Souma's mom was a horrible chefOr became one after a accident. The contrast would be great since no one like this appeared yet into the series...
- How this relates with Saiba Jouichiro? Well since she was the original heir of the Yukihira, but maybe was terrible inept at doing so... And being a sore loser was something that Souma got from his mom... My best guess is that Saiba-senpai was once a perfectionist food demon (any reference to Toriko are intentional) and mellowed out of his "Shura" nickname after meeting her... much to Azami's (unknowing) distress. Maybe smiling at gross food are his fondest memories of her, something cute along the lines that Jouichiro was the first person smiling at her food... or something like this...
- Now how this could result in this expulsion from Tootsuki? Maybe he was insane enough to enter in a Shokugeki with the objective to let her became a student there...
The Jewel Generation will have more than 1% alumniThe 92nd generation seems to have more talented cooks than other generations, considering that Senzaemon Nakiri names it like that. The 43rd Autumn Election is a perfect example for it. 16 students have more than 80 points and the top 8 are exceptionally talented chefs.
- Also reinforced by Isshiki's introduction, where he has the feeling that Soma will finally bring change to Tootsuki and make the hidden talent students bloom. And granted, by far there has been revealed that nearly 20 of the 1st years are exceptionally talented from all the other remaining 600.
Souma and Erina are going to be paired together for one of future school events.One of future school events will require students to work together in randomly selected two man teams to check their ability to work with others. Per Rule of Drama Souma and Erina get stuck on the same team. From this point there are two possible routes: either Hilarity Ensues as they try to pull through despite their differences, or alternatively it turns out that they work amazingly well together, a fact that will greatly disturb Erina.
- Close. It's actually Hisako who gets paired with Soma at the "Stagiarie Week" by working together at the same restaurant.
- Another close one: Megumi is the one paired with Erina.
Soma and Kurokiba are somehow related.Maybe they're brothers or something, but it can't be coincidence that both have bandana's while cooking. Maybe Kurokiba met Souichiro when he was traveling? Or they're blood-related but not siblings?
Soma and Erina are related.There have been hints that Erina had Jouichirou in very high regards (it's unclear if Jouichirou was one of the Nakiri's cook or for another reason), but also we don't know anything about Soma's mom.
- Either Soma's mom is a long lost relative of the Nakiris or Jouichirou is part of a secondary branch of the Nakiri family, or Jouichirou was going to be engaged to the Nakiri's somehow before meeting Soma's mom.
- Probably not Erina's mother. Jouichirou took the family name of his wife. And Erina would probably know the maiden name of her mother.
Megumi's mother and the Aldinis' father were part of the Legendary Ten.
- Just like Jouichirou, maybe Megumi's mom sent her to Tootsuki knowing her true potential and Megumi doesn't know because his mom could have changed her last name after marriage.
- On the same page, also Takumi and Isami's father, since his face is never shown and he is the one who comes up with the idea of enrolling his sons there.
Soma's specialty is "Evolution".While this is already made somewhat obvious by the various things in Soma's character page entry, might as well get a compilation to explain why this is being written down. Many of the characters have an area of cooking expertise. Megumi's is Hospitality, Shun's is Smoke, Ikumi's is Meat, Alice's is Molecular Gastronomy, Ryou's is Seafood, Akira's is Spices/Aromas, Hisako's is Medicine, and so on. There hasn't been a phrase or a title to label Soma's yet, but 'Evolution' makes a reasonable threefold choice for him. 1) He learns very well from failures and experimentation, using what has and hasn't worked out in the past to improve on future dishes. He's also very good at crossover-dishes, using principles from an almost completely unrelated dish to augment the one he is working on in unexpected ways. 2) He has a tendency to take what he's learned from other people's cooking and put it to use further down the road. This basically results in him snowballing techniques and specialties as he meets more and more people, expanding his repertoire exponentially. He doesn't really need a specialty of his own because he's able to wield everyone else's, and do so in intermingling ways that wouldn't otherwise be possible for those people themselves. 3) His penchant for dishes with multiple stages to them where you add something new and the dish completely changes, even dubbed in-universe as 'evolving' dishes. He's done this at least three times so far. Just a thought.
