Short Review – Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

Yes, Shokugeki no Soma was enjoyable. Yes, I marathoned it like a crazy man. But once you get far enough, you get to see all the trappings of an anime that doesn’t bother to surprise nor reinvent.

It all comes down to a matter of expectations, I guess. I expected Shokugeki to maintain the level of quality it had the first half of the season. I expected it to escalate in absurdity until it evolved into something as over-the-top as Gurren Lagann or Yakitate Japan. But as it went further on, it lost every pretense of storytelling and ultimately became an endless barrage of recipes and foodgasms. It had another agenda in mind and that was: to present as many diverse dishes as possible—to boast its knowledge of cooking in very protracted show-and-tell segments. There was far too little character interaction and too much screaming over ingredients and cooking styles. Too little foreshadowing and too much bullshit plot devices. It could’ve been more. It could’ve used its time more wisely. But alas, Shokugeki did not transcend.

In conclusion, I give it a 7.5/10, only because it was still extremely enjoyable.

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