While going into this episode I really didn’t care who won this battle as neither of the characters competing had particularly interested me up until this point, somehow I got drawn into their match. The moment of judging was particularly tense and that outcome was actually kind of cool. I’m not going to say anything else about plot so let’s move on to the visual metaphors. An eagle vs a tiger for the most part (a theme which carried to the taste reactions) coupled with some sort of card battle theme which actually worked really well considering the characters and the context. Okay, it was still a one off duel in the kitchen but this episode packed a lot more punch than some of the previous ones.
And Soma sitting with Erina and Alice for most of the cooking was kind of perfect.
Food Wars is available on Crunchyroll.