'Food Wars' Announces New OVA Short

The quick end of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma's third season may have come as a surprise to fans, but they will have a lot more to look forward to in 2018.

A short OVA (or original video animation) for the series will be included with Volume 29 of the manga's release. Though there are no details, the promo for the OVA depicts Erina Nakiri in casual clothing most likely as she lives her life in the Polar Star Dormitory.

Volume 29 is set to release May 2, 2018 in Japan, and will depict events of the "Promotion Exams" arc. Along with this OVA, fans also can look forward to Season 4 of the anime series in April 2018. The first trailer for the season teases major events of the Promotion Exams Arc, such as Soma's big showdown with Hayama after his siding with Central, which sees the surviving rebels of Totsuki go against the Central's new Elite Ten in a series of even more aggressive challenges to stay in school.

The first key visual for the season teases a somber tone, and further cements the importance of Totsuki's train and snow, which plays a major part in the Promotion Exams arc.

For those unfamiliar with Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, the series was originally created by Yuto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. The story follows Soma Yukihira, a young chef who one days wants to get good enough at cooking to take over his family diner from his father. But when graduates from middle school, his father shuts down his diner and tells Soma to enroll into Totsuki Academy, an elite cooking school where only one percent of students who enroll actually graduate. In order to survive in school and avoid being expelled, Soma eventually has to challenge and defeat any other chef that stands in his way.

The series was first published in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in 2012, and has been collected in 26 volumes. The manga has been licensed for an English language release by Viz Media. It was adapted into an anime series by J.C. staff has has run for 48 episodes across two seasons.