「I Wish with You」
This episode featured two different games for the 6th graders, a hard one which turned out like I expected, and another that gave Airi a chance to show how much she’s grown. Also, drunk Tomoka!
Vs the 5th Graders – Slaying the Wild Boar
If the 5th graders were facing Tomoka’s team without Subaru, they probably would have won. If they were facing a Subaru-coached team whose players weren’t as good as these five, they probably would have won. Unfortunately for them, those weren’t the teams they were facing.
The thing that didn’t make sense to me was the defense-offense split thing that Subaru thought up. So Saki and Airi were concentrating on defense, while the other three were on offense. Were all five of them not playing both? Because if not, I have no idea how the 5th graders didn’t just overwhelm them on both sides, even when they started getting tired. It’s hard to guard five with two.
That aside though, what I especially liked was Saki vs Masami. Masami’s inexperience showed when being pushed just a little bit out of her comfort zone made her start bricking all over the place. Well, that and she’s a little girl who probably doesn’t have much arm strength, so forcing her a little further back put the basket largely out of her range. Saki’s cool attitude, her control of the court, and her ability to play mind games against her opponents are why she’s my favorite player on the 6th grader’s team.
It had to come down to Mimi vs Tomoka in the end, though. Mimi has some seriously ridiculous moves, but as for Tomoka’s buzzer beating floater…I called it! That didn’t really lessen my enjoyment though. It was a good move for an exciting finish to a good game.
Against Suzuritani – Airi’s Basketball
The match against Suzuritani wasn’t very interesting basketball-wise, but it clearly showed just how much Airi has grown. Where once she was being pushed around, here it was her putting the pressure on Aya. I think her onii-chan’a manly tears all episode really say it best – Airi has grown a lot as a player, and it showed in their resounding defeat of Suzuritani. Now she’s Aya’s onee-sama, d’awwwww!
Uniforms, Swimsuits, & Non-Alcoholic Beer
What did I just watch I don’t even!! The party bit was random as hell. First of all, the uniforms were a nice touch, though Maho’s papa sure got a prototype made suspiciously quickly. But what was with the sudden swimsuits!? And the swimsuit meido, and Miho-nee, and everyone running around spraying each other with non-alcoholic beer. I mean, it was funny, but it was so weirdly out there that I just kinda blanked out. I dunno, weird stuff.
Then of course, there was Tomoka getting drunk off non-alcoholic beer. Screw logic, that was funny! You could really tell that Tomoka is going to be an adorably loving waifu later on, and that she really loves Subaru already. Oh, and she’s a little bit perverted. Subaru smells good? Tomoka no ecchi!
Looking Ahead – TsubaHii’s Match
I assumed that TsubaHii were going to be pulled back into the fold after their meltdown with a little persuasion, but it looks like the Suzuritani mystery girl is inadvertently pushing them to do exactly what they need to do – keep playing basketball. Words won’t matter until they realize that winning isn’t everything, and that they actually do love playing the game! More on that next time, I’m sure.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The basketball was okay, but the character growth & drama was great. Also, drunk nuzzling Tomoka! #rokyubu 08
- Look at those manly tears. What is this, Fist of the North Star? Not that I’m complaining.
- That Tomoka drunk shirt nuzzle? Takaii would be so proud!
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