Yukihira Soma: Success Born From Failure
As much as Anime can be entertaining and exciting to most, if not all its audience, it also has the underrated ability to
inspire its viewers to act upon the things they’ve always aspired to accomplish in the real world. Even though it lacks
the Authentic and Realistic nature other forms of media may possess such as Movies, Tv shows, Games and Music, it
still does a fine job of portraying some form of Philosophy while at the same time endeavors to entertain one in a Cool or
Goofy way. There are many animes that fall into this category such as Naruto Shippuden, History’s Strongest Disciple
Kenichi, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood, Death Note, Parasyte the Maxim, and many more. Check out my post on Top 5
animes that will change your life in 2018 to have a feel of what I’m saying. However, the issue with these kinds of animes is
the fact that the conditions set before the protagonist are most times nearly impossible to conceive which makes it seem
unbelievable and dismissible to the eyes of viewers (especially new anime watchers).
That is why I have decided to use the character called Yukihira Soma from the anime Shokugeki no Soma to prove my
theory on how a failure can become a successful figure in the real world by analyzing he’s Persona based on three
criteria’s which include;
He’s Normal Nature
He’s Risk taking Habits
He’s Constant Self-Improvement
He’s Normal Nature
If you’ve seen the anime Shokugeki no Soma (which I strongly suggest you do if you haven’t!), then you’ll know exactly what I
mean when I say Yukihira Soma has a normal nature like everyone else. But for the sake of non-anime watchers, I will explain
further so nobody feels left out. You see, just like you and I, Yukihira Soma was born a normal boy with no lucky star over he’s
head. He wasn’t brought up in the best household nor did he get the best training needed to become the great chef (at Totsuki
Academy) he is today. Unlike his peers e.g. the Nakiri’s or the Aladini’s who have trained under Elite Restaurants or use
Sophisticated Equipment’s & Techniques while cooking, Soma continues to excel as one of the best students at Totsuki
Academy by making use of rudimentary equipment’s and resourceful cooking skills he learned from a common Diner.
Unfortunately, most people believe that in order to become successful in life, you must first possess Special or
Distinguished qualities that can aid you along your journey which often comes in the form of “Luck” or “Talent”. Usually.
you hear people voice out complaints such as “If I were lucky as him” or “If I were as talented as her” then I will be
Well, I’m happy to tell you that Success is not a Right nor a Belonging that is passed-on or given as a Title or crown.
Anyone and Everyone (Endowed, Normal and Unfortunate) has the latent ability to become successful in life and that
ability is simply Hard work. If you want to become successful at anything, you must be willing to work your Ass off
because Hard work always beats Talent & luck in any given case. The reason Yukihira Soma often comes out victorious in
most Food contest isn’t because he’s talented or lucky rather, he’s always willing to work harder than he’s opponents who
often rely on their various Gifts while competing (example the Umami Tight Rope battle between Hanyama Akira and
Yukihira Soma). In other words, if you want to be successful as Yukihira Soma, you must work hard like any Normal
Person would and not hope for something magical or unreliable as Luck or talent.
Even though Hard work is a major factor of Success, it’s still not the only thing that guarantees victory in one’s life and
that’s because we could learn a thing or two from Yukihira Soma’s Risk Taking Habit.
He’s Risk-Taking Habits.
Now I’m sure everyone is aware that most, if not all world leaders or successful entrepreneurs would never have made it to the top
without taking some sort of “Risk” along the way. Right from the very famous Bill Gates (who took a risk & dropped out of
college to start a multi-billion-dollar company called Microsoft) to the most recent Justin Kan (founder of Twitch who took a
risk of live streaming he’s daily life which eventually grew to dominate the online game streaming platforms), have all gambled in
some way or another to achieve that, which some have yet to phantom (Success). Well, the same could be said and seen in the
life of a normal anime character called Yukihira Soma. Each time Soma participated in a food battle, he always found the need
to take his dishes a step further by taking drastic measures in order to impress the judges
. A very good example is shown in the Final Episode of Season 4 in the the scuffle between Kinkuni Nene and Yukihira
Soma. Even though Kinukuni made the perfect Soba noodles that couldn’t be beaten, Soma was still able to prepare an amazing
dish that blew hers out of the park and that’s simply because he did the unthinkable by taking a risk of using a different
flour that wasn’t necessary for the preparation of Soba.
