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OP Sequence

OP: 「BRAVER」 by ZAQ

「十傑に挑む」 (Juu Suguru ni Idomu)
“Challenging the Elite Ten”

So happy that I actually celebrated by eating some Chinese food – and I don’t like Chinese food! *gasp! I know I’m horrible. Anyway – Shokugeki no Souma is back for a third season! And obviously as the resident foodie, I have to blog it so there’s no surprise there. There are a lot of series that I watch that I often forget the characters’ names and faces soon after, but Shokugeki no Souma is so unique and special that it’s like being welcomed back home whenever I see it. Getting back into it (and I haven’t read the manga, so I don’t know if this is how the arc starts), it feels like the best place to begin. With the introduction of all our old favorites, but also with the visit of the Elite Ten! Finally! After a whole 2 seasons, they all show their faces and I’m not going to name them all, but you get the point. A few of them are similar faces, but for the most part, everyone is new and the one Yukihira Souma (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) decides to challenge is number 8, Kuga Terunori (Kaji Yuki). Knowing Souma, it’s not a shock that he would jump at any opportunity to further his position, but I’m more surprised that it’s even possible! Can anyone just challenge them? And if Souma beats him, does Souma replace Terunori as seat 8 (maybe this was already explained and I just forgot)? It feels really soon for us to get to this point in the story already.

I feel like I’m getting ahead of myself, but seriously, is there anyone new to this anime that needs a reintroduction? RC typically starts it’s introductory post with a recap or summary of the general plot of the show. I feel like Shokugeki no Souma needs no intro. It’s a shounen-esque anime that features a lot of cooking competitions, food porn and some overexaggerations of how food can taste like an orgasm in your mouth. It follows the protagonist, Yukihira Souma and his journey to make it to the top of his class at the most challenging elite culinary school ever! The characters each have their own cooking style or cuisine or choice and they typically stick to it – except for Souma who is the exception and he’s almost like a jack-of-all-trades. I would say that his own comfort zone is probably “elevated diner food” but I think where he excels is his ability to learn and quickly adapt to situations (especially competitions). You can see for his eagerness in this episode that he wants to compete with Terunori head on and he intends to set up booth just across from his. Normally, everyone else would consider this a suicide or failure but at a market? This is completely fair game! I totally am down for his strategy. If he can convince people to try his food instead of Terunori’s or buy both, that’s a win for him.

I loved how this premiere brought back so many favorites from the Autumn Elections that we only got to see briefly. Goes to show just how large the cast of characters has grown and how Souma may be great, but he still has a lot to learn. Amongst all the returning characters (and new ones), I was most pleasantly surprised by Mito Ikumi (Ishigami Shizuka), Konishi Kanichi (Kawada Shinji), and Sadatsuka Nao (Gotou Saori). I mean, out of all the confrontations possible, you see the Don RS vs. Nao for a stall? That’s hilarious and it’s so cute how Ikumis sticks up for Kanichi. It’s all these little developments that happen along the way that I miss and you don’t see often. Then Arato Hisako (Oonishi Saori) shows up and Nao starts swooning which is adorable in its own way. I loved seeing the return of Tadokoro Megumi (Takahashi Minami) and I’m sure everyone will still hear me talking about how I think MegumixSouma are the ultimate OTP in my heart. Asides from that though, it’s very refreshing just to see brief appearances from Houjou Miyoko (Seto Asami), and Isshiki Satoshi (Sakurai Takahiro) because they actually help and encourage Souma to do his best this time around.

I have high hopes for this season as it brings about new characters and returns with the colorful array of characters already available. Of course, I also hope they build upon the development that’s already set – especially between Nakiri Erina (Kanemoto Hisako – they changed her seiyuu!) and Souma given the OP now. That seems to be a focus this season so maybe they’ll finally reveal the relationship between Erina and Souma’s dad.

Full-length images: 13.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「虚虚実実)」 (Kyokyo Jitsujitsu) by nano.Ripe

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October 6, 2017 at 12:51 am
20 comments »
  • October 6, 2017 at 1:29 amoranges

    They kind of did people dirty because there’s two chapters that take place between the last ep of season 2 and the first ep of season 1, and those two chapters were adapted into an OVA. So if you didn’t watch that OVA, you missed the Elite 10′s introduction at the leaf viewing party that they briefly flashed back to at the start of this ep.

