「この料理人は笑いわない」 (Kono Ryōrijin wa Warawanai)
“That Chef Never Smiles”
Mmm… honey ~ What I would give to swim in a pool of honey…
Actually that might be less pleasant that it appears in anime but honey is supposed to be good for you and your skin so I’ll run with that. Now that we’re three episodes in, I find these scenes becoming less and less “orgasmic” and tamer compared to the first episode. The honey scene was enough to make me laugh and it really nailed the point without it being too ecchi and over-the-top. I hope Shokugeki no Souma continues down this path since it’s a good balance between foodgasms and the actual storyline. It brings humor to the series, but I worry that the repetitiveness might ruin its novelty if it’s overused. After all, there’s also only so many ways you can explicitly use food.
I always fall for characters like Tadokoro Megumi (Takahashi Minami) when they’re weak and vulnerable. Megumi is exactly the type of person that I want to see succeed and do her best because she has the motivation to do so… just not the skill. This is where Souma comes in. I know I mentioned last week that he was too arrogant for his own good, but this week, I take that all back because his confidence is what makes him stand out. He’s not intimidated by the road ahead of him and I think that’s one of the attributes you need to succeed. Megumi doesn’t appear to have that (or she could actually be terrible at cooking, but I doubt that since she got into the school in the first place) and that’s why Souma is such a good contrast to her. Their partnership this week… didn’t seem like much of a partnership at all since Megumi completed the failed roast on her own and then Souma made the successful one afterwards. However, I would still like to think that Souma is going to help Megumi gain confidence in herself later on and perhaps they could be a ship? Yes, please! But you never know with anime. I always love when strong protagonists end up helping the weaker less developed characters and this is a prime example of that. Forgive me as I swoon over Souma’s masculinity and his cooking abilities. Gotta love a man who can cook!
There’s a ton of characters that get their first appearances this week – both potential rivals and friends for Souma. I think it’s obvious from the get-go just who is who but just in case, the ending sequence gives away a lot. There’s nothing wrong with the setup, but hopefully the future rivals and students are given more personality than the two that sabotaged Megumi this week. Speak of the devil, were they trying to ruin Souma’s dish or Megumi’s? It would make sense if it was Souma, but if it was Megumi, then she’s been unfairly getting E’s with people bullying her. In regards to the other characters, I would like to know just how great of a chef these two brothers are and perhaps some more context to Erina’s culinary experience as well. All we know is that she has great taste buds, but how’s her actual cooking skill? Shokugeki no Souma is a fun watch, not only for the amazing food and atypical plot, but the potential in its cast. I don’t mind if the characters are tropes or have stereotypical personalities, just as long as the series is still amusing and there’s some development for Souma and company. Next week will bring us a closer look into the students at Toutsuki Culinary Academy and perhaps we’ll see more of the other students’ abilities.
Of course, I have to mention Erina’s grandfather who does happen to be the head of the Academy. He’s also quite the eavesdropper; always listening through walls. I wonder what Nakiri Senzaemon (Ginga Banjou) has in store by admitting Souma… either he thinks Souma is actually talented enough to graduate; or he’s trying to make an example out of him. Regardless, I need to see more of him to draw my own conclusions of his intentions.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Although Souma can be an arrogant mofo, at least he can back-up his claims. #respect. I fall for the prince helping the damsel in distress every time. Can’t help but feel sorry for Megumi #shokugeki_anime
P.S.: I’ve also started an ask.fm page so feel free to ask me anything =) Can be food, anime, RC-related or anything that tickles your fancy.