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Shokugeki no Soma episode 1 – Altering breast sizes

_HorribleSubs__Shokugeki_no_Soma_-_01__480p_.mkv_snapshot_02.50_[2015.04.05_00.10.08]So just to check with my audience here: This does look like a pair of tentacles shoving themselves right up a girl’s backside so hard that poop came flying out and now covers her legs and the entire background? Cool, I’m glad we’re on the same page. What a classy way to start the season eh?

Shokugeki no Souma - 01 - Large 29Before I get into the negativity, I first want to say that the central conceit of likening culinary delights to pornographic imagery of sexual domination is something I am totally into. I think it would feel more voyeuristic if they didn’t lean into it and make it as ridiculous as they have. When you have the whole screen filled with meat juices spraying into the character’s orifices as their clothes fly off Aquarion EVOL style, it feels less creepy and more silly. I suppose I can feel comfortable with it because there isn’t any actual sexual domination and explaining food enjoyment in those terms is so far removed from the reality that it has the same enjoyment one gets from an extremely over-reaching metaphor. I might have a bit of a problem with sexual domination imagery when it comes to actual sex, but with food it’s far removed enough not to have that problem. If you’re going to use pornographic imagery as your central joke, you kinda have to go all the way. That part I like.

Shokugeki no Souma - 01 - Large 01Outside of those specific scenes though, I’m really not that into it. When you get down to the actual plot it’s the same goddamn shounen anime as everything else. Hotheaded shounen male lead leaves eccentric parent with probably a dead mother to go to super elite magic school to meet a series of characters, engage in contests, have a tournament arc, yada yada yada we’ve all been here before. Characters are bland, visual stylings outside of the food orgasms are equally so. Plus there’s something that inherently puts me off an anime when they start incorporating boob jiggling.

Let’s take a step back and think about this for a second. Why do anime boobs jiggle? Who decided this? It’s distracting because it makes you start to wonder why none of these ladies have discovered the wonderous invention that is a bra. It’s demeaning to the female characters because you are drawing attention to their mammaries when they are trying to display some other sort of personality. It draws away from the humour of the food orgasms too, the show’s main strength otherwise. Wouldn’t it be funnier if characters acted like normal but when faced with delicious food suddenly everything turns into a porno? Instead they’re drawn with ridiculous proportions at all times as if they’re constantly ready for their boobs to spill out of their shirts. Plus they can’t even keep the breast proportions the same from one scene to the other, which particularly annoyed me.

Shokugeki no Souma - 01 - Large 31I’ll probably keep watching for a while but I can see the foodgasms eventually losing their appeal. Once you strip that away you suddenly realise you are watching a very generic shounen coooking anime with a juvenile focus on bouncy tits.

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  1. D1360EX
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    I feel pretty much the same. Bland premise and the gimmick can’t sustain the whole series. Character designs were bland, jerk lady looked like Madoka’s mom and the father was a carbon copy of Ranka Lee’s dad.

    If the series carried itself like Bartender except for the food porn pat and/or had an art style like Cromartie, it would’ve been better. They did focus a little bit on the cooking itself, but I would’ve preferred more technical aspects and how to actually make the recipe. If JoJo can spend time talking about Poker and safety seals, they should have time to show us the damn recipe.

    Animation was mediocre, just what you expect from JC Staff.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2015 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I feel recipe stuff might bog the show down pacing wise. I thought what they showed when he made his meat and potato dish was fine, even with all the umai data flying everywhere.

  2. Leo
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    Hey, they might’ve not discovered bras, but it seems they discovered perpetual motion. They’ve probably got their priorities right there.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      Hook them up to a machine and we have discovered the solution to the planet’s energy crisis

  3. LumRanmaYasha
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Yet another shitty anime adaption of a fun shonen manga. Why am I not surprised.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      The manga wasn’t really any different

      • LumRanmaYasha
        Posted April 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

        The manga didn’t have the scene where tentacles shove in between a girl’s legs shooting out brown goo. Nor did any panel with the lawyer have the camera always focused on her constantly jiggling breasts. The anime is playing up the fan-service to unnecessary and uncomfortable levels that the manga simply doesn’t. Not to mention the animation is subpar, the show looks gaudy, and the tone presented by the pacing, direction, and music seems like it’s taking itself more seriously, while still dragging out the over the top parts like the foodgasms longer than need to be, an ineffective combination. It overall just fails to capture the energy and pace that makes the manga work, and the fanservice is so obnoxious that it’s detracting from anything that could be enjoyed in it. The story presented in the first episode might match that of the first chapter, but the presentation makes it far less enjoyable, and considering the first chapter is only decent at best to begin with, that’s not a good thing.

  4. Posted April 5, 2015 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Some friends and I came to the conclusion that this is an alternate retelling of Fate/Stay Night, thanks to the red-haired kid, the dad played by Kiritsugu’s VA, and all of the sex analogies. It fits too well.

  5. Kiseki
    Posted April 5, 2015 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    “It’s distracting because it makes you start to wonder why none of these ladies have discovered the wonderous invention that is a bra.”

    Didn’t watch the episode but must say that push up bras actually make for stronger jiggling.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2015 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      This requires further investigation on my part

  6. aelthelwulf
    Posted April 6, 2015 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    The foodgasms were a bit too much. I was alone in my apartment while I watched this episode and I still had to turn down the TV volume to “barely audible” so the dog wouldn’t judge me.

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Permalink

      The dog enjoyed it, you know he did

    • DarkEnergy
      Posted April 8, 2015 at 5:35 am | Permalink

      I didn’t realize this show was ecchi and I was watching it while my dad happened to be in the background. Boy, he had some questions…

  7. Posted April 6, 2015 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Haven’t seen it yet, since I’ve read the manga and knew what to expect. Going into full blown foodgasms is probably the right thing to do though, since once you’ve stripped it of all that, there’s not much that sets this series apart from most generic shounen series. At least Yakitate Japan’s reactions are usually pun based or references based or just outright clever (when it works).

    • Scamp
      Posted April 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      I’ve started watching Yakititty recently and it’s very similar ultimately. Yakititty gets bonuses for being more varied with its versions of foodgasms at least.

      • Ibri
        Posted April 6, 2015 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

        Yakitate spoiler (without context it won’t tell you that much): at one point the food after effect is time travel. Not a hallucination about time travel, the judge actually travels back and majorly changes his own live and the effect stays when he returns to the present.

  8. Shadow
    Posted April 7, 2015 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    As someone that has read the manga i have decided i will probably not watch the anime and just stick with the manga.

    The ecchi while consistent with the work its too heavy for my taste in anime form, heck it makes the drawn version look harmless. IMO the ecchi was way too heavy on the first 20-30 chapters (which is what the anime will cover probably) so yeah its not worth it, back then i know they added lots of ecchi to sell the manga.

    The manga started to get good until chapter 60 when actually the first non-ecchi foodgasms appeared and since then i can admit im enjoying the ride. But these first chapter were just bait to attract the perverted japanese teens that were missing their ecchi on shonen jump.

    ill skip season 1 and probably jump into season 2 (there is definitely gonna be a season 2, this thing sells even better than Kuroko shit)

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