I recently finished Shokugeki no Soma’s 2nd season, Ni no Sara. Read on to know what I thought about it!
I know it’s a bit late and the show has finished airing for a month now. But I wanted to sit on my opinion of the show for a bit, just to see if what I felt about it would change.
The first few episodes of the 2nd season of Shokugeki no Soma, admittedly, didn’t wow me as much as the first season did. The 2nd season picks up from where the first season left off – at the finals of the Autumn Elections. Here the bunch of cooking misfits battle it out with each other to see who will win the top plate.
Agh, there’s no better way to say it but the anime could’ve done better with the finals. The food matches leading to the last part of the finals felt completely rushed and things only slowed down when they highlighted the new character, Mimasaka Subaru, when he suddenly challenged and insulted Aldini Takumi.
The storytelling mildly got better from there. The emphasis of the episodes began to lean towards the characters, their personalities, and how it reflects on their cooking and dish choices. The pace picked up (when Soma challenged Subaru for another Shokugeki, to avenge the fallen Takumi)…
… and then dipped again (when the finalists were finally prepping for the final dish that would settle the score).
And in all honestly, I just skipped parts of the final battle just to get it over with. I already had a hunch on who was going to win, especially when the Nakiri-jiji talked about their final surprise criteria for judging the dish, LOL.
I guess my favorite part of Autumn Election Finals were really just about the relationship between Alice & Ryo. Like, guys, what is going on there?! I swear I can cut the sexual tension with a knife!
Anyway, seriously, my absolute favorite moments have to be in The Stagiare portion of the series. Especially when Soma got to work for Shinomiya-senpai (who is, like, super cool and super wafu with his glasses and stylish pink hair, ugh) and learned a bit more about his own cooking.
All in all, Ni no Sara could’ve been better. The rushed pacing of the first episodes, the dips in plot and climax, it left me very confused and a little unsatisfied so I’m not sure it’s something I would recommend as a whole. Although it did still have that ecchi aspect, the humor, which attracted me in the first place, is dry and lacking. 🙁
WHAT I would reco is for you to read the synopsis of the anime episodes, watch the battles that sound interesting to you (Ryo x Akira’s battle gets intense, imho), and move on to The Stagiare arc. I think that part captured the essence of Shokugeki no Soma’s first season, which was kind of missing in the 2nd season. Haha!
ALSO, ALSO, here, have Alice’s mom! She’s so pretty, I love her!