A proper hardcore shokugeki in Food Wars after such a long time! And will salmon in them, it is going to be an absolute delight.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 鮭は踊る
Ryo is starting a shokugeki against Rentaro, an annoying Central douchebag who thought getting a face tattoo is a good idea. While Ryo is preparing what seems to be rice, Rentaro uses all sorts of fancy heating and cooking machines to show off his skill with fire and temperature. He goes for a bacon-infused salmon, and carefully cooks it so that the bacon becomes crispy but the salmon tender, juicy and full of fat, to the point where its texture could be perceived as raw.
Ryo on the other hand, using his knowledge of European cuisine, opts for a coulibiac, a Russian dish that consists of a salmon, rice, and veg filled brioche. It looks absolutely epic, but can it really compete with the outstanding texture Rentaro has achieved for his dish? According to the judges it can, thanks to the unevenly seasoned cabbage crepe in which Ryo has enclosed the insides of the brioche. Despite a lot of moaning from the central’s side, Ryo is the undisputable winner of the shokugeki.
Finally, shokugekis: This season has been very disappointing in terms of cooking to me – after wasting half the episodes talking about mapo tofu, then introducing Erina’s trivial daddy issues and Azami’s dictatorship over the college, we finally got back to the format everyone actually cares about: fantastic cooking (and unnecessary nudity).
Music in the background: Did you listen to that subtle heavy metal playing in the beginning of the episode? I found it almost as ridiculous as the opening theme, which I guess could be considered a good thing, under the right circumstances.
Ryo needs to calm down: I don’t really understand his on-off bipolar-style persona, but his behavior is way, wayyyy too irrational when he puts his curses headband on. I mean, bruh, it’s just a culinary competition, nobody insulted your mother or anything, put some clothes, talk less and cook more (I guess that last part could be applied to a large number of Totsuki students)
Drooling: when I first saw Rentaro wrapping the salmon in bacon I was not impressed – I thought it was going to be another abomination like that godawful gyoza Yukihira made for his last match – but the promise of the tender salmon texture wrapped in crispy bacon really got to me in the end. To be fair, I believe Rentaro’s dish was better: there’s no way you can keep salmon fat so juicy if you bake it in a coulibiac.
Themes & Trivia
Shonen battle dynamics: If you have watched a lot of shonen anime, you have probably noticed that (apart from the fact that it’s easy to predict the winner in 99% of all the battles) there is a very specific pace of interchanging dynamics – basically, one character starts off really strong, then the other surpasses them, then the first has an ace up his sleeve, but the second has predicted it, then the first used that ace to conceal the actual ace and… anyway you get the idea. I do find this very tiring, especially when it is being meticulously described by the audience. It makes me feel like I’m watching Yu-Gi-Oh.
Coulibiac: A Russian pastry that contains salmon. Surprisingly, even though it’s a drag to prepare everything, cooking a coulibiac is not as hard as it seems. In most cases, the finished result is fugly.
I am actually hungry.
Good job Food Wars, I feel like you finally started getting back on track and were able to both trigger my will to cook as well as my appetite. Pas mal.
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