Shokugeki No Soma: Shin no sora: “The essence of food wars rushed”

Hey guys, how’s it going? Rahul here coming in with a brand new blog. I hope everyone is having a great, safe, and healthy week. So, let’s begin.

Story:

The rebels go up against the Azami administration in a series of bouts.

Review:

I’m so happy that I was able to catch up with all of the anime I was lagging behind during this time. College and life in general had really put a halt to all my anime and TV show watching but now I’ve finally caught up with almost everything. This season of Shokugeki no Soma was long awaited for sure but I certainly have mixed feelings about how I feel about this anime.

This season of Food Wars truly shows us the essence of the anime by showing us only cooking and only competitions for the entire 12 episodes. There was not a single episode or a single moment where the anime strayed from this fact and unlike the previous season, there was very minimal mention of politics and drama. Rather, everything was solved in the kitchen through some great cooking and great innovation as well.

Coming to the competitions themself. It was great to see each and every character display their abilities to their fullest. The cooking was vast giving the audience a lot to watch. The whole season was just about the competition and that’s what really made it feel like the anime was actually more about cooking rather than the politics this time. Which is great because I’m sure everyone really wanted to see more cooking than drama. I for one can really appreciate how great the competition was because we get to the the best going up against the best. However, since the season was so censored around the competition it failed to show anything besides that. When an anime shows stuff like practice, determination, dedication, from the characters it allows us to really relate and gives us more opportunity to enjoy seeings the fruits of their efforts pay off in the results of the competition. However, the anime barely showed this and used references from previous seasons to show the development in their cooking skills. I felt this prevented development of suspense and made the results predictable at times (emphasis on “at times”).

Now coming to why I called this season “rushed”. In the end, the season was just 12 episodes and they had showed us 3 bouts in this span of 12 episodes. It didn’t feel like they were able to cover up a lot of information because of this and focused only on the competition. This will really make the story suffer because there will be no suspense for the next season (at least I’m not that excited for the next season because of this). I do appreciate when anime is to the point but I also don’t like it when an anime compromises its’ story line simply to get stuff done. The only appreciable portion of the anime apart from the competition was the ending when Azami, Joichiro, and Dojima meet up and their interaction is really emotional.

The animation like always was really good and the opening and ending songs were decent as well. Although this season may have had its’ ups and downs I still enjoyed it overall and really am curious to see what the new elite 10 is capable of after they’ve given us a sneak peek in the last episode. Overall not bad.

Rating:

I would give this season of the anime 3/5 stars.

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