Food Wars! The Fifth Plate

Title: Food Wars! The Fifth Plate
Original Title: 食戟のソーマ 豪ノ皿
Episodes: 13
Year: 2020
Studio: J.C. Staff
Directed by: Yoshitomo Yonetani

DISCLAIMER! By being this a review of the fifth season of the anime, you could find spoilers of the previous seasons even in the synopsis. Read the article at your discretion.

With the finals for Totsuki’s first term arriving, Soma and his classmates in the Elite Ten are given the challenge to renovate an abandoned beach restaurant and earn a 3 million yen profit within three days. Meanwhile, the rest of the class are given easier assignments to run existing restaurants. In addition, the exams are being overseen by a new instructor, Suzuki. Suzuki seems to take an interest in Soma, who gets the impression he has met Suzuki before. Soma and his classmates are only able to open their restaurant on the third and final day due to the renovations they needed to make. However, they are able to attract a massive crowd thanks to their special yakisoba, which uses a combination of vegetables, minced squid, squid ink, red olive oil, and soft boiled egg yolks. By the end of the day, they are able to make their quota and pass the exam. However, as they make their summer vacation plans, Dojima arrives and informs them that the most prestigious cooking competition in the world, BLUE, is set to begin soon.
(from Wikipedia)

We are thrown into the action right from the first episode without anymore ado… and also the misery of this last series is strong right from the beginning. The location and some of the scenes of the first episode (especially the one of the massage chair) seems there without any other reason than creating fanservice.
I know: if somebody starts lamenting of general fanservice in Food Wars only at the fifth season, something is wrong with him; but the fact is that I love it in Food Wars… but only when it is the result of the tasting of all that amazing foods and when it is thrown in the middle without any functional purpose.

This season from me seemed a lot more shallow then the previous ones by not adding anything important to the general plot.
The story seems something of already seen from the previous seasons: take the exams and replace it with BLUE; then take the student council and substitute it with Noir and you will basically have this last season.

Lots of the culinary battles (that were always my favorite parts of the anime) are completely skipped, showcased only as a fast forward, and also the level of the absurdities here is the highest of the whole series: we have people using a chainsaw as a kitchen tool.

The final challenge against what should be the big bad guy wasn’t up to all the great battles of the series, without any pathos or thrilling moments. They also tried to induce some empathy in the viewer towards this enemy but the thing is so rushed that the result is really cringy.

I think this last part of the story was created only to give the occasion to take place to a single battle that was waited for all the previous season but never took place decently.
I hoped until the last episode that we would have an improvement of some sorts but it was only overall delusional. If you are still watching Food Wars and you are approaching this last season I totally suggest you to skip it… you won’t regret the time saved like this.

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