"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.
I love nearly everything about this anime, the character development, the humor, art-style and plot.
The anime overall is just simply amazing, it has everything you need in an anime.
In season one there was a problem with character development and that there basically wasn't any but since then the stories are interesting from every character and how they intertwine on how they met or how they came to be where they are now.
My one problem with the anime is the music and sound, I'm not a fan of it.
I didn't notice at first but after
re-watching it the sound ruined it for me.
When someone tastes some good food the music just doesn't fit, all the way through the first season they overused this OST,
But since season one the music has improved a lot and probably will be perfect in the future, but at this moment in the anime the sound hold it back from being faultless and perfection.
This is my personal favorite and many others, the reason is because it is not to far fetched and the characters are interesting.
Here we are with the Third Plate.
Shokugeki no Souma is probably the epitome of the cooking anime genre. The first two seasons were groundbreaking, with the amount of research (accurate research at that) going into it being truly phenomenal. It is a cooking anime with a true focus on cooking as an artform, and following Yukihira Souma as he grows as a chef and a person.
Switching over to the third season, at this point, in compairison to the first two seasons, it is slightly lacking. The selling point of seasons one and two were the brilliantly and comically exaggerated foodgasms that people would experience upon
eating a particularly memorable dish. However, upto this point in this season, there have been no truly notable foodgasms, though the series seems to be gearing up for something major, if the last episode was anything to go by.
The attention to detail is still there, And I find myself waiting for the next truly amazing foodgasm.
The problem with shows like this one is they inspire such blind devotion that people overlook its glaring flaws. I'll admit right now that I love this show, and although I'm enjoying this season, there are quite a few things that bother me.
The plot this season is definitely uping the stakes compared to previous seasons. It is quite enthralling but is also frustratingly flawed. There are of course all of the instances of the main character being unnaturally successful at everything he does, but like whatever. What bothers me is all the moments where I'm just awestruck as things that shouldn't and can't happen in
a realistic world shape the events of the story. The main conflict in this season stems from such an occurrence.
The budget for this show has unfortunately tanked hard. The animation is just SOOOOO unbelievably lazy. Everything is flash, they overuse all the lazy anime tactics: switching to a goofy, super cartoony animation in order to make animating easier, rarely showing legs while people walk, frequently focusing on still images, animating almost nothing on the character but their mouth. They've even removed nearly all of the elaborate visual foodgasm metaphors. The sound is just normal anime sound, decent voice acting, basic anime music and sound effect. Is whatever.
You know the characters by now, or at least the main ones. There has been a good number of them up until this point. That's why they decided to add like 20 new characters, whose names you'll never learn, as regulars on the roster. I hate when shows do this. Ya, it keeps things interesting, but like in the same way that starting a new anime and watching the first 4ish episodes before doing the same thing again, keeps things interesting. I like many of the characters they introduced up until this point which is unfortunate because now there are so many characters that I don't get to see the few I like. Additionally all, and I mean ALL of the characters in this show are SUPER tropes, so get ready for that.
Luckily this show is super enjoyable, otherwise, there'd be no redeeming it. The fact that they managed to make such a crappy, lazy season like this and still make it enjoyable is astonishing. It is however not nearly as good as the hype would suggest.
Shokugeki no Souma is a fun anime.
While my enjoyment is in a descending line, my intriguement in the show is evergrowing.
It has goofy characters, completely filled with over the top clichés and stereotypes, making the anime seem borderline parody.
Even the seemingly harem element to it is played as a joke, which is a pretty hard thing to do. And even when it does stuff which can never be done in reality, even that is a joke.
But, even that only goes so far.
A joke is a joke, and repeating it a million times doesn't make it endlessly funny.
And honestly, that's what Shokugeki no Souma is
doing right now, not to mention that barely anything substantial happened in these past episodes.
Even the plot is barely a 5, because it's not really interesting or clever.
It sticks to the basics.
"My dad is secretly a super amazing chef"
"I make girls around me fall in love because I am also a super amazing chef"
"Evil figure related to main heroine takes over my school oh noo"
This doesn't stop me from liking it though, it's still a really fun anime.
Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara, a fairly interesting idea, which sadly is executed in an overly superficial way.
To begin with, this show has great visuals and a overall great animation, yet, it clearly lacks the depth, character development, and quality of a great anime, not to mention the unrealistic and disgustingly predictive flow of events.
Moreover, given the broad range of character the show has, and the time the animations surrounding the food tasting takes, each character has very few development, and when they show some, it's sudden and feels out of place. In addition to this factors, the show lacks focus on the cooking
skill development of the characters, making it more of a void and boring anime, as the end result of each strife between characters is extremely predictable.
To conclude, this anime is suited for people who aren't looking for a "rich" anime, but for an easy to watch and sort of basic show, most likely pleasant under the right eyes who are looking for something fun and with low complexity levels.
This is a review from someone who actually hated this anime some time ago so let me tell you what makes this a good show
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"Try your very best to not write any spoilers."
Ok I try
This season is what made me fall for the anime and I need to spoil some of the plot in order to explain myself:
The school is not going to allow students to cook what they want or specialize in the style of cooking that they like.
Why did that stupid reason make me
fall for this anime?
Well is simple, every single Chef have their own cooking method and their own way to tackle a dish, in other words everyone is different and it shows in their cooking, the very essence of a Chef can be seem as an artist who is interest in honing his skills in the style of cooking of their choice, this may not resonate with people who are used to watch guys screaming and trowing kamehameha but bear with me on this one...
When you take away a Chef`s freedom to experiment different recipes or cooking methods of their choice you are actually stripping away part of their personality, part of who they are as a person, because at the end of the day cooking is an art and the show uses cooking to express the personalities of their characters.
And if you are still wondering why this is an issue or why should you care...
The answer is simple you shouldn`t
The reason I care so much about this show is because I love cooking and I have a lot of love for food
This may not resonate with someone who is not interested in those subjects and that is ok
In this season the school wants to destroy what makes each and every single one of these Chef`s unique and now they have to find a way to fight against that or accept defeat and lose who they are
If my review peak a little of you interest do yourself a favor and watch the show.