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Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – 22

「決戦の地へ」 (Kessen no Chi e)
“To the Final Battleground”

I’m not a manga reader. Not for this series, at any rate. So I can’t say for certain, but. Doesn’t this seem rather fast? Maybe that’s how it was in the source material. It’d be smart if so, to be honest; none of the intervening events probably needed to be elucidated, at least not until after the fact. But there was also some serious rush on in this episode. Or maybe that was the beers I had before getting home to watch it, who can say. Life is a mystery, and then we shokugeki.

My MVP for this episode is undoubtedly Alice. Others were good! Especially Isshiki! More on him soon. But Alice is the hero the other students needed right here. She threw the necessary tantrum, she marched everyone to the stadium, she is the one who made sure her friends and her cousin had their support crew on hand. Hisako wasn’t going to do it, no one else was going to do it, but Alice did. Good on her! We all need an Alice in our lives, sometimes.

Souma pulling Soba was great! A great laugh line, but also an opportunity to show his philosophy off in real time. To be honest, this entire first round seems like it’s all set up for the protagonists to win: The ousted Elite Ten members prove their mettle, and Yukihira surmounts impossible odds in a very Souma way. It’s the people who come next that will have troubles, I’d guess—strong competitors fail, current (named) Elite Ten members run amok, things get dire. I could be wrong! The show certainly seems to be setting Isshiki-sempai, at least, up for a victory. He’s always been silly in a super funny and awesome way, the kind of silly you can only be when you’re that damn good. I look forward to him showing further just how good he is. Crush this boring blondie, Isshiki-sempai. Do it for Polar Star!

As for Souma, him inflecting himself into the dish, and making one that really represents who he is, is the right tack to take. He doesn’t know how to make soba as well as Nene; if he fights her in her realm, he will lose. He knows how to be Souma better than anyway else, though. If he cooks soba like Souma, better than he ever has before… Maybe. Maybe he can pull that off. If anyone can, it’d be him, certainly!

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June 11, 2018 at 12:50 am
  • June 11, 2018 at 2:16 amzztop

    This episode is entering the final stage of the Central Arc.
    The Arc already ended about 2-3 weeks ago in the manga.

    If they somehow choose to cover up to where the manga ended Central, it’ll be a very long time until there’s enough material for a new season.

    • June 11, 2018 at 5:41 pmBROOKLYN otaku

      TRUE DAT! its funny cuz i actually thought that the manga ENDED with that arc!

      Does this story of culinary battle still have legs???
      I honestly ask that because everybodys stories seemed fleshed out.

  • June 11, 2018 at 9:58 amstarss

    Is it me or does the MC of the battle look like Megumi with a different eye color? It’s way weird.

    Good to see the Polar Star students who lost, and what they been up to. So it only takes enough prodding to the Central administration to allow the losers to travel alongside the other contestants just so ya shut up?? I wonder why Souma or any of the others never bothered to do that? Then again, Alice is a huge enigma, and we don’t completely know how she functions.

    It’s also good to see the other Elite 10 members in action, since we didn’t see the OVA and thus feel out of the loop.

  • June 11, 2018 at 1:54 pmKasbeen

    This episode was actually sped up quite a bit. Well this whole season has been rushed. Saiba’s flashback shouldn’t have been finished in one episode but they skipped a lot so they could fit 4 chapters in. But I was slightly fine with this episode. Both Soma’s and Isshiki’s Shokugeki chapters were done separately but it looks like they’re combining them, which is fine with me.