Both Soma and Megumi will eventually receive moon-related nicknames
- Soma shares his name with a Vedic lunar god, so his nickname will probably also be moon-related. And considering that Hindu mythology crops up in the manga from time to time, the identical names are most likely not coincidental. My guess is that his nickname will be Chandrashekara.
- The possible nicknames for Megumi that came up during the unofficial Shokugeki against Shinomiya are all based on Japanese folklore. She also has rabbits as Animal Motifs (see her character page). One of the more well-known figures of Japanese mythology (or at least one I have heard about) is the moon rabbit. Q.E.D.
- Of course, since the word moon appears in Tootsuki's name and in several events connected to Tootsuki, they probably would have to work especially hard to get these kind of monikers.
Megumi and Erina will have a Shokugeki.Whether out of possible sense of rivalry or in a tournament setting, Megumi and Erina will engage in a Shokugeki. The story has already set them up as Foils of each other - Erina being the haughty Rich Bitch prodigy chef with a highly technical, French inspired "imperious cooking" style and Megumi the shy Shrinking Violet with a homely Japanese "childhood and comfort food" style. It is likely that Erina's inability to adequately empathize with the people she feeds will be pointed out, as well as her unfamiliarity with learning from mistakes and developing herself further (stagnation being a character and chef's detriment having been discussed in the story). Depending on the theme, it may well end up as Megumi's win, showing that technique should be matched with heart and empathy in cooking.
- Interesting in that regard is, that at the two occasions in the manga where it would have been highly likely for Erina to taste Megumi's food and therefore assess her cooking skill firsthand - Stagiaire week and Erina's stay at the Polaris dorm - it was shown or outright confirmed not to have happened - almost as if the author wanted to save that for a specific occasion, like a tournament or a shokugeki. The outcome of them facing off will probably end with Erina winning with an (almost all votes):1 score - though since it will probably be the first time for Erina to suffer a (partial) defeat against someone from her own generation, it would make Megumi a Wake-Up Call Boss for her.
- Also, while I'm at it, here's one more incidental theory to the Erina-Megumi-duel-guess: if it's in a tournament setting, Takumi will defeat Soma in the first round of it - just because it is a more unusual choice for The Protagonist and The Rival to square off in the first round of such a setting and The Rival winning.
Megumi will be the Final Boss of the series.Because that would be awesome.
- Not only that, but it could be more likely than you'd think. Many characters, even some Elite Ten members, specialize in one particular type of food. That's not broad enough for a Final-Exam Boss, and one of those seems like the best way to cap off the series, especially given Soma's own habit of taking a little bit of everything and blending it together into a style all his own. The only other students with broad enough specialties to fit this sort of thing thus far would be Alice and Hisako, but Alice has already lost once and Hisako's a perpetual second-in-command. Megumi, on the other hand, was one of the most pathetic chefs in the school, but meeting Soma gave her confidence, and she's on her way up. If anything, she has just as much drive and determination as he does; she's just quieter about it most of the time. She has the ambition, she has the broad spectrum specialty, she has the rate of improvement. By the time the series is wrapping up, she will be on Soma's level, and they will have an epic Shokugeki. What the stakes will be, I don't know, but it's so happening. There's pretty much only one other option besides her that makes sense for a finale, and that's Takumi... but that depends on how broad he spreads from his Italian specialty.
Soma is Shirou that didn't experience the Fuyuki fire.
- Rare redhead in Japan, with Ochre eyes and a talent in cooking... too obvious.
- Or Shirou could be his long lost brother who was thought to have died in the Fuyuki fire along with their mom.
the next 1st Seat of the Elite 10 will be...
- Satoshi Isshiki.
- Nene Kinokuni, as she is the highest seat from the 2nd years.
- For their 3rd year, it's possible that Erina will be the 1st seat, as Soma and Akira's goal to dethrone her will remain.
Rindou Kobayashi is related to Jouichirou and SoumaBecause:
- They all have reddish hair and yellow eyes.
- She's the Second Seat like Jouichirou was.
- She has cat-like traits while Jouichirou is compared to a cat (and Gin to a dog).
- She acts playfully trollish like Jouichirou and Souma.
- She ate from every stall or restaurant in the school during the Full Moon Banquet fair, kind of like Jouichirou's culinary globe-trekking in microcosm.
