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 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.

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Sayonara.^^/

Ryan

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Eight Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

Every time I see Soma’s smug and confident face I literally crack up.

To get into Totsuki Culinary Academy you have to be pretty skilled and pass the introduction test. However, even though the passing rate is like 1% or 10% there are still quite a lot of students attending, especially in the first year. Why so many? It turns out that the real test begins on this camp trip. More students will no doubt be expelled and sent home.

I was expecting to see Soma’s Dad there as he is probably one of the best chefs in the world. But, the chefs at that camp have to be alumni of that school and Jouichirou did not necessarily go to that school. I suspect he did though but it will probably be revealed later.

The Takumi twins and Erina appear to have passed the test no problem so it’s now up to Soma and Megumi to make sure that they pass the test. Out of the Polar Star Gang I hope Ryouko and Yuuki pass their tests as I’m rather fond of them. I wouldn’t mind if Shun passes too. As for Zenji and Shouji… I wouldn’t lose sleep if they failed. Haha.

I knew that Takumi was going to be arrogant and I was really pleased when he was brought down to size by Hinako, the adorable chef teacher. It was especially funny when Soma was taking the mickey out of him. Even Takumi’s twin brother, Isami, thought that Takumi made a fool out of himself. XD

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Megumi, Ryouko and Yuuki Eyecatch

I’m really looking forward to seeing what sort of dish Soma and Megumi come up with. I also hope we get more glimpses of Ikumi and we see more of Hinako, I think she really is cute. It was especially cute when she casually started to eat a packet of crisps on a side table. I don’t think many chefs would be that laid back.

Thanks for reading. =)

Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Three Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

I really do like Megumi. She is very sweet girl who lacks a lot of confidence and self-esteem. She went to the Tootsuki Culinary Academy to make her family proud only to end up failing upon her first exam. Haha. Her shocked expressions are cute and endearing. I’m just really pleased that she was able to pass Roland Chapelle’s test along with Soma.

I’m impressed with how quickly Soma adapts to the situation. Some of the current students appear to be out to get him. All except for Megumi, who until now, has simply just been trying to avoid him rather than degrade him. However, Soma didn’t feel sorry for himself he just got on with it. It turns out that his additional recipe, the honey, made that beef extra delicious. Megumi’s extravagant visualisation was quite… funny. I kind of knew at that point that she was going to be covered in honey. I didn’t anticipate that there were going to be little Somas, disguised as bees, pouring honey on her. Haha.

Those mean students eventually got their come-uppance. I’m really pleased about that. It makes Soma and Megumi’s victory that much sweeter. The best part of all is that Soma didn’t retaliate or care about the other students who tried to mess with his cooking. All he cared about was his own dish and working together with Megumi. I think that’s a very good attitude to have.

Soma is still showing his crazy quirks by force feeding Megumi squids glazed in honey… it reminds me of that line General Melchett spoke in the last episode of Blackadder Goes Forth.[1] Haha. Poor, poor Megumi… mind you, it might be naïve of me to feel sorry for her. She probably secretly liked it, just like Mayumi did when Soma force fed her that weird girl. Haha.

I think Erina is being somewhat in denial. I think she secretly likes Soma’s cooking but her pride is preventing her from being true to her own feelings. Her resentment towards Soma is probably going to grow deeper for the next couple of episodes. The sheer name of him makes her go bananas, and in a most humorous way. Haha. Soma doesn’t appear to care about being disliked or resented. Either that or he’s too much of a scatterbrain to even notice. Haha.

I don’t think Soma will take Erina’s spot as the number one chef at the academy just yet. He still has a long way to go and he probably needs to overcome many odds before that happens.

I wonder what Erina’s grandfather’s relationship is with Soma. Do they have a link that we don’t know about yet? It seems that he is the only one who is behind Soma being at this academy. I think that’s really cool as he clearly doesn’t care about Soma’s status in life. Being lowbrow or highbrow is completely irrelevant as long as the student can cook delicious food, and Soma has proven that. Soma’s dad is quite famous so perhaps Erina’s granddad knows him personally? Thus, that is why he is lenient with Soma and giving him a chance when everyone else isn’t.

I felt that this episode ended much too fast… that’s how much I enjoyed this episode. =)

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FA Cup Trophy

I started watching Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches episode one not so long ago. I think its ok so far and there were some humorous moments in it and I will probably watch more. I don’t have any particular enthusiasm to write a separate blog about episode one so I just thought I’d mention it here. =)

Monster Musume Volume 6 came at my house last night. I’ve not had the chance to read any of it yet as I’ve had a busy day watching The Premier League games and the FA Cup Semi-Final between Arsenal and Reading. I feel sorry for Federeci for letting in the goal like that. He looked completely devastated and hopefully it won’t become a stigma in years to come.

I knew Arsenal would beat Reading and reach the final, but who will join them? Will it be Liverpool or Aston Villa? I think Villa are going to give it a real good goal but will come up short. I think the score will be 2-1 to Liverpool.

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Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] Blackadder Goes Forth was a British Sitcom in the 1980s. The character General Melchett was played by Stephen Fry.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Two Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

I could not stop laughing.

Erina either has a very big imagination or she is just plain crazy. Who else would imagine sitting in a hot spring with a silverback? But, apparently that’s what she envisaged as she was eating something “disgusting.” Haha!

