Art Projects

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I’m really enjoying my art as of late and I feel as though I’m getting better with each picture that I produce. Recently, I drew a picture of Freya from Danmachi and I’m very happy with how it ended up. It turned out really well because I chose to go back to the basics with my approach to both the colouring and shading styles. I feel that because I went back to the basics, it ended up being much more effective than I anticipated.

 

Subconsciously I think I put myself under unnecessary pressure to finish my illustrations as quickly as I can and that did take away some of the enjoying from the artistic journey.  I took a step back upon my Freya picture and realised this so I told myself to slow down and when the pictures are ready to be complete, they will be complete.

 

Lately I’ve been doing these artistic projects where I’m drawing characters and sceneries for my family members. I’m enjoying doing projects for other people as it makes a nice change of pace but I don’t think I’m up for doing commissions for people that I don’t know just yet. Will my requested art meet their expectations? Will I be on a time limit? Anxious thoughts entered my head, especially regarding the time issue, so I always end up declining to avoid those self-pressure situations.

 

I think if I’m reassured that I can take my time with a project than I can probably do it and do it well. So, if anyone has a suggestion or if they have a picture that they’d like to see, just give me a shout. =)

 

Here is the list of My 8 Current Art in the Works

  • Claire Harvey (Hundred) – I’m attempting a 3D-ish type of colouring of Claire. Nothing really inspired me to give this a go, I just fancied a go. =D
  • Mi-Chan (High School Fleet) – I started this picture around the same time as Freya so the colouring and shading style will be more or less the same but with a background. =)
  • Saitama and Fubuki (One Punch Man) – I’m in the midst of doing a funny but affectionate dating scene between Saitama and Fubuki. I keep on laughing every time I focus on drawing this. XD
  • Atago (KanColle) – Atago at the beach. Originally I was going to use Galko-Chan in this summer scene but I saw this as an opportunity to draw Atago as I always wanted to draw her. =)
  • Fubuki (KanColle), Renge (Non Non Biyori) and Stera and Lotte (Atelier Shallie) – I’m doing a crossover to celebrate the fact that I earned my first ever Platinum Trophy on the PlayStation network. =D
  • Ikumi Mito (Food Wars!) – I really like Ikumi and it’s always fun to draw her, especially when she blushes.
  • Arnice and Lillysse (Nights of Azure) – I’m really enjoying playing the Nights of Azure game and I suddenly had the urge to draw these two girls. =)
  • Hotaru (Non Non Biyori), Wiz (KonoSuba) and Kirin (The Asterisk War) – A night scene with the girls and fireflies. I’m very excited about this one. =)

 

Thanks for Reading. =)

Ryan.^^/

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime Review

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Anime

  1. EPISODE THOUGHTS
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode One Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Two Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Three Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Four Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Five Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Six Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seven Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eight Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nine Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Ten Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eleven Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twelve Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Thirteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fourteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts! (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Sixteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seventeen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eighteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nineteen Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-One Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Two Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Three Thoughts (LINK)
    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Twenty-Four Thoughts (LINK)
  2. REVIEW

I really do like the trend of alternative battle shows where people battle each other but without fighting physically, like No Game No Life. In No Game No Life Sora and Shiro battle other rivals by playing games. I really, really like that concept of a battle and I’ve been on the lookout for a similar type of setting for some time and I found it in the form of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma.

 

I would say that Food Wars is pretty much as it sounds but I would describe it as a battle of chefs. So, think of this like Hell’s Kitchen or the Great British Bake Off but the competition is on a much bigger scale. The main guy, Sora, applies to enter into Japan’s most prestigious cooking school where the pass rate is 10%… or was it 1%? Either way the school has high standards.

 

I didn’t really know what to expect from Food Wars but I do know that I’ve really enjoyed this anime. Some of the battle scenes were intense and I found plenty of moments really funny.

 

I have to admit and say that I crack up every single time Soma smirks or grins. It might annoy Erina but it certainly makes me chuckle. I actually thought that I wasn’t going to like Soma. I thought he was going to be cocky and weird. However, I find him to be very daring, fearless, but above all, really funny. Erina, a high class lady chef, puts him down many, many times but he either doesn’t get her sarcasm or he just doesn’t care. Haha. I think it’s good that he’s not intimidated by all the high class students and I’m really pleased that he managed to blend in and make a few friends, especially those from the Polar Star.

