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Urara Kawashima

Urara Kawashima (川島 麗(かわしま うらら), Kawashima Urara?) is a 92nd Tōtsuki Generation student and a popular idol at Tōtsuki Culinary Academy who is often an emcee for many of the academy's grand events.

AppearanceEdit

Urara Kawashima full appearance

As a standard idol character, Urara is a very cute and petite girl with long black hair that has a ponytail tied by a red ribbon and unique brown eyes that has two different pupils in the anime and manga: 

  • In the manga, they have heart-shaped pupils 
  • In the anime, her pupils are shaped normally. 

She has amassed many fans throughout the academy as a result.

She wears a standard Tōtsuki uniform depending on the season and wears a red armband to signify that she is an emcee.

PersonalityEdit

Urara Kawashima's Hidden Personality

Urara Kawashima's hidden personality

Urara enjoys being in the spotlight who has a tendency to act cute whenever she's hosting a Shokugeki, similar to an idol. She has a high popularity rating with the boys, much to the annoyance of women.[3] As the emcee for a lot of events, she has a wide database of knowledge of nearly every student in the academy, or at the very least the common knowledge of each student's prestige.

Despite Urara's seemingly nice and gentle demeanor, she is revealed to be extremely jealous whenever the men focus their attention on another woman, such as Ikumi[4] even going as far as cursing her in her thoughts, saying that she is the only one who should have fans.[5] Urara can also sense if another woman is getting a lot of attention even if she is not in the same vicinity, as seen by she felt the men getting excited with the sight of Miyoko.[6] Urara takes her hosting seriously, evident when Alice served her own curry dish without being called, much to her chagrin.[7]

During the Promotion Exam Arc, Urara was brainwashed by Azami. Her personality became much more sinister and foul mouthed, even dressing in much more punk-ish clothing. Her emceeing is much more one-sided, heaving nothing but praise to the Central side while constantly belittling the Rebels. She is much more open with her thoughts and has no qualms flipping off anyone who insults her in her current mindset.

PlotEdit

The 92nd Orientation CeremonyEdit

Main article: Introduction Arc

Urara hosts the Orientation Ceremony for the students of 92nd Tōtsuki Generation where she gets to hear the speeches of Senzaemon Nakiri and Sōma Yukihira, completely shocking her with the latter's remark.[8]

Sōma's First ShokugekiEdit

Sōma vs Ikumi (anime)

Urara begins the Shokugeki between Sōma and Ikumi

Urara was introduced as the emcee for the Shokugeki between Ikumi Mito and Sōma, where she received cheers from the male audience while the female audience seethed in anger. As she introduced Ikumi Mito, Urara showed some jealousy as the attention of the male crowd was attracted to Ikumi rather than herself. After announcing Ikumi's challenger, Sōma, Urara officially started the match.

Like many other peers in the Shokugeki Arena, Urara was amazed by Sōma's unorthodox cooking style and surprisingly decisive win over the crowd favorite, Ikumi. As a result, Urara declared Sōma the victor of his first Shokugeki.

The 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn ElectionEdit

Main article: Tōtsuki Autumn Election Arc

As the 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election drew near, Urara appeared in a crane to announce the students selected to participate in the Elections. After announcing the participants, Urara then read a note from the 9th seat of the Elite Ten Council, Etsuya Eizan, detailing that the judges will be some of the most esteemed figures in the culinary industry, which meant that failing dishes would most likely result in the end of their futures. Nonetheless, the participants were fired up from this statement.

Tōtsuki Autumn Election: Preliminary Round Edit

See also: 43rd Annual Tōtsuki Autumn Election

Urara once again was an emcee, this time as the emcee for the Preliminary "B" block. During the cooking period, many of the male crowd was attracted by Miyoko Hōjō in a cheongsam. Though Urara was in a room out of the arena, she sensed the attention given to Miyoko.

As the cooking time expired, Urara called up each student one at a time to present their dishes. Urara did not do much else except recoil from the putrid smell from Nao Sadatsuka's dish, seethed with anger at Alice Nakiri who had served her dish before Urara even announced her, and expressed annoyance when Megumi Tadokoro meekly informed her that she still had yet to go.

Cooking StyleEdit

Urara's cooking style is currently unknown. However, given that she appeared during the Autumn Election, she has at least some moderate to advanced cooking skill to have made it through the Tōtsuki Friendship and Rapport Training Camp.

EtymologyEdit

  • The name Urara means "beautiful, lovely" (麗). 
    • Urara may also be a pun on the phrase "Ooh la la". 
  • Urara's surname Kawashima means "river, stream" (川) (kawa) and "island" (島) (shima), which can be translated as "island river". 

TriviaEdit

  • Rina Hidaka (Urara's voice actress) also voices Yua Sasaki in the anime.
  • Urara's favourite book is 'Le Petit Prince' (she hasn't actually read it). 
  • Urara's favourite movie is 'Amélie' (it's actually Drunken Master 2). 
  • Urara's dream for the future is to be a wife. 

ReferencesEdit

  1. Banjou Ginga, Rina Hidaka Join Food Wars: Shokugeki no Sōma Cast
  2. http://www.sentaifilmworks.com/news/food-wars-english-dub-full-cast-list
  3. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 12, pages 3-4
  4. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 12, page 5
  5. Shokugeki no Soma episode 7
  6. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 49, pages 16-17
  7. Shokugeki no Soma chapter 56, page 20
  8. Shokugeki no Soma episode 3

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