuisine in China!", also known in English as Cooking Master Boy), an upcoming TV anime based on the gourmet battle manga by Etsushi Ogawa, has served up a heaping helping of new info, including a new key visual (above), a new trailer (below), the main cast, the OP / ED theme song performers, and the Japanese broadcast schedule.


The main cast for Shin Chūka Ichiban! includes:


  • Natsumi Fujiwara a Mao.
  • Ai Kayano as Mei Li.
  • Yukiyo Fujii as Zhi Lao.
  • Yuichi Nakamura as Xi Er.
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Li Wen.
  • Junya Enoki as Fei.
  • Yoshimitsu Shimomaya as Chouyu.
  • Shinpachi Tsuji as Ruoh.
  • Keiichi Nakagawa as Shouan.
  • And Yūko Kaida as Shan.


The opening theme, entitled "Kofuku-ron", is performed by Qaijff, while the ending theme, entitled "Paradigm Shift", is performed by Brian the Sun. 



The original manga Shin Chūka Ichiban! is serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine. The story follows Mao, a young man who journeys across 19th century China in an effort to perfect his culinary skills and to inherit the title of Master Chef from his late mother. In this latest installment, Mao contends with the Underground Cooking Society, a villainous organization seeking to control people through food, and searches for the Legendary Cooking Utensils, a series of 8 implements forged from a fallen meteorite that are said to protect the world of Chinese cuisine.


The main characters of gourmet TV anime Shin Chuka Ichiban! pose in front of a Buddhist temple.


The Shin Chūka Ichiban! TV anime is directed by Itsuro Kawasaki and features animation production by NAS with cooperation by Production I.G. The series will broadcast in Japan as part of the Mainichi Broadcasting System / Tokyo Broadcasting System / BS-TBS "Animeism" according to the following TV schedule:

  • Tokyo Broadcasting System: every Friday during the 26:25 time slot beginning on October 11, 2019.
  • Mainichi Broadcasting System: every Friday during the 26:25 time slot beginning on October 11, 2019.
  • BS-TBS: every Saturday during the 25:30 time slot beginning on October 12, 2019.

Please note that some Japanese TV schedules count early-morning programming as late-night programming of the previous day, so for example the 26:25 time slot on Friday evening is actually on Saturday morning at 1:25am JST.





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