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「諦めませんか」 (Akiramemasenka)
“Why Don’t We Try Giving Up?”

This episode left me with some really mixed feelings after a roller coaster of events. Also, a lot of characters made this face –> :o

The Unbreakable Emperor Eye

After weeks and weeks of watching Akashi do whatever he wanted, it felt undeniably good to watch him get completely shut down on both offense and defense. Unable to force his will on our favorite duo Kagami and Kuroko, I distinctly remembering a sense of elation just flowing all over me when he realized things weren’t going to go as he planned. Genius or not, there’s no way you’ll be able to beat a combination of Kagami’s raw skill and Kuroko’s natural ability to feel the flow of his teammates. With Kagami creating tiny opportunities for Kuroko to play off of, it was simply amazing watching the two defeat what everyone believed was unbeatable.

Kuroko’s Basketball

As short as it was, there’s no way I couldn’t take a moment to highlight Kuroko’s spectacular play this week. Using his own skills to empower Kagami, who would have ever thought that Kuroko would be the one who’d steal all of Akashi’s thunder? If anything, I think Kuroko finally demonstrated to the guy that his style of basketball will (hopefully) reign supreme. So yeah, good on you Kuroko! Keep going and keep reminding everyone else just why the show is named after you.

The Other Akashi

I’m probably the last person who’d ever feel any kind of sympathy for the asshat known as Akashi, but I just couldn’t help feel a bit of pity for the guy after getting a glimpse of how things work inside of that analytical head of his. Even though we only got the briefest of explanations about his mom, it’s clear that she was someone very important to him. Giving him basketball as a place to escape his rigorous life, it really puts some perspective behind some of his decisions during his Teiko days. From turning into a tyrannical dictator to giving everyone little games to keep their attention from waning, it’s tough to blame him for doing whatever he could to prevent losing the one place he could truly enjoy himself.

What surprised me the most though, is the fact that the “other” Akashi is actually the (in my opinion) cooler and more well-rounded one. Seeing Akashi end the episode with a true smile on his face was probably one of the creepiest things I’ve seen. Creepy in the sense that it was such an honest smile that it makes you go “That can’t be the same person who I’ve been watching play basketball for the past 4 or 5 episodes.” But you know what the best thing of the whole inner monologue was? The fact that it looks like the basketball which Kuroko plays has finally penetrated the final member of the Generation of Miracles.

Looking Ahead

With the score basically all tied up and the other Akashi back in-charge, it looks like next week is going to jam packed with action. Seeing how Akashi is actually going to utilize his skilled teammates instead of trying to handle everything himself, it looks like Seirin won’t be able to let up their guard for even a moment. What’s I’m hoping for though, is that somewhere before the game ends, we get to see Akashi turn into a character we can all really like. Just like all the Generation of Miracles before him, it looks like his transition from cocky jerk to lovable oaf is slowly coming. But even if that doesn’t happen, we still have Kagami unlocking the second gate to look forward too!

See you next week!

 

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June 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm
50 comments »
  • June 14, 2015 at 8:13 pmMiyuki

    I’m probably the last person who’d ever feel any kind of sympathy for the asshat known as Akashi

    Awww…come on…It’s not his fault that he developed split personality…and he will become more likeable IMO (his true ability is amazing).
    I love the additional scene of Akashi and his alter ego. It makes things even more intense. Akashi is the most vulnerable amongst them and I’d love to protect him.
    Now, looking forward the next episode….

    Random thought: Where’s the ED card?

  • June 14, 2015 at 8:37 pmrandom viewer

    • June 15, 2015 at 7:52 amesdesu

      “Who knew Akashi was this brittle a player?”

      Akashi was so insecure and barely anyone saw it. And since Akashi is now reverting back to his old ways, doesn’t that mean Kuroko has accomplished his goal? If I recall correctly in Teiko arc, he wanted the GoM to acknowledge and accept his ideals of how basktetball should be played, which is all about teamwork.

    • June 16, 2015 at 2:53 amAschente

      Kagami is is so close to opening the 2nd gate. We might see Zone 2.0 next episode! Can’t wait.

    • June 16, 2015 at 2:56 pmThomas

      Even if Akashi’s backstory could be considered cliche, it was still pretty sad. And we finally have a glimpse of the zone beyond the zone.

