With the poll updated I still vote to Erina because of the same reasons. Anyone surpassed her yet.
Making a Top 3, I would choose: Erina > Alice > Hayama.
Alice is strong and has many secrets, her way of cook is very uncommon and I think that she will be a great challenge to Yukihira in the future. Hayama is strong as well, and I don't think that he will disappear after the Autumn Election.
For those who voted in the lastest poll, please, vote again.
I wish he would bring back Taku into the plot, he was the best rival.
Though I really cant wait for a rematch between Soma and Kurokiba Ryou as well.
Don't make me laugh, Takumi was the worst, he was just a comic relief, he was far from a rival.
By the way, it is time to update this poll.
Last edited by Leoat12; March 26, 2015 at 09:15 AM.
I'd probably choose Erina if we're going just by rival in terms of how they interact. Ryo, Akira, and Alice are making up ground though.
Hayama is a better rival to Souma than Takumi. At least Hayama had proven his worth to be called a rival while Takumi haven't.
I think I'm gonna go with Alice simple because I think she kinda has it all: she's a funny and interesting character and she's extremely talented and according to me her cooking-style is the most interesting among the first years next to Soma's. After Alice I think I'm gonna go with Erina >Hayama >Ryō. Gotta admit that I don't really understand the love Takumi is getting in this poll. He hasn't really done anything to prove himself, he's character somewhat of a joke at the moment and every other character in this poll would basically humiliate him in a cook-off.
Last edited by Morgion; April 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM.
The moderator of the section has to clear the poll and add more people. It was updated in chapter 53! At that time, Takumi was already a comic relief only, but some people still had hopes, not anymore...
The anime opening pretty much established that Souma's rival is Erina (and Takumi has only a scene at the end for comic relief as usual). Good job anime team!
Though more quality screen time for him (in the manga) would please the fans (I know how much I miss Erina when she isn't in a chapter).
Last edited by justanotherone; April 04, 2015 at 05:17 AM.
Comic relief? That was definitely a serious rivalry scene. Hes lotrally crushing somaa foot.
Last edited by justanotherone; April 04, 2015 at 08:07 AM.
There is a strong ''rivalry'' between Souma, Ryou and Akira since those three are the guys who have tremendous potential for achieving greatness and awesomeness, from the 1st years anyway
Takumi needs some really big development before he is brought back to rival status. He probably even needs to beat Souma at something to re-ignite the rivalry.
I barely consider Kurokiba a rival. I feel he is too much used as Alice mad dog to think he can challenge someone on his own. As long as Kurokiba doesnt move path without Alice he wont be real rival material. The potential is there. Souma vs Kurokiba would be hyped as fuck.
Hayama. Dont get me wrong he is the closest thing to a rival right now. But the way he won the Elections left many with a bad taste. So far for all the hype he hasnt proved me anything. In fact after this Moonlight Festival, i feel he is slowly becoming Alice's second aide than an actual rival to Souma. He needs to step up his game.
Alice. While i would rather have her as a love interest for Souma. Alice is just too fun to not have her as a rival. Add in the fact that she is slowly building up a faction and that she has plans to take the 1st seat for herself and she really makes for a great rival. Right now she is the only 1st year that is already setting up her pieces once she enters the Elite 10. She could end up becoming a huge rival to Souma in the future.
Erina. While i do think a rivalry between them will ignite. I feel Erina right now stands on different Arena than Souma, many levels above him. Souma needs to enter the Elite 10 to actually aim to challenge him. The main concern i have is that Erina's faction has already being taken care of. Both Nikumi and Hishoko are now friendly to Souma. So i think the first steps to ignite the rivalry would be if Erina increases her faction size (which could happen soon as she is getting along better with Megumi.)
Kuga. I think what started as a one side rivalry from Souma's side has now turned into a one side rivalry from Kuga's side. The feeling of defeat will never leave Kuga.
Eizan. He is going to be the main rival for Souma once 2nd year starts. Eizan might even be a disciple of Erina's dad. If that's the case that would be awesome!