I’ve been watching this new anime called Food Wars! I’ve watched a lot of anime in my time and what I’ve noticed with this one and with many others is that the protagonist always has a strong assurance in himself that he will be the best.
In Naruto, Naruto always says he’s going to be the next hokage. In One Piece, Luffy says he’s going to be king of the pirates. And of course with Food Wars!, it’s no different. Soma says he’s going to “take the number one spot.”
Each of these protagonists have so much potential and are quite skillful in their domain. Naruto’s a ninja, Luffy’s a pirate and Soma is a chef. They are not without fault and from their bold statements — always in the future tense — indicates that they’re not the best yet. And that doesn’t deter from their constant flow of self confidence. They’re not arrogant. They are all just so self assured that they’re going to be alright. Even when the situation is not in their favor. Naruto has lost battles, Luffy’s been in some jams, and Soma has lost too. It’s nice to see.
What’s NOT nice to see is when this bold strong character is paired up with a weak, full of self doubt, ANNOYING character. In Food Wars! especially, I can’t stand Tadokoro. Let me repeat, I CAN’T STAND HER. And you know why, because I AM HER. OH. MY. GOD.
Is this how my friends see me?
Tadokoro shouldn’t have low self confidence! She cooks great food and has been validated by her peers, even by Soma. Yet her self doubt paralyzes her and she loses her nerve in front of tests and challenges. When up against a worthy opponent, she compares herself to the opponent and her inner dialogue is so annoying! ‘Oh so and so has studied here, I didn’t. Oh so and so knows this technique, I don’t.’ Blah blah blah blah BLAH! She freaks herself out and it frustrates me as I’m watching it. I just want to grab her shoulders and shake her! SNAP OUT OF IT! YOU’RE SO ANNOYING! JUST DO YOU! Soma does a less extreme version of that by clapping her hands together in the midst of her breakdown (picture below).
That’s what I need to do. I need to shake myself and SNAP THE FUCK OUT OF IT!