  • June 14, 2015 at 8:55 pmKuroko hype \o/ captain

    That moment when Akashi realizes he is not ”absolute”. =D
    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2011.jpg

    I really liked Akashi’s backstory. It seems he was close to his Mom as a kid. It’s hard not to feel a bit of sympathy after knowing the struggles he has gone through to meet his Dad’s expectations that led him to become the person he is now.
    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2026.jpg

    • June 15, 2015 at 5:02 amTresBien!

      What a revelation this episode has been. Who knew Akashi could be so fragile? It was sad seeing the strong and absolute Akashi so broken. But it was for the best. Better for him to learn about defeat early on in his life than later.

      I wanted more background on Akashi’s parents, particularly his relationship with his father seeing as how he is the biggest influence in Akashi’s life and the cause for his split personality.

      • June 15, 2015 at 11:21 amturf

        He got broken too easily though. He shouldn’t be that fragile.

      • June 15, 2015 at 12:48 pmWarriorsHeart

        Accomplished people are usually the ones who fall the hardest.

      • June 16, 2015 at 10:01 amTresBien!

        He’s fragile because Akashi has never fought from a losing position. He always has the upper hand, and it takes a different kind of mentality to come back when you’re losing. Being proven wrong when you’ve been right your whole life can be extremely damaging.

    • June 15, 2015 at 11:33 amJames

      The show has been on a roll since last week!

      Akashi no Basket was good while it lasted but we are now back to Kuroko no Basket. Kuroko was pulling off some pretty smart plays. It was great to see Kagami and Kuroko working together to shut down the emperor eye.

      http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2006.jpg

      • June 16, 2015 at 4:59 amYuri

        This was the greatest KnB episode this season. So much shit happened in the span of 20 minutes.

  • June 14, 2015 at 9:54 pmReikakou

    My jaw dropped several times this episode. Love it when I read it on the manga but absolutely love it more with it was animated. Only thing that are left to animate is…

    Show Spoiler ▼

    The animation was top notch from start to finish. Kudos to Production IG. Keep it up when you guys finally animate season 2 of Haikyuu! (if there’s one).

  • June 14, 2015 at 10:01 pmSilke

    The silhouette of the gatekeeper clearly belongs to Kuroko based on the hair color. Looking forward to more explanation on this.
    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2005.jpg

    Oreshi is back! Gotta say, Akashi and Kuroko’s backstory are the saddest in the series. (◕︵◕)
    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2033.jpg

    • June 15, 2015 at 9:28 ampotatogurl

      Akashi’s smile at the end is so creepy. >.< But yay! The real Akashi's back!

      • June 16, 2015 at 4:58 amYuri

        Seeing Akashi smile made me smile as well.

    • June 15, 2015 at 11:53 amchibi-killua

      “I am Akashi Seijuro.”

      The misunderstood, calculative, and driven captain of Rakuzan. It seems like the real Akashi is back and stronger than ever before. The episode explains so much about Akashi that he finally grew on me.

      And not sure if anyone noticed but there were some slight changes in the opening for this ep.

    • June 15, 2015 at 12:09 pmviolet

      That was just damn sad seeing Akashi mentally crumble and learning about his childhood past. Him not having the time to fun, high expectations all his life and the death of his mother must have really messed with his psyche.

    • June 16, 2015 at 2:56 amAschente

      Tbh, I was a bit torn. On one hand, I was so happy to see Akashi’s face of defeat when he lost against Kagami and Kuroko, but on the other hand, I felt sorry for him.

  • June 14, 2015 at 10:29 pmjagg

    Wait so in the ending both of Akashi’s eyes have the same color, so is this the normal Akashi? Does it mean that all this time it was the crazy Akashi who was in control?

    • June 14, 2015 at 10:52 pmReikakou

      I didn’t actually noticed that his eyes changed color when Akashi reverted to his true self in the manga.

      Anyways, yeah. Since that one loss from Murasabaki, it was Akashi 2.0 who was in control up until now when the original Akashi took over again.

    • June 15, 2015 at 4:25 amBrian

      He is now the Akashi before he fought Murasakibara in middle school.

    • June 15, 2015 at 8:00 amesdesu

      The 2 Akashis:

      ORESHI
      - normal red eyes
      - uses ”Ore” as a pronoun & addresses friends by last name
      - try to convince Amomine and Murasakibara to show up during practice during Tekio arc

      BOKUSHI
      - heterochromia eyes
      - uses ”Boku” as a pronoun & uses the first names of his teammates
      - forgets teamwork and encourages team members to compete against each other

      After Bokushi’s loss in this episode, Akashi has reverted back to Oreshi, his original ”self”

  • June 14, 2015 at 10:54 pmMormegil

    What? But his eyes! That makes no sense. How could they just go back to being the same color?

