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.
Souma's already the perfect companion for someone with the God Tongue because he doesn't hesitate in the storm so he can keep up with their weird demands. It's clear from the stuff with Azami that they're priming for a reminder the blessing strip pulse also fires off in anticipation. So expect a "well she isn't really touching his dish" and has been staring at Souma's plate this entire time.
I just hope that they manage a realistic flaw for Cross Knives that won't make all his wins even worse because it being so stupid.
Shit. Asahi is basically Anshin'in, but genderbent and took a wrong turn to get to the wrong manga. That's the only real way to explain this asshole. He's a reject from the plotting for Medaka Box, reused in a cooking manga.
Souma is fearless, that's his thing. He keeps hurling himself at every obstacle and every battle without reserve. He doesn't care about getting tired, he doesn't care about being second best. He'll win next time. The time after that. This time he'll win.
The simplest thing is that he managed to blend all five cuisines because he didn't just assume he couldn't. He approaches every dish and every combination as if no one has ever tried it before. To Souma, every single thing he tries to make is something no one has ever done before.
Souma's mom being terrible at cooking actually makes some sense and it's probably where they got the whole weird flavors bit as a tribute to her. The absolute ballsy highwire cooking that he did though was pretty cool, even making the Noirs shit their pants at how fucking nuts it was.