「カン違いしてんじゃねーよ」 (Kanchigaishiten Janei yo)
“Don’t Get the Wong Idea”
Well, if last episode was “heart-pounding”, what would this one be? I thoroughly enjoy it when shows vault over the standards they’ve set, and it’s episodes like these that really make the time I invest in it worth something. Along with some exciting additions to the soundtrack (or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention in earlier episodes), there were some highlights in the course of the episode that required multiple watches on my part to understand – and I do love figuring out puzzles.
Objectively speaking, I never figured Kise was going to be a very complicated character. Judging by the pedigree of the rest of the cast, I knew he wasn’t flat, per se, but I didn’t think he would have the same kind of intricacies characters like Kuroko, Kiyoshi, Midorima, or even Kagami had. Boy did I have to eat my words after this episode: Kise is actually the hardest of them all to figure out. With other characters, I feel their trajectory was somewhat predictable; in my own way, I had a grasp on what their personalities were like and I was able to interpret their actions as such, which let me make those long-winded analyses. Kise, on the other hand, really makes me think. There were multiple moments in this episode, which I’ll go over below, where I had to rewind, rewatch, and then pause to make sure I caught every nuance of the scene. I still don’t think I understand the subtle implications of his character, but here’s to hoping I’m not completely off-kilter, because that would be kind of embarrassing.
WARNING: Massive tl;dr ahead!
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Maybe I’m exaggerating when I say this, but I feel this was the apex of everything Kuroko no Basuke is, and how fitting – this is the penultimate episode, after all. It’s strange because it doesn’t feel like this is the end, even though next week’s episode is clearly the last one. As far as standalone episodes go, this was stellar. Some people may complain about the use of recycled scenes – and there were many – but the important portions were done well, and they had some sequences that particularly impressed me so I’m willing to pretend I didn’t see the lazy stills they reused. As the lead-in to the finale, however, I’m a little ambivalent on where I stand; it’s hard to make a judgment because this just doesn’t feel like the end. Half of it is my denial talking, but the other half is the objectivity I recovered after the initial shock as I remembered this was the penultimate episode. There are certain things those should accomplish, like bringing closure to the main characters. It was obvious Production I.G was never going to be able to adapt all of the current material, but it’s still strange they chose this arc to send the series off with, assuming there is no second season. While the Kise vs. Aomine match will remain my favorite part of the series, it isn’t the most appropriate closing act since it’s so firmly rooted around the side characters. They’re certainly killing it, but Kaijou and Touou are not the team the viewers started out with.
For me, KuroBasu is one of those shows where I’ll be happy with whatever end they choose. But I do have to question Production I.G’s decision to end the series here, with what looks to be only a handful of minutes to spare for Kuroko and Kagami, who were still the main characters the last time I checked.
- Imayoshi: confirmed to have eyes!
- Nigou! I’m fairly sure stuffing a dog in a duffel bag for any period of time is considered illegal, but uh, Anime LogicTM?
- I dunno which is funnier: Takao, or Bakagami and Ahomine.
- Also, not quite 4 heads and 3 arms, but still gg!
- Many thanks to anyone who read the entire thing. Momoi and the Pokemon thank you!
Note: Really, really sorry for the late post – this episode required a lot of thought and I didn’t want to do it injustice by rushing it (I still probably missed some stuff OTL)!
ED2: 「カタルリズム」 (Kataru Rizumu) by OLDCODEX