"Shokugeki no Souma looks stupid, it's just a story about a guy that likes to cook food"
Good god, this anime series....
The anime that made me start cooking good food other than eggs and burgers.
Shokugeki no souma is just so amazing, it's only been 4 episodes and they look so good, that all of them made me smile of enjoyment like it was nothing.
It's unbelievable the way they can put out such an intresting and joyful story, and combine it with the so well done music and sounds.
The time that we have waited for this season was not too long, but it was kind of painful,
at least for me, in a way that I wanted so bad to continue watching and enjoying the way they make food and show it to the viewers.
The first episode was so refreshing, really made me feel like it has been so long since I last watched season 2, with the opening, the animation, the sound, and above all else, THE FOOD !
Episode 2 and 3 showed a little bit more what Souma wanted and we were waiting for the beast to come out of his den !
Episode 4 was so astounding, I won't spoil, but in the end of the episode, if you are like me, you will have that huge smile coming out of enjoyment.
I can't say much more about it, it's most likely I don't have words to describe how outstanding this show is, I can only say one thing, and that is ---> Shokugeki no Souma
Shokugeki is... A cooking battle shonen. For me some shows will always be defined by their premise, and this is certainly one of them. Gintama is historical science fiction comedy. Mushishi is supernatural hiking. And this is Chopped ramped alllll the way up to 11. The best part about this, is that the show knows it is, and consequently pours its all into being exactly what it is: a carousel of mouth watering food, excessive dinner-induced fanservice, and quirky, plucky characters.
To be honest there's not much more to say about this next installment in the series. The plot is advancing closer to the point we've
been waiting for since the beginning of season one, the animation remains solid all around and beautiful when it comes to food, the characters are continuing their bits of growth while maintaining most of the running gags, and its an absolute blast to watch. And that lack of excess fat might be why its so darn entertaining, and a tie back to my first point: this show knows exactly what it is, and it does exactly that at a consistently high level. its self assured, and that's what keeps its edge.
Its sharpest point outside the premise comes in the form of its characters. The show as a whole contains a large cast list, and the vast majority of these people are not only given backstories, but evolve alongside the main character. The show desperately needs this to compensate for the lack of true action scenes one would typically associate with the genre, and it does so with aplomb. Accomplishing the balancing act of having a true main character while still developing other pieces is one that few shows attempt, and even fewer pull off to the extent Shokugeki continues to.
In short, this is not the deepest anime. But it keeps an ever expanding, colorful cast, an endearing main character, some incredible sounding food, and is conceptually an inventive spin on the standard shounen anime. An absolute blast!
Story wise, there is one main story, subdivided into arcs (seasons), subdivided into events. Events can be 1 episode or a couple.
With some anime you feel like wanting to skip to the end of the story just to know how it finishes, however, Shokugeki no Souma keeps me fixated to the screen the entire time. When the episode is finished, I am thinking 'already finished?' that was like 5 minutes max'. It just sucks you in.
I personally like cooking, but this anime is so much more than that. It i like Hyaku (I expect) or Diamond no Ace. The story is about a subject,
but subplots and characters make it great. Also the characters next to the main characters add to the plot and are not just annoying.
The sound, the art and everything else support each other resulting in a great anime.
Shokugeki no Souma comes with the "just a cooking anime" stigma, which made me approach this anime with a certain level of doubt.
I breezed through the first two seasons during which, I had found the fan service a tad excessive; the focus had been more on the food and a couple of characters.
However, this third season is on a level of its own. The characters have grown in a promising manner, with the limelight being on emotions, passion, and competition. The show seems more mature, and the fan service has been been toned down.
The story is well articulated so far, and has
kept the audience on its toes. It brings with it the right amount of spice, not overlooking the fact that it is, in fact a cooking Shounen anime.
The sound, animation, and flow are above average; the opening is a treat!
The bad : The only issue I have so far, is that this show seems to take after the a certain series about extraterrestrial super monkeys, and their drawn out fights. (Hold your horses!) What I mean, is that although a lot of things take place, the show seems to move at a very slow pace. This doesn't sit well with me, however, overall with the show being enjoyable, it can be overlooked.
I'm pleasantly surprised that I like Shokugeki no Souma, and this season definitely makes me want more each week.