「パラダイム銀河」 (Paradaimu Ginga)
Ginga shifts the paradigm of the game (see what I did there? Ahaha! Sorry, I’ll stop), but not enough to pull off the upset. Now, their new coach on the other hand…
For Victory! No–For Ice Cream!
After last episode, the 5th graders had a big point deficit and they weren’t playing like a team, which pretty much doomed their chances in this match. Ginga wasn’t able to change that, but his tactic did wonders for getting them to start working together. Kagetsu seemed especially good at team work, probably because she’s the only one who isn’t on that team due to some personal vendetta. But what I most enjoyed about Ginga’s tactic was three-fold – that he bribed the girls with ice cream, that they actually accepted the bribe, and that Subaru figured out what they were doing. It’s uncommon to have a competent male lead, so to have Subaru + his father be total badasses is a pleasure to see.
But back to the individual players, here are some predictions for how the fifth graders will grow over this season: Kage will learn to shoot up close, Masami will learn to not go for three pointers all the time, TsubaHii will learn to not depend on their twin telepathy quite so much, and Mimi will learn to stop getting tunnel vision when she comes up against a strong individual player. As for the sixth graders, hard to say – I would like to see Airi become more assertive and Maho more patient, but who knows. I do know that they set Tomoka up to win with a floater at a critical moment, so watch for that.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought that Ginga was going to finish out the season as the 5th grader’s coach, but I’m pleased that Aoi became their coach instead. She’s a much more central character than either Ginga or Natsuhi, so her being Subaru’s rival gives him someone to strive against as well. I have to admit though, I would have liked to see Subaru vs Natsuhi. More chances for Natsuhi to be all tsundere about Hina, oh~!
In other news, disappointed Aoi was hilarious! I was cracking up when she misunderstood things and thought Subaru was shopping for a gift for her. Sorry Aoi-chan, even with that nice full-body flash you gave him last season, he still doesn’t think of you as girlfriend material. My tip: work on your jump shot. Subaru loves a sexy jump shot.
Tomoka’s Birthday Party of HNNNG!
I very much enjoy the emphasis they’ve placed on basketball this season (though I’m not sure what to think of whatever Subaru and Aoi are putting together at school), but it just isn’t Ro-Kyu-Bu without some hyper-cute romantic shenanigans. Enter: Tomoka’s birthday party! First of all, Tomoka’s mom is totally shipping her daughter with Subaru. She’s going to make sure to teach her how to cook to get her ready, isn’t she? Ufufu~
Also, I could take screenshots of Hina being adorable all day long. What? Nothing weird! Especially not when it leads to Tomoka being adorable. I…I… *massive, crippling nosebleed* Not sure if I can take this level of cute! But I shall persevere. No–I must!
It’s weird to consider, but for both the coaches and the teams, the protagonists are actually favored to win. The protagonists are usually the underdogs! It’ll be interesting to see if they can dial up the tension for the later basketball games. Will they have to combine the two teams and go up against an even better team to do it? I don’t know. All I know is this – screw it. Most shows I write for you as much as for myself, but this one is all for me. I know hardly anyone will be reading, but I want to write it anyway. Show picked up. Bring on the basket lolis!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Ginga’s ice cream bribe stratagem works, but not well enough. Meanwhile, Tomoka’s birthday party, sitting on Subaru’s lap, HNNNG~! #rokyubu
- But really, that ice cream gambit was smooth. Ginga really knows how to get little girls to do what he wants. Erh–wait, no, not like that!
- I just realized – this time, HanaKana is fighting against France-tan? Conflicted!
- “Hasegawa-san belongs to Tomo today!” OH GODS, OH GODS, OH GODS. MAH HEART, IT CAN’T TAKE IT!!
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