Sonic XF Episode 205: “Passionate Cooking Battle!”
Cory has just been found by a mysterious female.
Female Voice: Cory! I’ve finally found you!
The young woman dances flamboyantly, in a Spanish style…
Young Woman (poses): …for ten long years!
After a moment of long silence…
Two silhouetted males appear behind her…
Mysterious Man A: Behold the amazing Carmen!
The other man speaks with a Spanish accent.
Mysterious Man B: The greatest cook in the East Blue!
Carmen: I am the woman of passion! People call me Fiery Carmen!
Carmen and the others: OLE!
Mysterious Man A: I am Carmen’s first apprentice, Leo!
Leo is a short man whose face is considered handsome. His rather large and blocky facial structure does not compliment his looks.
Mysterious Man B: And I am her second, Jose! **huffs like bull**
Jose is also short, though taller than Leo. He is rounder but most distinctive of all is his unusually large nostrils; so large that one can easily mistaken them for eyes.
They pose with passion and the silence still ensues.
Cory: …. **comically amorous, kneels** YOU ARE BEAUTY ITSELF!!!
Andy and Knuckles: Umm…?
- Cory: It is my deepest dream come true! Yes! Beauty has come searching for me!
She is approached by Cory and he holds her hand.
Cory (kneels, comically amorous): It is the greatest of pleasures to meet you, wonderful Carmen!
Carmen (taking out frying pan): Don’t you dare!!!
Cory takes it square in the face.
Andy and Knuckles (flinches): Ohh..!
Cory’s nose is bleeding but he’s still falling for Carmen.
Cory: Oh my…! You are so passionate! But tell me, Carmen, how is it that you know me?
Carmen: Jose! Leo! Tell the tale.
Leo and Jose: Ma’am!
Leo uses his long spatula to give Cory a book of some kind.
Cory sees a book full of photos of chefs.
Cory: Okay… they’re all cooks…
Jose (upclose): YES!! True.
Cory has Jose’s spit all over his face.
Cory (grossed out): …..
Jose: These are all famous cooks in the East Blue.
While Cory wipes his face.
Carmen: And the great Carmen has defeated them. Every single one of them!
Carmen: Yes, I truly am the greatest cook in the East Blue.
We see a montage of Carmen being overly passionate while cooking. But with that, she does create rather exquisite dishes.
Carmen (narrating): The cooks who have challenged me have all been disappointing simpletons. And I was beginning to think the East Blue had nothing more to offer. No one left to challenge my cooking skills. However! I came across an article that featured the Baratie, the sea restaurant from when you still worked there. A cook there said that the Sous Chef there was the No. 1 cook in the East Blue. He said that in all his years in the business, he had never met your equal!
Carmen: From that moment, I have long searched for you…for ten years!
Jose: Actually it’s been 10 days.
Leo: Carmen tends to exaggerate.
Carmen: Shut your mouths!
She hits both of them to the ground with her frying pan.
Carmen: Now! **points** I challenge you, Cory!
Carmen: If you dare bring yourself to the Cooking Competition at one this afternoon, you will be mince meat, with garlic on oil, in a hot pan! AAAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!
Carmen spins herself so much that he actually creates a rising cyclone.
Andy and Knuckles: !?!
Carmen then stops spinning…
Cory and the others: !!?!
Carmen is actually on the ground still and is dizzy.
Leo and Jose take her away as they run from the scene.
Leo: Well then! We’ll see you later!
Cory (comically amorous): Wow, Carmen… Finally a woman with the same passion and desire!
A random citizen speaks to Cory…
Carpenter: So kid, are you gonna compete?
Cory: Huh? Nah. I don’t like contests.
Cory: Come on, guys. Let’s go.
Andy: Wait you serious!? You should go!
Meanwhile, Richie waiting outside an Italian restaurant, meaning the Buggy Pirates are inside the place. With music in the background, filling the fine dining atmosphere. Buggy is seen scarfing on his meal. Mohji is sitting with him eating as well.
Buggy (eating): Damn that Blue Hedgehog! I can’t believe I can’tfind him anywhere on this entire island!
