Food Wars! The Third Plate, Episode 18

An Open Letter to JC Staff

To Whom it May Concern: I am writing to you about an issue of grave importance. In episode 16 of your show Food Wars! The Third Plate, there was a cliffhanger featuring Rindou, No. 2 on the Elite 10 at Totsuki Academy, and also possibly a vampire. In such cases, it is standard for the cliffhanger to be resolved at the start of, or (at the very least), partway through the next episode. Now, though I am but hours away from the airing of episode 19, I still don’t know what Rindou’s specialty cuisine is, because the cliffhanger remains unresolved. This is unacceptable as-is, but becomes even worse considering the larger context.

As you know, Rindou was introduced early on in The Third Plate as a mysterious redhead of mayhem all the way back in the fall of 2017; that means, at this point, I have been waiting nearly a year to find out what kind of food Rindou cooks. Every night I go to bed wondering if Rindou cooks up a mean spinach pie, or perhaps does something innovative with lamb kidneys and parsnips, and it’s beginning to feel like I’ll never know. The indication at the end of episode 18 was that Rindou’s battle with Megumi and Aldini will be shown henceforth, however, after the tease of episode 16, I’m skeptical that this will actually happen. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

Now I live my life in a kind of Rindou-craze, consumed every waking moment with the mystery of my favorite borderline-sociopath Executive Chef and whether or not I’d be able to eat anything she cooks on a vegan diet. Someone must pay for this upheaval in my life, and I think it’s clear that you people at JC Staff are the ones responsible. I’m afraid I’m going to have to take extreme measures to express my displeasure; I’m not going to stop watching JC Staff anime (that’s crazy person talk), but I will immediately cease all labor on my forthcoming book, JC Staff: Underappreciated Geniuses of the Anime Industry. Don’t complain, you did this to yourselves.

Love, Karen


Today’s Food Porn is…more chicken-friend bear. Not exciting at this point, but to be fair, it does look more refined than Soma’s dish; Soma’s croquette looked like something you might buy at a carnival, if carnivals served bears.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s return to episode 18 and the fact that this Hayama X Soma fried bear party is FINALLY over. In a nutshell, Hayama makes an amazing Chicken-Fried Bear, with more refinement than Soma’s dish, but he didn’t push the flavors as far as he could have because he no longer had Jun hanging around to cook for. Soma, on the other hand, went absolutely insane trying to make his dish as good as possible, ending up with a better dish even though his general techniques (such as the fry on the meat) were not as good; victory Soma.

A good moment in anime that I think we can all come together to admire, political differences aside.

We really did not need three episodes for this. However, seeing Jun come in and hit Hayama in the face was rather satisfying, because the way Hayama was acting, he was going to be slapped by someone and it may as well be Jun. The other worthwhile part of this episode was seeing all the mythology being built around the Nakiri Chest Bare; what started out as a one-off joke has become amazingly elaborate, to the point where you get the impression this idiotic Nakiri “superpower” was foretold in ancient scrolls or something. I’m beginning to hope that Erina does have this ability, only it’s latent, and only Soma’s most delicious chicken soup will bring out her hidden Nakiri getting-naked powers. In fact, I’m putting $5 down on them manga ending that way, any takers?

Berta and Cilla are on hand to demonstrate that the Nakiri clothes-ripping power is communicable through the air, so uh, good on them; I’d be just as happy never to see them again.

Most of the action in this episode takes place in the last few minutes where we find out that Hayama’s being expelled (not surprising, given that he just lost to Soma), but virtually everyone else we care about is being expelled too. I don’t take issue with most of the Polar Star kids being expelled, since they were overmatched against the Elite 10, but seeing Alice knocked out gives me pause. Obviously, Alice’s dad still wields a lot of power at Totsuki, and we know he’s a caring father; he can’t possibly be okay with his only child being unceremoniously booted. This makes it seem even more likely that there’s some sort of tricky long game being played here, because I don’t think he’d allow her to be expelled if he had any reason to believe that it would be permanent.

This is just wrong. Alice is some kind of immortal succubus, I REFUSE to believe that she could be taken out by any of the Elite 10…except maybe Rindou. Assuming Rindou ever sets food in the kitchen, ever.

At this point, I’m pretty sure there’s going to be some extremely important reason revealed for why all these people are following Erina’s dad’s crazy agenda, other than “they all woke up and decided to be communists one morning,” I’m just afraid the reason can’t possibly be good enough to justify all this tomfoolery.

Anyway, just about the only chefs who haven’t been confirmed for expulsion are Megumi and Aldini, meaning the series has to finally show the pair battle Rindou, after teasing it for three episodes. I fervently hope this happens, but knowing this show, next episode will be a filler about Grandpa Nakiri’s boyhood years in Okinawa or something, and we’ll just get one split-second screenshot of Rindou holding a ladle with a devilish expression on her face. If that happens, I will have to follow up my strongly-worded letter to JC Staff above with another strongly-worded letter, and I’m running out of things to threaten them with! Please I just want to know what kind of a chef Rindou is, why is this so hard?

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