The second cour of Shokugeki no Soma season 3 is pretty much has the explosive start we all wanted, it's what you expected the second half to be like after the first half and meets expectations well. It might not surpass them as much as other people want it to but I don't think you would be completely disappointed. The reason I say this is because 4 episodes in and it pretty much did what I was hoping for and I got it but nothing other than that. It's not a bad thing but worth noting.
The second half continues the battle with Central but this
time the main characters have to pass the exams that will make them second year students but there's a catch,
Central won't allow it so they pretty much do everything they can to make sure the main characters fail because they rebelled against Central. The second cour from the looks of it will cover the Hokkaido arc which is gonna take at least half or a bit more than half of the second cour. Now I haven't read the manga but I'm pretty sure another arc should be covered because we did see multiple arcs get covered in the first half of season 3(I could be wrong).
Onto the characters who I have to say were very well developed, we get too see them finally growing stronger as they form new bonds with each other and learn new things about cooking of course, the characters motivate each other to not lose heart despite the odds and take a stand against Central even if they are the only ones in the school who refuse to follow the system. If the first half focused a little more on cooking battles then the second arc focuses a lot more on developing it's characters.
Animation wise pretty much the same as the first half they still have those doll like silly moments in between which I don't think is a bad thing because it adds to the humour even if it is a cheap way of animating a scene but some people may not like it so it's definitely something to look out for, the cooking battles are awesome which is to be expected they are as intense as they always were and the food still makes me hungry every time I look at it. One notable difference is that there are more team cooking battles than single battles at least from the first 4 episodes with the focus on characters.
In terms of music I liked the new op I didn't necessarily think it was an improvement but it was still good
If you loved the first half then there is absolutely nothing stopping you from watching the second half because you will definitely love it and if for some reason you didn't like the first half I don't know if you would like the second half as well but worth giving a try at least.
I can see why some people would be put off by the lack of animation and definitely brings the shows quality a bit down which is the only thing I can see people not liking.
Overall I think this is gonna be another great season of Shokugeki no Soma.
Score:-8.5(rounded off to 9)
The hype has died, they said. I disagree. The hype was slaughtered by J.C. Staff. Somehow they thought putting their most binge-worthy series on hiatus in the middle of season was a good idea. Spoiler: it wasn't.
If we somehow decide that okay, let's wait for 9 months (3 left) and marathon it all at once, then we clearly have gotten past this inconvenience, right? Wrong. Somewhere in the way they forgot where this series was supposed to head after the cliffhanger seen at the end of last cour. So instead we have now gotten bunch of identical episodes which don't even have any animation anymore.
Practically the only moving things are chibi versions of our characters. Amazing.
I guess J.C. Staff is testing how far into shit they can go without getting consumers mad. Last time it went so well 5+ years ago with all those loli tsundere series, right? So this time they try to make something like 25 different series at the same time from 'Last Period' trapfest to the most relaxing anime ever 'Amanchu' so it is only natural that some of those series will suffer big time. Seriously, we waited 3 months just to see this? Some respect, please. I love this series, but I won't be buying the blurays unless they completely remaster most of it.
They just made a single episode for a reason why MC could win every battle. And all they do just repeating same pattern in every episode. When the MC is about to lose, he somehow made it and then explain the reason with a flashback that we don't even know.
In the previous season, they left us a good impression, made we think that the next season is gonna be interesting because of the Central thing and stuff. But nope, they ruined the story with a deus ex machina. This season is more like an asspull arc.
Then, it's been 3 seasons and yet we didn't get
any character development for Souma. Maybe I was wrong to think that he's not something like a Gary Stu. I know Erina and the others got some development, I just hate the fact that the (main) character has no personality change.
Story : 1/10
Art : 8/10
Sound : 8/10
Character : 5/10
Enjoyment : 3/10
Overall : 3/10
While Shokugeki no Souma is overall a decent show, it bothers me how increasingly contrived the plot and setting are becoming with the addition of Central as the series' new overarching villain.
Central forces certain rules and regulations on the students and restricts their freedom of expression while cooking. They also attempt to sabotage certain students attempts at passing their final exams. It's true that Souma and his friends have always been underdogs, but this just seems like overkill. Constantly having bad things happen to the main cast because practically the entire cooking world is against them isn't entertaining-- it's honestly cruel, and isn't really
fun to watch.
It's also incredibly boring to see anime scenes directly cut and paste from the manga, with no movement or action being implemented to actually make use of the animation medium. There are SO many still shots and camera pans while characters just stand there and talk. Why animate Shokugeki no Souma if you're just going to keep everything still and listless, and not give any sort of dynamic to what happens in the manga panels?
All said and done, there isn't anything technically wrong with cour 2 of season 3. The art, sound, and characters are all fine. However, because of the jarring shift in plot and setting, as well as the lack of novelty in the animated adaptation itself, my enjoyment of this show has definitely gone down from previous seasons.
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