In the frigid north of Hokkaido, Totsuki’s first-year students face their greatest challenge yet—the advancement exams! Dean Azami sees Souma and the gang as resisters of his administration, so he hits them with everything he’s got, fair or not. Will the kids find a way to triumph over his shady tactics and advance to their second year, or will Azami freeze them in their tracks?!
Onward on the Totsuki Train
Jeanne D'Arc Rises
The Umami Tightrope
Declaration of War
Erina's Diligent Studies
The Pioneer of the Wastelands
To the Final Battleground
Bearing Polar Star Dormitory
The Basis for Strength
If you've already watched this far into the show I doubt anything other than the overall vibe of this season is needed here. I personally thought last season, the third plate's first half, was by far the weakest and I didn't really like the direction. That being said this one is much more along the lines of the first two season but it definitly felt rushed in a handful of places and really only followed wherever Souma was regardless of how many other battles or things were occuring in between his matches. It feet like just this half of the third plate should have been 25 episodes so everyone got some time to shine and fail.
The third season of the second cour of the foodgasm shows. Again, I don't know why there is something stuck out about this series honestly from my view. Probably because the story isn't too ready to be eaten or the main problem that still depends up to the ending. For this, I don't feel whether there is anything memorable in here. The first impression was good at the beginning of the start which showing the intense bit by bit. But, as I said before, something is still attached in this season and not to mention the series is also divided into two parts that still haven't solve the main plot. When I just finished this series, I immediately read the manga that still left an unfinished track but we'll not discuss it that deep. We'll focus on the series from this Toutsuki Ressha-hen. It continues after Erina joins the Souma's army to battle against her father. For this season, the story keeps exploring her characters with Souma's support as an influence of chef. With Souma's help, Erina learns a lot about what cooking means. Erina's first appearance at the time of this series can't be changed from her personality because of her ego as like the cold queen. However, her perspective on us and her character is well-development so as to change our main points about her character. I also didn't realize it if some of the characters look ignored. Souma has a little role in this series so he can't impress as much as I see in the previous seasons. There are some minor plot holes that didn't quite explain such as Tousuke of why he was dropped from Elite Ten. Some also seem vaguely like the explanation of the deep character of who is the characters that just joined in Elite Ten. Some also have a little twist such as Akira Hayama which I'll not discuss as detail as possible because of spoiler. In addition, Megumi's role as a major character also feels lost. So, this season puts a lot of value about the characters but not the story though some background is also explained a bit. Just like the first cour, the art is no different from this. Some that I mention like CGI which indeed a new thing but it's really weird, for me. But is it just me that feel the camera angle always show mouth-watering and exploding clothes as often as possible or is this already common in this series because I just felt it in this season? The background carries a lot of chibi elements whose the characters are out of nowhere. This feeling is only included in this season and not with the prequel one. At least, there is some fanservice that many people want to then none. Just in case, this may just be me or my mood because watching it by the marathon. Nothing much I want to talk a lot about the soundtrack and all of that. The opening and ending songs are slightly impressed for me. One of the things that makes a minor problem is a music. The first, I just thought is a quality mediocre music. But somehow sometimes it becomes decent which it becomes pretty dull so this is just my minor problem. The voice actor I think doing everything greats as well with some of them also doing phenomenal things. Some of the characters I've mentioned like Erina with her well-developed character, Tousuke Megishima which's still vague, Megumi Tadokoro and Akira Hayama. We'll also don't forget with the main character in this series, Souma Yukihira. You know, I just realize that Souma's character also looks very different from the first time I watched the first season a few years ago as his hairstyle is getting longer. Nothing much I can talk about him because he is also one of the characters who've much better development to get to this season like his archrivals between Akira Hayama is growing up too. In addition, I also not forget the development of Hayama characters that described in this series, how he felt after the Central to disappoint his friends. The main antagonist, Azami, also shortly discussed his background along with Jouichirou Yukihira and Gin Doujima while still in Totsuki. The background of Nene and Satoshi is more exposed despite leaving a vague impression. I think, this season more open to the background of the characters than about the 'Shokugeki' between characters since the emergence of Azami who became the main points in this series. Because of this series as well, the characters of Elite Ten didn't leave an overly exaggerated impression. Shokugeki no Souma is one of the franchises which always comes with the improvement until the third season. The story that you always made curiously and always draw a laugh to the fanservice you always want to enjoy which it become one that is always being anticipating. The plot is not too impressed and the series is more discussed to the background and development of each character. Some are missing but this is not the best but not the bad as well. It's in balanced and I'm still reading the manga which is getting more interesting than the anime. So as far as I know, Toutsuki Ressha-hen cannot be said bad but I still can appreciate it.
And with this another show completed this season, and another show ending on a cliffhanger “alluding” to another season, but personally unlike the other shows this season this time it doesn’t really bother me because Food Wars, in essence, is just a continuing ongoing cooking battle that never has an end so I didn’t expect it to have an ending this time, and in fact I think this is probably one of the better seasons of Food Wars since all the pacing was pretty good and it followed the manga’s pacing fairly closely from my understanding (instead of like what happened during season 2). My only real gripe with this season being, the jarring cut between them not having a plan for the shokugeki, and then them just magically out of nowhere having a complete team. I would have liked more details on what happened there, but I’m assuming that was a deliberate cut that also happened in the manga, and we will eventually have a flashback about what happened so I’m fine with it. Other than this I am kind of sad that it will probably not have another season until at least a year from now since, from my understanding, this season is pretty close to the manga so it will take some time for them to get far enough out again for us to get another season. But I’m fine with that cuz I rather them wait for more material than just making filler or anime my only stuff. In conclusion I am happy with how this season all turned out, and as long as they don’t draw this whole elaborate cooking battle too far out (meaning no more than at MAX 12 - 18 more episodes) I am really happy with this Ark, so I feel it is only right to give this season a 9/10 just like the other half of this season got when it aired in fall 2017, with me possibly raising it to a 10 whenever this ark ends, and depending on how it all plays out😊
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