As expected, Team Gin could make up by using teamwork the difference between both teams but still not enough to win.
It's okay. I sort of had a feeling we were looking at this end result with the last issue, but I'm not too disappointed with the result. I sort of wish this was an issue which helped push Erina and Souma to grow past their previous limitations, but really only Erina sort of did that. But only by "debasing" herself by literally cooking a steak and then trying to create excuses for doing it. Basically going back to the, "I'm only defined by the extremely refined skills I've been put into" thing she had pretty much been using since her earlier representation. Are we supposed to feel bad for her that she's never realized that literally EVERYBODY ELSE around her has achieved great heights by devoting themselves to their passion?
Boo hoo, I feel so bad for Erina.
3 entire pages dedicated to the idea that Erina might shine brighter if she acts more like Souma, something we've already seen analyzed. Should have been a couple panels.
Not everyone who works hard is rewarded! However, all those who succeed have worked hard!
The clashing style and dynamic of Team Jouchirou was actually presented as an advantage that heightened their dish rather than something that dragged them down so that Team Dojima could catch up. Erina & Souma were heightened by their clashing nature while Takumi & Megumi were heightened by their harmony, neither team's method was implied to be superior and there were no flaws highlighted in either of their finished products.
I liked this chapter
Not the result I wanted; however, it was entertaining. Also, it was necessary to get Erina to realize that she can no longer afford to be crippled by the presence of her father.
ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ The real world is for those who can't imagine anything better.
>Jou not GOATING
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up."
meh chapter, I didn't really like the overanalyzation and complimenting but I did like the comparisons of the teamworks. But, they both had radically different head chefs and thus performed totally different, how will they mesh with each other in the match?
Rindou with the cold thing again, pretty much confirmed that she will fuck it up for Central
rather than draw, it's more like they're just being forced to acknowledge the other team.
Jou and Gin should be the head/main chef, and yet it seems Jou is only cooking the crepe. while the crepe might be the one who directed the whole "strange" dish, it clearly feels like Jou is playing around without putting much effort since the other 2 parts of the dish are given to Souma and Erina to do whatever they like
It's definitely different to Gin's team where Gin is the one who made the dish first and then Takumi implement/adding more things to make it better
Last edited by gn_x00; 02-18-2017 at 03:37 PM.
why not go all the way? this way, the result really doesn't mean anything. doujima's team pissed all over jou's with their teamwork, and yet he still can't get a win (and i'd go so far as to say that erina was by far the weakest link in this whole thing, she really was dead weight until just the end).
this makes the inevitable win against azami's troop that much more stupid as the manga doesn't even play by its own rules in that scenario (especially because azami's troop should be eons away in skill from the majority of souma's crew). let's not kid ourselves by saying that they might lose against central, it simply would not be feasible to come back from a development like that without relying on dozens of plot devices that conveniently excuse the crew's loss.
and even then, it seemed like jou essentially didn't do shit here. the mangaka even went out of his way to portray him in a comedic light while cooking with those oversimplified grimaces (those that alice does in every second panel or so), and they still got a draw.
the result is horribly hamfisted here and really makes no sense. either go all the way and establish the narrative of "superior individual skill trumps teamwork if the difference is too great", or take the approach of "with good teamwork, any gap in skill can be closed". but this way, we got "teamwork is kind of alright, but still not good enough if there is a gap in skills".
it really feels like this route was chosen because it doesn't force the author to highlight weak links in souma's crew, who would need special focus in terms of advanced, personal training to be on par with the rest of the students. a cop out in every sense of the word, although this is not something that hasn't already happened multiple times in sns.