    • June 15, 2015 at 4:49 amTresBien!

      As I mentioned in a previous episode, I interpret his heterochromia as more of a symbolic rather than a physical change to represent Akashi’s split personality. It’s the same thing as the lightning eyes and aura present when they’re in the zone. It’s simply an easy way for the audience to distinguish which Akashi is taking over or when the character is in the zone but it’s not actually there.

  • June 14, 2015 at 11:02 pmRichie Kim

    Oh yeah! Now that’s what I’m talking about: Kuroko’s Quasi Emperor Eye!

    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%2012.jpg

  • June 14, 2015 at 11:26 pmAomine the Ace

    Holy shit! Outstanding episode. It was satisfying to see the Absolute Emperor get dunked on. I’ve been waiting to see him owned by Seirin. And good job on Mayuzumi for calling him out for his pompousness.

    Animation is top notch this episode. As good as the Kagami versus Aomine zone fight of Season 2.

    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2017.jpg

  • June 15, 2015 at 12:49 amWarriorsHeart

    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2012.jpg

    This is my favourite part of the match. It’s great to see Kuroko being the first person to trip up Akashi.

  • June 15, 2015 at 1:58 amKaz

    The animation quality, the fast break, the animation quality, the pass to kuroko, kuroko’s ignite pass and Kagami’s dunk! Oh, did I mention the animation quality??? \(^_^)/

    • June 15, 2015 at 8:59 amHeike

      The anime executed Akashi’s breakdown so much better than the manga. Great animation quality indeed. I really liked Akashi confronting his alter ego.

  • June 15, 2015 at 4:16 amKaye

    The more Akashi screws up, the more kawaii he gets. Oreshi and Bokushi. <3
    http://randomc.net/image/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke/Kuroko%20no%20Basuke%203%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2030.jpg

  • June 15, 2015 at 4:33 amBrian

    So Aomine complaining about having no worthy opponent was actually a lie. Zone Kagami could barely keep up with Zone Aomine in Season 2 while Kagami needed Kuroko’s help in this match to score against Akashi. His zone wasn’t enough. It is clear who is the stronger player here.

    • June 15, 2015 at 8:04 amRaiu

      Yep. Clearly.

      It’s Kagami.

      Because he’s the only one who could open the second door of the Zone. And you’d be surprise what’s the requirement for that that Aomine could never hope to obtain in his lifetime.

      Show Spoiler ▼

      Well Aomine would probably reach it in the next arc after this anyway since he’s Show Spoiler ▼

      • June 15, 2015 at 9:48 amWarriorsHeart

        I’d say Kagami lacks a bit without Kuroko.

      • June 15, 2015 at 6:34 pmTakaii

        I read the spoilers.

        I’d be so down if we got to see that next match ;__;

      • June 15, 2015 at 11:24 pmRaiu

        We have long ways to go Takaii. It’still ongoing. The manga is just on the second quarter. And its not a weekly coverage. Hopefully Haikyuu would fill the lull though I think there’s no sports anime showing in July.

  • June 15, 2015 at 6:19 amHitler-kun

    Rakuzan team’s reaction after Akashi’s screw up. No sympathy whatsoever. I guess you reap what you sow, Akashi?

  • June 15, 2015 at 4:08 pmemd23

    It was a great adaptation, but they cut my favorite part.

    When the Real Akashi is giving his speech, he says that he was hoping the GoM would beat him. He includes Kuroko in this group.

    No one EVER includes Kuroko in the GoM until after he spanks a former member os it was a nice moment that his Captain always counted him as one of them.

    • June 15, 2015 at 6:35 pmTakaii

      Like I said in the post, I’m starting to dig Akashi. Just like all the GoM before him, I can’t wait to see what really makes Akashi tick.

      • June 15, 2015 at 10:50 pmRaiu

        Show Spoiler ▼

    • June 16, 2015 at 8:41 amGlutton

      Show Spoiler ▼

  • June 15, 2015 at 9:10 pmberrish17

    Child Akashi <3

    • June 16, 2015 at 8:36 amGlutton

      What!!! No naked Akashi? :O