「山を彩る衣」 (Yama wo Irodoru Koromo)
“The Breading to Adorn the Mountains”
Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some. And I still have never seen Souma lose a battle yet – although a draw could be seen as a loss (especially in Takumi’s eyes). This tie with Takumi didn’t surprise me at all, given that Takumi is supposed to be Souma’s rival as a restauranteur in this anime. I would’ve liked to see Souma struggle a little more to meet the same dish standards as Takumi, but it’s hard to compare the two when you cook different cuisines and mains. Without being biased, it’s hard to judge which one is truly “better” when the techniques used vary as well as the main ingredient. I don’t blame Hinako for avoiding the question. Personally I’d probably prefer Souma’s fried fish more… but that’s because I love fried foods in general *hhnnnngggg…=9. I love duck as well, but more often than not, I crave something fried, crunchy and salty.
As much as I like following Souma’s journeys in the kitchen (because he is our MC), I find it all too convenient that all his dormmates (roommates?) also manage to come out alive. From the sounds of it, a lot of people should be failing out, but I guess I underestimate the students’ abilities and each one of them are better than they give themselves credit for. There’s a decent amount of screen time given for just slice-of-life moments so I’d like to see each of them actually cook and prepare dishes with that time instead. Especially Erina… she’s a curious one. All I’ve seen of her so far is her reputation for being the best, her “godly tongue” (so many innuendos) and some fanservice. What makes her so good exactly? I’ve seen more of Megumi’s abilities than hers and this ship is leaning so far one way that it’s almost no competition anymore. I’d really have to see more of Erina in these next few episodes to pull her back into the game. Perhaps her cooking style and how she actually prepares her food.
So while Shokugeki no Souma isn’t the fastest-paced anime ever, it does space out all its significant events well enough to keep me entertained. I’ll admit that I’m quite impatient when it comes to food in general so I want to cut to the chase and just see what the final product is rather than building up all the anticipation. I think it’s important to see the thought-process of how Souma comes up with all his ideas, but just waiting for it and building up context can be a bit slow for me. Hopefully next week will be another challenge that doesn’t leave me with another cliffhanger. I’m impressed by how well everyone is doing so far though. Finally, Souma has the upper hand by actually preparing and serving dishes to customers in a timely fashion. Normally you don’t see home-taught chefs or students being able to perform under pressure because they’re used to producing a single perfect plate with the allocated time. I love watching these episodes when I watch cooking competitions; being able to serve customers in a full restaurant is so different than just producing one plate for the judges.
Bottom Line – @ RCCherrie: That ending on #shokugeki_anime… I simply love when they slowly tie the ED song to the actual sequence. So fitting. Loving the chibi scenes on #shokugeki_anime! They’re so cute; I want them in my pocket n_n
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