Mohji: Hey, Cap’. I’ve been meaning to ask, why are we wearing cloaks??
Buggy (after drinking liquor): You stupid or something!? There’s a Marine captain named Smoker in this town. We can’t have him involved or I’ll never get my revenge! Ergh! This sucks! **hits table** Go and find the Blue Hedgehog before I lose it!
Meanwhile, Sonic is across the place eating with Sean and his group.
Sonic: Whew, I’m stuffed!
Mark: This town is gonna be the last for a while I bet. So we gotta eat good!
Sean (pouring a drink): Got that right. They got the right kind of liquor too.
Justin: Well here’s the bill. Time to pay up.
Sonic: Uh, you happen to have enough cash, right?
Sean: **gulps!!** You don’t have any money!?!
Sonic: Yeah, not enough anyway.
Kyo (looking in his wallet): Oh no! This is bad.
Mark: Well Sean ordering himself liquor didn’t help either!
Sean: Like I knew Sonic was broke!
Sonic: Hahahaha! We’re sure poor!
Meanwhile, Buggy continues pounding the table out of pure anger.
Buggy: ARGH! I hate that damn Hedgehog! I’ll crush him like a rat the next I see his ugly face! I’ll crush him!!
Kyo: How are we gonna pay for this meal!?
Justin: This is really bad.
Buggy keeps pounding and we see a fork slipping under Buggy’s bag of killies.
Sonic: Maybe I can use my fame to get us out of this.
Kyo: You can’t do that, Sonic-san!
Buggy: I’m swear he’ll pay!!!
That last pound sends the bag flying, unbeknownst to Buggy. That bag then lands in front of Sonic.
Sonic checks it and sees some coins inside.
Sonic: Oohh, whoa! How lucky! Hah!
Sonic turns around and sees the cloaked Buggy next to him.
Sonic: Hey, you didn’t have to buy us are lunch! Thanks!
Sonic returns the bag and takes a coin while Buggy still sulks in anger.
Sean (pats Buggy’s shoulder): Yeah, thanks a lot, buddy.
Kyo (bowing): Thank very much for your kind generosity!
Sean: Come on, Kyo!
Kyo: I’m coming!
Buggy: Yeah…you’re welcome…
Sonic and the others leave the place after paying.
Waiter: Come again!
Sonic: We will!
Buggy: That voice….! I know that voice!
Mohji (eating): Oh yeah, I think that was the Blue Hedgehog guy. They’re nice people though…
Buggy (comically mad): One more bite and you die…!!!
Outside, Sonic and the others leave the scene while Richie still waits outside.
Buggy (off-screen): Don’t just sit there! Go after him you FLASHY IDIOT!!!
Mohji (off-screen): YES SIR!!!
Mohji pops out…
Mohji: Wh-which way did he go!?!
We are now by the seafood market by one of the many docks. Cory is found standing by the staircase where it leads to the market. Andy and Knuckles are standing by him. They appear to have finished their ice cream by now.
Cory: A market, huh?
Cory sees all the variety of seafood ingredients, especially fish.
Cory: Logue Town’s market is incredible! They have everything that a chef would ask for!
Andy: Man, that’s a lot of fish down there!
Cory: Let’s go.
Later, Cory walks up to a crate full of premium fish in ice while Andy and Knuckles look around.
Cory: These are superb!
Fishmonger: You have a good eye, young man! You’re looking at some coastal fish that we caught this morning.
Cory: Coastal fish? **picks one up** They’re certainly firm and fresh are you sure they were caught in the East Blue?? I’ve never seen them before, what kind of fish did you say they were?
Fishmonger: Ahh, you definitely know your seafood. You are correct, these fish are different, they’re from the West Blue! People from the East Blue don’t know this type of fish.
Cory: The West Blue? Then why do you call them coastal fish?
Fishmonger: Young man, is this your first time here?
Cory: Uh, yeah…
Fishmonger (picks one up): Just look at this! You won’t find fish like these in the East Blue, but we got TONS of them! You can pull them out of the water all day long!
Cory: So how does that happen?
