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OP Sequence

Basquash!   OP1.5   01 Basquash!   OP1.5   02 Basquash!   OP1.5   03
Basquash!   OP1.5   04 Basquash!   OP1.5   05 Basquash!   OP1.5   06
Basquash!   OP1.5   07 Basquash!   OP1.5   08 Basquash!   OP1.5   09

OP: 「nO limiT」 by 戸松遥, 中島愛, 早見沙織 (Tomatsu Haruka, Nakajima Megumi, Hayami Saori)
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The updated OP sequence doesn’t make me like the song any more, but it does get me a lot more excited about the series. There are less shots taken from the episodes themselves and more character shots that hint at each person’s background or story, especially Iceman and Sela. The Eclipse girls also come off looking much cooler than they did in the previous OP sequence and episodes.

Basquash!   04   01 Basquash!   04   02 Basquash!   04   03
Basquash!   04   04 Basquash!   04   05 Basquash!   04   06
Basquash!   04   07 Basquash!   04   08 Basquash!   04   09
Basquash!   04   10 Basquash!   04   11 Basquash!   04   12
Basquash!   04   13 Basquash!   04   14 Basquash!   04   15
Basquash!   04   16 Basquash!   04   17 Basquash!   04   18
Basquash!   04   19 Basquash!   04   20 Basquash!   04   21
Basquash!   04   22 Basquash!   04   23 Basquash!   04   24
Basquash!   04   25 Basquash!   04   26 Basquash!   04   27
Basquash!   04   28 Basquash!   04   29 Basquash!   04   30

Summary:

Haruka turns out to be not so interested in Dan himself but rather in his feet. Regardless, she offers to set him up with another match against Iceman, and she visits Sela to present the same offer. In the meantime, Dan and Sela continue their delivery businesses without their Bigfoots which are still being repaired, and when they run into each other, Sela gets Dan to play her in a one-on-one match. Dan again tries to dunk on her, but she blocks him and makes a jump shot to win. Afterward, she asks Dan about his dunk obsession, but he won’t reveal anything other than how he thinks that dunks are great. Sela feels that if that’s all, then he can’t beat her. Meanwhile, Haruka – who is actually a famous shoe designer – finds Iceman and proposes a three-way match between him, Sela, and Dan. She has also realized that Miyuki’s grandfather has been following her around, and when she confronts him, she reveals that she knows that he’s actually Professor Soichi Ayukawa.

It turns out that Haruka has blueprints for special shoes for the Bigfoots, and she’s begun promoting the match that’ll start at the junkyard where Miyuki is currently working. Dan finds out about this from Coco who also brings him some food after she sees him mumbling hungrily while sleeping outside her door. After eating, he tosses a can at Spanky and notices how it ricochets around the room, giving him an idea on how to win. He thus spends the hours leading up to the match putting up green panels around the city. When the time comes, Dan is still working, so Sela and Iceman start without him. All three Bigfoots have been outfitted with Haruka’s shoes, and their goal is to either be the last one standing or to make a basket. Iceman takes control of the basketball early on, but Dan eventually arrives and draws his attention. Dan manages to avoid Iceman’s attack and takes the ball after it ricochets into the spot he had set up. Now that he has the ball, Dan throws it towards one of the panels and gets the ball to bounce around the block until it comes back to hit Iceman. Watching all this from high above the city is Flora who continues to be enchanted by what’s going on.

Preview

Basquash!   04   Preview 01 Basquash!   04   Preview 02 Basquash!   04   Preview 03

On the whole, this was a decent episode with some nice action, and I’m glad that Dan finally used his head to win since it’s kind of hard to root for a main character who’s a complete idiot. Haruka having a foot fetish was amusing as well and not all that shocking when compared to how Sela turned out to be a masochist. The problem I had with this episode was that, once we found out that Haruka was a shoe designer, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this is all just one giant shoe commercial for Nike. It’s one thing for Nike to have helped design the shoes, but it’s going overboard when the Swoosh is everywhere, they make special note of the giant Nike boxes, and Dan acts so amazed at how great the grip is on the shoes during the three-way match. Now granted, I’m not going to stop watching just because of the blatant product placement, especially not after the new OP scenes renewed my interest in the show, but it’s certainly distracting and I can only hope that it’s toned down a bit as the series moves forward.

April 29, 2009 at 5:37 am
21 comments »
  • April 29, 2009 at 5:49 amGorgie

    hurray for Booby-footjob!