It did look like she was having a pleasant experience when she was eating Soma’s rice with special seasoning. She envisaged angels floating down, tickling her bare skin as her palate was literally going through a heavenly experience. These angels had faces of Soma. Really, I think she wanted to say that Soma’s food was “delicious” but she said that it was “disgusting” as her pride was hurt. I’m not sure what hurt her pride the most. Was it that a “common” person was able to dish up something delicious or did she feel that Soma was looking down on her? Either way, he ended up failing… poor Soma. Well, I say poor Soma but I could not stop laughing. XD

Erina’s reaction upon hearing what Soma was cooking was priceless. Soma’s lack of fear towards Erina was very admirable. It’s a good job that he didn’t care for her strong reputation as “God’s Tongue.” The flashback when she was being breast-fed by her Mum when she was a baby had me laughing hard the most. I’ve never known a baby to critique breast-feeding before… hopefully this will be the last time! Haha!

I did feel a little bit sorry for Soma as the other examinee students were looking down on him, seeing him as an outcast. Erina even saw him out of place to some extent as he is not part of the high-class industry. However, Soma came out on top as everyone else fled the venue out of fear for Erina’s reputation. If I was Soma, I would be pretty darn smug by now.

It looks like the elderly gent at the end took a bit of Soma’s food and liked it. Even if Erina has failed him, it looks like he is going to over-ride her decision. A wise choice, I must say, as Erina was not really being impartial. =)

I’m anticipating a love and hate relationship between Soma and Erina, mostly on Erina’s part. Perhaps she is going to be a tsundere and loves Soma’s food but won’t be honest about it. It looks like Soma’s dad is really going places and is now a top chef in a restaurant based in New York. I wonder where Soma’s mum is. Given Soma’s Dad’s speech, I do wonder if she’s no longer around.

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Soma and Erina

Last night was a good night for playing Mario. We played Mario 3D World, Mario Kart and Mario Party 10. I got killed and came last plenty of times but I did manage to win once, so it’s all good. =D

Now, it’s time for Manchester United vs Manchester City. I wonder who’s going to win. I personally think Man Utd have the advantage as City are out of form at this moment in time.

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode One Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Food Wars, but I certainly wasn’t prepared for what I did see in the first episode. Haha.

Soma likes to experiment with his food for his family’s restaurant. Sometimes his experiments pay off but sometimes they’re just plain awful, like the squid tentacles covered in peanut butter. Haha. I like him already. When it comes to experimenting with food and cuisine, I can relate. I used to blend in plenty of different fruit and food together in the food blender to create something different. Me and my brother even came up with our own recipe, Triple Decker Crisp Sandwich. Haha. Basically, you get three layers of bread, spread margarine on each piece, and fit as many crisps as you can in them. On Mother’s Day, I even baked a Victoria Sponge cake and added blue food colouring and the cake came out a tinge of blue. =D I was really proud that it came out just right. =)

Ahem- back to the show.

Mayumi reacted very negatively when she was fed the squid tentacles smothered in peanut butter. I wasn’t expecting a kinky visualisation of her being “attacked” by tentacles. I kind of clocked on from then that whenever the girls eat their food they’re going to describe the taste in very erotic and over the top ways. Haha. We found out right at the end that she did enjoy it somewhat, even if it was not edible. I suspect straight away that she has feelings for Souma, or at least has a soft spot for him. Either way, she’s going to support him. =)

I also found out that Mayumi’s voice actor also voices Sento Isuzu from Amagi Brilliant Park. =D I would never have guessed. I also come to learn that she voices a certain character from the new anime of this season, High School DxD Born. =)

That meat looking dish that Soma did for the attractive Yaeko does look tasty and it’s not surprising when she gave in to temptation. When she first appeared in the show I actually thought she was trying to seduce Souma since she was paying him attention and not the Dad. I wonder why she ignored the Dad. Surely she would try to negotiate with the owner of the restaurant, I.E. the Dad, rather than Soma.

Whatever tricks she tried it didn’t work. I admire Soma for keeping his cool and act together. Not many young people would be able to compose themselves or think rationally in that type of situation. It’s not often you see a fifteen year old coming out on top against four grown adults. I did feel sorry for him at the end. All that hard work of trying to keep the shop from running out of business and his Dad tells him that he’s closing up the shop… It was pretty funny to watch. Haha.
I’m pleased that he was sent to the top cuisine school in the whole of Japan, and it looks like there are a few who have already failed to get in. Oh dear. I have good confidence that Souma will do himself justice, so I’m not worried.

I did laugh and cringe a couple of times whenever I saw the erotic visualisations of the eaters enjoying or not enjoying their food. I think the funniest visualisation came right at the end when Erina eat her food. I genuinely thought she was underneath a waterfall and I laughed really, really hard when a jukebox out of nowhere hit her head. I was like ‘where did that come from?’ It turns out that this is exactly what she was imagining when she was eating her food. XD

In some ways, this show does remind me of the Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit game. I have noticed in a lot of anime, when someone eats their food they tend to over-describe the taste in cute or funny ways. I think I’m going to really enjoy Food Wars. I’m looking forward to episode two. =)

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Soma and Erina

Easter Monday is very relaxing so far. I’m looking forward to the Crystal Palace and Man City match. I have a feeling that Crystal Palace are going to have a good game this evening, but whether they’ll win remains to be seen.
Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.