「神の舌」 (Kami no Shita)
After an incredible premiere, Shokugeki no Souma delivers another episode of unexpected dishes and surprises. Not only are Souma’s dishes completely new to me, but it really shows off his creativity and what he’s learned from cooking alongside his father. What he creates this week is just a simple bowl of rice topped with some solidified sauce and egg, but just the idea of it and the presentation is amazing. Of course I can’t tell you how it actually tastes, but I think the ingeniousness comes from the actual product that he produced in so little time. In the world of anime, anything is possible as long as you can envision it. So I applaud Souma and his creativity in the kitchen. He’s thinking outside-the-box and because of his unique background, he’s able to cook something delicious that’s not your typical European standards. As for the actual experience shown through Erina’s interpretations… well this week’s images didn’t bother me as much (not that I was ever that disturbed). It was actually hilarious to see little flying Souma’s tickling Erina with feathers.
Nakiri Erina (Taneda Risa) makes her debut this week having what’s known as “God’s Tongue”. Apparently this means that she has a very refined taste palate and she uses it to critique others. Judging from the few scenes and the other transfer students who fled the room, impressing her is completely unlikely. Her reputation makes her the ideal person to judge the student admissions and no one dares to stand against her… that is, except Souma (who just doesn’t know any better). First of all, I’d like to say that while I applaud Souma and the simplicity yet intricacies of his rice bowl, I also love his character’s ignorance. It makes him so charming and adorable to watch. I wouldn’t expect him to behave any other way, given that he is our MC and his confidence level is what makes him stand up to Erina. His arrogance is something that doesn’t prove to play in his favor though, even though it’s well warranted this time. I can see where Erina is coming from and obviously with this huge smirk on his face and his background, there’s no way she was going to give him a chance. What that means though is that she’s compromising her role of picking the best students for the school to keep her pride.
Souma won’t stay away for long though judging that by the previews. This old man (whom I guess is probably Erina’s grandfather and the school’s principal) is going to override Erina’s rule and offer Souma a spot at the school anyway. After all, this is supposed to be a shounen anime with a protagonist that stands out above all others because of his hardworking personality or special abilities. Souma just happens to have both to his advantage. I can’t wait to see him actually competing against other students and finally stumble upon a task that he can’t complete. You’ll never learn if you never fail so perhaps we’ll see that next week as he attends class and meets other students.
P.S. I also wanted to mention that Souma’s father is quite the handsome DILF 😉 His long hair and his sexy voice… AND he can cook?! God, I’m in love! I hope he makes more appearances later on; especially if the story reveals how he got his culinary skills to begin with (perhaps at the same school?) and what motivates him.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Poor Souma! I love how his character stands out. He’s so innocently charming =3 And of course, all that food… I’ve never thought of making rice so creatively! Must try one of these days…