  • April 29, 2009 at 5:51 am7

    win ep

  • April 29, 2009 at 6:07 amCrazyguy

  • April 29, 2009 at 6:22 amForwho

    I thought the whole gushing about the shoes having great grip is Nike trying to reach out to Otakus. XD Then again, I’m a sucker for basketball and I like Nike, so I will definitely continue watching this show! Unless the fanservice gets too irritating and frequent and the story is brainless. Urm.

    Why does the updated OP sequence make you not like the song anymore but renew your interest in the show? D: That’s…funny.

  • April 29, 2009 at 6:42 amShiroiRyu

    I think he would say the new OP sequence not made him to like more the song.
    And with the new sequence, i love more this anime. :)

  • April 29, 2009 at 7:32 amWittyPhantom

    Your crazy…..thinking its a Nike commercial….hhhhmmmm I think I need some new shoes…..I might buy some Nike….

    O___o must buy Nike……

  • April 29, 2009 at 7:51 amNinja Penguin

    Look on the bright side, there is no Pizza Hut this time. :D

  • April 29, 2009 at 7:53 amAnime Junkie

    I think the chances of toning down the Nike Swoosh logo is slim when compared to the chances of increasing it instead. I don’t think Nike’s involvement is just limited to shoe design for the anime but I’m inclined to thin they must also have been a very big sponser for the production of the anime.

  • April 29, 2009 at 8:17 amMasiro

    me thinks JAALIN has found a rival or at least a solemate….a female podophile.

    With lunar boobs even…

  • April 29, 2009 at 8:59 amAndré

    It was a official Nike commercial?

    I saw the logo, but I thought that it was just a reference to the real world.And it was only for 1 second (or less). I really did not notice the ‘commercial’ thing.

  • April 29, 2009 at 9:39 amNeko

    I’ve watched all 4 episodes and I’m still having problems just digesting the universe this anime takes place in. The monster/pet companions I understand and acept but why are the human/people aspect so lobsided? By my take everyone is prepty much normal compared to the typical Earth standard human but whats up with Flora and Sela acting super human?

  • April 29, 2009 at 10:25 amPeter Rice

    Looks like each of the characters have their own tragedy Dan, Sela, Iceman and coco this could be very interesting as to why they are on earth land or whatever when they are supposed to be on the moon and i have this feeling that the moon is not all its rumored to be (perfect world)but i want to know how Dan is going accomplish that. since he wants to see his sister walk again.

  • April 29, 2009 at 12:48 pmDuran

    Well the theories of Nike being a sponsor is possible, and Basketball and Nike go hand in hand. I’d laugh if the most legendary player of the game resembles Michael Jordan.

  • April 29, 2009 at 1:02 pmNamu-chan

    On a completely different note, is it just me, or has Miyuki been out-fanserviced since episode 2? It seems Sela and Haruka have pretty much overshadowed her basketball boobs and her character. I really like Miyuki, so I hope she becomes more important in some way.

    Ehh, the Nike doesn’t bother me, mostly because I’m too stupid to recognize the blatant product promotion (These shoes have nice grip!) right away.

  • April 29, 2009 at 3:32 pmvaldor

    c’mon, pizza hut, remember?

  • April 29, 2009 at 3:34 pmKaioshin Sama

    @Ninja Penguin: Product placement is still product placement.

  • April 29, 2009 at 7:17 pmjaalin

    MY KIND OF GIRL

  • April 29, 2009 at 9:26 pmMinnie

    This anime seems fun. Maybe that is why my fellow blogger likes it so much. XD I should really pick it up again even though I don’t like fanservice. I’m glad to hear the main character is using his head more. ^^

    http://heysayanime.kokidokom.net

  • April 30, 2009 at 9:18 amRauzes

    Sela will prolly be: Not the biological daughter of her “dad”, so at her mom’s funeral, thrown away by her dad.

    I also predict the other 3 people from the moon to be named after seasons too

  • April 30, 2009 at 9:23 pmShadow_Strider

    At least Dan wasn’t completely pathetic in this episode like he was in episodes 2 and 3.

  • May 7, 2009 at 4:50 amJoe

    Dude I Guarantee SELA IS FROM THE MOON. She is very similiar in appearance to the one lunar character weve seen, and her past seems open to new plot lines.

    Since she didn’t grow up on th emoon though her boobs didn’t go lunar…how sad.