 

I thought he was going to be a bad chef as well judging by his loss record against his Dad. However, it turns out that Soma is pretty good and it just meant that whilst Soma is good, he is completely outmatched by the much experienced Jouchirou. It’s pretty funny how they go out of their own way to create bad food and they find victims to eat it. Haha.

 

I think one of the quirkiest and funniest things of this show, apart from the wit and Soma’s facial expressions, is the female cast. By this I mean that when they eat delicious food they ‘visualise’ how they feel and either dress up in flattering clothes or they are stark naked. The girls showing their skin are easy on the eye but I also find it really, really funny. It’s ridiculous but hilarious. Haha.

 

The character growth should also be noted. Soma’s growth as a character is good and he becomes more mature and open-minded through cooking battles and during the field trip. I would say the biggest growth goes to Megumi, not necessarily through cooking abilities but her confidence and self-belief grows.

 

I enjoyed many battles in this show but my favourite battles involved Soma vs Ikumi, Soma and Megumi vs Shinomiya and whenever Soma battled his Dad.

 

I’m not sure if Food Wars was how I expected it to be but I do know that I most certainly enjoyed watching it. The major bonus of this series is that the food on this show looks absolutely delicious and they are designed in high detail. Every time I see Soma and co cook or bake or prepare a dish I immediately get hungry.

 

One of my life goals now is to cook a dish that’s been shown in the Food Wars anime. =D. Will I be able to do it? That remains to be seen.

 

  1. REVIEW

Two Thumbs-Up.^^/ (My Rating System) (My Anime Series Rankings)

Two Thumbs-Up

 

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Soma, Megumi, Ikumi and Kanichi Eyecatch

I’m lagging behind uploading my reviews for each episode but I felt that I could upload my review now as what I have summarised is relevant enough to share. It really is a good anime and I’ll be keeping my eye out for a Blu-Ray or a DVD collection in the future. =)

 

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fifteen Thoughts

Ikumi and Aldini Eyecatch

It was good to see Soma’s dad again and he kindly prepared the dishes for all the residents of the Polar Star Dormitory. It’s interesting to note that he used to be called Saiba. This is just a guess on my part but maybe his wife’s surname was Yukihira and he used that name once he married her. I heard that in Japan the guy takes on the lady’s family name when married. I really didn’t expect for him to be an alumnus of Totsuki Academy. I wonder why he didn’t graduate.

I did enjoy seeing Megumi, Ryouko and Yuki reacting to Jouichirou’s dish. They all looked really dashing in those Arabian clothes. I wonder if it’s possible to fall in love with someone through cooking. If it is possible then Jouichirou will have a group of female fans straightaway. I grinned when Soma misread the glances from the girls. If he can improve his cooking then he will get a flock of groupies in no time. Haha.

Erina’s reactions to Soma’s antics I think were hilarious. I never expected for her to be a fan of Jouichirou though. I immediately thought it was cool but weird. Surely Erina would have made a connection that Jouichirou is Soma’s dad. But, seeing as he went with the name Saiba it sort of makes sense why Erina wouldn’t make that connection.

I wonder how she will react once she learns of the father and son connection. Will she still treat Soma coldly or will she show him a little more respect?

I’m looking forward towards the impromptu Shokugeki battle between Jouichirou and Soma. However, I still think that the Dad will come out on top.

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Food Wars End Card

I was very late in posting this because I’ve only just watched this. Haha. I decided that I will keep posting my thoughts on Food Wars on a weekly basis. I like the new opening and ending songs, I think they’re rather catchy.

I’m impressed with this anime season so far. I enjoy watching the new Non Non Biyori series and I’m enjoying Monster Musume a lot more than I thought I would. I re-watched episode 2 three times. =) I wasn’t planning on watching SHIMONETA but I’m definitely enjoying that as I keep on cracking up laughing whenever I watch it. =)

Thanks for Reading.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Thirteen Thoughts

Satoshi and Fumio Endcard

Oh my. I hope Soma manages to pull through. Understandably I do think Soma is at a disadvantage here. He’s work at a diner for all his life and wouldn’t really know how a hotel would present their dishes. It’s not the question of him being able to cook. It’s the question of whether his dish is appropriate. So far, he has managed to serve less than 10 dishes. That new girl implied that Soma was going to fail as she knew what he was going to cook. I think Erina knew that that dish was inappropriate as well and it was on the tip of her tongue to tell him but opted not to.