Fishmonger: Crossing ocean currents bring fish from all the other seas. Logue Town is just in the right place. I’m Sapi, by the way. What’s your name, young man?
Cory: Cory. Nice to meet you. **shakes hands**
Then, we here the shock and awe from the surrounding townspeople.
Andy and Knuckles: Huh?
Behind the Fishmonger we see a big crowd of people in front of a boat.
Fishmonger: Hey, sounds like they caught something good. Let’s go check it out.
Cory: Andy, Knuckles, come on!
Cory, his group, and Sapi go through the crowd to see what was caught.
Sapi: So, what is it? **sees it** WHA!?! HOLY--!!!
We see a large fish, about the size bigger than a surfboard, resembling bluefin tuna, with a small elephant-like trunk for a nose.
Andy: Whoa! What is that!?
Knuckles: Some huge fish!
Sapi: Nice catch! That’s an elephant bluefin tuna!
Fisherman A: That’s right! It probably got mixed in from the South Blue. I got it with just pole and line!
Sapi: Pole and line!?
Cory: Elephant…Bluefin tuna!?
Fisherman A: Okay then, haul it away!
Cory: Wait! Just a sec!
Cory: How much for it!? I’ll buy it off of you!
Fisherman A: What?
Cory: I got money! Please let me buy that tuna!
Fisherman A: I’m sorry, but I can’t sell this one. This fish is going to be the grand prize for the cooking competition. Sorry, kid.
Cory: A prize?
Sapi: That’s right! The annual cooking contest happens today! So, cooks from all over the East Blue will gather here. And this fish is the prize for the victor!
Fisherman A: It is an elephant bluefin tuna after all. Any champion cook would be honored to have it as a prize!
Sapi: If you really want it, then you should enter the contest! You are a cook aren’t ya?
Sapi: Registration is right over there. You should go for it if you want the tuna. I’d hurry up though, it’ll close soon, young man. I’ll see ya! **leaves scene**
The fishermen take the tuna away for the contest.
Displeased from the idea of competing, Cory is in confliction.
Cory: ….Cooking contest, huh?
Andy: Come on, Cory! You should go for it!
Knuckles: Yeah! You’re a great cook! Let’s get that tuna for the guys!
Cory remembers Carmen wanting to challenge him…
Cory: Oh well… **smirks** Let’s do it.
Later, we see some fireworks as the contest is well on its way to start. Sapi appears to be the host for the contest.
Sapi: Welcome to the annual cooking contest! Where famous cooks from all over the East Blue gather here to compete! I, Sapi, as host, would like to welcome you all to the contest!
Behind the big crowd, we find Tails and the others. Tails hovers over to see.
Nami: What a crowd! I wonder what’s going on…
Cream is seen sitting on Steve’s shoulders to see.
Sapi: This year’s grand prize is the rare and amazing elephant bluefin tuna! It’s the gem of the ocean! A miracle food! Who will win this truly, spectacular prize!
Cory sits by the table, awaiting for the contest while Andy and Knuckles hang around.
Andy: You got this, man! I know you’ll win.
Knuckles: We’ll be sure to cheer you on, Cory.
Cory: Thanks, guys.
Carmen: Ahahaha! The winner will be me!
Cory’s ear twitches…
Andy and Knuckle: Huh?
Carmen: I’m so glad you decided to show, Cory!
Carmen is sitting on a fancy chair sided by her apprentices, Leo and Jose.
Carmen: The title of East Blue’s Greatest will be mine! This time, I’ll finally prove my real abilities! This will be fun! I’ve never had REAL competition before.
Cory suddenly is kneeling before Carmen, holding her hand.
Cory (comically amorous): Oh, my Carmen! It’s so good to see you again! **goes for kiss** A kiss for our reunion!
Carmen: Don’t you dare!!
Carmen hits Cory in the face once again with her frying pan.
Andy and Knuckles: Uuggh…
Cory: Yeah, that’s the fiery passion I crave!
Tails and the others walk by in the crowd and spot Cory and his group.
Cory: Hey! Look over there! Cory’s there!
Steve: Andy and Knuckles are there too!
