“I Believed in Him”
It’s a fake within a fake – I see Kuroko’s been watching some Inception… Those last few seconds of the game were certainly mind-blowing, and it took a couple seconds for it to register since it was a much more low-key than the end I expected to the tense Shuutoku vs. Seirin match. Kuroko’s move might seem like a deus ex machina, but I have to say I prefer this over some magical power-up on Kagami’s part – as good as he is, he’s no superhuman, and I appreciate that the show acknowledges he still has a ways to go in becoming the best player in Japan. On the other hand, if Kuroko’s maneuver in the final moments of the game are looked at more closely, it’s easy to see how much sense it makes. He’s played with Midorima through middle school so it’s no stretch to say Kuroko would know the ins and outs of how the shooter plays, just as Midorima knows how Kuroko operates (although probably not as well as Kuroko knows him); it becomes more of a mind-game then, to utilize the thought process of the other player against him. Not bad, to outwit brawn with brains.
Just like most other shounen series though, the point of KuroBasu is not the destination, but the journey and how it affects the characters. Personally, this is one of easiest shows to connect with, and this episode was no exception – both teams played a very impressive game, and while it was easy to cheer for Seirin and their win, it was just as easy to feel some sympathy for the Shuutoku players, especially after seeing the strain of having such a talented player on their team. Both Seirin and Shuutoku showcase their first-years, but the attitude towards it is quite different. We’ve already seen how flexible Seirin is – the team members respect one another and when push comes to shove, they put all their effort into the match as a team. Shuutoku however, is a completely different story. It was a little depressing to see the coach force the team around Midorima, regardless of how much practice the other members put in – it’s a strategy that’s perfectly understandable, especially if the team wants to win. But it doesn’t make it any less heart-breaking for the senior members to have their hard work wasted because of a punk that can shoot from anywhere in the court.
Ah, but I really like Midorima though, and in a moment of unprofessionalism I’ll say that angsting in the rain goes a looooooong way in garnering the sympathy of a girl. Poor Midorimacchi. Objectively though, the loss was harsh for him – like I’ve said before, this match was one of ideologies and proving oneself as worthy, which is why the defeat must have been doubly crushing for him.
That phone call he received sure was something though, and gives the introduction of two characters: Generation of Miracles member Aomine Daiki (Suwabe Junichi) and the as-of-yet-unnamed Momoi Satsuki (Orisaka Fumiko). She’s a stark contrast to Riko, and I’m pretty interested in seeing what kind of character she is. Aomine seems like another layered addition to the cast, and his laziness and lack of passion seem to represent another disturbing side of prodigies – ones who simply find no meaning in trying because nothing challenges them anymore. I can’t imagine what the team dynamics are like on that team…
I can see Aomine being a pretty good foil for Kagami though, so we’ll see how their rivalry pans out… at the swimming pool…? One thing for sure though: that chest. Finally, some fanservice-y shots to slap onto my excerpt next week!
- Falcon Punch…? What are you doing in KuroBasu?
- If only facial gymnastics was an official sport… Midorima has a clear shot at gold…
- That smile took like ten years off Kagami’s face. So close to beating out Kise. So. Close.
ED: 「Start it right away」 by (hyadain)