「東から来た魔術師」 (Higashi kara Kita Majutsushi)
“The Magician from the East”
Noooo! I hate cliffhangers! But you know an episode was a great one when it leaves you wanting more and time flies while you’re watching. Of course it wouldn’t be Shokugeki no Souma if it didn’t throw some curves at you once in a while. For the first time since I’ve been blogging this show, I actually feel nervous for Souma and Megumi. It’s not that I don’t have confidence in Megumi’s abilities, but I just don’t think she has it in her (yet) to defeat someone like Kojirou. If this was Souma, hands down, I think he’s got it in the bag… but then Gin appears with some cards up his sleeve and he has to throw Megumi in there too. This makes me question whether or not Megumi’s recipe can really defeat Kojirou’s. Preparation and execution are a different story since Souma was able to help Megumi a lot in that department. This really boils down to whether Megumi’s idea and use of ingredients were better than the acclaimed Kojirou’s. On camera, of course everything looks delicious but I honestly don’t even know what Megumi made? Looks like a layered ratatouille or a layered vegetable bake.
I’m excited to finally see some focus on other characters outside Souma though. This finally puts him in the backseat and puts Megumi front and center to try and prove her own worth. Although I don’t think this kind of “throw them in the lions’ pen” technique works on everyone, some people do need that extra push to even surprise themselves of what they’re capable of. Although Souma wasn’t able to help Megumi think of a recipe himself, he was able to encourage her and help her anyway he could. Not completely backseat driving, but just the small things like food prep and thinking several steps ahead for her definitely lends a good hand. Souma’s experience in the restaurant can’t be overlooked and although this latter half focused on Megumi, I think it further demonstrates Souma’s strengths as well. Not only can he cook for himself as a head chef, but he’s a great sous chef and he compliments Megumi well. Megumi still has a long way to go to build up her confidence in herself, but I’m glad that the show even spends time on her as a secondary character. It only reinforces my ship of Megumi and Souma one day… but then I keep hearing about Erina and Souma and my hopes die a little.
Every episode seems to try and top the teachers and chefs little by little by introducing even more experienced and acclaimed chefs. The amount of expectations that they build for someone like Kojirou is so impossibly high that I can’t even fathom how his food must taste. There are moments that there’s so much talk about his reputation and that I start to blank out all the credit that he’s given because there’s just that much. At times like these, I can’t imagine a student ever defeating Kojirou; it’s painting a picture for Megumi’s inevitable loss. Then Shokugeki no Souma does give us hope by making Megumi’s dish shine as well… and it makes me question all this credibility that Kojirou has. Are they making him appear that great just to prove that Megumi can be better? Or are they really going to fail Megumi because she’s not as great as one of the best chefs in the world?! That’s some crazy odds stacked against Megumi and yet the more likely solution doesn’t seem possible either.
If Megumi does triumph in this battle, I hope they explain just what she can do that Kojirou can’t or what she did differently. If she fails, well… that’d be the first fail that I’ve seen for Souma. Will he really be expelled for it? Probably not, I sense a loophole up Gin’s sleeves if that’s the case. He might just be using this shokugeki as a way to evaluate Souma’s potentials (as well as Megumi’s). He has his eyes set out for Souma but I can’t really tell why yet.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Kojirou is a master of vegetables? Anyone who can make greens taste good is a genius in my eyes =D Hinako is so adorable! She’s the only one that doesn’t always have this stern face on >=( #shokugeki_anime