Arc Words from Chapter 1 suggest Ryou and Soma will both evolve passed Akira.Akira has already found his special person, which means he may have reached the pinnacle of what he can do, or is close to it. Kurokiba and Soma have yet to find or admit they've found that person, as of yet, so they still have much more room to grow, because they have yet to achieve that ceiling, and they're already pretty close in terms of talent.
The 3rd Seat Tosuke Megishima's specialty is Peruvian FoodJust as a wild guess given three reasons:
- Peruvian Cuisine is ranked between the best cooking styles in the world, along with French, Chinese and Japanese Cuisine among others.
- His overall appearance is not traditionally Japanese in comparison with the other students. He is big and his wool hat is the kind used in the Andes regions of South America.
- It's been implied that each member of the Elite Ten must have a specialty area, either by Country origin or Special Skill (in Eizan's case is more related to consultation and strategy). Tosuke must belong to the former.
Jouichirou left Tootsuki because he lost ShokugekiWhen the Polar Star residents asked him why he didn't graduate, he only responded "A lot of things happened..." and then changed the subject. It's possible that one of the reasons would be a Shokugeki agreement.
Jouichirou left Tootsuki because he is in the biggest Shokugeki against Gin DoujimaThe reason why he changed his name and why he is a nomadic chef is because they are in a gigantic shokugeki, Jouichirou must become a renamed chef again, only that this time as a unknown person, by traveling to every country of the world to learn cooking techniques
- Now that Azami Nakiri (Erina's father) has appeared, it's very probably that said Shokugeki is against him.
- Semi Jossed: Chapter 150 reveals that Azami idolized him.
Kanon-chan is Erina's little sisterThe precocious child in chapter 61 is forced into a culinary school for children and has a fear of her food being rejected. Most likely, she is the younger sister of Erina who rejected all the food Kanon has made. Not only are the hairstyles similar, Kanon has a very haughty attitude worthy of a Nakiri.
Azami Nakiri is going to take Tootsuki students to his sidePart of his plan to destroy the Status Quo of Tootsuki, he might be thinking of recruiting students who think like him and lead his own revolution against the school.
- Eizan is a very likely follower for him, as he can be lured away by any deal that can benefit both of them financially.
- Semi-confirmed by chapter 134, he takes Tootsuki as 9,6,5,4,2,1 seats of the elite 10 voted on him as the new director. And as of chapter 151, he kicks Satoshi (7th seat), Terunori (8th seat) and Tosuke (3rd seat) out of the Elite 10 and seems to have built a massive army along with the remaining Elite 10 and other students he handpicked himself.
Jouichirou will defeat Azami in a ShokugekiOne possible resolution might be Jouichirou proving wrong Azami's motivations by defeating him in a Shokugeki and also revealing to Erina that Soma is his son in the proccess.
Gin Doujima will lead a rebellion against Azami NakiriDoujima is still a Tootsuki employee and former 1st seat. He might be one of the central figures in a possible rebellion against Azami. The other Legendary Alumni might as well intervine.
- One possible strategy to circumvent Azami's influence would be Doujima and Jou banding together to buy out a majority of Tootsuki's shares with the help of Jou's massive catalog of clients and Doujima's network of Alumni.
Students will try to oust Azami from his position by entering the Elite 10Since Azami got his position with a 6:4 vote, using Shokugekis to kick out current members who voted for him and casting another vote seems at least feasible; of course, this could go both ways.
Soma's crew will control the Elite Ten, and then install Jouichiro as the new director.Combining several of the above: Soma will oust Azami the way he got in; by controlling the Elite Ten. He has people on his side whom are potentially able to take their seats (the Aldinis, Mimasaka Subaru, possibly Megumi, possibly Marui if he shapes up, maybe Akira) as well as an inside man (Isshiki). As for Jouichiro, Soma wants to prove himself to his old man, and would want him nearby, and he also might consider it a great way to tweak Erina's nose.
Polar Star Dormitory is going to have a second Golden AgeCurrently, Two of the top 9 first years live the dormitory: Soma and Megumi. Satoshi is the Elite Ten member living at Polar Star Dormitory, but that will change in future. Now that Megumi is inviting Alice, Erina, Ryou, and Hisako to stay at the dormitory that would make 6 out of 9 top first years. By the end of the arc, the five current non-elite members will hold seats. That will mean 7 out of 10 Elite Ten Seats will be held by Polar Star Dormitory Members.
