A dark age of cooking befalls Tootsuki Culinary Academy. With the Elite Ten's devastating coup d'état, Azami Nakiri is now the director of the prestigious school. Students must now conform to Azami's ideology of "true gourmet food" and are forbidden to express creativity, or else face expulsion.
However, Souma Yukihira and the members of the Polar Star Dormitory refuse to accept these changes. Aided by other rebellious first-years, including the tenth seat, Erina Nakiri, Souma and his allies band together to fight off supporters of Azami's regime. But corrupt instructors and the menacing Central organization stand in their way, and so they must work together, harder than ever before, to survive every underhanded plot designed to banish them from the school.
Embark on the flavorful yet challenging culinary journey of Yukihira Souma, a culinary prodigy who aspires to become a full-time chef in his father’s restaurant, in “Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen”. This third season of ‘Shokugeki no Souma’, aka ‘Food Wars’, from J.C. Staff, is set in a world where culinary battles take on more prominence than sporting events, and a chef’s talent determines their social standing.
The season starts at the prestigious Tootsuki Culinary Academy. This school, traditionally known for shaping future restaurant heads, undergoes a swift and drastic transformation when the new director, Azami Nakiri, takes charge. To maintain their place at the academy, our protagonist Souma, along with his friends, must face off against the newly formed Central Gourmet Organization, culminating in an intense culinary battle on a train – The Totsuki Train Arc.
Art & Animation
J.C. Staff continues to serve a visual feast with vivid colors and impressive details in showcasing extravagant culinary creations. The animation style remains consistent with previous seasons: dramatic with an over-the-top presentation that truly supports the intensity of the ‘food battles.’
The orchestration goes hand in hand with the animation, being equally dramatic and exciting. The opening and closing themes are pleasing, and the voice acting is top-notch, making you feel the passion, enthusiasm, and thrilling moments of both cooking and food tasting.
The standout point in “Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen” is its diverse ensemble. Despite the culinary setting, each character’s personality is distinct, and they all continue to develop throughout the season. Souma’s growth is especially commendable as he evolves from a brash and competitive teenager to a more humble and determined young man.
The storyline is where this season shines. The intense shokugekis (food wars), the new antagonists, and the unforgiving competitive environment make for a gripping plot. The narrative does an exceptional job at maintaining the suspense, keeping the audience guessing about what will happen next.
To sum up, “Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara – Tootsuki Ressha-hen” is a must-watch for anime fans, especially those who love food and cooking, or competition-based stories. With its beautiful animation, vibrant soundtracks, compelling storyline, and character growth, this season is arguably the most exciting installment in the ‘Food Wars’ series. So, devourers of anime, it’s time to rent, buy, or stream, and get on board the Tootsuki Train Arc!
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