「氷の女王と春の嵐」 (Kouri no Joou to Haru no Arashi)
“The Ice Queen and the Spring Storm”
This episode of Shokugeki no Souma wasn’t the most exciting one, but I thought it was very informative and gave us more context to school challenges and tournaments. I now know why it’s called Food Wars! in English! It’s because that’s literally what the students are doing. They’re using their food as a means to compete for… whatever it is that they want from the other individual. The concept is definitely interesting and unique to the school, but it makes me wonder how much “learning” there’s going to be; as opposed to people just challenging one another. The week didn’t give away too much about the actual cooking taking place (and didn’t show us Erina in action either) but we get the general idea. Both people have to put up something of equal value on the line; the competition has to meet certain criteria; and then you’re on your way. It doesn’t seem too difficult if the stakes aren’t too high… but I doubt Souma will be betting low whenever his turn comes up. Everyone at the school seems to be making deadly wagers so I’d like to see if Souma even has anything of value to put on the line. Expulsion seems almost too straightforward.
One of the aspects of this show that really make it sound out is definitely the imagery and hyperboles experienced by the characters. When I first started blogging, I thought “Wow… that was different.”, but as the weeks went on I can’t say that I’ve been terribly shocked by what Shokugeki no Souma has to offer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the scenes have gotten pretty tame, or perhaps I’m just growing immune to its awkwardness. It’s not until I see Megumi’s expressions that seeing a naked man’s butt in your face is supposed to be atypical. I mean, did your friends never just take their clothes off in front of you? I guess that’s just me then… >_> Anyway, the only scenes that make me laugh these days are Erina’s exaggerated scenarios of what she eats. I’m sure it’s never that bad, but with her taste buds, I’m probably wrong. I don’t really see the appeal to her unflawed character just yet, but I’m willing to be more open-minded if I actually saw what she’s lacking in development. If she’s truly who Souma is meant for, she needs to do a better job convincing me that they’re good partners and not just rivals at school.
I haven’t talked about the food prepared in each episode recently and I thought this as a good chance to do so with all the different dishes that we saw. I mentioned last week that Souma doesn’t seem to have a “forte” or “special method” of cooking that makes him stand out. Instead, he’s just very resourceful and knowledgeable across all cooking methods (a jack-of-all-trades). This is likely because he’s actually run a restaurant with his father and learned a lot from him as a result. He might not know the technical terms that you learn out of a textbook, but he knows how to actually cook from instinct and that’s not a skill you can teach. We’ll have to wait and see how well Souma actually measures up to Satoshi because Shun seems to think that Satoshi is still superior. As for dishes that Erina and Sumo-boy (whom I don’t recall his name) prepared… one thing that I find unfair is how they both get to just create something – anything. They don’t need to cook the same ingredients which I find unfair because you’re comparing apples to oranges. What if the judges just like shrimp more than lobster? Or if you prefer pasta to soup? Cooking can be very subjective when you’re leaving it up to the students without a theme or star ingredient. I guess you can also say that Erina’s ravioli was just that much better! But who am I to say when I can’t try it either. I would really love a smell-a-vision for situations like these.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Overall, #shokugeki_anime wasn’t too packed this week. It has toned down a lot since ep 1 but that’s not a bad thing. So #FoodWars seems to be an appropriate title for #Shokugeki_anime now… But needs more battles in the future eps =9