「真の光」 (Shin no Hikari)
I’ve been wondering when “it” was going to happen, but never did I think it would during such an important match against a powerhouse opponent. Then again, maybe this was actually the perfect time for “it” to occur?
The Pronoun Game
By it, I mean finally giving some of our lesser known players the opportunity to get in on the action. While it didn’t have as huge of an impact as I wanted, there were some unexpected feelings of joy seeing someone like Furihata finally enter the court. Besides confirming that all the supporting members of Team Seirin have been doing their best as trying to keep up with the starters, it’s nice to see that they’re not just there to keep the bench warm. So while everyone on Kaijo may have underestimated Furihata and his cowardly ways, I’m sure some of the unexpected effects on both teams may have felt like a slap to the face or a refreshing change of pace depending on who you’re rooting for.
Even though it’s not technically mark two, it was extremely satisfying to see Izuki finally get a well deserved power-up. Being at the mercy of Takao and his lousy Hawk Eye for the past few matches, it felt like his unique trait was constantly getting bashed on. But any sense of pity for him disappeared when he managed to knock the ball out of Kasamatsu’s hands during his insanely fast drive with his new Eagle Spear skill.
With the past two episodes full of action, sweat, and tears it’s no surprise that this week’s took this opportunity to turn things down a bit — but that doesn’t have to mean the episode wasn’t good! Instead of all the flashiness we got a closer look at some of the minor characters and what’s motivating them to keep on moving forward. Because if there was one thing true about any successful team, it’s that the whole is great than the sum of its parts.
Catch you next week when things look like they pick up a bit!