OP2: 「ライジングレインボウ」 (Rising Rainbow) by ミソッカス(Misokkasu)
「『修羅』と呼ばれだ男」 (Syuura to Yobareda Otoko)
“The Man Called Demon”
After a week’s break, Shokugeki no Souma comes back with a new OP, ED and the return of Souma’s father. What a fabulous episode and it reminds me just how much I missed Shokugeki no Souma in a week’s time. Not only that, but Souma’s father, Yukihira Jouichirou returns and surprises everyone, including Souma himself. And it wasn’t like he didn’t want to share his background or was ashamed of it – Souma just never bothered to ask. Who would’ve thought that Jouichirou was the second seat in his year and went to school in the same year as Gin? The episode doesn’t even give you a second to guess around because within the same half hour, you have your answer. I always had an inkling that Souma’s father must’ve been a great cook. He sent Souma to this prestigious school, he went overseas to cook and according to Souma, he never really admired anyone else’s cooking besides his father. Until Souma came to Toutsuki, Jouichirou was really his image of the man to beat. And for good reason now. I’m not completely shocked, but I am pleased to see that Souma’s skills and knowledge of cooking didn’t come from nothing. Jouichirou passed on a lot of knowledge to Souma without him realizing it and it just hit Souma now how highly regarded his father is. The expression on Souma’s face is truly priceless – it’s a mixture of disbelief and shock. While I’m looking forward to see how Souma competes against his father, I think I’m more interested in hearing about what Jouichirou did with his time after graduating Toutsuki. Who is Souma’s mother? Why did he decide to open a quiet little diner in Japan? Was it to raise his son, and if so, why did he leave Souma at this critical time?
So many questions and so little answers…
This episode was a great start to the second cour of this series and provides a good basis for the Autumn Elections. Erina did a decent job explaining the importance of why students are anxious to participate and it piqued my interests. Now that the training camp is over with, I would assume that the students leftover are the serious competitors that want to be the top 10% that graduate. As a result, this should be the pool of students that alumni and teachers would want to evaluate the potential for if they’re going to be hired for their own restaurants. The Autumn Elections will be a good way to dictate how the teachers, judges and mentors actually view the students compared to one another. Seeing as Souma and Megumi are already being approached to work at some of the alumni’s restaurants, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone elected them to compete as well. Obviously. What’s a competition without Souma right?
For all the Erina shippers out there, I think the series is definitely leaning more towards an Erina x Souma pairing with the new OP and ED out there. There’s a lot more involvement from Erina in these recent episodes that makes me believe that the mangaka is slowly phasing her in more for audiences to see her growth. She’s not just another rival for Souma, but seeing her own weaknesses are important for development later on. I never expected her to have a soft spot for Jouichirou – that feels both forced and also a good leeway to tie Erina’s story to Souma. I’m not sure what I make of that nice tidbit yet, but hopefully there’s some good story behind how Erina got inspired to be a great chef from Jouichirou. Maybe it’ll influence Erina to see Souma in a different light.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wow… Souma’s dad is such a man… <3 Who doesn’t love a man with a troubled past but also cooks?! #ShokugekinoSouma returns after a week off with a new OP and ED! Liked the old ED more but this OP is better ^^
ED: 「さっちゃんのセクシーカレー 」 (Sacchan no Sexy Curry) by 大森靖子(Oomori Seiko)