At another InterHigh track event, Yamato is still thinking about Suzuka. He remembers what Suzuka’s sister told him about Kazuki, the guy who she still admires. Miyamoto even comes over and affirms how great Kazuki was at running and how much Suzuka liked him. After making a bit of a scene, Yamato proclaims that he’ll become Japan’s top athlete. To do that however, he still has to best the reigning champion Arima, who is also at this track meet. Yamato wins his race with an impressive time of 10.81 seconds, but the record held by Arima is an even lower 10.46 seconds. In the end, Miki tells Suzuka that Yamato beat even Arima to be number one in another race with a time of 10.66 seconds. However, when Suzuka goes to congratulate him, he’s less than happy because he placed second in the overall standings. Suzuka tries to console him, but Yamato won’t settle for anything less than first place.
Like I mentioned before, I’m not a big fan of the track and field parts of this series. Suzuka and Yamato may grow slightly closer, but the overall plot isn’t affected too much. Couple that with crappy animation, and this is quite a forgettable episode. In fact, there are a lot of zooming shots and weird angles this episode, when they probably should have just focused on drawing the people correctly. My hopes for all the final episodes to be top notch are diminishing, but I’ve still got my fingers crossed that the last two episodes will be really good. Next week should be the continuation of the track stuff. I’m wondering if they’ll include the Nana and Honoka scene, since the outcome of that doesn’t occur till much later in the manga. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s ok; I’ll mention it again next week depending on whether or not they decide to include the scene.