What’s the show? Food Wars! The Third Plate, Episode 14 & 15.
I noticed you didn’t review episode 14 last week, didn’t have enough to say about it? Not really, it’s just sometimes difficult to talk about something that’s doesn’t do anything wrong. Especially when it’s a show that’s been going as long as Food Wars has been!
So do you have things to say now? I’ll try!
Right, so what’s going on? Totsuki Train Arc!
Is that supposed to mean something to me? Right, probably not. So our intrepid gang of rebels, inspired by the expert tutelage of Erina have an uphill battle as they participate in the ruthless Advancement Exam, with the highest of stakes, either you pass or you’re expelled. And with Central pulling the strings you know that means things will be unfairly stacked against the students!
In what ways? Well, in the first stage of the exam they have to make a salmon dish, but Soma and his cohorts are given the poorest quality salmon, and while they’re permitted to leave the testing area to buy some it’s Winter and the school has bought out all the fresh salmon in the area but thanks to Erina’s teachings they know that salmon frozen in brine retains its freshness and so they get some from a local seller and plate up a dish that impresses their judge. Likewise in the second stage, they have to make a noodle dish but because Soma and friends are picked last all the noodles and ingredients to make noodles are used up but because of what Erina taught them they make noodles out of potato instead!
Sounds kind of repetitive… It is! But the cooking segments aren’t even the best part of these two episodes, which I know, for a cooking anime might seem crazy!
What is it then? ‘It’s the friends we’ve made along the way!’ But seriously the character interactions and specifically the character development on Erina’s part is like the best damn thing in this show right now. Just watching character’s who’ve hardly had any time together interacting and getting to know each other, and becoming friends even, it’s such a gratifying and dare I say holistic experience. I could watch Erina and Megumi and Ikumi talk together for 25 minutes and I’d be satisfied!
Certainly seems like Erina is making an impact! Absolutely, and at the end of episode 14 there’s more hints towards the idea of Erina and Soma becoming romantically involved, which I’m all for at this stage! Megumi will always be best girl but it makes sense for Erina and Soma to be together. She has the ‘god tongue’ and he makes the best food after all!