Food Wars! The Second Plate – Episode One Thoughts and Reaction

Alice Nakiri

A great start to a wonderful franchise. Instead of giving you a feel what this show will be like, it went straight to the action. It was as if it was literally continuing where it left off from the previous season. Giving a small introduction and re-cap of Season One was more than enough, now we can focus on the next round of the Autumn Selections.

 

This episode was solely focused on Alice vs Soma. I was excited yet gutted at the same time as this meant that only Alice or Soma could advance.

 

Even though Alice lost she still looked strong in defeat. In some what I feel that maybe she tried too hard to be outstanding. She thought way too much to the point where she lost sight of the original purpose- creating nibbles for a Bento Box.

 

In terms of cooking and creating recipes and dishes she probably has Soma beat, but in this case Alice relied too much on her skills rather than think about the “essence” of a Bento. In that regard Soma was always going to come out winning, plus he has experience of preparing Bento lunches in the past.

 

I thought this opening episode was really funny and very entertaining. The highlight for me was the casual banter between Soma and Alice. We do see Alice’s vulnerable side when she ate Soma’s dish and that was rather sad to see. Silver lining, it seemed that his Bento gave her a lift that she really needed as from the looks of it, she needed a hug.

 

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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)
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    • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Episode Fourteen Thoughts (LINK)
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  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 16 Thoughts

Food Wars Episode 16 Eyecatch

I really enjoyed the battle between Soma and his Dad and I liked the judging panel. I thought it was amusing how Megumi was elected to be the third judge when she was in her half-awake state.

 

It’s funny because in episode one I hugely underestimated Soma’s cooking abilities. As he lost to his Dad for the 489th time and he made unorthodox dishes I automatically assumed that he was going to be a bad cook. However, since entering the academy he’s been on a big role and is especially impressive when it comes to adapting quickly to situations. In this battle, it doesn’t really show that Soma is a bad cook it just shows how incredible Jouichirou is as a chef.

 

That apple dish that Soma dished up looked really nice. I think Satoshi and Fumio in her younger days would make a nice couple. It was fun to watch them dance together in their visualisations. It was funny when Megumi was visualising herself as Snow White being picked up by a prince with an apple head!

 

However, it seems that Jouchirou deliberately dropped by to give Soma motivation, I.E., beating him as it seems that losing just makes Soma more determined. Soma always knew that he was going to lose but he’s never been a bad loser, so far he has been dignified in defeat.

 

It was good that Satoshi gave him constructive feedback. Satoshi is part of the elite ten so his opinions, when it comes to cuisine, are worth taking on board.

 

So, Ryouko and Yuki wanted Jouchirou’s advice and tips to improve their skills as chefs. I think really, deep down, they just wanted to smooch up to him because they fancy him. Haha. Well, they fell in love with his cooking more like!

 

It was interesting how Erina sensed Jouchirou was nearby and ordered the car to stop at once so she could see his idol. It will be interesting to see her reaction once she discovers that Jouchirou is Soma’s Dad.

 

It seems that I enjoy Food Wars more as the weekly episodes go by. I’m looking forward to the next one. =)

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Food Wars Episode 16 Endcard

I’m looking forward to WWE Night of Champions as Sting is challenging Seth Rollins for the WWE World title. It would be amazing if Sting became world champion but I really can’t see WWE allowing that to happen unfortunately. It would be quite a send-off for Sting if this was the case as I got the impression from Sting’s speech on Raw that he intends to retire soon. Then again, perhaps I read his speech wrong?

 

In an ideal world for me Sting would win the championship from Seth Rollins. It wouldn’t be just for the heavyweight championship either. I think he should have put the United States title on the line too. That way Sting would not only win the WWE title but he would win the former WCW secondary title of the United States. I think that would have been an amazing touch but alas John Cena is challenging Rollins for the US title.

 

After beating Seth Rollins at Night of Champions Sting would face the Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. Survivor Series would be the most appropriate match for Undertaker to challenge Sting as both Undertaker and Sting made their WWE debut at Survivor Series. It could be the best way for Undertaker and Sting to retire if it’s appropriate. If not, then perhaps at Wrestlemania?

