Ro-Kyu-Bu SS – 09
「Don’t wanna cry 泣きたくない…」 (Don’t Wanna Kurai Nakitakunai…)
“Don’t Wanna Cry”
A challenge from Masami ends up bringing the girls together like never before. A very heartwarming episode.
Becoming A Real Team
This actually turned out being a quite heartwarming episode. I started out grumbling about how focused on revenge Masami and the twins are, but Masami’s challenge ended up being exactly what was needed to bring the girls together. First of all, I liked how they finally revealed that Masami actually sees Saki as an onee-san, even if she won’t admit it – I suspected something like this was going on, but they introduced it in full force just in time (though I could have done with a little foreshadowing in previous episodes). I did really enjoy the duality of the imagery (yes, that’s a statement I just said) in Saki holding her hand out to Masami first when she was little, and then during the events of this episode. And when Masami started to cry right before that… *sniffles* It really was heartwarming to see all the girls working together, and Masami telling Saki that they would come to practice the next day.
Oppai, Oppai, Bath Time!
I’ll admit, the fanservice was a little too unsubtle this episode. Sure, I laughed when the girls started groping Aoi’s chest – and especially when Natsuhi got KO’d before he got to see the glorious scene – but it was so abrupt, and the shrimp going down Airi’s shirt + the whole bath scene seemed a little unnecessary. I will say though, I enjoyed watching how all the girls “coupled” off, and actually got along really well with their former rivals – especially Maho and the twins, who were playing in the bath like the genki bakas they all are.
The Opponents They Need
I look forward to Ashihara Rena’s (Hasegawa Akiko) defeat. Not only does she taunt the twins after a crushing defeat, but she ruins Masami’s dish and she doesn’t even have the decency to apologize? What a snot-nosed little brat! Which is good characterization, by the way, because that’s exactly the kind of thing someone her age would say, but it still makes me look forward to her getting curbstomped. And what do you know, but Suzuridani is the first team they have to defeat to advance to nationals! They’re exactly the opponent that the 5th and 6th graders needed to become a real team. I look forward to finally seeing some matches where they swap players, show off new tactics, and above all, crush that little brat!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – After the Suzuridani brat ruins Masami’s dish, the girls finally come together. Next up, regionals! #rokyubu 09
- Mimi calls Tomoka shishou, hng~
- It feels like Masami’s father never spoke to her because they didn’t want to pay for a seiyuu to voice him.
- I like how the girls coupled off, but since Maho took two girls for herself, Airi just sort of floated around. Poor Airi, FOREVER ALONE!