Erina is pretty awesome and is quite amazing but it does seem that she was able to serve 200 dishes a little bit too quickly. That dish with the bacon and egg and muffin looks absolutely amazing. It made me hungry just looking at it. I wonder how she will react to Soma’s lack of servings. Takumi and Megumi appeared to be alarmed by this but I wonder how Erina will react? I get the feeling that she won’t be as sarcastic with Soma as she usually is. She already advised him to not serve that dish that he prepared for her in episode 2. I wouldn’t be surprised if she gave him more advice in the next episode.

It doesn’t matter how many insults and sarcastic remarks are aimed at Soma, they will never break him. Erina tried to be sarcastic and he took it as if she was suggesting a tasting contest. Haha. I do wonder who that new girl is. She tried to be intimidating but it back fired. XD She appears to be Erina’s rival. Are they related I wonder.

It looks like that Takumi and Ikumi are both going to be fine. It was amusing how they both confronted Soma. It was especially amusing when Isami revealed the recipes that the Aldini Restaurant use for their cuisine. The two of them clearly care for Soma and it’s always nice to see Soma getting more allies then enemies. He’s not a bad person he’s just ignorant in the high class society.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Nine Thoughts

Erina Endcard

I really do like Hinako, she’s very cute. Even though she has a fearsome reputation she acts very relaxed and sweet. I do think her moral dropped after Soma took away her Kaki-no-Tane. It was all for a good cause though as he served her that very same tea snack as part of a dish. I can’t describe it but he sort of coated the fish with the Kaki-no-Tane chips. I also really like the fact how Hinako is voiced by Mamiko Noto. I just know when a character is being voiced by Mamiko as she has that distinctive voice about her. I get drawn into her voice and characters every time. =)

Hinako summed up Soma perfectly in that he’s very creative despite time running against him. She looked pretty as a mermaid but I did crack up laughing when the man behind her had a meat-type head. I’m not really sure how else to describe it except that I thought it was funny. XD

I unexpectedly started to like Takumi in this episode. I pictured him to be an arrogant lad but I think he’s probably more awkward then arrogant. It was especially funny when he made that dramatic speech about next time he sees Soma it will be in a Shokugeki battle… only to find out that they would sit next to each other on the bus!  I guess all the long he just needed a rival and a friend who he can relate with. One thing for sure, Takumi and Soma will definitely respect each other from now on.

It looks like everyone in the Polar Star gang managed to survive by one day… for now. Now all the students have to serve 50 servings each to the muscular athletes. I felt sorry for Yuuki as she was looking forward to relax but now she can’t. The way she mellowed in despair was pretty funny to watch. It does seem rather unfair on all the students that they have to prepare all those dishes straightaway when they came back from a stern test. It’s amazing how quickly Soma prepared those 50 dishes. I hope Ikumi and Megumi and the rest of the Polar Star Gang manage to make those 50 dishes just in time.

Soma and Erina humming to the ending song was pretty fun to watch. Soma’s humming and dancing was really funny watch whilst Erina’s humming was relaxing to watch. I didn’t think they would bump into each other any time soon. I wonder what’s going to happen next. I’d imagine Erina is just going to give Soma a lot of verbal abuse. Haha.

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FA Cup Trophy

It’s the FA Cup Final today and I’m really looking forward to it. As I understand it if Villa win the cup, they play in the Europa League next season, if Arsenal win, Southampton play in the Europa League next season.

Either way I do feel sorry for the English teams who play in the Europa League as it must be gruelling for them to play on a Thursday and a Sunday. Look what happened to Everton. They finished at the bottom half of the table. I get the feeling that the same could happen with Southampton. They had a fantastic season last season but if they play in the Europa League next season then I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t do as well as they did this season. Having said all that, they played above expectations this season and just ran out of steam near the end. I’m very pleased for them. =)

Anyway- my FA Cup prediction.

It’s going to be Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa. I think Arsenal will just nudge Villa out but I don’t think they’ll keep a clean sheet. Let the fun times roll. =)

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Seven Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

Those don dishes look delicious. I really do wonder if these recipes and dishes actually exist in real life. I most certainly would love to try them out for myself if they really did.

