What’s the show? Food Wars! The Third Plate, Episode 23.
The team Shokugeki continues, yes? Indeed, and at the pace they are going we’re barely going to have enough time for Soma’s battle against Nene–let alone the rest of the damn thing!
Is that a bad thing? Well it’s going to mean the season ends on a cliffhanger, but there’s no doubt in my mind whatsoever that we’ll get another season so all good on that front.
Hmm, fair enough. So what happens in this episode? We get the conclusion of the Isshiki X Julio battle which has a predictable outcome but is still exciting to watch–we also get a little bit of backstory for Nene, turns out she and Isshiki grew up together–though they are a far cry from childhood friends… in fact she kinda despises how damn good we was at everything he ever attempted meanwhile she had to work super hard just to get to that level.
That’s a pretty relatable thing. For sure. I could be wrong but I get the feeling they’re setting it up for her to break ranks with Central (at some point–maybe after her inevitable loss to Soma) and then join up with the rebels.
You’re already predicting a loss for her against Soma then? I haven’t read this far in the manga so it is purely speculation but yes, I don’t think he’ll lose… there’s too much “oh he can’t win against someone who’s devoted the life to making Soba in a Soba challenge,” for it not to be the ~shock~ outcome, plus it’ll be a nice parallel to her fraught ‘relationship’ with Isshiki. Also it’ll help her learn not to be rigid in her ideals about cooking–i.e. the entire point of this ‘Central’ arc.
Anything else to add? I always kind of get dubious when they introduce new judges–like they’ve had so many interesting judges throughout the show why bother introducing new ones when they’ve got a whole host of others they could re-use. However these judges from the World Gourmet Organisation are a lot of fun, especially Anne–the head of the group. Also for those who are unaware this group is meant to be the Food Wars version of the real life organisation that awards Michelin stars to restaurants around the world, a.k.a a big damn deal–hence the awed reaction from the onlookers.
So with only one episode left, do you think it’ll make for a satisfying conclusion? Hard to say, but I’m not really expecting a conclusion to much of the plot points if any–maybe Soma x Nene but really little else. Which I’m actually totally cool with, because I won’t be at all surprised if they announce a new season to start in Winter 2019–so even if the episode ends unresolved there won’t be too long of a wait.
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