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A Chef of Nobunaga

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Written by  Mitsuru Nishimura
Published by  Houbunsha
Original run  March 2011 – present
Originally published  March 2011
Adaptations  A Chef of Nobunaga
Magazine  Weekly Manga Times
Illustrated by  Takuro Kajikawa
Demographic  Seinen
Volumes  16
Author  Mitsuru Nishimura
Genre  Historical drama
Music by  Yoshihiro Ike
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A Chef of Nobunaga (Japanese: 信長のシェフ, Hepburn: Nobunaga no Shefu) is a Japanese manga series written by Mitsuru Nishimura and illustrated by Takuro Kajikawa. It was noted to be adapted into a Japanese television drama series in January 2013.


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A young chef named Ken (ケン) is mysteriously transported to the Sengoku period and he also loses most of his memories. He is thrown in the midst of a battle between soldiers, and, as both sides think he is a spy, they hunt him down. During his escape, Ken meets Natsu (), a young blacksmith girl. Because of his cooking abilities, Ken is soon recruited as personal chef of Oda Nobunaga.

Heisei Era

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  • Ken’ichirou “Ken” (Yūta Tamamori)
  • When transported into the Sengoku Era, Ken lost all memories pertaining to his time period. He only remembers how to cook and the history of ingredients and persons. He falls in love with Natsu as the story progresses. He is one of the three people from the Heisei Era to come to Sengoku Era.
  • He is a genius chef of Nobunaga, who can cook anything from Ming (Chinese) style to Portuguese style. He can cook anything the person asks and create new menus every time. He can make ingredients from scratch. Many ingredients he uses were not known during the time.
  • Youko (Kashii Yu)
  • She is the last and only person, other than Ken, to have escaped in chapter 1. She was once Ken’s lover during the Heisei Era.
  • She specializes in sweets.
  • Sengoku and Azuchi–Momoyama Eras

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  • Oda Nobunaga (Mitsuhiro Oikawa)
  • Natsu (Mirai Shida)
  • She is the person who found Ken during his escape in chapter 1. Dressed as a male, she is a blacksmith that makes Ken’s knives. She falls in love with Ken but is heartbroken when she learns about his past with Youko.
  • Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Gori)
  • Mori Yoshinari (Takashi Ukaji)
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu (Takanori Takeyama)
  • Ashikaga Yoshiaki (Bokuzō Masana)
  • Kaede (Sei Ashina)
  • Drama

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    The nine-episode first season of the drama was broadcast on TV Asahi between January 11, to March 15, 2013. A second season, consisting of eight episodes, aired also on the same network from July 10, to September 4, 2014.


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    Several volumes of A Chef of Nobunaga have been featured on Oricon's weekly chart of the best-selling manga; volumes 6, 8, 9 and 12 have reached the top 30, while volume 10 reached the 15th spot. The manga has been nominated for Angoulême International Comics Festival's Best Comic.

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