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Chuuka Ichiban!

Chuuka Ichiban!

Synopsis: The story takes place in nineteenth -century China during the Qing dynasty, where the emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictional era called "the age of culinary wars." It was a time when the main chefs with different kitchen styles did their best to improve their skills and become the best chef in China. It is a country where insulting a high -grade chef or playing with cooking can take a person in a prison, and a chef's personality is as good as the usurpation of authority. Chefs compete with each other to gain respect and even power, but also with the risks of losing everything.

China's country has four main regions: Beijing, Szechuan, Shanghai and Guangdong.

The beginning of the story takes place in Szechuan, the place of birth of Mao.

After the death of Mao's mother, father, who was called 'Cuisina Fairy', Mao becomes a super chef to win the title as master chef of his mother's restaurant. However, before taking his mother's house as master chef, he continues to travel to China to learn more about many ways of cooking, hoping to become a legendary chef, just like his mother. During his journey, he meets great friends and fierce rivals who want to challenge him in the field of cooking.

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- Curiosities
- Manga and Products
- Characters
- Summary
- Games, OVAs, Movies
- Meaning
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Anime Names

  • Anime Name: Chuuka Ichiban!
  • Anime Name in Japanese: 中華一番
  • Anime Name in English: Desconhecido
  • Other names: Cooking Master Boy

Production information

  • Producers: Desconhecido
  • Licensors: Desconhecido
  • Studios: Nippon Animation

Anime Information

  • Type: TV
  • Episodes: 52
  • Date: April 27, 1997 - September 13, 1998 - Domingos in 1930 (JST)
  • Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Gourmet
  • Subjects: Unknown
  • Target: Shounen

Anime Reviews

  • note: 7.591
  • Popularity: 7857

Video Trailer/Opening

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Below is the main curiosities of the anime "Chuuka Ichiban!": 

  • Chuuka Ichiban! It is an anime based on the manga of the same name, written by Ethsushi Ogawa.
  • The anime aired for the first time in 1997 and had a total of 26 episodes.
  • The story takes place in China during the Qing Dynasty and follows the journey of Liu Mao Xing, a young chef in search of becoming the best cook in China.
  • The anime is known for its realistic representation of Chinese cuisine, with detailed and accurate cooking dishes and techniques.
  • Chuuka Ichiban! It was one of the first anime to popularize the culinary anime genre, which later inspired other titles such as "Shokugeki on the sum" and "Yakitate !! Japan".
  • The protagonist, Liu Mao Xing, is known for his unique "cooking with fire" ability, where he uses flames to improve the taste and presentation of his dishes.
  • The anime also addresses topics such as friendship, rivalry and overcoming as Liu Mao Xing faces challenges and culinary competitions throughout his journey.
  • Chuuka Ichiban! It was well received in both Japan and internationally, gaining popularity among anime fans and cooking lovers.
  • The anime also generated a sequence titled "Chuuka Ichiban! Kiwami", which aired in 1999 and had 39 episodes.
  • In addition to the anime, Chuuka Ichiban! It was also adapted for a video game game and a live-action movie.
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Main Characters

Below is the main characters of: "Chuuka Ichiban!"With your voice actors and a brief description of the character: 

  • MAO (Fumiko Orikasa) - A young chef talented who dreams of becoming the best cook in China.
  • Leon (Kappei Yamaguchi) - A young cook who is a hand rival and also dreams of becoming the best cook in China.
  • Shirou (Toshiyuki Morikawa) - An experienced chef who is the mentor of Mao and Leon.
  • Meili (Yukana) - A young cook who works at Shirou's restaurant and is a friend of Mao.
  • Fei (Kazuhiko Inoue) - A famous cook who is known as the "King of Flavor" and is one of the judges of the kitchen tournament.

Summary and events

  1. Mao is a young cook who works at a Chinese restaurant in Yokohama.
  2. He is invited to participate in the Chinese cook tournament, where he meets other talented chefs and learns new culinary techniques.
  3. Mao faces challenges and rivals, including the chef of a rival restaurant and a cook who uses forbidden ingredients.
  4. He also deals with personal problems, such as the complicated relationship with his father and the discovery of his true origin.
  5. Mao finally wins the tournament and becomes the best Chinese chef in Japan.
  6. He decides to travel to China to improve his skills and find out more about his culture and cooking history.
  7. There, Mao faces new challenges and meets new friends and rivals, including a chef who becomes his mentor.
  8. Mao eventually returns to Japan and opens his own restaurant, where he continues to impress his customers with his unique and creative cuisine.

What happens in the end?

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Unfortunately, Chuuka Ichiban's manga! It has not yet been finalized, so there is no definitive ending for history. The anime also did not have a sequel to complete the plot.

Games, Movies, OVAs and Specials

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  • Chuuka Ichiban! Super Famicom (SNES)
  • Chuuka Ichiban! 2: Dragon no Evil Heart PlayStation (PS1)

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Meaning of Chuuka Ichiban!

Let's look at the translation of each word and explanation of the anime's name: 

  • 中華 (Chūka) - It means "Chinese cuisine"
  • 一番 (Ichiban) - It means "number one" or "the best".
Explanation of the anime name "中華一番": "中華一番" is an anime that takes place in a world where Chinese cuisine is highly valued. The protagonist, Liu Mao Xing, is a talented young chef who seeks to become the best chef of Chinese cuisine. The anime's name reflects the main character's goal of becoming number one in Chinese cuisine.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Chuuka Ichiban! has a total of 52 episodes. This number may not represent all seasons.
You can watch the anime Chuuka Ichiban! on Crunchyroll, Netflix, or any other streaming site where the work is available. Availability will depend on your current location.
The decision to produce new seasons of the anime Chuuka Ichiban! usually depends on various factors, such as DVD/Blu-ray sales, merchandise, popularity of the original material. This information can be found throughout the page. The anime's popularity reached on "MyAnimeList" the following number of members: 7857