Anyway, I’m glad Soma won in the end. I actually half-expected the battle between him and Ikumi to end in a draw. It’s a bonus that Soma won because it wiped the smirk from Erina’s face. I noticed something as well. Even though Soma is very confident in his abilities he’s actually very humble when he battles his opponents. I would have thought that he would gloat about his victory but he didn’t, in fact, he was actually very nice towards Ikumi and gave her an affectionate nickname.

I partly started to dislike Ikumi when I first saw her as I knew that she was somehow associated with Erina. I figured she’d be just as arrogant as she is. She did look down on Yuki because his ingredients were “cheap.” However, my opinion changed of her when she tasted Soma’s dish.

Her Father was horrible to her when he said that he wanted Ikumi, his daughter, to be strong and not be ladylike. He’s quite a jerk if you ask me. This was probably a traumatic experience that stemmed from her childhood and made her put on this act all this time. She put on this front of being tough and confident but really she was desperate to be herself. To me, so far, she has more redeeming features than Erina does and Soma has earned her respect, perhaps even more than that…

That bit at the end was hilarious. I actually thought that Soma was going to join the Don Research Society, but like Ikumi, I discovered that this was far from the truth. I actually feel really sorry for Ikumi as she was now required to join some club due to the conditions of the battle. Not only this but Soma, who laid down the conditions and the person who she wanted to see the most, ended up not joining… I’m sure she’ll get her chance to speak with him again though. I have no doubt about that. =)

Kanichi was especially funny when he kept on trying to pawn off his Don title to Soma and Ikumi. Honestly, if he has no interest in being the Don of his club than he might has well allowed Erina to use her authority to shut his club down. Haha. Perhaps he wants to be just a member and not have responsibility of a Don.

I liked how Soma used handmade picked plum paste and mixed it into the rice. Soma has shown in this episode as he has done in the previous episodes that the price tag doesn’t show its true value in the product. It’s how you bring out the best of the product with your skills, knowledge and creativity when cooking. I wonder if that paste was inspired by Megumi. I remember that Soma said that Megumi gave him a good idea for a recipe. I’m pretty confident to say that it’s probably that. =)

Urara is also funny. She pretends to act all cute and ladylike but really she’s a completely different person on the inside. Her eye catch is just as amusing.

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Soma, Megumi, Ikumi and Kanichi Eyecatch

Judging by what I see in the preview it looks like that Soma’s next encounter involves an arrogant looking blonde dude with a chef’s hat. I hope Soma cuts him down to size, but not literally…

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Six Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

Good grief. I knew that the new mean girl was going to have a face-off with someone from the Polar Star Dormitory but I never thought she would be facing Soma so soon. It was rather nice of Soma to prevent the closure of the Don R’s club, or at least delay the inevitable. Soma really is brave to challenge the new girl by competing against her at her own game, meat. Well, if you look at it another way, brave might not be the appropriate word. Haha.

Ikumi is quite a beauty and I really like her appearance style. What I especially like about her though is her voice. It’s like she growls softly and sensually in a hypnotic way. Through research I discovered that her voice actor, Shizuka Ishigami, also voices Syr Flover from DanMachi. Syr has a soft and sweet voice and she sounds nothing like Ikumi at all but they both delight my ears. =)

Anyway, I’m somewhat nervous for Soma. I really didn’t think they’d go against each other soon. Will this battle last a couple of episodes or will it just be one episode? It looks like Megumi is going to help out with Soma and Kanichi. In some ways Megumi does remind me of Stephanie Dola from No Game No Life. Like Stephanie, Megumi is forced to try things, participate in things and is on the end of insults.

On this occasion Soma dragged Megumi along to this Don R’s club and she actually inspired him to come up with a dish. Like Stephanie Dola, even if Megumi appears to be “useless” she has actually played an important part and inspired Soma. Soma, in turn, actually inspired Megumi to add a bit of honey into her own rice recipe for breakfast. Good for her! She really is a wife in the making. If I was Soma I would slap a ring around that but he’s too passionate about food to even care about romance… for now. I think Megumi is going to play a huge part in the upcoming battle, perhaps she’ll get over her stage fright with the help of Soma. =)

I don’t really like how Erina is crushing all the clubs for her own gain, even if she is a pretty face. She does make me laugh a lot so I don’t dislike her completely. Kanichi is pretty funny how he kept on losing confidence and how his big hair started to grow back when his confidence started to come back. Haha. I think he secretly enjoyed being backed up against the wall by Ikumi.

Megumi and Kanichi

Thanks for reading.

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.