Right after Soma defeated the land sharks who targeted his restaurant and Soma is telling himself that he will defend his business at all costs... Jouichirou appears from nowhere announcing that he's closing the restaurant and sending him to a Boarding School.
It doesn't end there. Just as a dissapointed Soma is heading to the school, thinking that it's going to be just boring cooking classes with an old teacher, it turns out to be The Cooking School, with a graduating rate so low that only 10% of the students manage to survive, as he could see many depressed students just got expelled.
Soma's reaction when Erina rejects his dish during their first meeting, claiming it's disgusting despite having an intense Orgasmically Delicious moment. In the anime, the music and scene is played up as if she's won over by his cooking, but she's also put off by how lowbrow and condescending he is, in reaction to her elitism and snobbiness. Fortunately her grandfather overrules her rejection of his application after personally tasting the dish he made.
Soma's first day at the Polaris Dorm:
Fumio-san tried to smooch him during a foodgasm-induced happy flashback.
Takumi's introduction. Just as he introduced himself by stepping on Soma's shoe, Takumi challenges Soma to a cooking contest during the assignment, requesting Hinako to act as a judge, only for her to flat out reject it and ruining Takumi's mojo. To make things more embarrassing for poor Takumi, Isami openly mocks him (which also earns shocked reactions from Soma and Megumi when they discover that Isami, being big and fat, is Takumi's younger twin brother).
After a competition between Soma and Takumi ends in a draw, Takumi pulls a "We Will Meet Again". Moments later, they're sitting next to each other on the bus.
Soma: Hey, we meet again.
Takumi: (visibly blushing) Shut up! Don't talk to me!
After the Breakfast Buffet Trial is announced, Takumi starts to boast about what he is going to do.
Takumi: You will see, Yukihira. I'll deliver up the ultimate breakfast of a traditional Italian egg dish that's been arranged using the Aldini's expertise. Soma: Whoah! And what's a traditional Italian egg dish? Takumi: Heh. Isami: You see, you use cheese, vegetables with eggs and... Takumi: Don't spill the beans, Isami!!! (Gets dragged away by Isami while yelling at Soma)
During the Surprise Egg challenge, one of the judges (Kyuusaku) tries Tadokoro's dish. At first he looks angry, then he asks this.
Kyuusaku: Would you marry my grandson?
Tadokoro: WHAT? No! Well... WHAT?
During the Kaarage arc, Soma asks Nikumi and his former classmate Mayu over to help investigate the rival kaarage stand. When the two girls meet, their mental monologues are definitely less than pleased at not getting to spend time with Soma alone. Soma's mental monologue... well, he gets that the situation is awkward but not exactly why.
The first half of Chapter 39 has the Polar Star students playing table tennis. During the match, a narrator box would occasionally pop up to remind readers "Shokugeki no Soma is a cooking manga".
When Soma and Megumi both first meet Shiomi, the woman immediately begins apologizing profusely for not having anything ready to offer her guests. This just makes Megumi start apologizing for barging in, creating an infinite loop of the two just apologizing to each other while Soma watches on.
After the Summer Vacation, Takumi once again started to boast and challenge Soma... Only to be interrupted by Soma asking who is behind him. Takumi plainly answers that the tall, handsome, thin guy is Isami, to Soma and Megumi's shock. The conversation deviates so much that, once again, Takumi's badass mood is gone.
The Don RS head cheering on Nikumi like he's her dad.
The guys from Polar Star decide to do a party to celebrate the end of the first round of the Fall Classic, and they also invite the Aldini brothers and Ikumi. Obviously the three of them are wondering if they shouldn't be disturbed by Isshiki going around in a Naked Apron (not helped by the fact that the others are very used to this).
And to close the night, Isshiki appears also wearing a speedo.
The next morning, Soma and Megumi's reaction to Isshiki suited-up is priceless.
Chapter 62 opens with images of the 8 Fall Classic participants, with shots taken of each character looking badass during the preliminaries... except for Soma, whose picture is of when he dozed off in the middle of cooking.
Chapter 71: The sudden Jojo's Bizarre Adventure parody.
Jun remembering being The Klutz during her student days. Soma actually guessed it right.
Hisako's reaction when Soma is revealed to be his coworker during the Stagiarie Week.
Also her depressed reaction with only hearing Erina's name.
