「至上のルセット」 (Shijou no Rusetto)
“The Heavenly Recette”
This is what I’ve been waiting for! I was expecting it sometime in the future but I never expected Souma to challenge a teacher to a shokugeki this soon. It’s all for good reason though because I love seeing Souma come to Megumi’s rescue (the romantic side of me is hopeful anyway). Considering what’s at sake here, I doubt Souma will lose, but at least it gives me the thrill of seeing how he defeats Shinomiya Kojirou (Nakamura Yuuichi). At first I thought Kojirou was just faking the “tough guy attitude” but it turns out, this teacher is actually just a big jerk. And I’m sure his superior attitude is well-warranted since he’s a former graduate from the school and has his own French restaurant, but you can be humble and still be well-respected. He does not need to purposely create tasks to fail students. I had this gripe about the series before, but it seems like this camp (and the school in general) just wants to weed out all students except for the top 10%. Kojirou only reinforces this idea with his difficult recipes and sabotages. I’m behind Souma 200% on this one when Kojirou isn’t even dismissing students due to their inability to cook well, but rather he’s purposely finding reasons to fail students.
Luckily I thought Megumi had a great chance to shine this episode and despite her nervous behavior and awkward start, she did well for herself. In a single episode, we get to see how Megumi proves that she’s capable of so much more if she puts her mind to it. Oxidizing vegetables are not an easy solve (and fruits – I hate when my potatoes and apples brown quickly) so I thought her method of adding acid was ingenious. Not only that, but she relied on her own knowledge and creativity to pull her through and she should get full credit for that. Instead, she gets spat on for “not following the recipe”. But why? Why would you fail someone because you made it impossible to pass in the first place? How can you blame someone for trying their best and even exceeding your expectations? Up until this point, all the teachers have been rewarding Souma for his creativity so I can’t see why Kojirou is so different. Either way, I don’t believe Megumi will be leaving anytime soon. I have confidence that she’ll only get better from here on out.
It wouldn’t be Shokugeki no Souma without a little fanservice each episode but this week gives a special treat to both the men and women watching the anime. I get boobs and manboobs?! What more could I ask for? I was not expecting Souma to walk into another guy in the hot tub and would you believe it, it turns out to be Doujima Gin (Koyasu Takehito), the best of the best. It’s a good thing that neither of them were aware of who the other was because Souma seemed to have no idea what made Gin so special and Gin seems to have a thing for the name Yukihira. Either Gin knows about Souma’s proclamation during his entrance or maybe his father? That would be an interesting twist, however I somehow don’t see Souma’s father coming back into the story so quickly. What also caught my attention was the mention of Satoshi being one of the top of his class from the prior year. I always knew he was good but just how good is a different story. I can see why Satoshi sees a lot of potential in Souma.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Finally! Some focus on Megumi =D She’s adorbz. And some fanservice for both males and females =X This show is all about equality after all #shokugeki_anime