Currently, Souma is sitting at a nice 8.63 on the MAL charts. I’m not exactly sure when I decided to pick up Souma, but I think it was when I was first getting into anime somewhere between late 2015 and early 2016 before the second season aired. Ever since I’ve been following the show week by week. All in all, this show is one of my favorite anime to date. Hell, I’ve started cooking every once and a while because of it (even a few dishes from the show and yea theyre fucking delicious).
Soma is pretty much the perfect character. That isn’t to say that he doesn’t have flaws, but in general, I think he’s just amazing. He’s the best protagonist a show could ask for. He’s insanely interesting as a person. He finds a way to make all of his relationships with people interesting in some way. He’s a great person and sticks up for people, constantly fighting or himself and his friends. This is one of the most interesting aspects of his character. He has a natural drive to perfect his craft. He also has a very competitive spirit, announcing at his first day at Totsuki that he’s going to rise to the top and take the first seat. Despite being as good as he is, Souma still has a lot of room to grow. It’s constantly emphasized in the show that there are always people much more skilled at cooking than Souma. This is used amazingly throughout the show. Souma is constantly working on perfecting new branches of cooking and everything that comes with them. He’s often the person in the room who knows least about the cooking that’s happening, the methods, and it’s origins. However, he’s usually the first one to grasp how to use that specific method effectively. There is so much to be learned about cooking, even or masters. This show utilizes this perfectly by constantly letting Souma evolve his culinary skills, and develop even further as a character throughout the story. He’s an extremely interesting person who’ll hold your attention for the entirety of the show. He can be funny or serious when the mood calls or it, without ever breaking the viewer’s expectations of him as a person.
The whole way the academy is set up is perfect for the type of story that Shokugeki no Souma is. Anyone can battle anyone at any time, with whatever at stake the two agree on. An Elite Ten member can even wage their seat in a match. The school also holds lots of events that harbor a lot of student interactions. The Autumn Elections tournament arc was absolutely amazing and set up perfectly.
I could go on and on about this show for hours, but I wanted to touch on one thing in particular. I think this show has a lot of personality. All of the characters are really unique and add a new element to the story. The show has a certain way of going about things that most other shows don’t have. For instance, the fanservice. I know a lot of people have a problem with the fanservice in the show. However, I think it’s completely justifiable. The show just wouldn’t be the same without hot anime characters having their clothes burst off of them after a simple bite of food. It’s an exaggeration of food being “orgasmic” that you won’t find almost anywhere else in the medium. Things like that set this show apart from the rest in major ways.
Another major thing I like about Souma is all of its quirky characters. It’s one of those shows that introduce side characters whenever it feels like it and fully fleshes them out as an interesting character. We are given reasons to care about everyone we see. We come to see their intentions, their morals, and their dynamics with all of the other characters. No stone is left unturned in Totsuki, the creators make sure to show is the ins and outs of everything they can. Although, we only finally start to dig into the politics of Totsuki in the third season. Once this show presents the idea to us, though, it makes sure to hammer it home and give us as much insight into it as we can get. As usual, the show finds a way to put its own little spice into the system. The general types of conflict you’ll see arising are what you’d expect from this show. Usually intense and aggressive or playful rivalries.
There’s a lot of character in the Elite Ten specifically. I really enjoyed finally getting to see a bit more of them in the new season. They’re a really interesting bunch that play off of each other well. I thought the scene with the Autumn Election finalists meeting up with the Elite Ten was a great scene that did an amazing job establishing all of the Elite Ten members right off the bat (from the pre S3 OVA). The Elite Ten is one of the most unique, interesting groups in anime I’ve ever seen. The Elite Ten and Central are the driving force of most interactions in the show, and boy, do they make it interesting. The show really knows how to set up certain interactions within the academy to keep the show unique and full of interesting situations the whole way through.
I could probably go on for a lot longer, but I’ve been sitting on this post for way too long. I’m thinking of doing a more in-depth post on one of the arcs from the first or second season like the Autumn Elections, so tell me if you’d be interested in seeing that. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, I’ll see you in 2018. o7