In Chapter 109, Doujima trolls Shinomiya by proxy. Shinomiya is not amused.
In Chapter 114, after closing the restaurant and Koujirou let Soma participate in the design contest, Hinako almost blabbers in front of Professor Chapelle that they did an unnoficial Shokugeki at the Training Camp. While Fuyumi (giving Hinako a backhanded punch), Sekimori and Donato denied it repeatedly to their teacher, Koujirou also started to grab Hinako by the head, while the other three agreed to blame it on Doujima if they got
An excited Soma, after getting more advice from Koujirou, calls him "Shifu"note or "Master" to his utter embarrassment. The others waste no time to make fun of him.
Fuyumi: You even let a kouhai call you "Shifu". Your ego knows no limits. Koujirou: Sh-shut up! He chose to say it himself!!
Near the end of the Internships, Ryou's shows that he had to serve at a restaurant overrun by Japanese Delinquents. Turns out that his food and brash personality actually reformed the gang members, also to the point of them wanting to call him their "big brother".
When the rest of the Polaris members return in Chapter 117, we have a Brick Joke of Isshiki thinking Marui's only remains would be his broken glasses... Marui is fine (only more scrawny), and his glasses broke because they slipped from his skinny face and he stepped on them.
Soma defeating 3 challengers in a row and their exhausted faces.
Senzaemon presenting the board his new design for the Maple Leaf Hunt event... which has the same cute chibis from the Training Camp flyer. The others are quick to note that it's too friendly for the event.
Chapter 118 gives us the Top 9 of the 1st Years having to socialize with the rest of the Council of Ten Masters. Hilarity Ensues:
Megumi starts to panic for a lot of reasons:
First at the prospect of meeting the members of the Council, since she is still intimidated by the idea of talking to the best students of the school. The fear increments when she guesses that Soma will challenge any of them and get them in trouble.
Then when she realizes that, before meeting the sempais, her group don't get along well: Erina still hates Soma, Alice keeps teasing Hisako, Akira and Ryou are still vitriolic, there's still friction between Takumi and Subaru, who kept teasing Takumi about their match and Takumi is still obsessed with challenging Soma.
That soon is replaced by more fear when she realizes that the 2nd year members of the Council of Ten Masters are even worse than them, as the first interactions between them is to curse each other with more heavy insults.
Also the panic increases even more when Soma suddenly challenges all of them, earning shocked looks from everyone. That was promptly declined with a flat 'No' from the Council of Ten Masters second-years, as they are busy trying to beat the ones above them.
The first meetings after one month of not seeing each other:
Ryou and Akira still challenging each other verbally.
Takumi's first reaction is to criticize Soma's lack of care of his hair and also, being Takumi, wanting once more to challenge Soma after hearing that he was Shinomiya's intern.
Hisako telling Erina to thank Soma for the mangas. At first Erina gets bratty and refuses to thank him at all. Then Erina gets shocked when she realizes that Soma and Hisako had become friends.
Chapter 119 shows us the different sides of the Council of Ten Masters:
Kuga coolly taunts the first years that he will accept a Shokugeki from one of them if they can beat him in even one of the cooking aspects. Nene is quick to point his height.
Kuga: I said 'related to cooking', you hag!!
Tsukasa's Shrinking Violet status, unexpected for the Council of Ten Masters's First Seat.
Council of Ten Masters's intimidation only fueled most of the first years' desires to overthrow them. Except Megumi, who's clearly terrified.
In episode 11, Hinako being tied up repeatedly during the unofficial shokugeki, and somehow escaping each and every time. Despite not being a judge, she ends up tasting some of Koujirou's cooking anyway.
Chapter 121. We find out that Soma set up a boot right next to Kuga and gives himself an epic speech about how he's gonna win. And then Erina shows up and tells him that if his booth ends up in deficit, he'll be expelled. He proceeds to give her an epic Oh Crap! face.
Alice, somehow managed to get Jun's approval to be part of the Shiomi Seminar's booth and declare herself as the leader of the booth. Akira is not amused and Ryou just gave up and went along.
By Chapter 124, we have some moments:
Soma and Megumi ran into Takumi and Isami. Because they can't compete with each other because of their locations, Takumi ends the conversation by promising a better match against him now that they all Took a Level in Badass... and then gets dragged away by Isami while his fangirls are still there.