Amy: Really?? That’s awesome!
Chris: I don’t see why not.
Meanwhile after Cory is pushed away by Leo and Jose while the blonde cook blows his kisses.
Tails: Hey, Cory! You guys!
Steve: Over here!
Cory: OH NAMI! YOU CAME! Even you Amy and Cream! You all came here to watch me!?!
Nami: Well we were walking by.
Steve: So what made you enter this contest, Cory?
Cory: When did you guys show up??
Steve (comically mad): WE CALLED YOU OUT FIRST!!!
Andy: Hey, what’s up, guys?
Cream: Mr. Andy! Mr. Knuckles!
Sapi: WHO’S READY TO START THE CONTEST!?! These’re the judges, handpicked including one from our local crowd! Say hello to Sam, who was on his way home to sleep off his daugther’s wedding reception!
Sapi: You ready, Sam?
Sam: Yeah! Let’s go!!
Sapi: The rules are very simple. Each cook will compete each other in blind draw, head-to-head, elimination round! The cook with the highest score wins! The winner of the finals will be the new East Blue champ! First up we have the most easternmost of these seas represented by none other than, Shumai the Lizard! Representing our very own town, we have Brocoli! READY!? LET’S GO!
Tails: So, Cory. Do you really want to be known in the East Blue as No.1 cook??
Cory: Nah, nothing stupid like that. All I’m after is that fish.
Tails: A fish?
Amy: Wow, that fish looks really different from the others.
Nami: That’s a nice lookin’ fish.
Cory: Oh yeah, it is. The hardest part is how am I gonna cook that fish…
Tails and the others: Hm?
We see a montage of all the matches, we of course see Carmen winning her way through the bracket while our cooking hero, Cory does the same as well. His friends cheer him on while Carmen gazes at him with such passion. That same passion is shown as she cooks as well.
Sapi: Now at last! It’s the final match!
Steve: Wow, these people are really excited.
Amy: Yeah, you’re right.
Sapi: With his distinctive skills, we have a young newcomer, Cory for the finals!
Sapi: Facing Cory is a woman of passion and culinary skills, Carmen!
Cory with his comical flirtiness, waves at Carmen.
Sapi: Who will win the glorious elephant bluefin tuna!? Let the finals begin!
Carmen passionately starts to go for carrots.
Carmen (flamboyantly): Time to rinse!
Carmen then starts peeling the carrots rapidly.
Sapi: Carmen’s showing much showmanship she’s doing something relatively simple! Meanwhile her cheerleaders are trying to distract her opponent! How is he doing?
Tails and the others: …!?
Cory is rapidly fileting fish with that cool, collective look on his face.
Sapi: He’s rockin’! The kid’s showing off some amazing skills with a knife!
Carmen (filling up water angrily): ….!
Sapi: While calm and quiet, Cory appears to be preparing some delectable delights!
Cory cracks many eggs in one hand and whisks it up in a bowl.
Cory is so quiet that it actually people to be concerned.
Tails and the others: ….!?
Cory has some flashbacks running in his mind about his dream being impossible to achieve. While at that, Cory goes chopping onions.
Cory: [I know it’s only a theory to this day. The North Blue, South Blue, East Blue and West Blue… They shouldn’t be able to mix because they’re separated by the Red Line continent from north to south. Also the ocean current in the Grand Line goes from east to west. A place where you can find fish from all four seas at once, should be impossible. However…]
Cory starts mixing all the chopped veggies.
Cory: [How do you explain the fish from West Blue winding up here and that tuna? That geezer might not have been telling just stories. I don’t have a choice, I have to look for it in the Grand Line. I’ll find it for sure, the All Blue!]
Cory then starts putting wine into steaks on the frying pan, kicking up some fire.
Tails and the others: !?!
Leo and Jose: !!?!
Sapi: Looks like Cory is moving on to the final steps of his preparations!
Cory is also cooking up some stew as well.
Carmen sets up her plates with such passion.
Sapi: Carmen appears to be almost ready as well. Setting up her plates for her passionate dish!
Andy: GO CORY! YOU GOT THIS!
