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.

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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

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Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Five Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

I really wouldn’t be surprised if the Mangaka[1] of Food Wars used to be a chef. The type of ingredients and dish that has been shown in this anime are really top notch and I doubt that someone could make them up without a great deal of research. I worked in the kitchen back when I was at college and there’s no way that I would have been able to conjure up that type of food.

I always wondered what the term “shokugeki” means and I finally found out through Isshiki’s explanation. Basically, it’s a cook-off between two people who wish to battle each other. In this case, Soma wants to battle Isshiki but he declined Soma’s challenge. I think that’s probably for the best, I too would not want to see Soma lose.

Erina was completely ruthless when she beat that leader of the sumo Chanko Hot Pot Research Society. She completely demolished the building after the shokugeki battle between the two. Are all the buildings in the academy seriously in use? Why does Erina need any more? It seems like she’s abusing her authority just because she can and she doesn’t really care who she crushes as it’s all for the good of the academy.

That visualisation of Erina swimming and walking on that island was both pleasant on the eye and hilarious. I knew something funny was about to happen but I didn’t foresee a herd of hippos coming. Haha. How does Erina possess such a wild and vivid imagination? I’m not complaining though as those visualisations are fun to watch. =D

It was implied that Isshiki was holding back after he “drew” with Soma in the cook-off. That would make a lot of sense as there needs to be a biggish gap between the Elite Ten and Soma. It would be fun to watch Soma gradually reach the same level as the Elite Ten through time.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other dorms in the academy. If there is than I wonder if there could potentially be Shokugeki battles between dorms, like the Polar Star Dorm versus the Joe Bloggs Dorm. I think that would be pretty awesome and I would really like to see Soma team up with Megumi and Isshiki. =)
I wonder who that new girl is. I also wonder who the “target” is.

I’m going to make a big guess now and say that she’s going to challenge someone from the Polar Star gang and it will be either Megumi or Soma. Fumio hinted that everyone in the current Polar Star dorm is nowhere good enough to be part of the Elite Ten, apart from Isshiki. That makes me think that the “weak targets” will be those from the Polar Star. =)

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Prince William and Kate Middleton

I just want to make a shout out to the royal family to say congratulations to William and Kate on having a healthy baby girl. =) I think it was really cool that a small town crier delivered the news. I would have liked to have done that myself. =D

What does any think they’ll name her? I’m going to throw traditional names on the table such as Mary and Elizabeth but I personally believe they’ll name her Victoria. Perhaps her middle name will be Jane or May? I don’t think middle names are a necessity but quite a lot of people have them.

Thanks for Reading. =)
Sayonara.^^/

Ryan.

[1] A Mangaka is the author and artist of the manga that he/she writes and draws.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Episode Four Thoughts

Food Wars Shokugeki no Soma

I grinned immediately when Soma made the observation that there were many quaint looking buildings in that huge forest. I was actually asking the same questions that he was asking. Why are there so many buildings? I know it’s a top notch food academy but surely the academy don’t require that many buildings. Perhaps these buildings cater for specialised equipment.

Soma had to make a dish out of nothing as soon as he got to the dormitory. I would feel sorry for him as he doesn’t seem like he can get a break, but he adapts very well to the situation.

It’s pretty cool how he was able to make that burger out of nothing and Fumio approved straightaway. We don’t see her visualised reactions but we do see what she looked like when she was in her younger days. She was quite a beauty and very demure. I went from admiring her youth to laughing my socks off the next moment when Fumio got caught up in the moment and tried to kiss Soma. She mistook him for her childhood love. Haha. It was really funny. =D

Poor Megumi is the one student who can’t get a break. She says that she dislikes Soma but I don’t really think this is the case. It’s more that she can’t really cope with his strong personality. Still, I didn’t think anyone could experience exhaustion by reacting to food dishes that Soma concocts. Haha. In some ways, Megumi is similar to Mayumi, Soma’s classmate from episode one. They’re both similar in the fact that they allow Soma to force feed them good and bad food. Haha.

It was really cool that the rest of the dormitory wanted to organise a welcome party for Soma. Initially I was suspicious as I assumed that they were all out to get him, especially the naked chef, aka, Satoshi Isshiki. They all appear to be genuine and were having fun trying out each other’s food. The elderly lady was very understanding and didn’t give any of them a ticking off. It seems like she’s the type who is strict but fair. That and Soma made her taste buds dance with joy so it’s only natural that she would be lenient as far as Soma was concerned.

I grew more wary of Isshiki near the end. It was pretty amusing when he got naked and wore an apron. I have no doubt that all the lady viewers would have enjoyed that moment. Haha. Anyway, when he concocted that last dish for Soma I actually thought he added some kind of bad stuff. However, it turns out that it tasted absolutely delicious.

Then it turns out that Isshiki is actually one of the Elite Ten of the academy and he’s in the Seventh Seat. He’s in the Seventh Seat whilst Erina is in the Tenth Seat of the Elite Ten and Student Council. I really wasn’t expecting him to be part of the elite, and I certainly wasn’t expecting him to outrank Erina as I somehow assumed that she was number one.

Good luck Soma!

Soma and Megumi Eyecatch

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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.

Thanks for Reading. =)
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.