Time for another batch of first season Ryouri no Tetsujin episodes.
Ryouri no Tetsujin 105 – Chairman Kaga talks about Yi Yin a 16th century BC Chinese cook to whom the idea of the five tastes is generally attributed. The theme for the preliminary battles is Harumaki (Spring Roll). Kaga’s speech about spring rolls ends with “Glass Skin” (perhaps referring to the lightness of the outer skin of properly prepared harumaki.）The final battle will take place between Shu Tomiteru (younger brother of the famed Shu Tomitoku) and Iron Chef Michiba.
Ryouri no Tetsujin 106 – For the first time, we do not have a preliminary battle. This episode is the first that really looks like an episode of what we now recognize as Ryouri no Tetsujin (complete with pre-battle video piece on the challenger). And of course, we have to have the challenger (in black and white) looking at the camera and saying “I’ll win”. It’s an all Chinese cuisine battle as the challenger takes on Iron Chef Chinese Chen Kenichi. (Look for the classic Chen “Really?” face when he sees the theme ingredient.) This is a very entertaining battle.
Ryouri no Tetsujin 107 – It’s another Ishinabe battle for you. He takes on the Akimoto look-alike challenger in a Daikon battle.