「ジャマすんじゃねーよ」 (Jayma Sunjyaneeyo)
“Don’t You Get In My Way”
While Seirin may be the masters at unleashing something amazing right as the clock hits zero, Kaijo did a fine job at putting up their best effort until the very end.
Finger Licking Good
Oh Haizaki, why must you try so hard to be a bad guy? Sure there might be no room left for any other character archetype but to put up such a tough act to the point where you get a nice warm fist to the face? Seriously though, it never fails to surprise me how well this show handles it’s characters. In Haizaki’s case, I spent a majority of the episode waiting for him to have some sudden change of heart after realizing just how much of a asshat he’s been — because that’s what supposed to happen in these types of situations isn’t it!? But as the flashbacks came and went as we watched him spiral downwards as Kaijo (or more specifically Kise) stole the game from him, I loved how he didn’t get some fairytale ending. Because at the end of the day, there are some bad guys who are simply just bad guys. Also, it was nice to see Kise finally make his own retorts against some of the nonsense Haizaki was spouting.
That said, even I’m not proud enough to say that I didn’t smile a little watching Haizaki fail to throw away his shoes the second time around. I mean, he’s a legitimate asshat but who says there isn’t room for him to grow some empathy?
Friendship Strikes Again
I personally am not a big fan of seeing the Generation of Miracles during their middle school days. Instead of getting to see just what they did to gain their titles, we’re usually subjected to simple slice-of-life moments that highlight their quirks. And yes, while they are fun to watch, this is a sports anime dangit and I want to see all these cool players do cool things!
On the other hand, without all those moments of seeing just how close everyone used to be, I doubt such a rush of emotions would have welled up within me when Kuroko managed to be louder than an entire stadium to pump up Kise. I don’t know what it is exactly but there’s just something genuinely moving about adversaries helping each other out because of mutual respect. Anyways, good on you Kuroko!
With the final four teams amped and ready to compete in the semi-finals it looks like every match from here on out is going to be explosive. We’ve seen what three of four teams can do so far but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t itching to see what makes Akashi such a fearsome player (I still remember the scene where he chucked a pair of scissors at Kagami!). Luckily it looks like Shutoku’s match is up first so we’ll get to see a bunch of Akashi and Midorima!
Catch you next week!