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Shokugeki-no SOMA 36
(cutlery) 36 Sensual Karaage (2)
Star: Just before the release of JC Volume 4, a center color to celebrate two volumes coming out on consecutive months!!
Text: ---A strategy meeting with interesting contents...!?
Story: Tsukuda Yuuto
Art: Saeki Shun
Collaborator: Morisaki Yuki
Cutlery: Checking out the enemy in-station!
Souma: It's true! It looks really clean now.
Souma: These are the in-station stores, huh...They look kinda fashionable.
Souma: (cd: Hahaha) With something like this here, our shopping district doesn't stand a chance.
Mayumi: I-It's no laughing matter, Yukihira-kun...
Ikumi(thinks): ...That's right, Yukihira even asked me to help
Ikumi(thinks): It's no wonder that anyone else is with him.
Souma: ---Sorry for having you take the time come here, Nikumi!
Ikumi(thinks): Why am I this irritated...?
Souma: Ah...Am I really troubling you?
Ikumi: Not really...
Aki: Listen, Mayu...
Aki: This is your chance!
Aki: A man and a woman spend time together inside a closed room aiming for the same goal...
Aki: This can't but lead to a deep relationship,
Aki: For anyone with at least some guts...!
Mayumi(thinks): Aki-chan...That's too much pressure...
Mayumi(thinks): She was called...Mito-san, right?
Mayumi(thinks): She's like an actress or a model... It's my first time seeing someone this sexy.
Mayumi(thinks): Hi...High schoolers are amazing...!
Box: *Kurase-san forgot that she is in high school.
Mayumi's sd: Ah!
Mayumi(thinks): Maybe she's Yukihira-kun's girlfriend...Or something like that...!?
Ikumi: What the hell are you looking at?
Souma: Hey, don't bully Kurase, Nikumi.
Souma: Isn't that it? The rumored Karaage!
Woman: Hey, hey...Come by here.
Sign: Karaage Specialty Shop Mozuya
Woman: This is Karaage's "Mozuya".
Box: Karaage Specialty Shop "Mozuya" Manager Nakamozu Kinu
Ikumi: Wha...!? With chain...You meant Mozuya!
Souma: You know it?
Ikumi: It's a really famous Karaage shop in Kansai.
Ikumi: And, she is--- Nakamozu Kinu
Ikumi: She's the head of "Mozuya", a shop with its headquarters on Kyoto that expanded to the whole area of Kansai!
Ikumi: They were the first in history to win for three consecutive years in the "All-Japan Karaage Convention"...
Ikumi: Everyone says they will surely win again this year---
Souma: There's really a lot of housewives shopping here.
Mayumi: Yes...It's even busier at night.
Mayumi: The package is fashionable so it's especially popular among women,
Mayumi: They say there's a lot of people who take the train just to buy it...
Souma: The store's appearance is nice and there's also a lot of salesgirls so it's really showy.
Souma: Oh...There's such a big line---
Souma: What are you doing, chairman...
Yuuya: Souma-chan! No...I just thought I could help you out somehow.
Souma: Right...What's that disguise for?
Yuuya: This is enemy territory...
Yuuya: It will be dangerous if they find out my identity.
Yuuya: Souma-chan, you be careful too---
Kinu: ---You don't have to be all secretive
Kinu: You can just line up openly, ok, Mr. shopping district chairman?
Kinu: Ah, are you his friends from the shopping district?
Kinu: Why don't you eat a sample?
Souma: Is it ok?
Then I won't hold back!
Ikumi(thinks): Inside the lightly crispy coating
Ikumi(thinks): The fat full of the tender chicken meat's deliciousness rampages inside my mouth...!
Ikumi(thinks): It's like flavor arrows
Ikumi(thinks): Come at me one after another!!
Mayumi: I wonder what they did to make them this tasty...
Kinu: Ohohoho! Well, you see...
Kinu: We use Omi chicken...
Kinu: They're a super high class breed that's raised using only herbs!
Kinu: And the deciding factor is our secret soy-based sauce!!
Kinu: We firmly rub this sauce that uses grated apple as a base as well as dozens of seasonings into the chicken
Kinu: And then we fry it while letting it come in contact with the air until it becomes crispy!
Kinu: Some people even call them "The best karaage on Earth", Ohohoho...
Souma: ...Is it ok to be telling us all that?
Souma: As far as it goes, we're checking out the enemy.
Kinu: I don't mind at all!
Kinu: There's no way you can make it anyway!
Kinu: ...However, you sure are a shameless man...
Kinu: To think you're relying on women and children!
