While we’re sad to see that Taneda won’t be coming back for now, we wish her the best in her recovery.
Earlier today, the official Food Wars! anime website announced that actress Risa Taneda will not voice Erina in the show’s upcoming third season. Instead, the role will be filled by Hisako Kanemoto.
According to the report, Office Osawa, the talent agency that represents Taneda, discussed the situation with the Food Wars! anime production committee. Together, the two parites came to the conclusion that committing to a TV series at this time would be detrimental to Taneda’s health.
The site elaborated on the issue, stating that an anime TV series requires the long recording sessions over three full months, which could have negative effects on Taneda’s recovery.
Taneda stepped away from voice acting last September in order to undergo medical treatment. On Friday, Taneda announced that the would “gradually” return to voice acting, though a specific timeline wasn’t specified.
Prior to her leave, the actress provided the voice for Erina Nakiri in the first and second seasons of the Food Wars! anime. Kanemoto took on the mantle of the God Tongue last year for the “Jump Special Anime Festa” event anime, as well as OVA Shokugeki no Soma: Totsuki Jūkketsu (Tōtsuki’s Elite Ten).
The third season of Food Wars!, subtitled San no Sara (The Third Plate) will hit Japanese TV this October. The confirmed voice cast for the new season includes:
- Eishi Tsukasa: Akira Ishida
- Rindō Kobayashi: Shizuka Ito
- Momo Akanegakubo: Rie Kugimiya
- Terunori Kuga: Yuuki Kaji
- Nene Kinokuni: Kana Hanazawa
- Erina Nakiri: Hisako Kanemoto
The Food Wars! anime adapts Yūto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki’s manga of the same name. The series kicked off in April 2015, and ran for 24 episodes. Yoshitomo Yonetani (Nurse Witch Komugi, Tiger & Bunny The Movie -The Rising-) directed the series at J.C. Staff, while Tomoyuki Shitaya (Bakuman, Kiss×sis) provided character designs. Scripts were provided by Shinichi Inotsume and Shogo Yasukawa.
Two seasons were produced to date. The first season, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, aired in the Spring and Summer broadcast seasons last year. The season spanned 24 episodes. The second season, Food Wars! The Second Plate, aired in the Summer 2016 season, and spanned 13 episodes.
Sentai Filmworks currently holds the rights to the series, which they describe as:
Shokugeki no Soma centers on Yukihira Soma, a middle school student who is determined to surpass his father’s culinary skills. One day, his father decides to close down their family restaurant and hone his skills in Europe. Before leaving he enrolls Soma in an elite culinary school that is extremely difficult to enter with a graduation rate of only 10 percent. Will Souma be able to improve his skills, or will the kitchen prove to be too hot? less
Sentai will release the first season of Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma on Blu-Ray and DVD on August 15th. The company will also ship a limited edition, which includes an art book, art cards, chopsticks, an apron, and metal pins.