Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review and Season 2 Finale

Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review – Shokugeki No Soma Season 2 ended today with the conclusion of stagiaire arc. At they end they showed Soma’s return totsuki academy and winning a Shokugeki with a second year where Soma challenges everyone for Shokugeki. With no news of new season, we should consider that Season 3 of Shokugeki No Soma will take pretty while because there is not enough content in the Manga right now that Shokugeki No Soma Season 3 can cover.

With that being said, we now have only one choice with us and that’s proceeding further with Manga. I’ve been doing that for a quite a while and i won’t spoil you but allow me to tell you that Shokugeki No Soma Manga’s plot take some drastic turns and now its real awesome to read!!

Synopsis

Ever since he was a child, fifteen-year-old Souma Yukihira has helped his father by working as the sous chef in the restaurant his father runs and owns. Throughout the years, Souma developed a passion for entertaining his customers with his creative, skilled, and daring culinary creations. His dream is to someday own his family’s restaurant as its head chef.

Yet when his father suddenly decides to close the restaurant to test his cooking abilities in restaurants around the world, he sends Souma to Tootsuki Culinary Academy, an elite cooking school where only 10 percent of the students graduate. The institution is famous for its “Shokugeki” or “food wars,” where students face off in intense, high-stakes cooking showdowns.

As Souma and his new schoolmates struggle to survive the extreme lifestyle of Tootsuki, more and greater challenges await him, putting his years of learning under his father to the test.

(Source – MyAnimeList)

Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review

Shokugeki No Soma revolves around a boy who is helping his father in his diner and he aspires to become Chef better than his father. His father knows that the boy doesn’t know anything about the cooking outside the diner so he sends him to world famous totsuki academy where he will learns world’s best and high quality cooking techniques and increase his skills.

Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review - Soma and Tadokoro
Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review – Soma and Tadokoro

Season 1 starts with “Soma’s entrance to totsuki academy and ends with autumn elections preliminary round.” While the second seasons start with Finale of Autumn elections and ends with stagiaire arc. The Anime is generally based on cooking but to express the feeling when we eat something delicious it basically uses tear dressing orgasm that people get in their mind when they eat something delicious and that’s why this series got another name and that’s known as “Food porn.”

As i originally started with Anime, i thought this type tear dressing orgasm might bring the Anime down and it won’t get another season. This was my conclusion based on most of the ecchi anime series i saw during my entire life. So this time i held the same conclusion but Shokugeki No Soma had another X-Factor because of which the Anime series became the “Number 01” cooking Anime, Surpassing legendary cooking anime series like “Chuuka Ichiban and Mister Ajikko”. That X-Factor was the “Story” and “Setting” on which the entire story was based.

Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review - Terine
Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review – Terine

When you consider those things Shokugeki No Soma becomes unique and stays in the league of its own. Dealing with the requirements to become chef in this modern world, trials and errors, techniques of modern world cooking, the author of Shokugeki No Soma dealt with these aspects brilliantly and delivered a top notch background or a basic plot for the Anime. What’s more, the series explores the cooking world, what i meant is it is not only based on Japanese cooking but France, Spanish, Italian, Indian, Vietnamese cooking are also featured in the Anime Series. Which gives the series a broader space to explore, add and change the plot as the author wants.

Also this Anime shows cooking matches between the students, based on the principle of “equivalent exchange,” Means the two person can’t compete unless they bet something of equal value or looser have to do one thing that winner tells him. Which is one part of that “X-Factor” which makes this series enjoyable. On top of that the rules of the schools are so strict that totsuki academy becomes the “Number 1 Strict Anime School.”

Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review - Elite 10
Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review – Elite 10

Students have to face trials in the school, obviously its based on cooking but if they fail, they would be expelled. And this is also applicable to cooking matches, the person who wins the match can also tell the person who loose the match to leave the school. This results in the exciting atmosphere. Finally the school’s higher ups choose 10 elite cooks and they are like student council who manages all the activities of the students that are not in the elite 10, including the examination, passing and failing the students. Which is somewhat ridiculous but at the same time gives edge to the Anime Series.

Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review - Roast Pork
Shokugeki No Soma Complete Review – Roast Pork

And as i mentioned earlier – “to express the feeling when we eat something delicious it basically uses tear dressing orgasm that people get in their mind when they eat something delicious.” in short foodgasm or food orgasm actually works in real. Well i don’t mean that people in real life get foodgasm too but because of this the food represented in the Anime looks even more delicious and makes you want to eat right now! I will admit that the Anime has good story that author can change however he wants to despite cooking genre being a narrow concept. The story of Shokugeki No Soma has made that narrow concept a broader one, I will also admit that this Anime has Food porn a kind of ecchi concept that one would have never thought. But despite of that Food porn doesn’t affect the story.

Nakiri Erina and Yukihira Soma
Nakiri Erina and Yukihira Soma

No romantic developmnent in the Anime till now but everyone’s hoping and in fact Shipping Yukihira Soma (the male lead) and Nakiri Erina (the female lead) and that Ship is strong. Which has higher percentage of succeeding.

One final thing i would like to add is this Anime despite being awesome and ridiculous at the same time, it inspires you to cook! All the chefs, the characters and their charisma, food representation, beauty and giving food a highest quality becomes some sort of inspiration that gets you addicted to cooking and inspires you to cook. It shows the struggles that chef face in professional kitchen and their desire to fulfill their customers shows an honest and healthy cooking that’s somewhat lost in this reality where fake food stuffs and eatables which are unhealthy are on rise.

Wrapping up

Personally i think this Anime is unique of its kind and if a cooking anime came in near future, i think it won’t match or surpass the quality level that Shokugeki No Soma has made and in fact the story is not even complete and there is still more to come! I think the author had similar intentions while her wrote the story.

Post Author: Kaustubh Shinde

Anime enthusiast interested in reviewing Anime, Manga, Light Novel, Live Action Drama and Movies, TV shows, Movies and Games

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