「戦士たちの宴」 (Senshi-tachi no Utage)
“The Banquet of Warriors”
Love it or hate it, Shokugeki no Souma ends off smack in the middle of the Autumn Elections.There are definitely a lot more questions that I have than answers, but here’s hoping for a season two! *cross fingers* As someone who hasn’t read the manga, I’ve spotted a few things that I believe were intentionally left out. If anyone cares to satisfy my curiosity, please remember to use the spoiler tags in the comments in case not everyone wants to be spoiled. For one, Group A didn’t really have a proper finale like Group B did. They never announced the top 4 students going forward into the main competition – but we know that neither Shun nor Zenji got that spot. My guess is that they didn’t want to introduce another complexity to the competition and end the season off on a cliffhanger. We’ll have to see what really happened there if there’s ever a season two. Then there’s the obvious question of who will end up on top? Who is going to win the Autumn Elections and who will end up on next year’s Elite Ten? The amount of pressure on these students is incredible and they’re all holding it up very well. Work hard, party hard right?
There’s a heavy emphasis on character development and exploration this arc and I love how it brings all the known students together to give us a better idea of who they are. All the characters that we’re familiar with got their own share of the tournament to shine and even some of the folks that were kind of sitting on the back burner had more screen time. Initially I thought Souma’s story was an exciting tale on its own, but unlike Souma who had a good mentor growing up (his own father), Megumi, Akira and Ryo had more challenging childhoods. Whether they were forced to start cooking or grew a passion for it, it wasn’t easy getting to where they are and it makes me excited to see them succeed. Akira’s story is definitely more relatable if you’re looking at someone that literally came from nothing and only had a good sense of smell to go on. Good thing is, he’s a good kid and his attachment to Jun is very enduring. They’re more like siblings looking out for one another (maybe it’s because I can’t take Jun as a serious adult) than a foster child-parent relatioship.
Overall, I thought the writers did a good job spending the right amount of time tying everything off in the limited time. It’s not ideal to end off in the middle of the Autumn Elections, but at least there aren’t huge cliffhangers that leave the audience mad or confused. The epilogue and aftermath was also nice to see and they brought back snippets of what all the students are doing now. I can’t leave off without talking about Megumi and Souma and of course, Erina herself. Whether or not you believe that Shokugeki no Souma is going to go down any “shipping” route, you can’t deny that Megumi and Souma have a special bond. The finale pretty much gave them a solid 2 minutes to themselves (with some bystanders), and you can’t overlook the significance of that. I don’t know how Souma is feeling about Megumi… but Souma has made a distinct impression on Megumi for helping her through school so I Imagine some sparks flying there. Erina hasn’t gotten much screen time in the past arc so it’s hard to say where she stands. I know she doesn’t like Souma (still) and pretty much can’t even fathom the idea of him being that great of a chef. She can’t accept that his cooking is actually good and I still find that piece of her personality hard to digest. About the only piece of her life that I care about at this point is her relationship with Souma’s dad and that’s surface has barely been scratched.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Didn’t even reveal who made it into the final 4 of Group A… bum bum bum ~ And I won’t spoil it =X More Megumi and Souma moments please! Definitely some romance brewing here… #ship
My first thought about Shokugeki no Souma is… d*mn, the manga must love eggs; it’s been such a heavily used key ingredient these past two seasons. Whether it be fried rice, omelets or curry, Souma has done it all. It’s been a magnificent journey as a “culinary” anime, and blogging late at night does not help with the cravings. Not only did the food look good, but if you could imagine just how it would smell and taste, it completely makes me salivate. Shokugeki no Souma is not a show to take lightly, nor would I recommend it if you’re looking for a show that teaches you basic cooking. It’s highly advanced in the terminology and skill sets used. Rather than seeing basic ingredients and foods (e.g. Koufuku Graffiti), you’re learning techniques that you might not even learn on the Food Network. I give complete credit to the creators for being able to have that sort of creativity in their writing and doing the proper research in order to create this anime/manga. Shokugeki no Souma not only makes me feel inadequate as a foodie, but it actually makes you want to recreate their dishes or dive into the culinary profession.
Now stepping away from the food talk…
Where Shokugeki no Souma really captivated my attention has to be in the way that the story is told and just how over-exaggerated and funny everything can be. Keep in mind that while you’re watching this, it’s meant to be a shounen and not everything is supposed to be taken seriously. But also similar to many long-running shounen, things happen for a reason and there’s a lot of great character developments that come out of it. The secondary characters are the ones to watch out for because not only are they influenced by Souma but the other way around too; they encourage him to be better.
When I describe this show to people, I often say, be prepared to watch people eat food so delicious that it blows their clothes off – because that’s literally what you’re getting yourself into. A lot of people might find that idea hilarious and other people would find it a turn off. If you’re amongst the people that get turned off by the ecchi-ness, this is probably the most extreme situation you’ll see and you won’t even see it every episode. I still recommend you give it a try (and perhaps, watch it alone). I think everyone can find something to love about this show – whether it’s the food, the comedy, the plot or the characters, it’s just a fun ride. It’s not long or dragged out and filled with empty arcs of nothing; things happen and before you know it, season two please!