Shokugeki no Soma Season 1 BD Fanservice Review: Episode 2

Episode 2 introduces the series’s famed God’s Tongue – Nakiri Erina

Wielding the best palate in the world and being a member of the illustrious Nakiri family, Erina stands above everyone in her class as the top prospect of the 92nd Totsuki Generation of chefs.

Erina tastes the last dishes prepared by the students in class at Totsuki Culinary Academy, only to be fumed with disappointment. Meanwhile, when Soma reaches the school entrance, Joichiro tells Sōma that he is now cooking in Manhattan Royal Hotel, New York through the phone. Jōichirō then tells Sōma that he will never surpass him unless he manages to survive there until graduation, irritating Sōma, and thus ending the conversation moments later.

Later, the students gather in a kitchen to undergo the entrance exam. It is revealed that Erina will be the examiner of this exam. The students bemoan their luck as she is renowned for her strict passing mark and huge influence. As she explains her own rules for gaining admission, all the students except Sōma, flee as she finishes, fearing that their names will forever be stained by her words in the culinary industry. Being the only student left, Sōma asks on whether or not he could take the test, patting Erina on the shoulder. Hisako Arato, Erina’s secretary, then shoves Sōma as she explains Erina’s regal status. Sōma unmoved, proceeds to cook his dish for Erina.

Erina attempts to end the exam when she sees a plain bowl of scrambled eggs, stating that it was a waste of her time and could only approve of dishes concentrated on extravagance and innovation. Sōma remains unmoved and stops her, claiming that his dish is far from finished. Erina then noticed that there are jellied broth cubes hidden beneath the eggs. Sōma then pours the contents of the bowl into a bowl of rice. The jellied broth then melts with the heat of the rice and the Transforming Furikake Gohanis complete. Erina orders Sōma to serve the dish to her after being stunned by its fragrant aroma. She then takes a bite of the dish and attempts to take a second before being teased by Sōma.

Just as she takes a third bite, Erina entered in a state of ecstasy. Sōma asked her if his dish was delicious or disgusting. Due to Sōma’s arrogance and her pride, Erina responded with the latter. Erina then contacts the authorities in Tōtsuki, stating that no one passed her test, while Sōma sits outside in dismay. Shortly after, Senzaemon Nakiri tastes the Transforming Furikake Gohan, which causes him to strip the top portion of his robe. He then crushes Sōma’s failed report paper, and registers him into Tōtsuki Culinary Academy.

When it comes to adapting source material, J.C.Staff does a fantastic job at bringing it to life. I enjoyed reading the manga and I have to say they did a great job.

It might not be a show that’ll appeal to everyone but I love the cast, the humor, the voice-acting and OST are top-notch. It’s such a feel-good show and if you’re enjoying what you’ve seen so far, then know that it only gets better!