Shokugeki no Souma Season 4 Episode 1 Review

Ever since season 1 I have been very hooked on this show. And not because of the fanservice, but because of Souma. He is a very cool character, and I liked to watch him grow better at cooking throughout the series. At certain a point, I think that the fanservice actually made my opinion of the anime slightly less positive.  I have just finished watching Shokugeki no Souma season 4 episode 1, so I’ve decided to make a review on it. Honestly, I have already read the manga, but I feel like watching it because a lot of time has already passed. I have not seen season 3, but I know what was going on it and it was a point in the story where they were introducing central and Nakiris father. It was a good part of the story, but not good enough to watch the anime alongside manga.

Before we go further into this, I’d like to warn you that it contains a lot of spoilers. And as such, I’d advise you to watch the episode first and then come back here and give me your opinion. Shokugeki no Souma season 4 episode 1 kicks off with the last and final exam in the school. It is the time of the advancement exam in the 2nd semester. And all first-year students have to take it, usually, this exam would have cut off more than half of the students present. But central decided to change the rules to allow all students that follow central to pass. And to be honest, I’m glad it went that way. Not really because I’m a fan of cooking by the rules. I think that cooking should be creative, and ultimately the message of Shokugeki no Souma is to cook freely and creatively.  But precisely because of that, central and Azami make the perfect antagonist for this series.

Souma

Shokugeki no Souma season 4 Episode 1 Review

Centrals idea focuses on Azami’s ideology. He believes that anyone can become a good chef if they follow a certain method. And he thinks that he can make the world of cooking a new place. I have to disagree with him, as most people would I think. But this actually makes him the perfect antagonist,  the battle of creativity versus systematic cooking. If you think about it, this message that Shokugeki no Souma is delivering can be applied to other things as well. But let’s not get into philosophy now.

The exam is designed to make those students that oppose central fail.  As Shokugeki no Souma season 4 episode 1 starts rolling in a bit, we can see Nakiri reveal more about her feelings her past. She comes to talk to Souma after discovering that Saiba is his father. Which she obviously has an attachment to, this could also lead to her having feelings for Souma due to his resemblance to his father. It’s a bit weird where her feelings for Souma would originate for, but as long as the fans are happy it does not matter.

Delicious Food

Nakiris past

Nakiri reveals how she felt bitter about food before, due to her God Tounge. She was forced to taste all sorts of food and had a bad experience with it. Until meeting Saiba one day accidentally when he had an appointment with her grandfather.  She falls in love with Saibas cooking and starts enjoying herself. However, that is the point where her father comes along. And starts rigorously training her for food tasting.  In the present, she explains how she both agrees and disagrees with her father. Due to tasting Saibas food, she believes that there is a need for creativity and exploration of food. But she also believes that it can lead to bad and imperfect dishes, which actually ruin the culinary world in a sense.

Being split between opinions, it is hard to say on which side Alice will be for sure. But we can assume that she will follow Souma and Saiba due to the plot armor. One more thing that this brings to us is that it explains how and why her father might have felt about food as well. Since she in a way does share his opinion but is starting to change it.  At this point, the past explanation is broken off by Souma trying to cook something for Alice. The anime follows good comedy elements, and the faces they make are pretty funny.  Seeing Souma have so much fun making food, Nakiri remembers how she used to have fun making food in the past. But now that is gone and it feels just like a burden. Shokugeki no Souma season 4 episode 1 had definitely started off at a nice point of the story.

Soma Funny Face

Shokugeki no Souma Season 4 Episode 1 Conclusion

After eating Souma’s dish, Nakiri gets her determination back and decides to help everyone out. We can obviously see that they will be going against Central. And having Nakiri alongside them will help them a lot. Also, this food tasting that Nakiri did with Souma could definitely end up in with Nakiri liking him more. As I said earlier due to his father mainly, and their resemblance as shown at one point. Their cooking style is similar, even though as said by his father at one point. Souma has much less talent than him, but much more determination. His cooking is good basically because of the amount of time he spent on it. Well even though they say he has no talent, persistence is talent as well. Is season 4 worth watching? Yeah, it definitely is, it is where the good part of the story starts happening.

 

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