Look, taking a risk is not an easy thing to do. As a matter of fact, it’s unnatural for anyone to willingly put themselves in
danger. However, that’s what you need in order to be successful & that’s because you’re willing to take the route that no
one else dares to embark on. So, if there’s anything stopping you from taking that next step towards achieving your goals
in life, remember this quote “The greater the Risk, the greater the Reward”.
But the final nail in the coffin, that doesn’t just make one successful but keeps you on the right track of success is the
relentless need for self-improvement just like Yukihira Soma!
He’s Constant Self-Improvement
If you’ve read up to this point, you might be wondering why I used the words “Success born from Failure” to describe the
Icon called Yukihira Soma, despite stating he’s numerous accomplishments earlier on. Well in case you didn’t know, Soma
has tasted his fair share of defeat countless times (499 times to be precise) by the hands of the great Saiba Joichiro (he’s
Father). At a young age, Soma often challenged his dad to countless food battles and each time, he lost miserably thanks to the
Age difference and Years of experience separating the two. However, the remarkable thing about this ordeal isn’t the
numerous times Soma lost to his dad but he’s endless need for improvement after each loss.
You see, Yukirhra Soma wasn’t competing for the sole purpose of beating his father but he wanted to expand his
cooking knowledge by tasting different dishes that were prepared by his dad each time he lost. This phenomenon is
commonly referred to as Growth in the real world. Saiba Joichiro made him grow (Yukihira Soma) by Competing with him
thereby Exposing him to different cooking techniques and styles which improved his cooking skills over time. That’s why Soma
was a Beast when he got to Totsuki Academy. Even though he was a transfer student who had no previous knowledge of
the culinary arts, he was still able to destroy his opponents because he had experienced many styles of cooking prior to
his enrollment in the academy and it’s all thanks to the 499 times he was defeated by Saiba Joichiro.
So, what am I Saying?
To be successful, you must be willing to Grow and to experience growth, one must be keen on trying “New” and
“Different” things constantly no matter how uncomfortable, stressful, and scary the task may seem. Stepping out of your
comfort zone is not easy but it’s the most important thing needed to attain success in one’s life because you learn more
about yourself in terms of your Strengths and Weaknesses and with that knowledge, you become creative and confident
when dealing with challenges in any situation just like Yukihira Soma does every time.
My Final Thoughts
It feels so amazing to know that characters such as Yukihira Soma, who don’t exist in the real world can have a major impact
in your life. With the number of Challenges thrown at you every day, it becomes a relief to realize those that entertain you can
also lend you tips on solving problems that plague you in the real world. Most of us who yearn for success quit along the way for
numerous reasons like fear of having little or no Talent, fear of taking necessary Risks (which is quite normal) and worst of
them all, the fear of Failing. Moreover, since I’m human and I also exist in the real world, I occasionally face some of these fears
that can keep one from reaching their goals. However, to break free from these shackles, I always go back to those anime
characters like Yukihira Soma, that inspire me with their Wits and Guts, to overcome the trials and tribulations that I face along
my own journey of success.
But let me know what you think about all of this. Do you think that anime characters like Yukihira Soma, from their actions,
can inspire one to become successful in the real world or its nothing but a work of fiction and has no place or jurisdiction in
the real world? Also, if you watch anime, I will love to know who your most Inspirational anime character is. Is it Yukihira
Soma or perhaps someone much better than him? Let it all out it in the comments below.
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