MyAnimeList Rating: 8,49/10
Genre: Ecchi, School, Shounen
Author: Shun Saeki (Art), Yuuto Tsukuda (Story), Yuki Morisaki (Story)
Seiyuu: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Hisako Kanemoto, Minami Takahashi
It’s time to scramble the eggs and enjoy this overhyped, fanservice, shounen shows. In a certain time, the third season presents a slightly unexpected twist. For this third season, I think the story is less developed than the second season anymore. The plot arcs are somewhat not very precise when pulling a conclusion. The cliffhanger ending also makes us a bit annoying with this let alone some of the people who follow it while on-going. I watched the third plate in marathon ways a few days ago and I don’t think this season presents so much as it did in the previous two seasons. It’s has a crappy animation CGI, almost, arcs that didn’t really fit with my expectations. All of these things, of course, show some fanservice like Food Wars! but in this point, the second season takes the cake when compared to this. It should not get a lot deserved for this but still, it pulls the trigger.
“Food Wars! The Third Plate,” tells about The Moon Festival is Tootsuki Academy’s annual gourmet where students participate against each other to earn who gets the most profit through their recipe. But for Souma Yukihira (Yoshitsugu Matsuoka), this is the first chance to challenge the Elite Ten, the supreme council that controls the academy. However, this is just the beginning of Souma against the Elite Ten. Various plots will be presented by Souma with various challenges that could shake the future of Tootsuki Academy.
The story is common yet not too complex as it was in previous seasons. This aspect is a bit predictable from what I was expecting because maybe I’m starting to assume that this series is just the same as a shounen in general. But, this season has a fast pacing that always follows the flow and doesn’t really provide a stuff like filler. It’s great when it comes to the development. One thing I need to remember in the story is the introduction of Central which it comes from nowhere. I don’t know why but I think this part is a bit loose than usual so I don’t know what just happened, what is it, and what is this. The ending, which I mentioned earlier, is quite a cliffhanger and they prefer to divide it into two parts. I don’t know for sure because there may be some problems or barriers while working on this project. But, it didn’t quite change my perspective. One thing I almost forgot was you must watch the OVA first before watching this third season where the second season of the OVA for the first time introduced all the members of Elite Ten. It may also not be necessary but it is good to catch this way. A couple of times I’ve mentioned about how the animation uses a little CGI which I find this weird on the first arc. The animation is kinda flat and solid but can still be said as good as the quality from J.C.Staff. I don’t care anything about fanservice but they also do it in this aspect where the fanservice isn’t seemed like Food Wars! in general. For me, what’s the reason they ruffled this part? What’s clear, whether there is a shift of the animator or not.
Regardless of the story to the animations that have been revealed, at least the soundtrack is still fresh. I love both opening and ending theme songs which they quite a bit memorable. ZAQ and nano.RIPE, again, has a lot of effort to present in this section. Hisako Kanemoto as Erina is great where she replaces the previous seiyuu, Risa Taneda, but she can equate it with the previous one. For the rest, nothing change and they did a great job for this. This is what gets interesting, the Elite Ten introduction. This anime presents many characters that are also complex to notify one by one. There is Eishi Tsukasa, the first seat that I initially considered terrifying or something like that but had an interesting characteristic. Rindou Kobayashi with her mysterious impression, for now. Terunori Kuga also has a character with many roles for the first arc while the rest hasn’t been introduced too much. In this season, Erina Nakiri has a big role in this series and has a great well-development character. In addition, her character is also the most dominated in here where I see later there will be a stronger relationship with the main protagonist. Azami as the main villain is the heel. The problem is his character has too much recognition abruptly so I’m a little difficult to keep it up. But, he’s doing a great job and has a great main point for this aspect.
Overall, Food Wars! The Third Plate presents the viewers with slightly unexpected expectations. The character recognition for Elite Ten is a bit unpredictable and unsuitable for expectations where some think it might look awful or something, but it’s not like that. The animation is pretty quirky with a bit of CGI that I think is weird, the arc is somewhat imposed with the forced introduction of the main villain. The music and the soundtrack are pretty interesting which means this is not a bad season, for now. Some may still have flaws but this season is much enjoying and very exciting for some reason.