「その箱に詰めるもの」 (Sono Hako ni Tsumeru Mono)
“What Fills the Box”
Returning this season after a year since it’s premiere, is none other than Shokugeki no Souma! And not to get everyone’s hopes up, but for those that aren’t aware, this season is only going to be 13 episodes and probably conclude the Autumn Elections tournament. For anyone (like myself) that doesn’t remember where the story ended, Yukihira Souma (Matsuoka Yoshitsugu) just got himself past the first stage of the tourmanent in his group making curry. The top contender in his group – Hayama Akira (Suwabe Junichi), also made it through (with just one point difference between himself and Souma) and so did Kurobiba Ryou (Okamoto Nobuhiko), Nakiri Alice’s (Akasaki Chinatsu) trusted friend. In the first group, Tadokoro Megumi (Takahashi Minami), Arato Hisako (Oonishi Saori), Nakiri Alice and Aldini Takumi (Hanae Natsuki) advance. The OP shows a good shot of everyone and who’s advancing into the next round this season. There’s a stranger amongst them… whom I will leave nameless for now for spoilers’ sake, so I ask that everyone else do the same for anime-only viewers. We’ll just have to wait and see when he appears.
We jump right back into the story without missing a beat and Souma is going to face against Alice one-on-one with the food subject being: bento. There’s literally no time for side stories or sympathies as Souma and Alice prepare and serve up their dishes. I was surprised by the lack of time spent on smack-talk or an introduction of the judges because last season certainly spent a lot more time in that department. Maybe it’s because we already know who Alice is and what she’s capable of. One of the judges on the panel this time is Alice’s grandfather himself, Nakiri Senzaemon (Ginga Banjou) and I thought that was going to warrant some conversation but nope – he’s there and then he’s shirtless. Wow. Anyway, Alice is the first to go – she serves a bento filled with an assortment of sushi. Each piece is meant to compliment the next and has little unexpected flavors in each bite. The finale being the little beaded soup next to the sea bream at the end. Anyone have sea bream sashimi before? It’s amazing! Anyone, Souma reciprocates with his own version of bento which is more warm and close to home. He serves up a layer of soup, a layer of fried fish and finally, a layer of rice. The rice is topped with his verison of “nori” – which is seaweed but in to the form of spheres. What makes it so jaw-dropping is that the process of sphereification is actually a molecular gastronomy technique – which is what Alice is known for and her expertise. Souma uses the same technique for the “seaweed” topping on his rice! What a surprise as Souma really thinks out of the box (ahaha… box, get it?) for this challenge and takes a gamble on a technique he hasn’t tried before. On the other hand, Alice only does what she knows best and although her food might taste great and look visually appealing, she loses because it doesn’t embody the “bento” theme as much. Senzaemon explains that Alice’s dish is “cold” and could’ve easily been also served if the theme was “sushi”, but Souma’s dish is warm and really brings back that feeling of opening up a bento box.
No surprise that Souma won but it’s a great feeling when it’s over a head-to-head competition against Alice. She gave Souma a lot of smack-talk earlier on last seaosn (when they met) so to finally see her defeated, is admittedly satisfying. We see more of her childhood as she’s constantly placed one step after Erina but we already know she has a complex against her cousin. I actually thought that one of the best flashbacks in Alice’s life was when she met Ryou and befriended him. Alice is a lot more socialable and likeable than Erina given her challenges, but she has a tendency to provoke people which is the issue I have with her. No matter, we’ll see her more in the audience as Ryou and Megumi are up next in this tournament.
The OP gives away a lot in terms of competition matches andd who is up against whom… And then who advances from that set. It’s a bummer when they’re all strong competitors and half the fun is predicting what’s going to happen. I would’ve liked for it to be a surprise when the time came who actually defeated who. No matter – I don’t doubt that Shokugeki no Souma has more in store for us then what’s been shown. It’s a shame that we’ll only get this sequel for another season but something is better than nothing and if this proves to be successful, we’ll certainly have more material for more. More food pron please!
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Forgot how hungry #shokugeki_anime makes me… #shokugeki_anime jumps right back into the Autumn Elections without missing a beat. With only 13 eps, there’s no time to waste this season.
Author’s Note: Given that I blogged the first season of Shokugeki no Souma, it’s almost a given that I’d do the sequel… except – I hate Saturday shows >=( I actually hate weekend shows in general because it’s hard to find time to set aside to blog; even if the show is AMAZING! With that said, I hope this show will continue to receive coverage even if the blogger isn’t myself. It certainly deserves the attention and hype.
OP: 「ROUGH DIAMONDS」 by SCREEN mode