It was a chapter but it was nice to see Souma be badass again and people sort of remember that this guy doesn't fear anything which is his real superhuman ability.
This would almost be a thrilling competition and a tense moment if Asahi wasn't dropped from outer space a handful of chapters ago with no build up with a seemingly invincible ability that exists specifically to be boring and invincible.
Gosh, had they worked on Souma's climb to this point too it might have some tension there because we'd have seen him claw his way here. He just... sort of fought once, helped Takumi and just got here out of nowhere. The pacing's been shit, the antagonist is nothing and the stakes don't feel like they matter.
Silver lining, it's almost over and maybe the manga will end before aliens invade.