Alice had been bossing Akira and Ryou around and took many liberties with the menu at whim. Also we discover how Alice managed to convince Jun to sign her up, because she basically used as main argument that she wanted to have good memories of the festival by working side by side with Akira. Jun immediately got excited and teary at the idea that Akira finally had friends his age, like any mother would react. At the day of the festival, both Erina and Soma wonder how much Alice made Ryou and Akira work, judging by their exhausted looks.
Soma discovers that Tootsuki has a School Anthem and everyone else is singing it.
Chapter 126, Soma, Megumi, Alice, Ryou, and Akira are in the red. As in, five of the top first-years. Naturally, Erina is not pleased.
Even thought Erina, Ikumi and Takumi gathered all of them to scold them, Soma and Alice's care-free attitude towards the whole situation is enough to piss them off. When Soma appears completely cool and the others are quick to nag at him, he keeps offering them the leftover buns. Alice is the first one who takes it. In the end, everyone is seen eating the buns, except for Erina, who kept rejecting them every time Soma offered her one.
As Akira gets increasingly frustrated by Alice being completely oblivious that she is the problem, it doesn't help that Ryou is not voicing his opinion to save the situation and just lets Alice whine and do as she wants. The cherry on top is that Ryou reminds Akira that it's going to be the same the next day, prompting Akira to have an Oh Crap! reaction.
Ikumi and Takumi even look at them while thinking that their teamwork is awful.
Also this bit while Soma is looking at the rankings.
Alice: (munching on a bun) You're on the bottom. Akira: Yeah. With us.
As seen in Erina's anger, it's implied that she also wants Soma to defeat Kuga, even if she herself doesn't want to admit it.
Chapter 127, Soma and Nao meet. A caption reads "The meeting of two people who shouldn't have ever met."
The best part of the above is that Soma and Nao are bonding over disgusting food, while Megumi is a bit offput by the fact that they have good chemistry on the topic.
As Chapter 129, we finally find out that Soma's Sixth Ranger is Subaru, as he is the only person who can copy Soma's new dish in the exact same quality for the increasing customers they are grabbing from Kuga's line. To further his research, Soma gave Subaru the keys to the restaurant so he could get in character there. Crowned with a shot of Subaru copying Soma's exact same pose and words when he boasted to Kuga his 10-years-experience in the previous chapter.
Subaru: I have ten more years of experience than you, Senpai. Soma: Ok, enough of that. Get to work.
Pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment the following chapter along with Ikumi, the Aldini brothers appear to give Soma extra hands.
Takumi: I wouldn't mind helping you out if you insist, you know? Isami: Ah, Can I borrow this stove? Leave boiling the noodles to me. Soma: That would be awesome! Takumi: Hey, Wait,Isami!!
Episode 19 introduces some of the chosen students for the Autumn Election with a title card. Takumi's reads as "The Vaguely Uninteresting Takumi Aldini."
After finding out that Kuga placed Second on the fourth day, Rindou rushed to his stall... Only to mock him.
Watching her teasing Kuga and him getting flustered makes Megumi think that their interactions are like two siblings.
For the rest of the fifth day, Rindou spent all that time having lunch at their booths, annoying Kuga and getting to know Soma's strategy. She flat out says that his plan was optimistic and very unrealistic.
From Chapter 132:
Rindou treats both Soma and Megumi to Eishi Tsukasa's booth, where they find out that he is the only one cooking, looking calm and collected in the center... only for him to start worrying about every little detail once he finishes a dish.
When he arrives to their table, he starts asking them a lot if there's something bothering them, to which Rindou replies that they are uncomfortable because of him asking them about everything, which sends him into depression when Megumi admits that he is being awkward.
After their dinner, Soma and Megumi decide to go home because they don't have Pine tickets to try anything else, but then Soma suggest visiting Erina despite not having money or reservations, thinking that Erina owes him a favor after he gave her some buns. Megumi clarifies that Soma actually forced her to take them.
In Chapter 135, Soma finally has his first direct talk to Senzaemon Nakiri. Just as Soma is reaching his room, he finds the old man waiting in his room shirtless and flexing his muscles there for no good reason. His rather low key reaction at this is lampshaded because he already saw Gin totally naked doing the exact same thing.
