The three-way game between Dan, Iceman, and Sela ends prematurely when the police arrive. Haruka forces Dan to leave, and she later decides to have the three of them team up for street basketball games. For that, she takes their Bigfoots for some upgrades, and she sets up a match against a team called the Worst. Meanwhile, Flora runs away from home and goes back to Rollingtown. Without her entourage, Flora has to fend for herself, but she runs into Coco and is given a piece of bread. Coco then runs into Dan, and he tries to talk with her, but she largely ignores him and advises that he should worry about a bigger future.
Afterward, Spanky leads Dan to the warehouse where the upgrades are being done, and Dan gets to try out the new controls of his Bigfoot. The Worst are there too, as are Sela and Iceman, so they decide to start their three-on-three match right then and there. Word quickly spreads across town of the street basketball game going on, and Dan, Sela, and Iceman outplay the Worst. Dan ultimately uses the statue on the top of city hall as a hoop, and as he makes the shot, he dubs it Basquash. He also declares that the next goal is the moon, and unbeknownst to him, his actions are being watched by two people on the moon.
I really want to like this series, but something about it just keeps bothering me. I know I mentioned how the blatant shoe advertising was distracting last week, and while there was a little more of that in this week’s episode, that wasn’t it. I think my problem with the overall show is that they’re not satisfactorily resolving what they portray to be important parts of the plot and are pushing forward a bit too quickly. We began the series with Dan obsessed about his little sister’s injury and against Bigfoot Basketball, but somehow that went away and it’s all about the game now. Then we had all this stuff about the three-way match, but somehow Haruka magically ropes everyone into playing on the same team. And it’s not that there aren’t reasons for these things happening (for example, Dan playing in order to reach the moon so that Coco’s legs can be healed), it’s that they’re being marginalized in favor of other stuff, like the basketball/basquash aspects, so instead of everything flowing, it feels like they’re jumping from plot point to plot point or action situation to action situation. I’m still not quite sure how Iceman ended up on the same side as Dan.
On the other hand, I remain curious about what direction they take with all this moon stuff, particularly in regard to the mysterious characters shown at the end of this episode. Flora’s involvement is finally making for an interesting subplot as well, and the production quality of course remains a strong point. In short, I’m still planning on continuing watching and am hoping that things will improve and I’ll feel better about this series in the long run.