Knuckles: YEAH GO GET ‘EM!
Sapi: This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Who will win the elephant bluefin tuna!?!
Cory then flips his steaks high into the air.
Cory then catches them via plates with style.
Sapi: My goodness, Cory’s done it!!! Cory’s preparations are complete! And here comes Carmen with her final touches!
-- Sapi: The dishes are all complete! Who will win!?! It’s all up to the judges!
Tails: AWESOME, CORY!
Amy: WAYDA GO, CORY! WOO!
Later, we find the judges having to cast their vote. One judge speaks on their behalf.
Judge: Well then, here goes. The winner of this year’s cooking championship is…Cor-!
Tails and the others: !!?!
Carmen stands up and has Cory in her sights.
Carmen calmly walks up to the young cook.
Leo and Jose: Huh?
Carmen: I can’t forgive myself…
Carmen: I can’t believe I thought I could beat you…!
Carmen (holding back tears): I watched you cook when you were young. You seem driven even back then. They wouldn’t let me in the kitchen like you. And that made me so resentful…! But… I’ve trained so hard for five years, that’s why I wanted to find you and show you what I’ve learned! But after all this time, you’ve only gotten better. I don’t know what made thought that I could beat you!
Leo and Jose: ….!
Carmen: The truth is…You beat me. You're the one who cooks with true passion! Your dishes are delicious! You ARE the No. 1 cook in the East Blue, Cory.
Judge (grins): Hm…
Cory: Heh….**stands up, now comically amorous** CARMEN! That’s the best compliment anyone’s ever given me!
Leo: DON’T YOU DARE!!!
Leo intercepts Cory with a frying pan to the face.
Cory: !!!...**kicks Leo away, comically mad** WHAT WAS THAT FOR!!?!
Leo crashes into a bunch of plates and utensils…
Carmen: I’m forfeiting this round. Prepare for the next time we meet. I won’t lose to you again.
Cory: Well. If it’s a challenge from you, then it is my pleasure to accept it.
Leo and Jose: ….!!
Tails and the others: Hahaha!
Sapi: Heheheh, that kid… AND THE WINNER IS, CORY!!!
Tails and the others: ALRIGHT!!!!
Later, we see the group has expanded with Tails and the others, including Cory’s, walking together.
Nami: Wow, that was fun! I don’t know why but I love contests!
Cream: They really are fun!
Andy and Cory are carrying the giant fish.
Cory: [Man, an actual elephant bluefin tuna in my hands! I wonder what it tastes like. I’m gonna use the fins for stock. But what about the ears? Hah, I just can’t wait to cook it!]
Nami appears to have sensed something.
Steve: Huh? Nami? What’s up?
Nami: It’s the air.
Steve: The air?
Nami: It’s going to rain.
Tails: Wait, but it’s so nice.
Nami: There’s no doubt. Let’s hurry.
Steve: Huh? Wait!
Meanwhile, Sonic and the others are walking together in the city…
Sonic: I’m just about done walking. I’m gonna see that platform.
Kyo: Wait! What about that Marine officer!?
Sonic: Heh, don’t worry. I got this.
Sonic takes off in usual fashion.
Kyo: So--! ….Please be careful.
Mark: He’s Sonic. Don’t worry so much, Kyo.
Later, Sonic reaches to the town square with the platform.
Sonic: Heheh. I’m back.
Meanwhile in an alleyway…
Cabaji: I found him! This way!
Buggy: Are you sure!?
Now at Marine Base…
Smoker: He’s there now!?
Sirian Marine A: Yes, sir! As you ordered, we were watching the square and he just showed up out of nowhere!
Buggy: Let’s go flashily.
Buggy and his men march towards the square. Smoker makes his move as well…
Smoker: [So, he finally showed up. Took’em long enough.]
The Pirate Woman from earlier walks down to the square, while wielding a large iron club with a smirk on her beautiful face.
Pirate Woman: …
Sonic: Alright! So this is what the Pirate King Gold Roger saw before he died!
Sonic is finally on top of the platform looking out to the scenery.
- To be continued…