This is a continuation of the Erina Nikiri thread, the link to the first part is here
You may discuss about Tootsuki's best/worst character here
I think her developing is going nicely, at the AE she helped Souma against Subaru (for some shoujo manga) and now at the festival she again tasted his food (this time for free) and gave him some advice, I find this panel of her encouraging Souma very remarkable, after all she has wished for Souma to be expelled from the beginning of the series.
About her cooking I think it's inevitable that she will suffer a crushing defeat at some point, I say this because what Joichiro said at the end of the AE
However I think she may reach a higher place in the E10 before that happens, she is a very good chef even though she cooks with nobody in mind and she does not looks for challenges.
Last edited by Hachibukai; August 03, 2015 at 03:32 PM.
I think if she is going to have any substantial character growth she needs to fall out of the elite 10 so that she can learn to truly appreciate it... right now she kinda acts like it is her birthright to succeed.
I find her character great to use as contrast to soma, but I hope she just ends up being a good rival.
those were jurichiro words? i thought erina was saying that? guess not
Ah the female protagonist who hasn't been getting a lot of screentime. Some even consider Megumi the female main lead, but I will acknowledge that when she earns the same amount of spotlight and appears on the jump collaborations.
I find female characters that don't sugarcoat their words to the main character very refreshing. In all the times she has tasted his dishes, she has never told him that it's adequate for the situation, and that was exactly what Souma needed to hear for him to improve. Except for his entrance exam, which I didn't take completely serious because she said it with a chibi face, and one little tooth. That is Tsukuda telling us to not to freakout over the rejection. That aside, she has never directly tried to get him expelled. For someone at her skill level, it would have been very easy to just challenge Souma to a shokugeki. Knowing his recklessness, he would've accepted.
Erina and Souma are actually pretty similar despite what is on the surface. They both have the common goal of aiming for the top (first seat), enjoys playing cards even during the hell training camp, and can be totally badass/cocky when they need to be. She's also not as spoiled as people think she is. Sheltered, sure, but everything she owns at Tootsuki was earned with her cooking skill. Whenever she needs a new kitchen, she just does a shokugeki risking her Elite 10 seat. It's probably hard not to be cocky when everyone is telling you how amazing you are all the time.
Chapter 9's title is "The Ice Queen and the Spring Storm." Erina has been referred to several times as the "Ice Queen" and Isshiki described Souma as spring. We've seen her thaw out, hastened after witnessing Souma in the Autumn Elections.
Some would call her a "tsundere" though I don't agree completely with those labels. If she is a tsundere then she is an incredibly intriguing and well written one because normally I find "tsunderes" really annoying.
Anyway it's obvious that Tsukuda has a lot planned out for her. Whether or not that involves crushing defeat, we'll see. At the end it would be interesting for her discard her ojousama status after learning more about Joichirou. She might even have her own special-of-the-day shop, putting the pressures of the Nakiri family behind her.
Last edited by StingingNettle; August 04, 2015 at 09:08 AM.
Hmm... I think it would be very trite for her to have special of the day shop. Maybe just temporarily just to know how it feels like and to gain extra skills, but I'd like her to OWN that Nakiri name. Be the head of the family and control the Tootsuki group better than her grandpa would ever have. In short, the treatment she'd have gotten if only she's a guy main rival in Shonen Jump manga. Maybe Soma will kinda reach her level, and they will beat each other and win and lose back and forth. Something like Touya Akira in Hikaru no Go (which btw have kinda similar background to Erina) or Niizuma Eiji in Bakuman.
One also has to wonder just how connected to the nakiri family soma is... Why was it that erina's grandfather happened to be around to test soma's dish when he was first tested by erina? Did joichiro call the gramps ahead of time (we know joichiro was employed by the nakiri family for a while and some believe maybe he had married a nakiri) and tell him to keep an eye on soma for him?
Last edited by NyoiToy; August 05, 2015 at 09:47 AM.
Idk what is it with storyteller that if it's female rival/protagonist they have to be taken down/humiliated first and then makes them 'softer' to build them up. That's kinda gross. Soma doesn't learn 'humility' after being smacked down by Shinomiya, btw. Nor did Takumi. BUT I have high hopes that they wouldn't use this route with Erina because it's been used with Takumi.
Minor spoiler maybe? But this will be all over every Shokugeki no soma forum soon enough
After reading through Tsukuda-sensei's answers to some twitter questions it seems like Erina WILL develop romantic feelings for Soma "soon". This may not be so unexpected since she has during the manga often been involved in some sort of "love" discussion. Love manga, what love really is etc. It's been hinting at it quite often and built up some questions around it.
I also stumbled upon something that the heroine of the manga is uncertain and that something(?) could happen soon. Although I'm not the best at Japanese and might have misunderstood his tweet. It did say that the heroine is secret or something like that though, in the end it seems like he has something BIG coming up for Erina soon. And he seems to repping Erina on his profile picture too.
This is quite interesting as I would live to see how this would develop in the manga, and that it would be more interesting rather then having it develop with Megumi since the two already has such a fantastic relationship with eachother to begin with.
Last edited by Goldsun; August 09, 2015 at 09:26 PM.
With that father of hers we start to understand her more, like when she said that 'failure is not acceptable' or to Alice after her lost vs Soma 'it's nice that you can cry like this'. I think her father is like Akashi from Kuroko no Basuke, 'win is like breath for me, my words are the absolute' and shits like that. Pure Erina she must had hard childhood. I always loved her and i knew she wasn't bad, but now i love her even more! I wonder Soma will take notice of Erina as a woman when he taste her food?