Food Wars! The Third Plate’s “The Academy Falls” is a sophisticated Orwellian allegory pitting aristocratic centralized government vs independently run, state-like clubs.
In “The Academy Falls” the design of merit-based competition through Food Wars! is put to the test at Tōtsuki Culinary Academy. A process thought to be infallible and sacred is revealed to be two steps removed from corruption at any given moment. A triumvirate of bribed judges presides over Etsuya Eizan and Tetsuji Kabutoyama matchup, with a predetermined outcome. Sans taste test. The President of the Skewer Research Society, Tetsuji Kabutoyama, is shown to be helpless against the Central backed Etsuya Eizan. Tradition holding no weight against Eizan’s consolidated social power at the academy.
Thus, Food Wars! are shown to have more in common with loose gentlemen’s agreements propped up by Tōtsuki, rather than righteous competition. Without Tōtsuki enforcing an honor-based federalist system with checks and balance, the integrity of Food Wars! crumble under the highest bidder.
The message is twofold, it demoralizes Tōtsuki’s populace and discourages future attempts at revolution of any size. Azami Nakiri, father of Erina Nakiri (“The God Tongue”), establishes sovereign control over Tōtsuki on “The Academy Falls”. Intending a Central government made up of aristocrats to declare what is and isn’t true cuisine.
Azami’s overthrow of his father Senzaemon Nakiri as headmaster and director of Tōtsuki with the assistance of the Elite Ten Council places the academy fully at the whims of nobles. Independently-run clubs and dorms at Tōtsuki, resembling classical states relinquish any sort of governing power in Central’s push for campus-wide unification. Their cuisine deemed obsolete amidst an iron-fisted crusade by Azami Nakiri for Central’s vision of what it should encompass.
Professors are forced to reeducate under the principles of Central rather than their own, fearing banishment or loss of status if they should speak up. Non-Elite Ten Council Tōtsuki students are told their previous methods were always incorrect, reprimanded for creativity. ‘States’ are forced into obedience through fear of exile and lack of influence. The votes of the general student populace lack democratic influence against the will their ‘Elite’ position holders. Etsuya Eizan’s Food War was televised across the campus as a showcase of the futility of dissidence, indirectly pointed towards Sōma Yukihira.
However, in typical fashion Sōma Yukihira is undeterred by an insurmountable challenge. Sōma risks expulsion to save Kyokuseiryō/Polar Star Dormitory from being disbanded. Making a statement by challenging Eizan for a Food War regardless of a rigged, fixed outcome. Sōma defies the Central government, potentially jeopardizing his future at Tōtsuki. All for the belief of state-like club freedoms through independent cuisine, rather than on a unified assembly line.
New to the Food Wars! series? Be sure to read an in-depth preview of Food Wars! Season 1 Episode 5 at LiveGameDeals.com! Discover some of the first conversations between Sōma Yukihira and Erina Nakiri.
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Regarding Food Wars! Season 3 Art / Show Screenshots: The Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma Anime was originally made by J.C.Staff and licensed by Sentai Filmworks in the U.S. The Food Wars! The Anime is based on the words illustrated in the manga by Shun Saeki and written by Yūto Tsukuda. Published by Shueisha in Japan and VIZ Media stateside.
Food Wars! fans at Anime NYC 2019 lined up three hours early for Crunchyroll’s Screening of Episodes 6 and 1 of ‘The Fourth Plate’ last Saturday, November 16.
Anime NYC attendees were already lining up as early as 6 p.m. for an advertised 9 p.m. screening of Food Wars! ‘The Fourth Plate’ Episodes 6 and 7 (ended up being 1). Crunchyroll handed out a poster of Nakiri cousins Erina and Alice to tide fans over. The crowd appeared quite delighted with the poster’s ‘fan service’ as a thank you for their patience and support.Food Wars! The Fourth Plate Poster given before Screening at Anime NYC 2019 on Saturday, November 16, 2019
Some fans played back earlier episodes on their phones in anticipation of the Screening. Others discussed the series itself, happy to be among their own, as doors to the screening finally swung open.
At first, a representative for Crunchyroll announced that due to licensing issues over Episode 7 still officially airing next week… They’d show Episodes 1 and 2 instead of 6 and 7. This prompted some disappointed fans to walk out of the full house, despite having waited for hours. They were instantly replaced within seconds! As hungry fans who didn’t make the original cut into the screening, were let in to take their place.
Crunchyroll then decided to play Episode 6 after all! Much to the surprise of Food Wars! fans who’d stayed regardless of the Episode # playing. As one attendee commented, “It was all a test to separate the nonbelievers!” Truly in Sōma Yukihira fashion.
The lights flicked back on after Episode 6 and the Crunchyroll representative made a statement that they still can’t show Episode 7 unfortunately. So that would be it, unless fans wanted to see the first episode of The Fourth Plate. Food Wars! fans cheered that option on, and so Episode 1 was shown. If it wasn’t for time constraints of Javits Center closing… Attendees would have happily stayed for Episode 2 as well. No doubt the truly hardcore, passionate audience just desired to enjoy an evening of Food Wars! with fellow fans. Whether it was an episode they’d seen before or not.Food Wars! The Fourth Plate Crunchyroll Screening – Fans watch at Anime NYC 2019 on Saturday, November 16, 2019 – Photo Credit: Nir Regev
The show’s popularity in the Western market, which has seen an additional boost in the states recently by airing on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, is clearly as fervent as ever. It’s growing by the day, and at this rate, it won’t be long before Food Wars! possibly fills up the Hulu Theater at MSG next Comic Con for the Dub edition.
Catch the latest Food Wars! subbed episodes over at Crunchyroll as they premiere in Japan.