Food Fight!!!

 

So last year I was online, on Facebook mind you, watching one of those short videos. You know the one. The one where your friends post, pointing towards some emotion or action that everyone has. I think this one was saying “your reaction when the food is that bomb”. In the video this woman takes a taste of this food and immediately in her mind all her clothes rip off and she sounds like she’s climaxing, sorry to the young readers. Well I was curious what this was. It was clearly anime. It was clear, that it had to be something dirty. I was deathly intrigued.  Well i searched and searched and searched. To my luck, the show had not premiered yet. The show was known as Shokugeki no Soma. The series, created by Yuto Tsukuda with art by Shun Saeki along with collaborator Yuki Morisaki, was created in 2012 with initial publishing in Weekly Shonen Jump in November of that year. The series follows Yukihara Soma as he journeys thru school life at the prestigious Totsuki Academy. He is a first year along with other first years, like Nakiri Erina and Tadokoro Megumi, trying to become elite chefs. Soma was raised by his father in his family’s restaurant. They would do fighting competitions there for the entertainment of the patrons, which Soma never one. Which would get you thinking because at Totsuki they have a Shokugeki or Food War, similar to the cooking battles you see on tv, to resolve disagreements at the school. This series, for me, was amazing. It had gotten to the point where with friends I made it my life to get people to watch. A friend of mine got so into it he would jazz up his recipes, like Soma would, and text me with the hashtag Shokugeki. The cool part is the collaborator Morisaki is a real chef. So each and everything cooked in the manga and anime can be done at home. There are numerous videos online on YouTube showing how to prepare some of the most popular meals. With season 2 headed to the tv screens in summer season 2016, I can’t contain my appetite. This,I feel, will again be a show to watch. With the conclusion of the Elections and the coming of the Summer Festival Arc I can see some great things coming.

 

Click to hear about Food Fights in Toriko and to see eps 1 of Food Wars and Toriko below the cut

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Will pain bring us together? 

Would sharing our pain stop war? Would you understand those around you better if you knew the pain that a person is going through?

This is the premise of Kiznaiver. The series is about a group of high school teens in the fictional city of  Sugomori City. Here is where an experiment to create an understanding of human beings takes place. The Kiznaiver system is a system where individuals are made to feel each other’s pain as it is evenly distributed. So imagine that horrible stub toe moment being felt by all of your friends or that paper cut. That may seem small but in the series this is taken thru numerous different scenarios. The characters, one of which is Agato Katsuhira who has no sensation of pain, are placed in this system that is supposed to eventually and hopefully alleviate wars. Those that feel the pain and are a part of the system are Kiznaivers. Stating that if we all understood each other’s pain then we would all know where each other comes from and hopefully we would come to an understanding. The series is brought to us by some who brought us Rage of Bahamut and one of the episode directors of Kill La Kll. I’m just starting to get into the series as of this writing episode 7 has just been released and I’m binge watching from episode 4. Hopefully on the next podcast episode I’ll have a more conclusive thought. The series is supposed to run 12 episodes, so it is one of the shorter series of this season. I’d say give it a watch if you want something scifi but also something with a deeper meaning. It’s produced by Trigger(Kill La Kill, Little Witch Academia, and Black Dynamite) and by Aniplex (Fullmetal Alchemist, Persona 4, Bleach, and Guilty Crown) it is currently being streamed on Crunchyroll. Check out the episodes and let me know what you think.  I’m intrigued but I’ll hold my opinion til the end. Hey, guess I’ll keep sharing the pain with all of you.

Kiznaiver on CrunchyRoll