I spent a great deal of this episode hating it and wishing it would end. I don’t like Aldini as a character and the new guy that’s come along is scum. Then I realised, that somehow this episode actually made me feel sorry for Aldini and respect him for trying to overcome in the kitchen and that the episode definitely elicited an emotional response. I’m still not sold on this tournament where we just go from cook off to cook off with very little characterisation in-between but I am actually looking forward to Soma’s next match and I’m glad that he’s maintaining his calm.
Food Wars is available on Crunchyroll.