What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma “Taste of Failure”! It pained me that they ended last week’s episode before showing any of the dishes, but then again, for a match-up which has been hyped up since the start? Giving a full episode to the presentation of the food and judging is worth a whole episode on its own.
When this episode kicked off, they jumped right into what came next as Soma playfully decided what was going to be his dish. I gotta say, I still love the fact that Soma is a creature of habit. This could have easily been the dish which stumped him, yet instead it turned into the dish which pushed him to his very limit in creativity. When he said that he was going to make something which mixed five separate cuisine dishes into one? You would have thought he was crazy till you saw the end result of his creation. It was bold, it was ‘interesting’ in appearance, it was simply something which you could only truly judge by tasting it. Though this is not to say that the core of his dish wasn’t simple. Though that would be the Soma brand. Simple yet complicated.
Now I can say that I was anticipating whatever it was that Asahi cooked, but the honest truth was that I was not. It was obviously going to be something appealing, with a strong aroma, and something which was just going to blow away the judges. The only surprise was that an extra person was going to try his dish. As they said, he made a dish which was recognized by the “God’s Tongue”. So much that we got to see that there was much more to Mana than having that one gift. She had one more, and not at all what you assumed it would have been.
What shocked me by the end of the episode was the emphasis they placed on Soma training and growing on his own. When you looked at the title for this episode, they were clever in how they worded it. You could have easily thought that the taste of failure meant that we were going to find out who lost this match, this week. However, that was not the case here. Instead they chose to focus on what failure means to Soma. It made sense in the way that failure doesn’t really phase Soma the same way that it does others. Failure is just another step towards growing as a chef. Otherwise he would never have challenged his father as many times as he did. Neither would he have accepted so many challenges after the events of the fourth season.
It was even more brilliant how they tied this to the personality of Soma’s mother. I mean, who would have guessed that he is so much like her in that respect? Up to this point you would have seen only the influence that his father had on him, but now after being introduced to his mother? Now you really see who he takes after.
Aside from this, it was good to see that they aren’t ignoring the clear problems with Asahi’s methods of cooking. You can copy as many techniques as you want, and you can even use as many rare cooking utensils as you want, but none of this is a substitute for what you get from genuine training. The kind which allows you to make something so spontaneous, and yet something so satisfying to someone with a picky taste.
All in all, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma “Taste of Failure” was exciting from start to finish. What we got out of this episode was peak Soma. This guy is at his best when you give him a dish which requires him going beyond what he is normally capable, and they didn’t waste the opportunity to explain what makes it so possible for Soma to surpass his limits.