“It Makes Me Laugh”
Boy did this week’s episode wreak of friendship, rivalry, sweat, and tears.
Modest in Victory, Humble in Defeat
With the battle between two giants finally over, it’s still a bit hard for me to stomach Shutoku’s loss. I know I’ve already talked about how much I wish Shutoku had won with that ferocious team spirit of theirs but if there was one saving grace, it’s definitely how they handled themselves afterwards. Keeping their face clear of tears and their voices strong, I could feel my heart screaming out to console them as they expressed their gratitude and regret to all the people supporting them from the sidelines. Toss in how they started to break down once they finally had some privacy and how can you not want to go and give them a hug?
The Heroes Return!
While I had hoped we’d get a little more basketball and a little less talk, there’s no denying that the feeling you get watching Seirin and Kaijo is completely different than what we just saw. With a sense of rivalry in the air, it’s kind of amazing how even with so much pressure being exerted it still almost feels like a friendly match between buddies. As Kuroko so eloquently put it — everyone’s just plain excited for the game that’s about to go down.
I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel about Kise’s new ability to unleash everything he’s learned and experienced. I’ll give it to the show that his ability to almost perfectly imitate others would eventually lead down this path but to see him unleash it at a moment’s notice feels a bit cheap. Maybe it’s because we didn’t really get a clear look at what he could really do with it during his previous match but something about this wreaks of.. something not good.
On the other hand, I can also see how much trouble Kaijo would be in if they let Seirin just stomp all over them during the early game. I mean, how hard is it to stomach when someone like Kuroko manages to blow past your defenses and score the first point?
With the match I’ve been waiting for finally underway, I can’t help but smile a bit thinking about all the cool things Kuroko and Kagami have prepared to take down the now overpowered Kise. We’ve seen that they realize just how much a problem Kise’s going to be but something about Kuroko’s smile after getting completely shutdown gives me the impression he’s coming up with something.
See you next week!