I feel like whoever the author went to for cooking ideas just ran out of ideas. That’s the only reason I can think of for this arc. Like I enjoyed it, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. I was hoping for something more like “Soma having to do his best to protect the first seat”, or “Threat from another school”. Also it still feels like certain losses aren’t resolved. Like Soma finds out that Isshiki was nowhere near serious back during their fish cook off, and I really wanted to see them face off again.