「発想と創造の協奏曲」 (Hassou to Souzou no Kyousoukyoku)
“The Concerto of Inspiration and Imagination”
Toutsuki Culinary Academy is such a cut-throat impossible school. Most schools would want their students to graduate and make a living for themselves… but Toutsuki is seriously intense. Not only does it want their students to be successful, but it wants to ensure that 100% of the students that pass are top tier chefs; even if that means that only 10% of the students actually make it to graduation. On top of all that, what happens to the students that fail? Will you forever be labeled as the person that couldn’t make it as a “great chef”? Or do you still land decent jobs because you’ve trained with the best? I would assume that even if you can’t be the top 10%, you’re still a good enough chef to own your own restaurant. Just being surrounded by these professionals and other great students should teach you a lot and even if you don’t graduate, at least you’ve improved. That’s what I’d like to think. A lot of contestants competing on cooking shows might not win, but they still come out being successful individuals so to me, the same should apply for Toutsuki.
Asides from my complaints of how the school treats its students, I do like seeing the different hoops that the anime has been throwing at Souma. I actually prefer seeing Souma try and think outside the box to impress teachers compared to seeing him compete against other students. This episode featured both which was great because it kills two birds with one stone, but if I had to pick one or the other, it’d be the former. The tasks given by the teachers during this “camp” seems to involve much more creativity and innovative thinking compared to the former episodes. I hope each of the former alumni also have their own specialities and they test different attributes of the students. That would really prove how well-rounded each of the students are; especially Souma since he seems to be the most resourceful so far. But resourcefulness can only get you so far if you’re not creative as well. I think Souma will eventually have to start learning how to use skills outside the ones he got from working in the kitchen. There’s a lot he can learn from top Michelin-star chefs like plating, using high quality ingredients and combining different flavor profiles. I’m excited to see what Inui Hinako (Noto Mamiko) will say about Souma’s dish next week and what kind of wisdom she has to impart. I spoiled myself a bit, but she’s quite intimidating when you hear about her history.
Surprisingly, I wasn’t too amused with Souma’s new rivals – the Aldini brothers. Both Aldini Takumi (Hanae Natsuki) and Aldini Isami (Ono Yuuki) were impressive chefs, but other than being Italian restauranteurs, they didn’t really blow my mind. Perhaps it’s because their personalities aren’t distinctive enough since I’m sure there’s got to be a stereotype for both of them in typical shounen manga. I wasn’t blown away by their characters, but they are also quite the smart team to find duck! Seriously, where did they even get that? From an interest perspective, I think Isami is by far more intriguing than his brother. There’s something about him being the “younger brother” that makes him seem like an underdog in this duo and I always cheer for the underdog. However, both of them seem to hold up on their own very well so I don’t doubt we’ll see more from them soon. Now I’m curious to see how Souma beats their duck dish…
Author’s Note: In case you haven’t read my previous post, I am on vacation right now and my posts will continue to be delayed for the next week (or so). Apologies in advance and thanks to all the readers for being patient and understanding =)