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After Souma's turn in block A of the autumn preliminaries, the standings were thus:

block A rankings

As you can see, there's a tie for fourth between Marui and Ibusaki. It was mentioned in episode 23 that if there were to be a tie that affects who passes the preliminaries, the judges would vote to determine who passes and who doesn't.

So I figure they must have voted on whether Marui or Ibusaki would be the fourth contestant from block A - but which one of them won the vote? During the after-party, Yoshino mentions that Ibusaki was probably sulking in his room, so I guess maybe Marui won? But nobody seemed to explicitly acknowledge that Marui had made it through, so I'm a bit confused.

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Another contestant beat them both with an unrevealed curry dish that scored 91 points. Who it is was not revealed until later... it would seem that someone in the Elite Ten put him there for a reason.

  • Oh. That's weird. In the manga, was that contestant's existence at least revealed by the end of the preliminaries and/or was it pointed out that neither Ibusaki nor Marui passed the prelims? There's nothing in the anime through the end of episode 24 to suggest that this other contestant even exists. – senshin Oct 28 '15 at 4:28
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    He intentionally bumped into Souma on his way to the judges' table during the Preliminary Round (after Souma and Akira's showdown), but they don't officially meet until the second day of the Main Tournament. – кяαzєя Oct 28 '15 at 4:32

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