Then in Chapter 136, Senzaemon and Soma continue their conversation by asking Soma to tag-along for his night-jogging... with the old man running along with him and doing arm hang excercises with ease while showing off his muscles. Soma is quite impressed.
When Senzaemon asked Soma about his opinion of Erina as a person, he says that Erina is very difficult to talk to and gets annoyed very easily... completely unaware that most of the time it was him who pressed her buttons.
After Erina runs away from her home with Alice, Ryou and Hisako, they deliberate where she can stay. Alice says that Erina is too naive to live on her own in a motel. Erina gets offended by the statement, but it's not far from being true.
Where did Alice got the idea of being a runaway? From documentaries and TV dramas.
In Chapter 142, in the midst of all the dramatics surrounding Azami's takeover and reforming of Totsuki Academy, Soma goes off to challenge Eizan to a Shokugeki in order to save the Polar Star Dorm, where the judges will undoubtedly be rigged to vote for Eizan regardless. How does Soma inform his friends? He leaves a note that almost sounds like the kind your mother would leave when she's not gonna be home for dinner.
Note:I've gone to challenge Eizan-senpai to a Shokugeki. I left some curry in the fridge, please heat it up and enjoy. Cheers, Yukihira Soma.
Rindou's entire scene.
She barges into the room and pulls Eizan into a headlock while scolding him for dumping all his paperwork on her.
When Eizan decides that he needs to cook seriously in order to fully crush Soma, all Soma can say in response is, "Eizan-senpai…can cook?" The look of sheer undiluted rage on Eizan's face only sells it. And Rindou finds it just as funny as we do.
Chapter 145: Soma taunts Eizan and asks hims if he feels threatened by his cooking. Eizan reacts with a Nobody Calls Me Chicken and his face is priceless.
Topped by his expression in Chapter 146. Dude looks like his head is about to blow off his shoulders.
Chapter 149: Erina and Hisako's reaction to Isshiki's naked apron.
Erina, despite saying it was "vulgar", didn't stop watching, despite Hisako trying to prevent this.
Both are impressed that both Takumi and Isami have already got used to this.
Isshiki and Azami calmly stare each other down, even when the former is still in his naked apron.
Erina and Azami's dumbfounded face when Souma casually tells that Jouichirou is his dad. It really runs in the family.
Erina, reminiscing all those insults she threw at Souma after learning that he is the son of her idol.
Her reaction was basically a big "My God, What Have I Done?" when she finally got that she been insulting the family, and indirectly, the cooking style, roots and the restaurant of said idol.
Yuuki's impression of Azami is spot on, complete with a Nightmare Face.
Another joke in the episode is a very far Brick Joke, where Shoji and Yuuki want to throw salt around the house after Azami leaves and Fumio refuses to let them waste salt. The same thing happened in the First Chapter, when Soma suggested it after Yaeko's visit, only for Jouichirou to flat out reject it as well.
In chapter 153, after listening for a while how Central members were talking like arrogant jerks, both Soma and Takumi, without Megumi noticing, went to the arena and confronted one of them, to her utter shock... And they were supposed to just go to recon.
The judges being a bit weirded when Momo took her plushie's hands and used them as mittens. Bucchi was just there, laying around without hands.
Megumi's reaction faces when Souma and especially Takumi when they went to confront Rentarou.
Rentarou, being carried away by Shigemichi after being taunted by Takumi. Both Takumi and Souma's reactions are hilarious.
When Rentarou points out that the Central is the ruling class and the rest are commoners and plebians, a panel points out that Souma and Takumi were indicated as the common diner duo due to their humble backgrounds.
Alice finding out that she inherited the Cutting-Edge RS. She especially loves the title of "Captain Alice".
Socially awkward Momo, especially at the last panel where she is stuck between the conversation of Souma and Alice. She looks like she is desperately fitting herself in the panel.
The flashback showing Rentarou smugly challenging Alice to a Shokugeki in regards to the future of the Cutting Edge RS. Alice instantly refuses because she's not interested in said RS, so she asks Rentarou to leave. Rentarou proceeds to act like a little kid, shouting childishly at Alice and Ryou and stomping his feet on his way out.
Chapter 159: Isshiki gives Erina another taste of the Polar Star Dorm living experience by visiting her through the ceiling panel.
