I don't think Food Wars needed an ova since it didn't really explain much or anything, but it was fun to watch at least. Expect some of the same over the top reactions from the series and you'll enjoy this still.
The first episode is just some of the characters going on a site seeing trip and trying some traditional Japanese food since most of them are not Japanese native. This leads to a decent food challenge towards the second half. The second episode has Alice and Erina going to a public pool on a hot day and the Polar star crew
plus Mito hanging out near a lake, eating shaved ice, barbecuing, and such. The second episode was worth the watch just to see Erina and Alice in their swimsuits.
The art is pretty consistent with what you expect the series have. The same goes for the sound.
Like most ovas, it doesn't really add anything new to the character portion of the show, but it shouldn't make you learn to hate anyone either.
I enjoyed watching these even though nothing important really happens. I wish Mito was in a swimsuit too, but oh well. Fans of Food Wars should enjoy this, but you might not if you didn't enjoy the show all that much.
This OVA is non-essential to the plot, so unless you just want more Shokugeki you can just skip to the second season.
Nonetheless, I highly recommend it, it's good fun and it does have a tiny bit of character development for some side characters like the Aldini brothers.
Otherwise, the quality is the same as the first season in all other aspects, it's just that the story itself isn't in any way significant to the plot.
It's a very interesting watch if you're interested in seeing more of the side characters of the show, since Souma himself barely appears in these two episodes (in the
first one he only appears for a minute at the end).
So far I have watched the first 2 episodes of this OVA, so this review is based purely on what I've seen so far.
Having been a HUGE fan of the main story I was very excited to start watching this OVA. The episodes are self contained mini stories which focus a lot more on the characters surrounding Yukihira, and less on the main man himself.
I found the artwork in these OVA's to be less clean than in the main story, and the episodes felt very much like fillers. However they are still very entertaining and do a good job of showing the viewer a
side of the characters outside of the usual 'cook or be cooked' Totsuki lifestyle.
You can expect food to still play a large role in each episode but they also focus more other recreational interests (like a trip to the pool/lake).
Overall the episodes don't quite measure up against their counterparts in the main story, but they still provide good entertainment and I'd recommend them to anyone who enjoyed Shokugeki no Souma.