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Suzuka – 08

Quickie Summary:
Yamato finds that being on the track team is hard work. Exhausted after practice, he meets Hashiba Miki, a first year who really looks up to Suzuka. As the days go by, Honoka watches the track team and Yamato. She longs to be with him, but isn’t sure what to do. While in the bathhouse where Yamato lives, she learns from Yuuka that he likes Suzuka. The news puts her in a daze, so stumbles around until she opens the wrong door and gives Yamato a full view of her body. Yamato walks her home afterwords, and they eat some croquettes together. Honoka makes up her mind and joins the track team as a manager. Suzuka, on the other hand, has taken a very disdainful tone to everything Yamato does. However, after failing a jump one afternoon, she remembers all the happy times she’s spent with him.

I didn’t really like these chapters in the manga (though the bathhouse scene was quite ecchi), but I do like this episode of the anime. The reason is because these are part of a relatively boring set of chapters in the manga, but they shine rather well in the anime compared to previous episodes. The animation was significantly better, being fairly consistant throughout. I particularly liked the way the episode ended: they didn’t cut any corners and managed to capture the beauty of the scene (music was a nice addition).
Miki is a fun, playful character (and also Mentar’s favorite). We have already begun to see that she’s a good friend to both Yamato and Suzuka. She’s quite different from the shy and reserved Honoka (who happens to be my favorite). But this episode also showed some changes in Honoka’s behavior as she makes up her mind to join the track team in order to spend more time with Yamato. It’s a shame that next week’s going to be a Suzuka-centric episode. It’s titled 写真 (Photograph), so I bet you can guess what it’s about.
Closing Thought: In the course of writing this entry, I typed “Manaka” instead of “Yamato” not once, but twice. Freudian slip, perhaps…

August 24, 2005 at 6:54 pm
  • August 24, 2005 at 8:19 pmJenny

    summary please!!

  • August 24, 2005 at 8:20 pmOmni

    Done :)
    (Pure coincidence that you commented right as I was about to publish the summary)

  • August 24, 2005 at 8:22 pmJenny

    wow that really was a coincidence anyways thanks for the summary

    Jenny Chau

  • August 24, 2005 at 8:23 pmAnza

    Things are picking up, the last ep was so boring…

  • August 25, 2005 at 5:26 amMentar

    Hehehe :)

    Episode 8 was really good, an unexpected treat since I didn’t care for the manga chapters all that much. But they handled things very well. Also, Miki’s seiyuu was a wonderful choice (a key decision for me), so we’re set up all right for things going on ^_^

  • August 26, 2005 at 3:43 amWahiah

    Do you know if the 9th episode will be aired next week

    or Is it gonna be after 3 weeks like Full Metal Panic TSR

  • August 26, 2005 at 10:29 amOmni

    Suzuka doesn’t air on WOWOW as its primary station (TV Tokyo instead). Episode 09 will air next week (August 31st).