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「『玉』[ぎょく]の世代」 (“Gyoku” no Sedai)
“The Generation of Prodigies”

I think that’s the first time Shokugeki no Souma has killed an animal live on-screen. And the butcher wasn’t Ikumi but Hisako! Who would’ve thought that she would use a live turtle in her burger? I think I’m more amazed by the fact that they would even animate that than the actual act of turning a turtle into a burger. Certainly not for the light-hearted viewer, but at least you only see the blood and not the full butchering act. Killing any animal on-screen is upsetting to see, but a lot of chefs will do that as part of the “art” or “performance” of cooking in front of an audience. It’s not common where I live so the only live animal I’ve seen served is seafood (fish and squid) but turtle is different. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten soft-shelled turtle before and the only turtle I’ve had is normally served in soup. Hisako’s dish wasn’t exactly mouth-watering, but I do love the traditional white steamed buns (normally served with pork belly!) and very common when eating dim-sum. Akira’s dish is when the salivating started to happen for me. His “burger” isn’t your traditional Americanized burger either and instead takes influences from the Middle East where I believe kebabs and shawarmas are more common (or originated from). I’m lucky that where I’m from, Akira’s version of a burger is actually easier to find than Hisako’s. It might not be as flavorful or aromatic – but you can find a lot of restaurants here that serve their kebab meat in pitas and wrapped with all the same fillings and toppings. Of course, it’s not in a “patty” form but you get the idea. I love both Akira and Hisako’s take on a traditional “burger” – neither of them made what I expected and definitely went “out-of-the-box” thinking with this theme. It makes me really crave a burger (even if it’s from my McDonald’s) but I appreciate how Shokugeki no Souma never ceases to amaze me in its innovative recipes and takes on food.

Moving along from the topic of this week’s episode – let’s talk about the actual battle between Akira and Hisako. Personally it didn’t surprise me that Akira won by a landslide; and that’s not because I read any spoilers. I always thought that Hisako wasn’t someone that really stood in the spotlight and that’s just her character, always walking a step behind Erina. The only time that her performance surprised me was when she placed second in Group A last season. Her curry sounded alright, but what really impressed me was how she finally came out as a contender. Not exactly Erina’s level (or even Souma’s level) but her character finally had more definition and she’s not just “Erina’s sidekick”. It’s not enough to defeat Akira, but at least we got to see why she’s here and what she stands to prove. I really liked Akira’s line when he said that she’ll never be able to beat him if she only strives to be number 2 – which is so true. Everyone here is aiming to be the best; why settle for second best when you’re capable of more? Respect for Akira just shot through the roof because of this win! I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. If he ends up facing Souma (again), I think that’d be a bit repetitive or anticlimactic but who knows… maybe he’ll be pitted against Ryou and that’ll be an outstanding battle.

Asides from the main battle this week, there was the conclusion of Ryou vs. Megumi and the introduction of a new character (finally!). Ryou winning against Megumi didn’t come to a surprise either but I think they drew out that conclusion a bit too quickly. There was a huge cliffhanger at the end of last week and it felt a bit anticlimactic at the beginning. Oh well. Not to say that Megumi didn’t deserve to win, but I think she has a longer way to go to catch up to Ryou’s level and it just means more development for her later on. Kudos to her for making it this far though! And finally we see Mimasaka Subaru (Yasumoto Hiroki) show up! I’ve been waiting to see him for a year now (since he never appeared at the end of last season with his curry) although his introduction was rushed a bit. I don’t like how he was never brought up in the prior season and simply gets slotted in against Takumi and now there’s a shokugeki! Say whatttt? I’m definitely cheering on Takumi next week but that’s because Subaru appears to be a crazy manic whom we know nothing about yet. Maybe he has a tragic past that’s made him a psycho with a tough exterior? Who knows! Takumi is a top competitor though and I have high hopes for him; but you never know with new characters introduced.

Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Burgers! Not your typical American burgers but still juicy and delicious. So hungry now. Not surprised at Akira’s win but I’m more impressed by what he said. You can’t be the best if you’re always aiming to be #2. Finally introduced to Subaru as the last qualifier against Takumi. What an incredibly creepy dude #shokugeki_anime

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July 18, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  • July 18, 2016 at 6:26 pmOne Pinch Man

    I’m kinda glad they didn’t show the turtle-chopping panel from the manga. But still her burger looked delicious af.

    Oh, I got that Ultraman reference!

  • July 18, 2016 at 6:29 pmnet-diver

    Senzaemon we all find Megumi adorable but… keep your underwear on… its creepy

  • July 18, 2016 at 7:28 pmsamui

    Turtle-kun’s heroic deed went down the drain. I wept.

    • July 18, 2016 at 7:35 pmstarss

      Oh that’s right. Is this the first almost-on-screen animal murder on this show? We ALMOST saw the knife on impact, but thank god we cut to somewhere else at that moment!

