Shokugeki no Soma Episode 3: The Chef Who Never Smiles
I love how they put in the effort to have Megumi speak in an accent while she was in the countryside! Her voice is not as wonderful as Erina-sama’s, but I still think she was done really well! All her screams of misfortune and inner monologues were great. She’s the protagonist that Soma never will be – a normal girl who has been good enough at cooking thus far to be accepted into Tootsuki, but has had a combination of anxiety and maybe a bit of bad luck drag her down. That, and the fact that there are some seriously talented cooks around as well. Imagine what they have to go through to have the number of people in a year group drop by 90% after their very first year. You’d actually think there would be fewer people at that entrance ceremony given how hard it must have been to survive the middle school division – but clearly they took a standard, non-Erina transfer exam instead of the transfer one that Soma went through. I think she feels like she’s thoroughly losing at the moment, actually – especially as she did in fact reject him. It was her grandfather that put him through (and that in itself hints more at Soma’s power levels) but Soma probably thinks she was just being tsun and didn’t want to tell him up-front that his cooking was delicious. Oh dear.
I’m sure it was fairly predictable, even to non-manga readers that Soma would be the one to make the French cuisine teacher smile, despite being known as ‘the chef who never smiles’. And it was an innovative solution yet again, with lots of generous fanservice in the aftermath. Soma was almost asking to get picked on, but I did feel sorry for poor Megumi, given that she had done nothing wrong and just happened to pair up with him. At least, I don’t think they had anything against Megumi either. In the end, apart from Megumi we’ve still only come across fodder students so far – I doubt a serious chef would want to crush Soma like that. At the entrance ceremony, they did actually hint at many of the challenges Soma would face – not that it isn’t easy to tell apart who a background character is and who isn’t. I think Takumi is up first – the blonde boy who was annoyed by Soma’s speech at the entrance ceremony.
Yes, okay. I know what you’re after.
Here’s Megumi covered in honey.