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The BLUE Preliminaries (青の前哨戦, Ao no Zenshōsen?) is the second episode of the fifth season of the Shokugeki no Soma anime and is the seventy-fifth episode overall.

Plot Summary

Erina explains to the new Elite Ten Council about the BLUE. Totsuki is holding the BLUE preliminaries to decide the 3 top participants (minus Erina who already registered). Meanwhile, Joichiro duels against a familiar acquaintance which results in the unthinkable outcome, which also follows back at Totsuki where Soma learns about the new instructor's ambitions.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Featured Dishes

Featured Cooking Duels

  • Jōichirō Yukihira Vs. Saiba Asahi

Manga and Anime Differences

  • The following are rearrangements from the manga.
    • By the title itself, the BLUE preliminaries is an original tournament.
    • The Shokugeki between Joichiro vs. Saiba is commenced during the event.


  • Most of the scenes were recycled from the previous plates (seasons).
  • This episode features the most anime-exclusive dishes since the first OVA.
  • It was announced on the official website that the remaining episodes after this had been postponed due to the ongoing effects of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.[1] Regularly scheduled airings resumed on July 17, following re-airings of this and the previous episode on July 3 and 10.