Kuuga will be the Sixth Ranger of the latest arc.The similarities with him and Soma have already been established and he's shown to be dissatisfied with the Elite 10 voting Azami Nakiri as the new director. So clearly he's going to pull a Rivals Team Up with Soma, just so he can get another chance to go against the higher seated students.
Rindou will betray Azami.She's taken a shine to Souma and she made a point to visit all the food stands in the festival, so she obviously doesn't share Azami's elitism when it comes to food. It's more likely that she supported Azami because she thought it'd be interesting if the students turned against him and improved their cooking to take him and his supporters down.
Why Eishi supported Azami...At first, it seems to almost come out of nowhere, that Eishi would want to support Azami. He came off as a rather Reasonable Authority Figure, for all that he's an insecure whiner. However, it all makes sense when we see Azami's ultimate plans for Totsuki's new course, namely the abolishment of the meritocracy and the establishment of the Elite Ten and some students handpicked by Azami to decide what dishes the students will learn. Eishi is established as a major Control Freak. He is utterly unable to trust anyone else in the kitchen and insists on doing everything himself. However, it's also Lonely at the Top. Eishi is too insecure to allow others to handle his dishes or help him with any of his cooking, but that doesn't mean that he likes that. However, with Azami's plan, he will raise a group of cooks who are trained specifically to cook the way he cooks, to do the same thing he does, to make the same dishes as him. Thus, Tsukasa's support for Azami is born of his desperate desire not to forever cook alone.
- And while this is a pretty secure guess, looking for all that was presented about him up to now, a more benevolent take on this view, is that Tsukasa (wrongly) believes that the world would be a better place if more people could cook like he does so no one would suffer frustration for not being able to cook at all. It's much more easy and efficient to follow the footsteps of these that already can do better, than to try, to fail and bitterly give up in the end. Keeping into account that he probably never failed at cooking and couldn't know better what is like... making him the perfect foil for Souma.]]
Azami Nakiri is a foil to Koujirou Shinomiya.Both of them were/are convinced that their way of doing things is correct, and that anyone who would deviate from their method should be eliminated. The difference is that Koujirou did this because people were regularly tampering with his recipes and sabotaging his ability to start and run a good restaurant mostly out of racism. He kicked those people out and run the place himself, his dependence only on himself only showing its downsides when he started throwing away good ideas with the bad ones. Azami, on the other hand, has not been given any reason as to why he thinks his word is law when it comes to cooking aside from that it just is. Shinomiya also sorta got better; Azami's only gotten worse but is very good at hiding it under a veneer of civility.
Tosuke Megishima, the third seat will become important later on, or possibly join Polaris Dormitory.He was the only one of the unknown elite ten who didn't vote Azami in.
Satoshi Isshiki's specialty is vegetables, just like ShinomiyaAnd that's why he grow a garden at the dorm. Gotta cook fresh veggies.
Jouichirou left Tootsuki because there wasn't anyone else better than him, and Azami plans to make the culinary world "Better", so Jouichirou will come back.
- Doujima told Hayama that "such immense talent will eventually bear its fangs at you.", implying that he saw something similar happen before. Currently, in his generation, the only ones with such talents that have been revealed are Jouichirou and Azami.
- Doujima felt that he might not need to worry about Hayama, because Souma and Ryou were there. Maybe he was implying that Hayama won't go down the same route as Jouichirou because there are rivals with similar standards near him.
- Azami looked up to Jouichirou, implying that he isn't as good a cook as Jou. So Azami could not have been a rival.
- Doujima is not a rival because he isn't that good at cooking compared to Jou. While cooking is important as a First Seat, other skills (Shokugeki record, etc) also play a part. Jou lost a few Shokugeki because he kept coming up with weird dishes. This might be why he isn't First Seat, but Second.
- Explains why Azami looks at Doujima with contempt in chapter 136.
- Azami wants to bring "salvation (revenge)" to the rotten culinary world that ruined his "dear Saiba-senpai", and that perhaps, he'll "even make senpai happy".
