What’s the show? Food Wars! The Third Plate, Episode 24.
The season finale of Food Wars, yeah? You made a few predictions about what this episode might contain, were you correct in any of them? Well, as it turns out… all of them! I’m not going to be smug about it though, they were fairly safe predictions.
Let’s see last review you predicted that the episode would be entirely the battle between Soma and Nene. Yup, that happened. Though I felt like the episode was intentionally drawn out so that it was neatly just that rather than half-start a new battle. That’s not to say the episode didn’t have other things happening—but more in a ‘wrapping things up/looking back montage’ kind of way—rather than starting anything new. There’s even an end credit montage of every time Erina got flustered by Soma in some way or another!
So is that a negative against the episode? I mean if you were viewing this show as a whole, some time from now once it’s all completed an episode like this would feel padded and even repetitive—when shown against what’s come before. But as a season finale, I still really liked it!
You also predicted that Nene would lose to Soma to teach her to be less rigid about her cooking style? Okay, I guess I was ~mostly~ correct with that one, while she does learn a lesson it’s less about being rigid in her cooking style and more about learning to adapt to a cooking venue. Soma won the soba battle against her because he was cooking for a cold climate and a cold cooking/serving venue; therefore the aromatics of her noodles were more muted, whereas Soma—by stir-frying his noodles bought the aromas to the forefront! Practiced and perfected methods versus clever cooking and adaptability in any environment, that’s the difference and that’s why he won.
And it wouldn’t be an episode of Food Wars without talking about fan-service, right? I’m surprised you brought it up! You’re always so ~aghast~ at the mere mention of oppai.
Well I’ve got a role to fulfil here too… Well since you asked, it’s pretty good, but on the whole I feel like it’s been a bit lacking this season in general—with the exception of the blonde twins from a few episodes ago. Wait should we be talking about this or saving this for a season long review?
That depends if you’re even doing one for this show? I guess there’s no need, I’ve already said on several occasions that I sometimes find it difficult to talk about the show because I end up just endlessly complementing it so I might as well give my full season thoughts here.
Right, so what did you think of Season 3 of Food Wars? The first cour (half) of Season 3, which aired in the Fall 2017 anime season was an exceptionally strong experience, perhaps the best the show had been! The second cour, was a bit more of an uneven experience—though finished well with some much needed character development, fleshing out of backstories through flashbacks and a return to form with regard to the Shokugeki format. Hopefully next season (whenever it may appear) will have more of an added focus on relationships—of a romantic kind—because I just can’t help shipping Soma and Erina and neither can the show if that ending credit montage was anything to go by!
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