OP2.1: 「RIMFIRE」 by GRANRODEO
「笑わせんなよ」 (Warawasen na yo)
“Don’t Make Me Laugh”
There’s no easy way to describe Aomine, that’s for sure… He’s certainly an ass, but at the same time it’s difficult to leave it at that. He does inspire the same sort of murderous animosity Midorima inspires in his teammates, but the Touou Academy team is more relenting of him. Well at the very least, they’re more than willing to admit Aomine is the key to their victory. The ace’s attitude is still extremely self-centered though, even though his reasons are fairly well explored and given legitimate background. I touched on this briefly before – prodigies who become jaded because there’s nothing to challenge them anymore. On one hand, the arrogance they exude is off-putting – it’s tantamount to declaring they’re the best in the field, which is a pretty lofty thing to say. Being good at something and acknowledging it is one thing, but thinking there is no one else good enough to challenge them is a dangerous trap to fall into.
At the same time though, the situation is somewhat bittersweet. Part of what makes hobbies – and life, in general – so interesting is knowing there’s so much more to learn and to improve upon. This comes from either a constantly-changing source of knowledge, or a rival one can immediately compare oneself to. It’s much easier to see how to improve when there is someone else of equal skill or better. Imagine then, when someone becomes so good at something that there’s just no one willing to put up a fight. Not only is it mentally draining on those around the genius, there’s also some despair on the prodigy’s part when they realize they’re running a one-man show. To put it simply, things you love are way better when you see other people enjoying it as much as you do. In Aomine’s case, he lost the basketball he loved so much because he realized that no matter what he did, it would result in a victory. It sounds like first world problems, but anyone who’s ever truly loved doing something can probably sympathize with Aomine’s plight – it’s always better when there are others to enjoy it with. This doesn’t excuse Aomine’s crap behavior, but I almost find it difficult to blame him for it. No anime will ever go into amazing psychological depth in a character’s backstory, and most of the sympathy the audience feels for the character will be derived from the inferences made from the little bits and pieces shown on screen. And like any anime that can do characterization properly, KuroBasu offers enough of Aomine’s reasoning for the audience to make conjectures and sympathize (or not) with him however they will.
Of course, the million dollar question on everyone’s mind after this episode is: will Kagami and Kuroko be able to beat him? Bakagami is certainly an idiot of mass of proportions, but it’s his straightforward nature and unshakeable resolve that make him an admirable character. He’s really growing on me with his laughably stupid but honest and almost naive nature. Who actually does a handstand to walk to the nurse’s office? Simplistic knuckleheads like him often derive the most enjoyment out of things because they know how to simply enjoy something rather than complicating matters by adding in unnecessary factors. There are disadvantages to being so simple-minded, but that’s Bakagami’s biggest strength – the ability to just do something. I’m not entirely convinced it’s enough to beat Aomine, but the blood, sweat, and tears that will result from the confrontation will definitely be worth the watch.
One aspect of KuroBasu I haven’t really touched on much is the soundtrack – it’s pretty damn good. I don’t know who the composer is, and the technical aspects of each track is completely lost on me, but I have to say I’m loving the vibe the OST is giving off. There’s a slightly western (as in American, not cowboy) feel to some tracks, but the one I have to give the limelight to this episode is the piece that plays as Seirin and Touou enter the stadium – that fanfare is reminiscent of marching bands playing for a packed stadium, so it’s pretty apt to use it here.
One last thing before I end this drivel: KuroBasu really knows how to leave the best parts to the imagination. And what can I say? The best kind of fanservice is the kind that makes you wonder…
- Guess I shouldn’t have complained about the lazy OP since I found myself capping it again this week.
- Bakagami is Bakagami! I still can’t believe he actually walked on his hands. Oh, you idiot, you.
- I’m starting to wonder what the OTP is: Kagami/Kuroko or Aomine/Kuroko? Although really… Hyuuga/Riko‘s where it’s at… or possibly even Satsuki/Aomine? Ah well, we’ll never know.
ED2.1: 「カタルリズム」 (Kataru Rizumu) by OLDCODEX