Post by Master Menos on Sept 26, 2016 18:24:30 GMT
Note: This review is part of the "Before Redemption" reviewing series. This is for Day VI and contains mild spoilers.
Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking shounen and ecchi series about a guy that gets sent from a family business to a prestigious high school. However, it is infamous for the very hard cooking challenges that often get students expelled or rejected from the moment that people enter the school onward. After getting bailed in by a higher-up staff member despite a damning and rigged entrance exam result, the new transfer student vows to aim for the top, no matter what backlash may await him.
Storyline The story is very interesting at first glance and manages to maintain interest. However, it does get a tad tiresome in the second halves of the show's latter arcs from the training camp onwards with the exception of the Fried Chicken arc. Rather strange pacing of the series doesn't help the plot much either. The end result is an sloppily executed tale, but there is an "open invitation" ending for teasing the second season (which just finished as of this review's release) and it turns out to be decent.
Characters There's a myriad of characters about in this show, so that could either help or hurt your experience. Most of them are not that memorable to be precise and many of them are either one-note characters or absolute scum that deserve death and far worse for their actions and their personalities like the clear case of Erina as an example. There is a bit of nice development on a good number of them, but it thankfully doesn't greatly overshadow the important characters (despite one character's case of seemingly being forced into attempting to get into the school).
The best of the bunch happen to also have great personalities or end up being really entertaining due to their antics. Those characters are Soma, Satoshi, Megumi, Ikumi, Alice, Ryo and Jouchiro. The lower neutral area belongs to Hinako, Urara, Tokihiko Mayumi and Ryouko. Finally, joining Erina in the "scum of the world" club are Hisako, Nao and Jun just for punching someone because they were related to a person that wronged her. The remaining characters are either neutral, forgettable or both.
Pros and Cons The art style is decent and alongside the animation being well-done, there's a lot of fanservice (of both genders) for those that crave for a big amount, and it thankfully doesn't get too in the way of the story. Some of the humor for this show is very nice and manages to be effective.
Those of you that aren't into fanservice or make a death stare at the concept of "foodgasms" must stay away from this show. With the exception of the opening theme to the second half, the musical score is straight-up trash. The worst offenders of the show's OST happen to be the grating ending themes with the second cour's ending theme being the worse out of the two for sounding like a five-year-old kid took over the mic when her mother got sick and couldn't perform. Some events that are meant to be humorous either get tired out fast or just doesn't work.
Final Verdict This dish gets a 6/10 after everything that I've been through. I will get to the second season later onwards, to see if anything goes wrong (or right) from there onwards, however. For those that are into whacked-out characters, foodgasms and ecchi, this could be your dish, but there are sadly much better shows than this in all of those aspects.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
I think Food Wars' strength comes from its parodies of well known shows and its premise (you don't see a lot of shows based on food these days) which help it to stand out. No doubt the anime series boosted the franchise's exposure.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
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