Anime News Network Review: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma Ep 19

You can tell we're starting a new story arc because of all the new characters. This episode introduces us to four new players in the Totsuki game of varying levels of interest and importance, including Nao, the creepy Sadako-esque girl who makes the ending theme make sense. She's got a thing for Erina (it's not entirely clear if it's romantic or otherwise) and gazes upon her from afar...and by that, I mean that she sits in trees with binoculars and spies on Erina while cursing the existence of Arisa, her sidekick/servant. Other characters may have more plot potential, but Nao could really throw Erina off-balance, and that could make her quite important.

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