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First Impressions: Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma
Introduction/ First Episode:
In a "First Impressions" review, I judge new anime based solely on the first episode.
Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is a show about a young boy on the verge of graduating middle school. When greedy land developers led by a... bouncy lady bent on forcing this boy's father to close his restaurant, the son steps up to the plate and makes that lady a meal so delicious she... um... is this show porn? Anyway, it's enough to um, satisfy her. So she is forced to admit defeat over the real estate deal.
And... then his dad turns around and announces that he's closing the restaurant for a few years anyway? OH MY GOSH, WHY. Anyway, it's not too bad for the son. See, he's just graduated from middle school which means his old man wants to send him to culinary school. At first he thinks it will suck because it will be too basic and easy for him, but then he gets there and finds out, on the contrary, it's an elite school with a graduation rate of only 10%! Will he survive there? I was definitely interested in staying around to find out.
I liked the story so far, and wouldn't mind watching a few more episodes to see where this goes. Things I like include:
- Not being the basic anime formula plot where there's some kid saving the world and then sitting in class daydreaming about it the next day, this is a truly new plot idea.
- I like the cooking and eating scenes... it's almost literally food porn, especially for fans like me of Asian cooking.
- I found the kid to be likeable, and it's nice for once to have an anime protagonist who's not all clumsy and shy and awkward but who actually has a passion in life, and knows what the work that going after his dream entails.
The one thing I disliked was the "is this porn?" aspect of it. It went beyond usual fanservice because the main character's food was literally making girls have food-orgasms. I just felt creepy watching it. I doubt they'll tone it down because sex sells, but come on, can't we just have a nice show about cooking without all this lewdness? I realize I'm starting to sound like my grandma, but I was never into excessive fanservice. It's just overdone in the industry right now, and it's over-the-top and artificially placed in scenes where it does not need to be there. Personal gripe, I guess. I just think a show should engage the viewer beyond their baser instincts, because if I wanted to watch porn I would, but that's not what I'm on Crunchyroll for.