Kinu: You just watched how your clients went away...
Kinu: Don't you have any self-respect?
Kinu: If a depressing man like you stands in front of my shop it will hinder business.
Ikumi(thinks): ...This incompetentness, I think he's like a someone I know...
Souma: It seems you have a lot of confidence...
Souma: If we can make a Karaage more delicious than yours in the shopping district
Souma: It would be Mozuya's shame!
Kinu: You seem to be skilled at talking big, boy,
Kinu: Don't try to get smart with me, you idiot.
Kinu: What can a bunch of brats like you do?
Kinu: A weak shopping district with no competitive power or originality
Kinu: Can't but die out, right?
Kinu: I hope to have your patronage
Kinu: On the in-station Mozuya from now on.
Mayumi(thinks): Th...That was scary!!
Mayumi(thinks): It was like a yakuza movie...
Ikumi: For now, shall we try a recipe similar to theirs?
Souma: I guess so!
Mayumi(thinks): And those two aren't agitated at all. (cd: That's some mental strength...)
Souma: Alright! Let's overthrow Mozuya...
Souma: Let's start making test dishes!!
Souma: Into the meat cut in random sizes
Souma: I rub "sauce"!
Souma: I put grated apple and onion...And some ginger too.
Souma: This will be the base for the flavor!!
Souma: I pickle the chicken in the sauce thoroughly so that the flavor fits in it---
Souma: Since this is a test I'll fry them right now
Souma: But on Mozuya they let them pickle in the sauce for about ten hours.
Mayumi: Ten hours!? That long...!?
Souma: And then I coat them uniformly
Souma: With potato starch.
Souma: Dropping off the extra flour is the secret to make them crispy.
Mayumi(thinks): I see...I thought they were more delicious the more flour they had.
Souma: Alright...The temperature is perfect.
Souma: Here we go...
Souma: Test dish #1 is done!
Mayumi: It's hot...
Mayumi: It's delicious!! This is also really delicious, Yukihira-kun!
Souma: But you know...
Souma: This loses against Mozuya's dish's impact.
Souma: That high quality sauce...
Souma: It creates a gradation of flavor by combining the deliciousness of
Souma: Soy sauce, garlic, and many different spices!
Souma: They surely completed it after many years of adjustments...
Mayumi: ...! Fighting against that sauce...
Ikumi: That's it...!
Ikumi: We don't really have to fight with Karaage!
Ikumi: We could use other meat, like beef or pork...There's many options!
Souma: Hmm...But if we don't strike against their main dish we can't get the clients back.
Ikumi: How about "A5 beef"?
Ikumi: Like that you'd win on the ingredients' quality and popularity for sure, you know?
Souma: But...That's expensive, right?
Ikumi: In behalf of our friendship
Ikumi: The Mito group will disregard the profit and sell you the best ingredients!
Ikumi: Wait a bit! I'll calculate the price...
Souma(thinks): Thanks, Nikumi...That helps a lot!
Souma(thinks): If the price is
Souma(thinks): Less than 1000 yen for 100g...!
Ikumi: 100g for 3500 yen.
Souma: No thanks then...
Ikumi: Do...Don't hold back because of its cheap price!
Souma: No, umm, I'm not holding back...
Souma: Kurase, any ideas?
Mayumi: Ma...Making it shopping-district-like...Maybe!
Mayumi: Ah...But, ermmm,
Mayumi: I don't have any concrete suggestions, sorry...
Souma: After changing the seasoning and the coating
Souma: And making many test dishes...
Souma: None really felt quite right...
Souma(thinks): ...What should we do?
Souma(thinks): What kind of karaage can win the clients back...?
Ikumi: Middle schoolers, huh...
Ikumi: There's many of them even though it's a holiday...
Souma: They're coming back from their clubs. (cd: It's that time already.)
Souma: There's many schools around here,
Souma: High schoolers and college students crowd here too...
Souma: That's it!!
Souma: That's it! I was being too thickheaded...
Souma: We don't have to fight them on their territory!
Ikumi: Then...It's A5 meat's turn?
Souma: No, we're making Karaage.
Ikumi: But you said we're not fighting on their territory...!
Souma: We're not.
Souma: We just have to think about things they can't do...
Sign: Sumiredoori Shopping District //Sumire street
Souma: That we can do with the same dish because we're in a shopping district!
Souma: The most delicious way of eating karaage---
Souma: We're creating...
Souma: The axis that will decide this war!
Star: Souma has a secret plan!? Next issue, lead color pages!! //FINALLY!!!!!!
Next issue, with lead color pages, the critical point of the karaage battle!!