Chuuka Ichiban!

Synonyms: Cooking Master Boy
Japanese: 中華一番
Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 27, 1997 to Sep 13, 1998
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Nippon Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Shounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
Score: 7.69 (scored by 4,003 users)
Ranked: #1078
Popularity: #3161
Members: 8,413
Favorites: 66

Description of Chuuka Ichiban!

The story takes place in 19th century China during the Qing Dynasty, where the Emperor was weakened and the country was close to chaos. It is also during a fictitious era called "The Era of the Cooking Wars". It was an era in which top chefs with different cooking styles tried their best to improve their skills and to become the best chef in China. It is a country where insulting a high-grade chef or fooling around with cooking could land a person in a jail, and impersonating a top-chef is as good as usurpation of authority. Chefs compete with each other in order to gain respect and even power, but also with the risks of losing everything.

The country of China has four major regions: Beijing, Szechuan, Shanghai, and Guangdong.

The beginning of the story takes place in Szechuan, Mao's birthplace.

After the death of Mao's mother, Pai, who was called the 'Fairy of Cuisine', Mao becomes a Super Chef in order to take the title as Master Chef of his mother's restaurant. However, before he takes his mother's place as Master Chef, he continues to travel China in order to learn more of the many ways of cooking, in the hopes of becoming a legendary chef, just like his mother. During his journey, he meets great friends and fierce rivals who wish to challenge him in the field of cooking.

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List of Characters and Actors

Okiayu, Ryotaro
Hong, Lan Fei
Canna, Nobutoshi
Li Wen
Tanaka, Mayumi
Mao Hsing, Liu
Yukino, Satsuki
Mei Li
Yanaka, Hiroshi
Xi Er
Sakamoto, Chika
Zhi Lao


List of Staffs

Annou, Masami
Hanyuu, Naoyasu
Episode Director, Storyboard
Kagawa, Yutaka
Episode Director, Storyboard
Koshi, Shigeo
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takamura, Akira
Episode Director, Storyboard
Fukushima, Hiroyuki
Hiramatsu, Tadashi
Theme Song Performance
Komatsu, Miho
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Composition
Sakai, Izumi
Theme Song Performance
Kishi, Yoshiyuki
Character Design
Maruyama, Kouichi
Animation Director
Ninomiya, Tsuneo
Character Design
Ogawa, Etsushi
Original Creator
Takahashi, Eikichi
Animation Director
Taniguchi, Moriyasu
Animation Director
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Key Animation