“His Own Cooking” Shokugeki no Soma: Ni no Sara Review and Recommendations

“You’re so arrogant, letting someone call you ‘master.'”

Returning from its successful 1st season, Shokugeki no Soma continues the story of one Yukihira Soma and his journey through the culinary world via Totsuki Culinary Academy. This season mainly focused on finishing the Autumn Elections from the first season as well as the Stagiaire arc. Through different foes this season, we are given a variety of different plates of food, from Japanese to French which for allowed for whimsical visuals of those dishes along with their impact on the characters.

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With the whole anime revolving around food and its effect, its good to see that it maintains its impact from the first season. The scenes are appropriately animated through their backgrounds and characters expressions. This really brought out how “bright” or “dark” a situation was, making it a great way to exemplify character emotions. This season focused more on different characters, rather than those in the polar star dorm. This was good too see as time was spent on fleshing out both Yukihira’s “compatriots” and rivals adding great to each their backgrounds.

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It is also important to note that shokugeki isn’t just food, there are additions of drama and comedy here and there, where they were placed perfectly in the right positions throughout the season. This continues on with the change up in art style at times to a more chibi like signifying more of a jab or comedic side to the show. The throw up made it quite easy to not stay locked in on scenes allowing for great variety even in the tense moments. Shokugeki’s 2nd season had a shorter run than its first (1 cour rather than 2). However, this did not diminish from its effect as it made the availability of a new arc to start in season 3. It provided to be a great sum up season from the events of the 1st season.

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Alice Best Girl!

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OP/ED: This seasons OP & ED were actually quite fitting. With both being rock-based songs it allowed for the intensity throughout the tournament to be felt not just in the anime but the music. It’s animation like always are full of color and very vibrant, this was key in creating an atmosphere where food has the most impact which was done really well.

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Shokugeki no Soma: Ni no Sara Was it Good?

For a 2nd season of anime, there is heaps of resemblance to the first, however for Soma the changes in his journey has allowed for more of the story and other characters to be explored in greater depth. Consistency is the key, and that consistency from the 1st season can be deemed successful in developing and continuing a great food anime.

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Recommendations: Like it’s first season, Shokugeki no Soma: Ni no Sara continues on with its focus on food with bits and pieces of comedy and drama, thus I recommend the following:

  • Toriko
  • No Game No Life
  • Ben-to




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