Today’s post will be short-ish since I did not plan ahead enough to address the typical low battery feeling of Monday; so, I’m going to pick a moment that is well-known enough that it needs little introduction.
One of the things “everyone” knows about anime that is actually true (as opposed to the false ones like: it’s only for kids, it’s just animated T & A, it’s super violent) is that anime contains some very odd shows.
These odd shows don’t always work, but, often enough they do. I, therefore, make sure to check out these strange series at the start of each season. The question that I ask myself is – Is this show going to work? In the case of this year’s Ninja Slayer, the answer was no. For Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches the answer was kind of. For Show By Rock!! and Joukamachi no Dandelion the answer was yes.
Today’s moment is the moment where the most unlikeliest series convinced me that it was going to work. That anime was …
Shokugeki no Souma.
Even after finishing the first season, I still can’t quite believe that Shokugeki no Souma turned out as good as it did. Not, it was a pretty good show given what it was but Shokugeki no Souma was a genuinely good anime series. I would easily rank it in the top 2 or 3 series that JC Staff has produced in the last 10 years.
And the moment was in the first episode towards the end where Souma had just upheld the honor of his diner and saved it from the wrecking ball by serving a meal that the agents of the developer found eating to be the most pleasurable experience they ever had. And it was the shot of them laying on the ground, completely satisfied that convinced me this series was going to work.
I think this scene convinced me of the merits of the show because they were careful to show the affect of eating Souma’s meal as affecting everyone, not just the girl. The equal opportunity fan service (or, at least, the attempt at it) signaled to me that Shokugeki no Souma was going to not merely be a vapid fan service series. I still wasn’t convinced that it had the meat juice to go the distance but if it failed it wasn’t going to be because of it’s decidedly odd setup.