“I will Offer Them”
While I may have harbored some resentment toward Midorima and Takao when we first met them way back when, the two have quickly become my second favorite pair in the entire show.
Shutoku, Shutoku, Shutoku!
Even with last week’s episode foreshadowing all the awesome that happened this week, I can’t believe how amped up I got for this episode. With Midorima finally showing just how much he’s grown by believing in his team and whole heartily putting his faith into them, it surprised me a bit to see the once self-centered green haired jerk turn into someone who could inspire his whole team to rally together in a time of need. Then again, seeing Midorima preemptively enter his shooting position while waiting for Takao to pass him the ball was pretty impressive (and also gave off a rather Haikuu kind of vibe!).
Bow Down to the Emperor
But even with Shutoku managing to claw their way back from the brinks of defeat, it’s scary to think about how quickly Akashi managed to (or I suppose how far in advanced Akashi planned?) bring things back into line. Because if self-scoring on himself wasn’t bad enough, who the heck jokes about gouging their eyes out when it’s their trump card? I guess joking about it would have been okay had it been anyone else but it’s kind of creepy almost knowing that Akashi might have done it if things somehow didn’t end up going his way. That and if Haizaki was supposed to be the definition of a character that made you angry and/or wanted to slap across the face, Akashi is doing a fantastic job at being downright scary. I was almost going to say terrifying but I’ll save that for the moment he’s able to overcome plot armor and defeats Seirin. That is, if Seirin can even make it past Kise and Kaijo.
I tend to tell my friends that Kurobasu is the show that fills the void that Haikyuu left (I was never a big on Prince of Tennis or Yowamushi Pedal) after it came to such an abrupt end — and I stand by it! This show may have its ups and downs but you have to give it credit for being able to keep us on the edge of our seats even when our “main” team is on the sidelines. And luckily for us, it looks like Seirin is amped up and ready to play! It’s been a while since we’ve seen our guys in action but I’m sure they’re hankering to play as badly as we want them to.
See you next week!