Food Wars The Third Plate Episode 22 Review: To the Final Battleground

Yay! Proper Food Wars is back, finally. With some actual cooking and regional food facts, after a very disappointing run of uneventful progress, I can now watch this show and enjoy doing so once more.

Japanese Original Episode Title: 決戦の地へ

Plot

The Rebels and the newly established Elite 10 meet on an island for the final group shokugeki match! The top skilled chefs are ready to face each other in front of the whole school, and in front of their friends who have just been expelled from Totsuki and are forced to watch from a cell (what the hell is that all about?). The rebels’ first bout draws Souma, Isshiki-senpai and some random guy I’ve never seen before that is supposed to be the former 3rd seat of the Elite 10. The Central group consists of Nene, facing Souma in soba, some weird guy I’ve never seen before (and who I’m guessing is somehow European judging from the blond hair, eye and jaw shape) facing my beloved Isshiki-senpai, and a third pair nobody really cares about.

Souma decides to face Nene, who is an expert in Soba, by preparing instant soba, which is closer to his experiences and style of cooking. Isshiki-senpai is being constantly taunted by his opponent for being too light-hearted about the match and hanging out with ‘losers’ despite being from a prominent culinary family. Isshiki senpai gets fed up decides to crush the European douchebag, yes.

Episode Highlights

Travelling Shokugekis: I really, genuinely don’t see why they needed to travel so far for the final battle. It’s not as it if was planned or anything. If it was me I’d just send everyone home and have the match in the Totsuki stadium, what a waste of money that is.

Ryo has issues: As they’re casually walking by, being expelled and all, Ryo challenges Akira to a shokugeki, right here, right now, in the middle of the snow. LET’S DO THIS. Ryo really needs to calm down. Maybe some time off of cooking might be a good idea for his mental health. Then again this probably applies to every single character in the show. Only Souma’s dad got it before it was too late.  

Chanting for Central: Let’s be a part of the masses, let’s all follow the loud cute girl with the microphone that tells us to chant for a bunch of idiots who happen to be good at cooking and couldn’t care less if we lived or died. That part of the episode made me puke in my mouth a little, even more than the fact that the expelled students had to watch the match from a cell. How humiliating.

Isshiki-senpai love: My favorite character shows off his skills and true colors. How cute. Sadly enough, he didn’t pull his naked cooking stunt just yet, but I’m waiting for it, oh yes.

Themes & Trivia

Mount Rishiri: An inactive volcano island located off the coast of Hokkaidō. The volcano rises out of the sea forming Rishiri Island. Because of its resemblance to Mount Fuji, it is sometimes referred to as Rishiri Fuji. It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. I didn’t even know there was such a list… It also has an opening festival held annually on July 2 and July 3. This festival officially opens the climbing season.

Soba: Soba is the Japanese name for ‘buckwheat’. It usually refers to thin noodles made from buckwheat flour or a combination of buckwheat and wheat flours. They contrast to thick wheat noodles, called udon, and which I personally prefer because of their size and texture. YUM.

Kaiseki: Kaiseki or kaiseki-ryōri is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The term also refers to the collection of skills and techniques that allow the preparation of such meals and is analogous to Western haute cuisine. I am now starving.

Matelote: A French-originating fish dish with wine and onions.

I am pleased

This is how I want to feel after a food wars episode. Entertained, informed, and definitely hungry. Looking forward to the next one.  

How did you find this Food Wars episode? Let us know in the comment section! And don’t forget to check the rest of the Spring 2018 anime reviews on MANGA.TOKYO!

Food Wars! The Third Plate

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 | Anime Info Page | Simulcast

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