Saki Manga 166 – Miyanaga Family Mystery

Every three years or so, we receive some morsel of information regarding the biggest plot of the series and the driving motivation of its titular character.

And every single time, it leaves me wanting for more as it become increasingly clear that whatever happened in the past  is more complicated than, “Teru is definitely still angry at me– Saki’s stated reason [circa chapter 4]. 

*MANGA SPOILERS BELOW THIS*

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Recipe # 1 – “Transforming” Furikake Gohan

Btw, did you guys know that every volume of Shokugeki no Soma has at least three recipes included? Also, did you know that people have managed to follow and replicate said recipes?

In this series of posts, I’m going to talk about some of the recipes included and their in-story implications.  I would also like to put the links of people who actually replicated this recipe so you can check it out. ^^

*Slight Manga spoilers below*

Transforming Furikake Gohan

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Hibike Euphonium 9.2 – The Bass Section after the Agata Festival

After the dreamy episode 8, we are now back into the impending reality  with a vengeance, as the looming audition is introduced.

Everyone in the band is in serious mode – trying to squeeze every bit of practice that they can, in order to make the cut and not drag their bandmates down. (It really hearkens my heart how far Kitauji band has come from the lazy and disorganized mess that they are in episode 3)

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Saki Nationals:Fifth Place Match Predictions Part II: Final School Ranking Bet

The “Fifth Match” is ongoing in the manga. I’ve already made some match-up breakdown here. 

If there is one good thing about being this deep in the tournament, its the fact that I can try to guess who is going to win without feeling like I’m throwing my bets blindly. While having unknown teams is fun and all, there is something to be said about knowing all of the teams deeply and watching them clash.

Its a feeling that all sports fans know so well.

And of course, as any sports fan, there is the “bets” to add spice to the  matches is a must. That said:

TO ANY ANIME ONLY WATCHERS PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THIS POST UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE SPOILED ROTTEN.

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Hibike Euphonium 8.5 – The Framing of the Agata Festival

Since Season 2 is upon us, I’ve gotten fired up in finishing this thing.

Mostly, I got stuck in the wonderful episode that is episode 8 wherein Kumiko and Reina’s  interaction finally took center stage. Even at this moment, with some time and distance as well as watching the whole series again, I can’t still pin their relationship exactly.

Just take this date, for example, I can’t in good conscience say that its just a normal “friendly outing” even if I know perfectly well that Kumiko and Reina have no amorous intention (that they know of anyway ^^).

There is just a certain gravity, a natural chemistry   in Kumiko and Reina’s interaction that pings my senses.  Combined with the framing and the atmosphere it tantalizes and leaves you as breathless as the protagonist had been.

KyoAni really did a good job in the direction of this episode.  Its through their framing that the chemistry within Reina-Kumiko bloomed. So much so that it would not be a hyperbole to say that it is the direction and the technical side that really carried this episode.

Thus on this blog post, I’m mostly going to talk about episode 8’s direction and how they subtly influence the mood of the show. As well as tackle the two confessions we saw back to back. ^^

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Shokugeki no Souma 183 and 184 – Secret Weapon and of Course its Jun!

It has been two weeks of preparation chapters with not much happening, so I just combined them. Good news for those who want male fan service though!

c) Quinn Dombrowski, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)

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Shokugeki no Soma 182 – Birth of a New Elite 10

So while on the camping trip, Kuga shares some juicy gossip with Soma, namely how the hell Hayama became an elite ten member.

Its basically a sneak peak on what is happening behind the enemy lines…

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Shokugeki no Soma Manga 181 – Be Ingenious with Bear Meat!

This would hopefully be the start of a new section of my blog dedicated to a newly discovered manga series – Shokugeki no Soma.

The goal of the series is to try to follow it weekly, mostly to develop some good writing habit. That and I found myself looking up the freaking recipes and trying to cook the food while reading the manga. Might as well put the research into good use. ^^ Continue reading

Akihabara – First Trip to Animeland

Hello guys. Long time no see.  I haven’t been updating for quite a  while.

That’s because I went to Tokyo with my family (And therefore accumulated an enormous work backlog). Its so worth it though. Even if my bank account will be crying for a little while.

Of course, since I’m in Tokyo I visited the Holy land of Anime Otaku – Akihabara – if only for a few hours.I wish I could have stayed longer but we are on a tight schedule.

Still, even from my brief visit I think its a pretty nice place. But, then again, the whole district is filled with anime. What’s there not to love? ^^

Anyway this post is just a brief run down of things you guys might find interesting if you guys ever go there.

 

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Saki Nationals: Fifth Place Match-up Prediction Part 1

The latest chapter of the main manga is up, with the Fifth  Place match officially starting… Which I guess answers our previous question if we will see it in the upcoming Toki spin-off or not. I expect the finals to be delayed by at least a year. Sigh…

On the positive side, Ritz appears to be setting plot hooks (Nishida  is investigating the Miyanaga connection, Awai practicing with Teru in the dark; it looks like my last post have some merit after all ^^). So long as the Fifth Match follows in this vein, I’m finding myself not despising the latest chapter.  After all, if we are going to have this match, it better be good and have a connection to the main plot.

Anyway,  here are my two cents regarding the match-ups. Think of it as  an estimated powerlevel thing. Mahjong is a four way battle, even if a player is clearly stronger than the other three –  ganging up, making a temporary alliance, or even a stronger one helping a weaker player to eliminate a troublesome team may shake the results. Like what is happening in the latest chapter. ^^

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