「翳りゆく食卓」 (Kageri Yuku Shokutaku)
“The Darkening Dinner Table”
I’m really enjoying the pacing of Shokugeki no Souma so far. It’s not too fast, not too slow; it keeps me entertained just the right amount without being too rushed. It could be the nature of the manga as well, but since I haven’t read it, I have nothing to compare against. All I know is that last season seemed to focus all on two events (of which the second one was completely sped through) and it wasn’t my cup of tea. With the Moon Festival over (the last day was pretty anticlimactic), I can appreciate how quickly it moves on. And building upon the actual characters they recently introduced, they show more personality from the other Elite Ten members. There are several ones we already know, but Kobayashi Rindou (Itou Shizuka) and Tsukasa Eishi (Ishida Akira) are new ones we’ll need to keep an eye on. Personally, I don’t really know what to make of them yet since all I know is that they the number 1 and 2 spots in the Elite Ten, plus Rindou has a very extroverted personality. She rather eat all the food than set up her own booth and she’s pretty close to Eishi too. Eishi is… confident in his cooking abilities as Souma witnesses, but asides from his perfectionist personality, I can’t gauge if he’s “good” or “bad”. What is their agenda and what do they hope to achieve with their positions? I’m sure we’ll find out sooner rather than later.
I’m not an Erina fan, as many people who have been following my Shokugeki no Souma posts for a while may know. She not a very nice person to say the least and she definitely has a superiority complex. This is probably the first episode where I felt a bit more sympathy towards her, because she’s being shut down by her father. Of course, her father is painted as the villain right now without a backstory so that doesn’t really sit well with me either. Nakiri Azami (Hayami Show) seems to treat himself as a high-and-mighty individual, but where does this come from and why is everyone so scared of him? Why now, is he coming back to take charge of the school? And funny enough, I’m most curious to see why 6 of the Elite Ten voted for him. Do they want a change in management? Were they bribed? Everything is still such a large mystery to me since I don’t know the relationships between the characters nor their history. Azami must’ve done something horrible in the past (in the world of cooking?) to get him kicked out of school; not that I can think of any taboos at the moment.
There wasn’t that much food, as there was drama this week. I think the few dishes that we did see were all from Eishi and all very creative looking, but I’m not exactly sure what it’s supposed to taste like. There weren’t a lot of details that went into the composition of the dish so all I can say is – it looks good, it looks expensive and I’m sure it tastes better than it looks! It’s also a 9-course meal which to me, looks like it’s composed of all the best sourced ingredients and all the dishes are tiny. I think the challenge isn’t what you can do with great ingredients, but what someone does with average/everyday grocery-store quality ingredients. If you’re willing to pay for the best stuff, and you know how to combine your flavors and food, anyone can probably be an amazing chef. What I’d like to know is what makes Eishi special. Does he have interesting combinations of flavors? Can he prepare a high-end meal while having no budget? Maybe that’s where Souma will shine in comparison.