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Since season 4 of Food Wars wrapped up on Toonami back in November 2021, fans have been wondering when Food Wars: The Fifth Plate, the fifth and final season of the franchise, will make its way to the better cartoon show. Today, Toonami has announced on Facebook that Food Wars will be back for The Fifth Plate beginning March 18 at 1:00 a.m. EDT/PDT.
Food Wars: The Fifth Plate premiered in Japan and was simulcast on Crunchyroll between April 11 – September 26, 2020, although episodes 3-13 were delayed by several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anime News Network’s synopsis for The Fifth Plate is as follows:
“Things are getting back to normal for Soma and his friends, but that doesn’t mean there’s a break for them. Exams are looming, a suspicious new teacher shows up, and the BLUE competition is on the horizon.”
Toonami has aired the previous four seasons of Food Wars since the show’s debut in July 7, 2019. Season 1 aired through January 12, 2020. Season 2, The Second Plate, aired from January 19 – April 19, 2020. Season 3, The Third Plate, aired from February 28 – August 1, 2021. And season 4, The Fourth Plate, aired from August 22 – November 28, 2021.
It should be noted that the international distribution license for Food Wars Is split between Sentai Filmworks (who holds seasons 1-2) and Crunchyroll (who holds seasons 3-5) in a deal made before Crunchyroll’s merger with Funimation in 2021. Due to a severing of said partnership due to the merger, the show’s streaming rights are now split between HiDive and Crunchyroll, although Sentai is still responsible for dubbing and home video distribution for the entire show. It is likely that similar legal complications also played a role in preventing The Fifth Plate from airing on Toonami sooner, issues which Adult Swim seems to have overcome with this announcement.
Following the announcement, Toonami viewers as well as those who have worked on the show’s dub, voiced their approval on Twitter.
Bryson Baugus on Twitter: “Eyy!!! More #FoodWars on Toonami baybeeeee!!! https://t.co/X0BnIca0DZ / Twitter”
Eyy!!! More #FoodWars on Toonami baybeeeee!!! https://t.co/X0BnIca0DZ
Jay Hickman on Twitter: “Sorry for the wait…#Joichiro #FatherlyChefAdvice https://t.co/kfkTYyfAzY / Twitter”
Sorry for the wait…#Joichiro #FatherlyChefAdvice https://t.co/kfkTYyfAzY
It’s Happening! https://t.co/8q3cccCIVO
Kyle Colby Jones on Twitter: “Nummy nummy. Who’s hungry?!#FoodWars #Toonami #LateNightSnack https://t.co/ISUISwQgF5 / Twitter”
Nummy nummy. Who’s hungry?!#FoodWars #Toonami #LateNightSnack https://t.co/ISUISwQgF5
Jason DeMarco also asked fans what other Sentai Filmworks titles fans would also like to see on Toonami following the Food Wars announcement. If you got anything you’d recommend Toonami to air, feel free to reply to Jason on the tweet below, and feel free to let @SentaiFilmworks know as well on their social media outlets and feedback departments on what shows you’d like to see from them. The same can also be said regarding shows licensed by @AniplexUSA, @Crunchyroll, and the like, just be sure to send your requests to the appropriate companies of the shows you wish to see (Ex: Crunchyroll for Attack on Titan.)
SPIRAL CURSE DEMARCO on Twitter: “Good question. Please hit me with your answers! (gently) https://t.co/YMXAt9hc4v / Twitter”
Good question. Please hit me with your answers! (gently) https://t.co/YMXAt9hc4v
On a related scheduling note, last week’s broadcast on March 4 kicked off with a doubleheader of My Hero Academia season 6. According to the schedule on adultswim.com, a doubling up of new episodes of season 6 will continue to be airing back-to-back on the midnight hour for at least the next two weeks. For this Saturday’s broadcast, March 11, an hour of One Piece will also occupy the 1:00 a.m. spot before Food Wars’ season premiere the week after.
Swimpedia on Twitter: “Here is the full Toonami schedule for next week: pic.twitter.com/elYjwt896l / Twitter”
Here is the full Toonami schedule for next week: pic.twitter.com/elYjwt896l
It’s still to be seen if and when the My Hero Academia doubleheader will be replaced with a new show. Do note that the first half of Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 3 aired in Japan last Saturday and is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, so watch this space and follow @ToonamiSquad on Twitter for potential breaking news and updates for potential airings regarding that and other shows.
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