The official Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma website confirmed that Risa Taneda will not reprise her role as Erina Nakiri for the third season. Hisako Kanemoto, who voiced Erina in last year’s Jump Special Anime Festa and the Totsuki Juuketsu OAD, will keep the role until further notice.
Taneda’s talent agency recently announced that she no longer needs treatment for a throat issue and that she will gradually return to voice work. Many fans assumed that Tanada would reprise her role as Erina, but Office Ozawa and the Food Wars! production committee felt it would be best for Tanada to focus on her health. Recording sessions for a TV anime can last for at least three months, which could harm Tanada’s health if she isn’t fully healthy.
It may be disappointing for fans since Taneda has been on hiatus for a full year, but she is still recovering from an unspecified throat issue. Taneda’s official comeback date is yet to be determined.