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:03 pmLyfe

      I think most manga readers would have watched the episodes in Japan as they came bundled with each respective manga volume. Their target audience isn’t missing anything.

    • October 6, 2017 at 9:21 pmstarss

      UGH. THAT’S why it felt like everything was rushed!!! I was like “was there some episode I missed?!!”

      • October 6, 2017 at 9:34 pmLyfe

        It’s worth remembering that they’re making the show primarily for Japanese audiences. The overseas fans don’t matter much when it comes to the shows production. As mentioned already they bundled the episodes with the manga in Japan for fans to watch, which most no doubt have.

        Its not the studios fault that overseas fans haven’t watched an OVA or whatever. But I will say that even fans reading the manga in English will have noticed(And most have posted elsewhere) that Season 2 was horribly rushed in parts, it was very notable.

  • October 6, 2017 at 1:38 amKairoru

    Although i think most of us already know that Kanemoto Hisako is voicing for Erina because Tane-chan was on a hiatus because of her health back then when they did the OVA and she still do for season 3, but i still can’t get used of her voice for Erina. I keep on thinking of Ika Musume every single time and it’s infuriating me (gdi me get a hold of yourself!).

    • October 6, 2017 at 4:55 amPhantasm

      It gets even more confusing if you binged Gamers right before going into the OVA and the first episode, it just doesn’t feel right at all.

    • October 6, 2017 at 11:56 amyoloalchemist

      I’d like to think she is still a temporary replacement and not a permanent one for Risa, but she’s gonna have to do for now.

    • October 10, 2017 at 12:52 amJHN

      Well that sure explains why she sounded off. Less stern and kinda softer.

  • October 6, 2017 at 2:08 amzztop

    Reminder that Souma’s artist used to draw hentai under the penname Tosh. Before he was drawing foodgasms, he was drawing actual orgasms.

  • October 6, 2017 at 6:21 amOne Pinch Man

    It’s going to be 24 episodes!

    • October 6, 2017 at 6:40 amLyfe

      I love J.C Staff for that. Because at least we won’t see any real pacing issues that the second season had and have a great season to look forward too.

    • October 6, 2017 at 12:02 pmyoloalchemist

      I honestly didn’t expect this. With the lower BD sales and J.C Staff again working on 2 anime in 1 season like they did with season 2 of SnS (this time there is also UQ Holder), I thought for sure they were gonna repeat the same mistake. Pleasantly surprised!

      • October 6, 2017 at 12:58 pmLyfe

        A lot of anime is made to sell the manga or LNs. In this case the manga(Same with My Hero Academia) the physical sales are mostly irrelevant.

    • October 6, 2017 at 9:23 pmstarss

      Wonderful! Now, please, animators, MOVE A CHARACTER for once! Don’t just 95% rely on camera pans of one drawing!!!

  • October 6, 2017 at 10:34 amGuile

    I feel like season 3 is off to a less exciting start than season 2 with the Autumn Elections.

    I think the Nao v. Izumi scene was anime-original, wasn’t it? Not that I remember every panel of the manga, but I like Nao a lot and feel like I’d have remembered her.

    • October 6, 2017 at 1:04 pmLyfe

      I think it’ll take time for Season 3 to reach the level of tension that the Autumn Elections brought. After all it was a super important battle arc.

  • October 6, 2017 at 2:23 pmMentar

    And you seriously not even mention Shizuka Itou as the uber-fun Rindou-senpai?

    Unbelievable! Almost heresy!

  • October 6, 2017 at 9:16 pmstarss

    one annoying thing to me, right off the bat, is how they just roll out the names of the Elite 10 rapidly, without pausing for a break, and expecting us all to be familiar with them all just like that. Yes, I assume we’ll get to know each one the more this season goes along, but that’s kind of pompous of this episode to just throw them at us all at once. NOT EVERYONE who watches this has read the manga, you know!

    • October 7, 2017 at 8:37 amDave

      Japan got an OVA to introduce the Elite 10 that we never got. That’s the cause of your disconnect.

  • October 11, 2017 at 1:54 pmYanDaMan

    Finally, best girl Rindou getting animated.

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