- He wants improve the standard of cooks in the world, so that Jou will have rivals to fight against.
- The Chairman asked Jou to send Souma to Tootsuki because Souma, with his Dad's talent, needed rivals to not go down Azami's or Jou's route.
- It was stated that Souma's talent is inferior but catches up due to his Determinator attittude.
Azami's revenge is related to Jounchiro's late wife and thus his revenge comes all the way from back then, his Totsuki years.
- Bear with me the following, Word of God confirmed that Soma's mom is dead in twitter and this list piles up.
- First episode/ firsts chapters. Jounchiro tries to tell Soma that the secret to cooking is love. Yes, I am paraphrasing here, to cook as if every meal was for the one he loves cue to Erina x Souma ship here being a plot point later.
- Jounchiro didn't graduate Totsuki for unknown reasons during his senior year. He also changed his last name.
- Azami pretty much idolized Jounchirou in highschool, a Heel-Face Turn so hard needs a base for this new loathing to his blood and cooking style to happen. Hence two options.
- Azami and Jounchirou fell in love with the same woman in highschool, both had the same cooking style back then but after being with her future wife Jounchirou started to become related to the idea of experimentation while Azami was left behind in both senses of love and cooking turning him into the creepy zombie-cooks maker he is now.
- Azami and Jounchirou had the same cooking ideals, but Jounchirou fell in love with a woman that showed him his new path of cooking. Cue to his hatred of that new cooking that stole the idol from him.
- In any case this needs the following conclusion for Azami since he wants to base his plans on Erina.
- Souma needs to improve his cooking a lot and soon. Cue to his father's words in the first chapters.
- Erina needs to 100% drop his fathers ideals and follow the freedom route she did say in recent chapters that while she doesn't want to be with his father for obvious reasons, he understands his objective.
- What a better conclusion to a old rivalry and hatred than the respective children of each side join together and deny the dictator. Yes, I know this is a trope but no idea which one.
- Apparently Senzaemon spent a lot of effort convincing Jounchirou to enroll Souma into Totsuki. If this isn't a Chessmaster Shipper on Deck i don't know what this is.
Akira has joined Azami's side, but to save the Shiomi seminar.
- There has been no show of Akira in the recent chapters, despite the current proceedings eradicating the Shiomi Spices Seminar and therefore Jun's life work. As Jun is Akira's reason for cooking, it's hard to believe that he's not going to fight back to keep the Seminar alive, especially considering his loyalty to Jun.
This is where Azami comes in. Azami wishes to utilize Erina's God Tongue to further his goals. However, as Erina is currently out of his reach it is not hard to believe that he'd turn to the next best thing - Akira Hayama, who's nose and superior sense of smell has often been compared to the God Tongue.
While Akira might not agree with Azami's ideology, he might have struck a deal with Azami - in return for letting the Shiomi Seminar continue their studies, Akira will go along with whatever Azami wishes. As Akira has been stated to be a very self reliant and private person (Jun was so happy about Akira making friends his age during the Autumn Festival that she cried tears of joy), it is likely that he might not have considered asking Souma and the others for help and instead did what he could on his own to save the seminar - which in this case is offering his sense of smell and abilities as a chef to aid Azami's regime in exchange for saving the Shiomi Seminar and by extension Jun.
This might serve as a reason for why he's not appeared - he might be undergoing the training Azami intended for Erina.
- This is semi-confirmed, though he claims to have abandoned Shiomi Seminar. Though many readers are guessing (and hoping) that he is merely putting up a Jerkass Façade and is secretly being blackmailed with the seminar on the line.
- Another possibility is that Akira lost against one of the Upper Seats of the Elite Ten and also Jun got fired as part of the Teacher purge, since Azami mentioned before that he had to get rid of all the teachers who didn't agree with him. As a result, Akira had no other choice but join Central to stay at Tootsuki and his devotion to Jun is what drives him at the cost of his moral horizon.
Jossed and/or Confirmed Guesses
Soma's final opponent in the Autumn Election main tournament will be...
- Hisato Arato. She's Erina's aide and one of her from her fraction. Arato's loss would have an immense impact on Erina.
- Jossed in Chapter 75.
