「朝はまた来る」 (Asa wa Mata Kuru)
“Dawn Will Come Again”
When I first saw the assortment of meats, I thought to myself that there’s no way that a mishmash of beef could taste good. And even finishing that episode – although, I love meat in general – that dish didn’t appeal to me the same way bacon does! Come on – BACON?! But it’s odd that you’d pair pork with beef stew so maybe that wouldn’t taste as good as I’m envisioning it to smell. Anyway, what do I know right? What I do know is what I like and even though a pile of different beef parts might not scream “beef stew”, it does sound like any meat-eaters’ dream. All my favorite beef parts – tongue, tripe, tail – all in one bowl sounds delicious. It requires a lot of work to prepare each part well too so it’s not a task to take lightheartedly. Obviously I would expect Souma to blow it out of the water with this one. It’s still not as appetizing to me as some of the other dishes that were presented previously, but Souma’s dish encompasses everything he’s been working towards and truly is the embodiment of his specialty. A well-deserved win for Souma and I certainly couldn’t have predicted that one.
Last week I thought that Mitsuru was working for Subaru and although it’s not quite to that extent, Mitsuru ended up being a bit of an Achilles’ heel for Souma. Mitsuru didn’t directly hand over Souma’s dish to Subaru, but he underestimated Souma’s opponent and the lengths he’d go to to win. Luckily Souma still had the upper hand and in order to pull off this win, he prepared even more than Subaru. Subaru believed that he could win just be twisting Souma’s recipe – presenting just one extra element. But Souma not only anticipated Subaru’s move, he bested it and presented something that was his and elevated it. Isn’t that what being a chef is about? Creating your own recipes and constantly learning and bringing something new/different to the table? That’s what I love about Souma’s creations. As creepy and disgusting as they can be… High risk, high rewards folks.
With Subaru’s defeat, I thought that his story would come to an end but we might just see him again. When the episode flashed to his childhood and his upbringing, I was genuinely sympathetic towards him. Not only was I not expecting his backstory, but his father wasn’t really a father figure for running away. Subaru’s ability to replicate someone else’s dish is indeed amazing, but it also means that he doesn’t have his own preference in cooking style. That might be a good and/or bad thing but the anime paints it as Subaru’s way of trying to prove that he can better anyone with their own recipes and specialties. It’s like winning shokugeki battles was his only way of feeling accomplished and getting the acknowledgment that he needed that he was a successful chef. This made me feel bad for Subaru and it wasn’t until Souma talked him into staying at the school that I was felt like he turned a new leaf. It was even visually shown with Subaru in his birthday suit! So with all that said, I doubt that withall this character development for Subaru, this will be the last we see of him.
Finally we see the return of all the cooking utensils that Subaru has stolen, returned to their owners at the end. It was a heartwarming scene and seeing the girl thank Souma was a nice touch. This moment made me feel worse for Subaru but then he picked himself up again and chose to be a better person thanks to Souma. When Takumi appeared, I wasn’t sure what to expect – maybe a bit of anger or a bit of pity – but in the end, Takumi was the bigger person even after his loss. He shows that he does have some pride left in him and the only way he’s going to get the mezzaluna back is when he defeats Souma. What a proclamation! I’m dying to see when and if they have a shokugeki one day and who is the better chef. Obviously with Souma as the main character, he already has one-up on Takumi but who knows; maybe Takumi will drastically improve.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Souma was the clear winner but it was nice to see Subaru’s history thrown in. And Takumi’s line was on point! Mmmm… who doesn’t love bacon? Although I do love tripe and beef tongue too #shokugeki_anime
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