      • July 18, 2016 at 11:16 pmGuile

        I think so? The Aldinis’ duck was already dead when they brought it in, albeit feathered.

    • July 19, 2016 at 7:35 amstarss

      RIP Turtle-kun

  • July 18, 2016 at 7:34 pmstarss

    Yep. 13 episodes this season, and pretty much the same amount of the manga adapted as in Season 1. We are never going to get a slow episode this season. Which is a real shame being it feels like it’s severely abridged, and it feels hectic to follow and I feel less engrossed.

    • July 19, 2016 at 10:50 pmKabble

      To each their own, I feel as engrossed as always.
      I prefer this formatting, frankly.

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:49 amCherrie

      I can see how manga-readers feel like it’s an abridged version with a lot of details cropped out… as an anime-viewer though, I don’t mind as much. It IS fast-paced and there’s areas that could be dialed down a bit but overall, I’m still enjoying it. There were times in the first season that I wish they would speed through some scenes so you can’t have it all =X

  • July 18, 2016 at 8:44 pmzztop

    A note that JC Staff’s B-team is animating this, on a rather tight budget.

    • July 18, 2016 at 9:12 pmstarss

      I can see a few derpy faces here and there. Also, there’re more still drawings in panning shots than I can shake a stick at!

    • July 19, 2016 at 4:37 amLyfe

      I can see why, it was clearly made to boost the manga sales, among other things. The first season sold somewhat poorly so they probably don’t want to invest a huge amount of money into the anime.

  • July 18, 2016 at 9:24 pmNarvi

    Ah Gigganigga has finally appeared.

  • July 18, 2016 at 11:21 pmGuile

    It is an unfortunate effect of the season ending where it did that we didn’t get to see Mimasaka until now. Don’t quote me on this, but I think in the manga the Mimasaka/Yukihira scenes happened during the Megumi/Ryou match rather than during Hisako and Hayami. Seeing him in episode 2 instead of 3 may have helped. I don’t know, maybe they needed more room to pad out the Hisako/Hayami fight, that did go by pretty quick in the manga too.

    Personally I think he’s hilarious, how physically he’s such a giant thug, and then under that he has a delicate, refined touch, with his embroidery and his host qualities and so on, and then under that he’s kind of a psychopath.

  • July 19, 2016 at 3:15 amSeph

    In a certain way, you could say Megumi won. Besides the moral win and the support of pretty much everyone watching, she disrobed Senzaemon in a way he didn’t expect or even noticed at first.

    • July 19, 2016 at 4:40 amLyfe

      Its easy to support the underdog though! I think everyone knew that she was the weaker chef going into this match so getting behind her and cheering her on is the right and fun thing to do.

      Because really, miracles can and do happen. She could have won..

  • July 19, 2016 at 3:56 amShahir

    • July 19, 2016 at 5:56 amchimp

      Rotate the picture 90 degrees and what you said now has a whole different meaning ;)

      • July 19, 2016 at 10:05 pmSeracen

        If it tastes like that, it’d be the same as ice cream flavored “lolipops.” However, from the various webcomics that have made that joke…that wouldn’t necessarily equate to a “happy ending” for all parties involved, lol!

  • July 19, 2016 at 7:30 amkushieda

    @Cherrie: Just a nitpick, but it’s not “never seizes to amaze me” but instead “never ceases to amaze me”

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:41 amCherrie

      Gah! Thanks! Fixed it =)

  • July 19, 2016 at 1:56 pmLightHawk

    All the girls are getting eliminated. It’s almost like Miyoko Hojo’s statement about the industry is being proven true. I hope the ladies aside from Erina (because plot) get some time in the limelight in the future.

    • July 19, 2016 at 2:38 pmGuile

      Well, the anime kind of rushed through it, but in the manga it was made pretty clear that Alice is probably a better cook than Yukihira. Yukihira just scooped her on tailoring his dish to the theme better than she did.

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  • July 19, 2016 at 10:02 pmSeracen

    I think one of the tastiest burgers I’ve had of late is a “Arrayes Burger,” which was essentially a giant khofta patty, served with taziki and veggies in a giant naan. It was heavenly. I’ll have to figure out the recipe for it at some point, as I could totally go for a “shawarma burger” everyday…be damned the consequences!

  • July 19, 2016 at 10:45 pmGrace

    Super sad for me, so much so that I couldn’t really enjoy the rest of the episode — not really a good episode for turtle lovers or vegetarians. :(

    • July 20, 2016 at 11:46 amCherrie

      It’s a pretty sensitive topic for all vegetarians and vegans so I tried not to dwell on it =( My sister is actually vegan so I know how it is watching an animal killed on-screen.

  • July 20, 2016 at 12:27 amzero5889

    I doubt that’s the last we’ll see of Hisako this season.
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  • July 20, 2016 at 10:06 ampipi

    This is a show about cooking targeted at 13> What Did you expect? Animals have to be killed in order to eat meat, anyone who can’t handle that fact but does eat any kind of meat is just…