The Series (3.5/5)
Yukihara Soma is a former diner chef that finds himself being trained at the highly competitive Totsuki Academy. This is not just a normal culinary school, this is basically battle in cooking form. The second season of Food Wars sees Yukihara competing in the Autumn Elections, which is a highly competitive cooking tournament which will see even more students forced to leave the academy if they cannot keep up. Yukihara will have to do beyond his best, if he wants to remain a student at Totsuki.
Food Wars is a solid, follow up to the first series of Food Wars. However, like most sequel series it has a tendency to ramp up what was most successful about the original. In the case of Food Wars that means we get more competition related action, and also more comedy. However, this is in lieu of the story, and character based moments that made the first season so much of a charmer. As such the second season at least for the majority of the first part of it feels very repetitive, before coming to a solid conclusion.
With that being said the animation is quite solid here. Character designs are not overly simple, but where the show shines is animation the food items which look marvelous for for animated food. The series is reasonably paced, and episodes are not boring in and of themselves, but watching them in quick succession they do feel a tad repetitive. However, if you were a fan of Food Wars first season I would recommend the second.
Sentai Filmworks presents Food Wars in a very solid 1:78:1 1080p AVC encoded transfer. Details are quite decent here, colors are replicated nicely, and I did not find many issues. Audio is handled by DTS-HD MA 2.0 in English and Japanese. Although I stuck with the native Japanese track for the majority of my viewing, both tracks sounded quite fine for the most part with dialogue and score coming through clearly.
Sentai provides a clean opening and closing, and trailers.
A very solid food related anime makes a decent return. The Blu-ray looks and sound excellent, but comes with a limited slate of extras. RECOMMENDED.