- Ryou Kurokiba. He defeated Megumi Tadokoro in the tournament, meaning that Soma has some business with him. He also has pending business regarding Alice losing against Soma. Confirmed. Actually both Hayama and Kurokiba are going against Soma.
- Takumi Aldini. Soma's self-claimed rival.
- Jossed in Chapter 79.
- Subaru Mimasaka. He's apparently Eizan's aide, and Eizan has business with Soma.
- Jossed, he's Soma's semi-final opponent.
- Akira Hayama. The will decide their match from the preliminary in the final. Confirmed. Actually both Hayama and Kurokiba are going against Soma.
The binding-theme of the Autumn Election are "Popular food between the every-day people"Since Marui started to think about it, the themes of all the challenges are very popular and common foods outside of the "gourmet world". Curry for the preliminaries (which nowdays is mass-produced as packaged dinner), obento (or "lunchbox" that can be bought at a conveinence store), ramen (commonly found even in carts on the street), and hamburger. Maybe the school wants to teach the student body about not forgeting that the chef needs to know how to serve to people from all the classes without forgetting the essentials.
- Now that the Autumn Election is pretty much over at this point, this was pretty much confirmed.
The jury for the final match of the Autumn Election are going to be the Elite TenThe Elite Ten organized the festival, so they will decide who is worthy enough to take a seat of theirs.
- Jossed. The three judges assigned are Chef Doujima, Senzaemon Nakiri and Leonora Nakiri, Alice's mom. Also Satoshi Isshiki is the Finale's Host and Erina is still working as staff.
Erina will be the sole judge of the Autumn Election finalsSince it's a 3-way duel, it would be fairly difficult to avoid a tie if they used more than one judge. Additionally, Erina's sense of taste might have a better chance of deciding which dish is better. This will also make things epicly difficult for Soma, who has to compete against two nearly equal opponents while dealing with a judge who dislikes him.
- Jossed, there are three judges instead, despite the potential for a tie.
The middle-schooler introduced in chapter 81, Mitsuru Soutsuda, will turn out to be a member of the Elite CouncilIt will be one of those cases where Mitsuru will be all friendly and gullible at first towards Soma in order to get a closer look at his hobbies and skills before The Reveal.
- JOSSED. The Elite Ten has been introduced already and all of them are High School 2nd and 3rd year students.
Erina is a Nakiri on her mother's sideTo contrast with Alice being a Nakiri on her father's side; therefore Senzaemon has a daughter and a son instead of two sons. The Nakiri family is prestigious enough that male suitors would have to take its name.
- Confirmed. Azami refers to Senzaemon as Father in Law in chapter 136.
Eizan and Soma become good friends after the ShokugekiAt the end of the Shokugeki, Eizan will taste Soma's food and have his cold heart melted. He will realize there's more to cooking then for sheer profit and become good friends with Soma. Eizan calls off his men and does a Face–Heel Turn vows to protect Polar Star Dormitory.
- Jossed. Eizan does taste Soma's food and is stunned by the flavors. Soma proceeds to win the Shokugeki, but Eizan is embarrassed by his defeat and extremely displeased, screaming for the cameras to be shut down. When he reappears afterwards in Chapter 151, he's still visibly furious, and by Chapter 153, he's still seething about it and is eager for revenge.
Forgot about the judgesIn the most recent chapter Tsukasa Eishi and Yukihira Souma are having a shokugeki with the stakes being either Eishi gives up the First Seat to Souma or Souma joins Central as Eishi's right hand man. All around a very dramatic and epic food battle but just one little thing stands out to me. They are in an empty classroom with no idea that Erina and Hisako are spying on them. Just who were they planning to have judge their food? It's fairly obvious that Erina is going to come in and judge their dishes, after all who better than the God Tongue, but they don't know she's there. Prediction for the coming chapters: Eishi and Souma will present their dishes to thin air and then freak out when they realize they forgot the judges.
- Probably Jossed, since Soma is serving Eishi his dish to eat. Meaning they will be their own judges, like in the Soma/Satoshi duel.
- Half Jossed and Half Confirmed. Soma didn't mind to make Tsukasa taste his dish, but also Tsukasa himself forgot about the judges until Soma suggested that Hisako and Erina (who were hiding) be the judges instead.