「オレのもんだ」 (Ore no Monda)
“This Is Mine”
After last week’s rather boring Winter Cup recap, this week’s episode manages to kick this new arc off to a great start.
If there’s one thing you can talk about besides the sport itself in a sports anime, it’s definitely the attitudes of each player and how it reflects in their play style. While this show is no stranger to showing us all types of extremes when it comes to personalities, watching Haizaki play feels completely different from everyone else we’ve seen up to this point. Sure there might have been some heated feelings when someone like Aomine or Himuro appeared on screen but all pales in comparison to Haizaki. His overall demeanor on or off the court is pretty much as vile as it gets. Choking girls with one hand and smacking his senpai with the other, it’s a little disgusting watching some of the things he does. But once you take all that into consideration, you have to give some props to the writers behind the scenes for concocting such a vile character. It takes something special to really make me dislike someone and it looks like they’re going all out for Haizaki. All I know for sure though, is that if there was a character that I believed couldn’t have a good side, it’d be him.
Kise vs Haizaki
With Kise being one of my friend’s number one favorite out of all the players in the show, you can bet she squealed with glee when she heard the anime was finally covering some of his backstory. At this point though it tough to guess what Kise could do to turn things around against the beastly Haizaki. The pair have practically the same technique with Haizaki’s edging out on top but if I want to believe that Kise has something ready to counter with.
With the impenetrable plot armor sitting alongside Seirin safely in the bleachers, I’m starting to get really curious about which team is going to end up winning this game. If I had to make an educated guess though, I think I’d side with Kaijo taking a surprise victory since Kise’s been due for a power-up for quite some time now. That said, I’m not sure how he’ll be able to out copy Haizaki when he can literally do everything better (or I suppose more suited for him). Anyways, I’ll catch you guys around the bend next week when we’ll get to see some cool stuff followed by another cliffhanger :’)