「メタモルフォーゼ 」 (Metamorufooze)
Eggs – that look like eggs but aren’t completely eggs. How ingenious!
It reminds me of the cakes I used to bake – cupcakes that look like burgers but are actually fondant and cake. Or dips that look like pizza but are actually cheese dips! Amazing idea from Alice and I think she deserves more credit than I would’ve given her. The only thing is, I hate her attitude and the way she provokes people. Ikumi’s reaction to Alice is exactly how I would react if I was there; pissed that Alice is actually really good at cooking and she parades around taunting others. Not exactly saying that her dish is better or that others’ suck, but just her expression and demeanor shows that she disapproves or she’s silently judging you. At least Erina doesn’t try and socialize with others because she knows she’s better. She just performs and gets the job done – no need for more words (a lot of the times, she just leaves). Souma is also good – but perhaps it’s because the story is from his POV that I see his struggles and I don’t think he’s too cocky. Other people have also seen him rise up from his own downfalls so he’s proving himself worthy without rubbing it in everyone’s faces all the time. I’ll need to see more of Alice for her character to grow on me if at all… so far, I’m only impressed by her cooking style but not her personality.
As for Souma – well I never imagined that his soufflés would deflate! What an unfortunate pick for a menu item, but definitely a realistic issue because soufflés do in fact – deflate quickly. I remember the last time I made one, by the time I snapped a few photos, it already shrunk an inch or two from the time I took it out of the oven. Anyway, Souma will never seize to stop trying and true to his character, he strives to reach his goal no matter how impossible it might seem. Even though everyone else thought it was impossible to serve 200 plates in 30 mins, he did it! I don’t know how realistic that is… all things considering, his dish is actually quite complex, but I’ll give it to him the benefit of the doubt. After all, in the world of anime, you can’t expect everything to end up like it would in real life. Gin brought up the fact that Souma not only succeeded at the task itself, but Souma also proved to be an entertainer (and lures in little girls…). He transformed food right in front of his customers and made it seems effortless and fun. Some people develop an appetite not just by seeing the final product but watching the process of how it’s made. Souma was able to create a good tasting dish, but in the process, he was a performer and I think that’s what drew people in. Reminds me of teppanyaki… which to me, is more about the fun than the actual food.
The cutest moments from this episode had to be seeing chibi Erina and Alice living in the same household. I can see how Alice developed her obsession of trying to beat Erina, given that their history isn’t all butterflies and rainbows. Growing up in a household with someone having the “God’s tongue” means that Alice probably got compared a lot to Erina. However it’s obvious that at a young age, Alice tried to be Erina’s friend more so than anything else. I do feel kind of bad for Alice… but at the same time, it’s just funny seeing Erina’s reaction to her cake. Now that camp’s over, I wonder when we’ll get to see more of Alice and Erina next. They’re not exactly Souma’s rivals in my opinion, but more like rivals against one another. They’re both excellent chefs, so who is better? Alice uses more modern techniques of cooking, whereas Erina (whom I guess) uses more traditional cooking methods. I still think Erina will come out on top in the end… (she has a top 10 seat and “God’s tongue” after all) but who knows how Alice will take it. Hopefully she won’t be a sore loser about it.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Seeing the flashbacks of little Alice and Erina made me kind of pity Alice… Erina hasn’t changed. Eggs that look like eggs but aren’t all egg?! What a creative idea! Alice blew that challenge away.