 

To get back on track-

 

I’m somewhat behind with Food Wars and other anime as of late as I’ve been busy with other projects such as renovating my garden and the summer house. However, I have found some time to myself and I’m taking this opportunity to play catch up as well as playing Atelier Shallie’s second play through.

 

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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. =)

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Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Fourteen Episode Thoughts

Food Wars Street Fighter Parody Endcard

This was really exciting to watch. I actually think it’s my personal favourite episode of Food Wars yet. Did Soma adjust the recipe? Or, did he decide to put on a show? I’m pleased that he managed to attract a young sweet girl who got pushed out from tasting Erina’s dish. Live cooking looks like fun. I sort of did live cooking when I was in the kitchen at college, but, it was nothing of Soma’s calibre. Haha.

It was amusing when Soma was ignoring Erina to focus on his own dish. It was more to the point that he was analysing the situation. It was incredible how he quickly adapted to the situation and went incredibly fast to cook that soufflé dish thing. The battle music compliments that scene very well. It was intense and exciting to watch, especially as Soma was trying to beat the clock in 30 minutes. I do think it was a bit of a small victory on Soma’s part when he managed to take away some of Erina’s customers. It was especially amusing when he gave that thumbs up towards Erina. I don’t like it when people give a smug face but I find myself laughing every time Soma gives a smug face. Haha.

Luckily Soma managed to complete 200 servings just in time. Had he done all that in the beginning, I wonder if he could have managed more. Erina completed over 400 servings and Alice managed 380 servings. Had Alice had more ingredients than I reckon she could have matched Erina’s number.

I thought I wasn’t going to like the new girl, Alice Nakiri, until I got to know her a little better. It seems like she’s a wannabe villain but every time she tries to act cool it somehow backfires. She wanted her right hand man to explain her history with Erina but that backfired so she ended up explaining it. It was really funny to watch. I especially liked it when it showed a young Erina calling a cake disgusting, the same cake that a young Alice made for her.

Alice’s dish did look pretty amazing. I liked it when she turned that egg into like a drink. The egg sits on an egg cup made out of chocolate and you use the straw to drink the chocolateness from side. It’s like an adapted version of an Easter Egg and Egg and Soldiers.

I am pleased that Soma didn’t feel sorry for himself. If anything, he took it in his stride. He actually admitted that he was ignorant. Yet again Alice has failed to intimidate a person. Haha. It’s definitely good experience for Soma though.

The ending was misleading, but in a good way. Luckily, Soma and co are treated to dishes that are prepared and made by the alumnus of Totsuki. Good for them. All of the Polar Star Gang managed to pass too, including Zenji, remarkably. I wonder if Hinako made a special dish just for Megumi?

I wonder what the Autumn Elections are.

This has definitely been my favourite episode yet and I feel that it’s more than appropriate to make a shout out to the Eyecatch and Endcards as they are parodies of Street Fighter. Ingenious, in my opinion. I really do like Erina parodying Blanka. Haha. I think Ryouko would have suited cosplaying as Crimson Viper.

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

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 Twelve Thoughts

Megumi Yokai Endcard

I was gutted when everyone favoured Shinomiya’s dish. I really wanted to see him be cut down to size, but, his dish was too good. As expected of a top pro chef. I do understand his background a little better and I can see that it has made him the way he is today, but, I still don’t like him. However, after trying Megumi’s dish he will move forward in his own way.

It was pretty funny when all the judges were debating what yokai Megumi would be. Hinako is as funny as ever. If yokai Megumis ever get released then I would most certainly be keen to buy them.

Megumi put a lot of thought into her dish and considers who she’s preparing the dish for. She really is a sweet person. I suppose, realistically speaking, it would have been unrealistic for her to beat Shinomiya, even with Soma’s help. I’m glad she’s no longer expelled as I was somewhat nervous that we will not see her again.

It really is all thanks for Soma. I know Soma hit that wall in frustration but if it wasn’t for him then Megumi would have been expelled once and for all. Still, he didn’t feel sorry for himself and he joined Megumi and the rest of the Polar Star Gang in Rousuke’s room. Haha. Perhaps Soma needed a “loss” against a pro like Shinomiya to gain a humongous motivation to improve as a chef.