While Alice gave this speech to her uncle, Soma and Takumi's expressions are worth highlighting. Soma happily starts cheering for Alice, while Takumi is impressed and shocked at the same time.
Chapter 161: Souma's Heroic B.S.O.D. when he realizes he helped Central when he became Tsukasa's sous chef.
Some of Erina's metaphors for how bad someone's food is can be hilarious themselves, such as when she's first introduced by claiming that someone's broth's flavor is like meditating under a powerful waterfall and having a jukebox fall on your head, or claiming that another soup was like relaxing in a hot spring with gorilla inside it. Everyone that hears this is suitably confused, and even one of them comments that it must be that deep to visualize the flavor like that.
After challenging Soma to a Shokugeki and cooking during the following hour, Tsukasa just realizes that they don't have anyone to judge. Then Soma, very casually, asks Hisako and Erina to judge for them, surprising all of them at once, since they didn't expect Soma to be aware of their presence there (Hisako and Erina thought they were hiding well, while Tsukasa didn't even notice anything).
Daigo and Shoji's reaction to Ibusaki's curry in the Fall Classic (Anime only).
The toppings are smoked bacon, smoked potatoes and... A SMOKED EGG?! Dammit Ibusaki, you can't just smoke everything and call it a day!... but it looks really good.
Chapter 168: Erina comes to Soma wanting to talk about how she came to know his father. Naturally being very awkward, she doesn't know how to open the conversation, so she starts with her usual personality trying to defend the reason why she choose Tsukasa's dish over his in their impromptu match only for Soma to instantly take the wind out of her sails by nonchalantly stating he was well aware of why he lost and wasn't blaming her.
Also Hisako becomes paranoid because she can't find Erina anywhere. Where's the only place in the whole house she didn't think to look? Soma's room.
After the others tell her that they could hear all their conversation through the intercom, everyone starts to panic when Soma offers to make Erina some dish, since all of them guess that he will feed Erina with one of his horrible experiments.
Heck, Yuuki and Ryoko even imagine that Soma is making his "experiment devil" face.
Most of them think that Erina's palate is so delicate that Soma would kill her with one of those.
After Megumi reassures them that Soma is not going to do that to Erina, they still don't know if take Megumi's word, since she is the most frequent victim of Soma's experiments.
Chapter 170: In another flashback, Erina asks how Jochiro knows the food will be good. He says "he doesn't" and that he's been using her grandfather as a guinea pig for his experiments. Then we see Senzaemon sitting silently with the grimmest look on his face.
Chapter 171: Soma asks Erina to tell him how his dish was, but ignores him in an attempt to gather all the Polar Star residents and leaves him without an answer.
Yuuki and the others at the dorms are excited because it's the first time they're playing in the snow. Even Shun suggests doing an igloo.
Alice, Ryou and Megumi are the only ones used to snow, so they watch them amused, while all the other students look at them like they're crazy.
Takumi hiding in a corner deciding if step on Soma's foot.
Betsubara 1 has a section where Soma, Takumi and others discuss their casual clothes:
Soma wears a Hanten (equivalent of going around in pijamas during daytime) in his free time. Fumio and Megumi picture him as a middle-age guy needing a cup of sake. Fumio then points out Jouichirou used to do the same while Gin lectured him about keeping a good image as an Council of Ten Masters member.
Takumi shows he is a fashionista himself and gets annoyed when he sees Soma's "lack of fashion sense", emphasizing how much of a Generation Xerox those two are to Gin and Jouichirou.
Takumi and Soma's reaction when they see Isshiki's ability to quickly switch from his regular clothes to his fundoshi with just walking behind a tree. Megumi, however, is used to this and treats it like an everyday normal quirk from him.
The one-shot cross over cor the Shounen Jump manga also has quite a few moments:
Betsubara 3 brings us few takes on how the students had lunch. Hilarity Ensues:
Ikumi goes to the Polaris Dorms with a bento she made for Soma, intending to say that she made too much in her class practice... Only to see that the dorm already has too much food from each of them.
Two of Takumi's fangirls approach both Takumi and Isami and invite them for lunch. Isami then suggests they taste each other's plates. The girls end up depressed because the Aldinis cook much better than them.
If you notice their expressions, Takumi has no clue at all, while Isami has a mischievous expression when he suggests the exchange.
Hisako making a body check to Alice and Ryou before they can approach Erina, like they would carry weapons.