「静かなる丼、雄弁な丼」 (Shizukanaru Donburi, Yuubenna Donburi)
“A Quiet Don, An Eloquent Don”
The results of this shokugeki were inevitable. Clearly from the get-go, Souma was set to win (because what kind of anime would it be if he were kicked out of the school immediately); but watching Ikumi cook was the real treat. And if some suggestive full-lengths are your thing too then just scroll to the bottom my friend. I don’t know that much about meat personally – I don’t cook it that often and if I do, it’s very simple and usually with cheap cuts. This episode had so much focus on high quality A5 meat that it was completely out of my realm of expertise, but it does give me ideas of how to treat beef properly in the future. The techniques and flavors are not in my regular cooking repertoire, so I can’t even begin to imagine how Ikumi and Souma dishes would taste in real life. I imagine that the garlic and onions would probably fill the aroma of the stadium though.
As for the actual shokugeki challenge, the episode went by fairly quickly with everything going on. The whole battle reminded me of a wrestling match or UFC fight because of the televisions and crowds. There’s a host as well that surprised me… Kawashima Urara (Hidaka Rina) is not the type of character that I enjoy watching; simply because her cute act is overly forced. The commentary is a nice-to-have though because a food competition is not right without some smack talk and interviews between the players. Souma and Ikumi didn’t converse much during their battle, but I thought it would’ve been part of the challenge to talk down to one another and deal with the crowds at the same time. Although not similar to the Food Network shows that I’m used to watching, I feel that the anxiousness to know the judges’ decision is still the same. I hope that future shokugeki will have a less clear cut winner and that way, we’d have a battle more worthwhile watching.
I’ll admit that I think Shokugeki no Souma is still in its introductory phase where Souma is invincible and everything comes as a breeze to him. I didn’t mind it so much in the first 5 episodes or so, but the series is now beginning to be too predictable with Souma finishing at the top of each confrontation. And his growing harem. Rather than introducing new characters that hate or like Souma, I’d prefer if it started going into arcs of the story and presenting some real character development. What I also have an issue with so far is how Souma doesn’t have a clear path to get to his goal. He wants to be the top student at the academy but is he going to battle his way up there? Or is he actually going to prove himself by going to class and getting good grades? The next few episodes should build up a new challenge for Souma and this time, I hope it’s not just going to be a quick shokugeki followed by another pat on the back. I’m not saying that Souma needs to lose or be kicked out of school, but it makes for much more interesting series when the protagonist actually struggles.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: This is what I’m talking about! I watch cooking competitions on Food Network and now on #shokugeki_anime too
Author’s Note: Sorry guys, but I will be going on vacation in the upcoming two weeks and my posts will be late (I don’t even say may be, because that’d be lying T_T). I’ll try and be as timely as possible but no promises. Thanks for understanding and enjoy the summer weather!