「Wanna Be A Gamemaker」
I haven’t wanted to see an opponent lose this badly in a long time. This girl is insufferable.
I liked the lesson the 5th graders learned early on. To paraphrase a certain princess, the harder you try, the more star systems that will slip through your fingers. (Wait, what? Screw it, better keep going.) It was obvious to me why they were struggling, but that’s only because I learned that lesson a long time ago, and keep having to relearn it as I misjudge my limits and burnout. I’m just glad the 6th graders (and Subaru) knew what was going on and were able to stop it before the 5th graders pulled a Honoka right before the big match.
We’ve been watching the girls of Keishin grow as players for many episodes now, so it took someone like their old opponent Aida Miyu (Ise Mariya) to show us how much they’ve changed. Airi in particular has improved a lot, and it’s her growth as a player that may be my favorite part of this season. The 6th graders pulled some totally bullshit moves though, including Saki’s bullet time, Tomoka tossing the ball behind her, and Hina’s behind-the-back basket. I swear, that girl is like the Sasha of mini-basketball!
It’s a cliche that someone who goes it alone is destined to fail. In many areas of life those who charge ahead fearlessly, even if they alienate everyone else around them, can still do quite well provided they’re skilled enough. Basketball, however, is a team sport, and while a single player can do a lot of damage and even outright defeat weaker teams, there comes a point when opponents will be too strong for selfish play. The question is whether Keishin’s 5th graders are strong enough to exploit the dysfunction in Suzuridani’s B-squad. We’ll find out next time.
As for Rena, all I can say is that she’s an insufferable brat and I can’t wait for her to lose. Not only does she taunt opponents for no reason, but she did it to her own teammates too? Lose dammit! I can see why Miyu wanted her to learn this lesson – it’s one Miyu herself learned last season – but Rena is worse than Miyu ever was. Miyu’s actions I could understand, but Rena… Gah, lose you brat!
The major focus of the next episode is liable to be the titanic struggle between the 5th graders and the all-star brat Rena, plus hopefully the Suzuridani B-squad’s meltdown when the 5th graders exploit their poor teamwork (I hope!). Personally, I’m more excited for more of the 6th graders vs Miyu’s squad, simply because I don’t know where the story will swing during that quarter. I’m also not sure where this season will end. Will Keishin advance in the tournament but leave it for a later season? Fade to black as they lose in some unidentified round? What?
I’m not sure. I do have a feeling that whatever Tomoka wants to tell Subaru is going to play hell with my emotions though. Is it a confession!? C’mon, tell me it’s a confession, COME ON!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A good lesson in relaxation, a lot of growth, & an antagonist I very much want to lose #rokyubu 10
- Friendship, smiles, and fair play. Move over everyone, farmer Subaru is coming through with a truckload of corn!
- I like how they finally have uniforms. It’s nice to see them looking like a real team. Though I do miss Hina’s thigh-highs.
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