「その 栄光の勝利を目指して…」 (Sono Eikou no Shouri wo Mezashite…)
“Aiming for that Glorious Victory…”
At a Glance:
In preparation for the 3-on-3 charity mini soccer tournament tomorrow, Aika brings Akari and Alice out to practice, even though they’re unaware that they’re participating. Despite the two of them not having much confidence in their athletic abilities, Aika explains that exercise is important for undines as well. After convincing Akari that the ball is her friend, and using the fact that she’s good at making friends, Aika is able to teach her how to properly receive a pass. Aika then gets fired up, but notices Alice’s lack of enthusiasm, so she gets her to practice projecting her voice by calling out “Gondola coming through!” Aika then proposes a play between the three of them that has Alice finishing up with a shot on net. Screaming “Gondola coming through!” over and over again, Alice chases after Akari’s hard lead pass and takes a really hard shot on net, powered by her glowing orange socks. Surprised that it went in, Alice starts to get some confidence and Aika starts thinking that they can not only win tomorrow’s tournament, but also aim to be professional soccer players. The next day though, they get eliminated in the first match and realize that one day of practice isn’t enough. Aika however gets motivated about next year’s tournament already.
I decided to include a full streaming video of the picture drama this time around given how short they are. This “episode” was particularly amusing and I don’t think it would’ve come across nearly as well if you didn’t hear Aika screaming at the top of her lungs for yourself. “Gondola Torimasu!” I also couldn’t help but laugh at Alice’s socks turning Orange Planet Super Saiyan too, which reminded me of the amazingly awesome Stephen Chow movie, Shaolin Soccer. (i.e. Dragon Ball Z meets soccer, Chinese shaolin style.) Aside from that, I chuckled at the reference to Bamboo Blade here, with Aika saying that Alice is good at kendo, but Alice saying that she has her mistaken for someone else. For those of you who have seen Bamboo Blade, Alice’s seiyuu, Hirohashi Ryou, also plays Kawazoe Tamaki.