When I think about it, this Shokugeki battle is a win for everyone. Megumi gained confidence in her self-esteem and cooking strives, Shinomiya now realises how to become a top chef and Soma is going to be motivated to improve. =)

Thanks for Reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eleven Thoughts

Magical Cabbage End Card

I’m pleased that Shinomiya accepted Soma’s Shokugeki challenge, well, due to the interference and intimidation of Dojima. I had a feeling that Dojima would somehow get involved. I didn’t know Megumi had a particular dialect. She sounds cute though. It made me think of Marika from Nisekoi as like Megumi she slips into her natural dialect whenever she is flustered.

It’s rather unfortunate but fair that Hinako is not a judge as she would be biased towards Megumi. I wonder how she kept on escaping the rope. Perhaps she’s a ninja. Haha. She’s supposed to have a fearsome reputation but all I see is a fun and carefree side of her. She never fails to make me laugh. Tying her up was a bit harsh though.

I do feel for Megumi. It must have been a shock to learn that she was going to be the main chef and Soma was going to be her support. I can understand why Dojima made that move. If Megumi keeps on relying on Soma then it will do more harm than good. At some point she will probably have to stand on her own two feet, especially in the kitchen.

Thankfully Soma managed to snap Megumi’s nervousness away, well, clap her nervousness away as he clapped his hands into Megumi’s. He also slapped Megumi’s back to calm her down. I think the two had good chemistry whilst cooking. Soma had a good idea what Megumi had in mind to cook and prepared the ingredients in advance.

I think the highlight of this episode for me was definitely when all the judges envisioned themselves as Magical Girls, or rather, Magical Cabbage. And Hitoshi was a bird mascot. Haha. I think I’m sensing a bit of a Sailor Moon tribute. Hinako, Fuyumi and Dojima are the Sailor Girls whilst Donato is the Tuxedo guy from Sailor Moon.

Megumi’s dish looks really lovely, but will it be enough to beat Shinomiya? I think she just very well might.

Shinomiya claims that he was deliberately holding back because he didn’t want to be mean, but personally, I think he’s being arrogant. I think he’s underestimating Megumi and he’s making something basic rather than he’s special dish. In his eyes he probably doesn’t need to be at his best to beat a “student.”

I’m disappointed that we have to wait for another week until we find out what the judges decide.

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Ten Thoughts

Yuki Hero Endcard

Aww, poor Megumi. I sort of sensed that something was going to happen as soon as Shinomiya said that no one was allowed to work as a team. Megumi is a polite and selfless girl who would be the most vulnerable in that sort of predicament. Because most of the chefs there were selfish they were aggressive gathering the ingredients, leaving Megumi little to no room to grab the veg of her own. She managed to get some of the veg though so good for her.

I was gutted when she got “fired”. Her dish looks really nice and I do think that chef, Shinomiya, was really harsh to expel her on the spot. Most of the chefs are pretty ruthless in that camp so it’s not all that surprising. I am somewhat surprised that Soma managed to keep his cool enough to challenge him to a Shokugeki Battle. If Soma wins then Megumi will not be expelled. I wonder what the cost will be if Soma loses?

Having said all that I’m probably jumping the gun, for all I know Shinomiya might not accept Soma’s challenge. And for all I know alumnus probably can’t participate in Shokugeki Battles with current students of Totsuki. I’m pretty sure Shinomiya will accept his challenge and I’m sure current students can face off against alumnus. =D If or when he accepts the challenge I hope Soma wipes the floor with him.

That beginning banter between Soma and Nakiri was pretty humorous to watch. I was half expecting Erina to slap him but I did expect her to give him a lot of verbal abuse. I reckon she would have had a lot of fun playing cards with Soma. I do wonder why she didn’t take part in that challenge. Is it because she’s part of the Elite Ten of the Council and is exempt from that specific challenge? I will probably have to re-watch to see if I’ve missed anything from their banter. Her humming was good to listen to.

I enjoyed Yuki moments in this episode, especially the end card when she dresses up as a hero whilst Megumi and Ryouko were slimes. I also enjoyed seeing more of Erina’s backstory on how she was critiquing baby meals when she was a baby. It’s cute yet hilarious. Haha.

Dojima’s reaction to Soma’s name was interesting. This made me suspect immediately that he knows Soma’s Dad.

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. =)

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Sayonara.^^/

Ryan