At Tootsuki Culinary Academy, a heated eight-on-eight Shokugeki known as the Régiment de Cuisine rages on between Central and the rebel forces led by Souma Yukihira and Erina Nakiri. Though they won a stunning perfect victory in the first bout, the rebels face an uphill battle ahead, as they must now face off against the rest of the Elite Ten Council. With the future of Tootsuki at stake, Souma and Erina must push far beyond the limits of their abilities, using everything they learned from their mentors and ultimately drawing from their experiences cooking together as friends.
Out of all the anime that have come out this year, I think Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sarawas the biggest disappointment for me. After 3 seasons of slowly diminishing quality, I was worried that this season was going to be a slog to get through. When I say that though, I was still hopeful. I mean, they were going to tackle an arc from which I had heard was a de cent arc. It could’ve been good but J.C Staff really went out of their way to make this one of the cheapest and lazy productions I’ve seen in a while. I hate saying that for a show I used to love. I loved the characters, I loved the Shokugeki no Souma: Shin no Sara and yeah, the animation wasn’t the worst, but it at least looks decent enough.
This season, I truly think J.C Staff didn’t care about this show. With the last three seasons, there were some production issues, but there was at least solid music and some good shots here and there. With this season? If feels like they got out a powerpoint presentation template and just stuck the clips of the show they had into said template. Hell, I can break down a good amount of episodes of this season with bullet points.
– We are introduced to the main competitors
– We see the main ingredient
– Some words from the peanut gallery
-Some trash talk
– A flashback here or there to one of the totsuki ten because the shows forgot to develop literally any of them minus Tsukasa and Rindo, I guess.
– More words from the peanut gallery
– Chefs show off their dishes
– Judges eat and foodgasm
– More words from the peanut gallery about said food and what makes it special
– Judges choose the winner.
– Some more words and repeat the cycle.
The biggest problem with this repetitious cycle is that you slowly see the flaws within it. You realize that no matter what Soma will win his food battles because he’s main protagonist. That would be fine if they spaced out the food battles but they don’t. You’re supposed to watch all of these food battles happen with the same repetitious cycle and it’s just a bore. The show ended up this year as background noise for me. Just like how the peanut gallery was this season
Let’s talk about that peanut gallery because if you wanted any characters like Mito, Ryo, Alice, Hisako, and anyone apart of the dorm anything this season, well that sucks. Literally all these characters do this season is sitting behind literal character jail and spout out stuff about the food they make. It’s probably the worst crime that this season does because the main strength of this show is its characters and them interacting off one another. It’s insanely stupid and for a solid eleven episodes, it’s just sad to watch characters that I love as Hisako do jack for the majority of the season.
This then leads into the actual team rebel squad who consists of Takumi, Soma, Erina, Megumi, Kuga, Isshiki, Mimasaka and some random guy. Yeah, this show decides to use this arc to introduce another new character and instead of giving more interest in any of their other characters. “Yeah Mito and Alice haven’t done much in a while and some characters like Ryo who are rivals to Soma have done zero anything with Soma but who cares! We need more one off characters!” – Some guy that works on Food wars. I also realized that in this show, I don’t believe Megumi has one a single food battle that wasn’t an election. In actual food battles, she has won none. That is stupid and something that pissed me off while watching her getting beat by some girl that uses cat paws as oven mitts.
Yeah, let’s talk about the Ten because they’re all forgettable. The only ones exempt from this are Tsukasa and Rindo, I guess. Thier not funny and Tsukasa’s whole thing is dumb. I only liked Rindo to an extent. Azami is stupidly evil to the point where he ruins the tone of the show and while he does add to one of the more positive things about this season, he’s not that interesting of a villain. Eizan was better.
As much as I have been complaining about this season for its soulless production, for its constant amount of throwing characters into the show without thinking about the characters in literal jail or even the diminishing quality of foodgasms and backgrounds which are generic to letter, there are some positives. Erina’s whole arc is finally done with and it feels satisfying. While Megumi still hasn’t won a single food battle, Takumi has and that was cool. The music stays pretty solid and the OP was solid, though a little samey.
Overall, this season was a big disappointment. Flat production, waste of characters and the constant adding of one-offs and this overall feeling of emptiness. It’s sad for a show that had such solid first and second seasons. While season 3 wasn’t great, it was still fun to an extent. This felt like such a waste of time. It’s a shame. I can’t wait for the fifth season because it apparently gets worse. You can also free Food Wars! The Fourth Plate watch anime online and free download.