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Shokugeki no Soma season 2 05 May 2017

2016 cooking story, shounen manga adaptation in 13 episodes: AniDB, vt "Food Wars: The Second Plate". Yukihira Sōma continues to fight cooking duels on his way up the élite Totsuki cooking school.

The first ten episodes of this season throw the viewer straight into a continuation of the duel sequence established at the end of the first season: Sōma continues to battle his way up the ladder, with occasional matches between other people, and extended flashbacks to show how each person got to where they are now. This time we do get some idea of how Sōma prepares for the battles, being given a theme some time in advance, but the sports anime template continues to be the one on which the show is built.

There's less of the other stuff, which is a pity; but the final three episodes feature the "Stagiare", in which the students are sent out to work at restaurants and have to "leave their mark" in some way, and that I found rather more interesting and worthy of more attention than it got. It's all pretty rushed, though; the first season got through seven volumes of manga in 24 episodes, while this covers the same page count in just 13, and there's a constant sense that there's more material which the show just doesn't have time to cover.

It's still fun, but the last few episodes are distinctly better than the body of the series; there's only so much one can say about competitive cooking designed to load as much as possible into the first bite, as opposed to real cooking where the whole dish is meant to be consumed.

No sequel has been announced, though there's plenty more of the manga.

See also:
Shokugeki no Soma season 1

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