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Food Wars: The Second Plate Complete Collection Anime DVD Review

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Two seasons in and everybody is still making food at one another. And it’s still great.

What They Say:
At the Tohtsuki Culinary Academy, the first rule is survival of the fittest, and if you don’t have what it takes to become a master chef, you need to get out of the kitchen before you get burned. With the wheat of first-year students separated from the chaff, cocky former diner cook Yukihira Soma is one of the handful of kitchen whizzes still standing.

As the next round of the Autumn Elections gets underway, can he survive a brutal bento boxing match with the chemistry-obsessed granddaughter of the Academy’s director? And which of the other contenders; Megumi, Ryo, Akira, Hisako, Takumi or sinister dark-horse Subaru; will advance to fight for the gold medal? Get ready for another cut-throat season of eat, beat, and defeat!

The Review:
Audio:
For this viewing, I took in the English dub, which is offered in 2.0. The Japanese audio track is also available, also in 2.0. This is actually a rare situation where the lack of a 5.1 mix doesn’t bother me too much. While there is “fighting,” it’s not really action like we are used to, so the lack of a surround feel isn’t too much of a detriment. And, frankly, getting a dub makes up for a lot of it for me, so I don’t have too many complaints. The channels are clear with no drop out and a bit of directionality.

Video:
Visually, this is a good-looking anime. Characters designs are relatively generic, though there’s some good differentiation in it all, and there’s some great animation in the cooking scenes. Some of the lining and colors are soft, though admittedly, that could be just a lack of it being HD than a particular problem. I did not notice any other technical flaws, however.

Packaging:
The packaging for this release is fairly basic. The three discs are contained in a standard size amaray case. The front cover has a montage of the extended cast with Souma in the middle, while the back features Soma in his “action” pose with a series of screen shots and technical details. The discs themselves each feature a character or two but are otherwise relatively unremarkable. It all looks fine for this series.

Menu:
The menu for this is also a bit basic, but fine. Most of the screen is covered with a picture of one the characters, while the selections are offered to the left. Each episode on the disc is just listed on the main menu with no play all button, though each episode does just lead into the next, so it “plays all” anyway. The series’s theme plays in the background in a 90 second loop (basically, the whole theme plays), so it doesn’t get repetitive.

Extras:
All that is available on this release are clean versions of the OP/ED.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I recently checked out the first season of Food Wars and enjoyed it far more than I figured I would. I had heard great things, but I find shonen “fighters” to be fairly hit or miss (and mostly miss). But Food Wars mixed up the formula a bit and made it a lot more fun that I tend to find these titles. I was worried, however, that it wouldn’t hold up. When I do enjoy a fighter, I usually enjoy the early stages but soon find the conceit quickly wear thin. And where the first season ended right in the middle of a tournament (where I often start to fall asleep), I was a little hesitant going into this season. I am glad I followed through, though, because this continues to be a brilliantly fun title.

At the end of the first season, the preliminary round of the Autumn Elections finishes, with Soma, Megumi, and Takumi among those passing through to the knockout rounds. The majority of this second season is used to play through the rest of the tournament to crown a champion of the Autumn Elections, and it plays out much like a tournament in any other shonen fighter show, though the “fights” don’t tend to be as drawn out. They cook their food, spend time explaining how they came upon their ideas, get judged, and then move on to the next bout. Each battle is generally wrapped up within the confines of a single episode, so the tournament moves right along.

And so because of this, there’s not a whole lot of actual plot advancement in these thirteen episodes. So therefore, there’s not a whole lot I can say about it that wasn’t already said about the first season. It continues to be Food Wars, and so it continues to be fun and hilarious. Soma is still driven and super confident (and since he’s Soma, he manages to find the impetus to fight an actual Food War while the tournament is going on), Megumi continues to find her own confidence and self-reliance, and the battles themselves continue to be varied and entertaining. And because of this, I’m starting to feel confident that I will continue to enjoy this show for perpetuity. I can’t wait for the third season to be released.

In Summary:
The second season of Food Wars picks up immediately where the first leaves off and continues its path of entertaining culinary battling. There’s not a whole lot of plot in this season, since the majority of the episodes are about the Autumn Elections tournament. So there are just a lot of food battles, instead. That said, if you enjoyed the first season of Food Wars, then there is no reason you wouldn’t enjoy this one as it continues to have all of the fun. Highly recommended.

Features:
Japanese 2.0 Language, English 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Clean Opening, Clean Closing

Content Grade: A
Audio Grade: B+
Video Grade: B+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: N/A

Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: February 13, 2018
MSRP: $59.98
Running Time: 325 minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 anamorphic

Review Equipment:
Magnavox 37MF337B 37” LCD HDTV, LG BP330 BluRay Player w/HDMI Connection, Durabrand HT3916 5.1 Surround Sound System


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