「極星の聖母」 (Kyokusei no Maria)
“Maria of the Polar Star”
So we’re finally introduced to the rest of the cast and this rounds out the remainder of Souma’s table-talk crew. The introductions came really quickly and I’ll admit that I only remember one or two of their names (without looking it up). Luckily they all have very distinctive personalities that will make it easier to differentiate the secondary characters. I find that for the most part, they all specialize in a type of cooking style or use of ingredients. This is unlike Souma that seems to be very well-rounded and resourceful in his cooking in general. I’m not going to bother listing out all the names and seiyuus this episode, but perhaps they’ll each receive an episode dedicated to them and their “issues” or background stories later on. Hopefully then they won’t feel like stereotypical archetypes in shounen series. Right now I can’t say much about any of them. They all seem nice and accepting of Souma which is a huge contrast to last week’s episode (where everyone seemed to hate him in class). They might all be highly qualified students though which makes them feel less threatened by Souma’s abilities.
All except Megumi… who seems to still lag behind the other students. Although the others didn’t indicate how long it took them to be accepted into the Polar Star dorms, three months seems to be an extremely long time! Where was Megumi even living in that time? Outside?! I know that I shouldn’t compare the world of anime to real life, but if I had to audition to get into a school… then find out that I actually failed a lot in class, plus I didn’t have a dorm to live in..?? That would just plummet my confidence in my abilities. Not only that, but I’d just give up and do something else with my life. In this school, if you can’t be the top 10% of the class, what good does it do for you if you can’t graduate? Unless you’re really just here to learn; but that’s a lot of hardship to go through. I’m saying all this because Megumi has this huge uphill climb ahead of her and normally I would expect someone of her personality to give up sooner. I’m glad she hasn’t, because she probably has a lot more to her than meets the eye, but it’ll still be interesting to see how she overcomes all these obstacles. Oh and by the way, if it wasn’t obvious before, I’m definitely on the Megumi ship now. I normally love the tsundere/MC pairings, but that’s only when the tsundere lacks something which the MC helps them develop or grow. In this case, Megumi is not the tsundere, but I can still imagine Souma being that figure that helps her build confidence in herself.
The last thing of importance that I noticed this week was this concept of the “Elite Ten”. The Elite Ten are composed of the top 10 students at the school and obviously Erina occupies one of those seats. It’s revealed that Isshiki Satoshi (Sakurai Takahiro) is also a member (on the seventh seat) and although he “seemed” friendly towards Souma, he also challenges him at the end. Fortunately I can’t imagine Satoshi being an antagonist for long because you see him sitting right beside Souma in the ED. I simply wonder how they become better friends and what Satoshi does with his position within the Elite Ten. Is this something that Souma strives for in the future? Will he end up on a seat within the Elite Ten? For now, I don’t think it’s something that he’s capable of, but we’ll see when the other members are introduced. Perhaps Souma has to prove why he’s better than each of them one by one… with Erina sitting at the top.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: I think this settles it, I’m on the Megumi ship! It can’t get any more obvious than being neighbors! So many new characters, I can barely remember their names, but at least they’re all distinctive ^^ #shokugeki_anime