At First Glance – Food Wars!

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.

Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the concept of these “At First Glance” articles is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it.
Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

Food Wars!: Shokugeki No Soma

Well now. Where to start. Going into Food Wars I figured this would just be a cooking anime, maybe with some action-y emphasis to make it funny/interesting. What I got…well, let’s just talk about the set up first, shall we?

Food Wars is about Sōma Yukihira, a plucky middle schooler who works at his father’s local restaurant as he tries to hone his skill as a chef. Apparently Sōma and his father are continually hounded by loan sharks who want to buy the building they live and work in so they build an apartment block or hotel or something on top of it. This seems like it would be a recurring theme throughout the show or something, but no. Later in the episode the loan sharks trash the place and the head loan shark, a woman with…err…” large ambitions” …tries to force Sōma into making a meat dish for her, knowing full well they ruined all the meat.

Pictured: Large Ambitions

Unfortunately for the lady loan shark, this backfires, as Sōma creates a dish using things he’d bought to have for breakfast the next morning. The dish, a Pork Roast of sorts made using bacon wrapped over a potato/mushroom filing and such, goes over quite well. A little…too well, really.

No joke needed

Point being Sōma manages to save the family business by making the woman swear they’ll leave his family alone if she wants to eat more of the dish he made. She agrees, family business saved, then it turns out Sōma’s dad is closing the place for a few years anyway to help a friend out overseas.

So, Sōma gets shipped off to a cooking academy. A cooking academy that turns out to be one of the country’s best (at least in the show’s universe), with a very low graduation rate. Good luck with that Sōma.

Okay, let’s get down to the main…I just realised whatever word I’m thinking of using it’ll be a food or cooking pun. Damn it. Oh well. The main portion of this article will basically me be talking about what I tried to refrain from mentioning until now. That being that this anime actually rivals Prison School when it comes to the amount of borderline hentai imagery that this anime has. I’m not even kidding.

It’s basically a running joke that this anime has everyone having orgasms of varying degrees any time they eat anything they find to be delicious. From fairly subtle reactions like this.

To more intense reactions, like the infamous moment where the loan sharks all eat some of the Pork dish and orgasm so hard they go into a fantasy where their clothes rip right off them.

Then there’s the opposite extreme when Mayumi, a classmate of Sōma, is forced to eat an intentionally horrible dish he created. Her reaction not so much being orgasmic as much as feeling like her mouth was..violated. Which is shown to us via what I can only describe as softcore tentacle porn.

Yeah I’m actively avoiding showing some stuff as you can see. Why? Because I like being on That Ruled, that’s why. Besides, you can easily find it in your own time. Or you’ve already seen it, so you know what I’m talking about anyway. Point being there’s a lot of stuff in this that caught me off guard, considering I was just expecting a fairly simple anime about cooking. I mean, this is still an anime about cooking and the premise is still fairly simple, but I only got a warning about the whole “food-gasm” aspect of the show minutes before I watched this episode. This really is the Prison School of this genre of anime.

That said, will I continue to watch Food Wars? Yes. Holy fuck, yes. This is far too hilarious for me to just give up after one episode. That and the anime is different enough from others I’ve watched for this to generally keep me interested. I’d definitely recommend people give this show a watch. However, do not watch it in public, or near your parents, or near pretty much anyone who would judge you if they’d walk in at the wrong moment. It’d be pretty damn awkward.

For those interested, Food Wars currently consists of 37 episodes across two seasons (24 in season 1, and 13 in “The Second Plate” respectively), with a third season set to air in October, which I only just found out about. Aside from that there are also four OVAs. To clarify, both seasons and all of the OVAs are currently (as of me writing this) only available in Japanese with English subtitles.

Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However, if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.

At First Glance – Prison School

Note: There are spoilers for the first episode of the anime in question in this article.
You have been warned.

Welcome back folks. As a quick reminder for those who are new or have forgotten, the concept of these “At First Glance” articles is that I watch the first episode of an anime I’ve never seen and give my thoughts on it.
Simple, right? With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.

Prison School

I swear it’s an ongoing theme for this month (and, really, in general for these things) that I’ll be covering an anime I know of, but know nothing about. And boy, do we have a doozy this time around or what? Prison School. An anime I knew so little about that I honestly thought the premise was based around an actual school within a prison, rather than what turns out to be the other way around. Misleading title is misleading.

Anyway, the basic premise of Prison School, or at least what the first episode shows us, is that five boys (Kiyoshi Fujino, Takehito Morokuzu, Shingo Wakamoto, Jōji Nezu & Reiji Andō) have enrolled in what was previously an all-girls high school, Hachimitsu Academy, and find out they’re the only five boys in the entire school. Being horny little shits they attempt to peep on the girls bathing, only for it to backfire and them to get caught by the “Underground School Council”. As a result of their idiocy, they are publicly shamed and made to serve one month in the school’s prison block or face expulsion.

With that out of the way, wow. This anime was nothing like what I was expecting. Partially for reasons I brought up earlier (my assumption of a different premise) and partially because, well…of the anime I’ve covered so far, this one easily tops the list of “anime on the verge of being hentai”. Which is saying something considering I covered Shimoneta last year (using the shorter title cause it’s easier to repeat). And Shimoneta was basically a porn waiting to happen going by the first episode alone.

So, if that’s anything to go by, holy crap, you can tell I’m not joking. Like, I knew going in just by the promo image alone that this would be a pretty fan service-y anime, but holy shit. I had no idea the levels of borderline softcore porn this would get to. I’m not even kidding. But I also won’t give you any examples either. If you want that, do a quick google search in your own time.

One funny aspect of the episode that I will talk about though is the fact Meiko, the “Vice-President” of the Underground School Council, tries disciplining them only to realise it’s not working. Turns out all the guys except Kiyoshi are actually masochists and loved the whole thing. Especially since Meiko is wearing a skirt so short (and generally squats down so much) that you get a better view of her panties than I’d like. Though seeing her panties at all is weird for me, given the fact she’s most likely underage, seeing as this is a high school anime. Even if she does look old enough to be the headmistress (pun not intended) of the school itself.

Meiko in general just brings on more questions than I’m ever expecting answers for. That and more than I should even be thinking of considering the sheer insanity of this anime. Which, I guess I should also talk about, but I’ll leave that for the end blurb.

So…will I continue to watch Prison School? Oh hell yes. This anime might be borderline softcore porn, but holy hell is it funny. Like Shimoneta, the sexual stuff has a comedic aspect to it all for the most part. And generally, the show, as I said before, is sheer insanity. It’s completely over-the-top and it completely revels in it, making it an enjoyable “what the fuck” kind of watch.

For those who are interested, Prison School consists of 12 episodes, which are available in both subbed and dubbed formats. On top of that there is an OVA for the anime called “Mad Wax”, and the manga Prison School is based on also got a live-action show, which came out the same year as the anime, funnily enough. The live-action series is only 9 episodes long, and I don’t care if there’s a dub for it, because it’s live-action. Just watch it subbed. Dubbed live-action is weird.

Well, that about covers it. If anyone has any suggestions for anime I should watch for this in the future, give me a shout and I’ll put it on my list. If it’s already on my list, I’ll bump it up in priority. However, if I’ve already watched it then I’m obviously going to have to decline.
I’ll see you next time folks.