With the spring anime season wrapping up and summer titles coming right around the corner, I have been reminded of something. Food Wars season 2 airs this summer, and I haven’t even covered my full thoughts on season 1 yet! Not that there was any urgency for me to do so, but seeing how it’s pretty popular, I thought I’d look back at the anime thus far before its continuation.
Now I won’t be sharing anything particularly cutting edge in terms of the series, but I do need to make at least one distinction. This is a show is about culinary arts, not cooking! As I have expressed in another anime review, cooking is an art. Culinary arts is a fucking* competition!
Contrary to popular belief, the sakura (cherry tree) does not bloom out of anticipation of change in spring. That is a modern interpretation. According to one Japanese myth, the origin of the sakura comes out of tragedy. Long story short, the sakura weeps as soon as it blooms every spring because an old man’s loyal dog is buried beneath its roots.
At the heart of a Japanese narrative, sakura may be a beautiful spring tree, but it is also associated with life and death. Sakuras are known to wilt as quickly as they bloom at the beginning of spring, symbolizing a short existence. Thus like the sakura, our very existence is rather short when you compare it to the span of all time. This is the lesson that one might learn from the sakura, and it is also the lesson one might learn from this series.
But that’s enough about existentialist theory for now. I will be getting into some heavier stuff as we go along, but this is an anime review. So I will be focusing on the waifu — I-I mean, Sakurako! And nothing puts a smile on her face quite like finding a fresh pile of bones of a human being!