「今度こそ」 (Kondo Koso)
“This Time, For Sure”
Wouldn’t it be funny if next week’s episode didn’t end this arc?
As much as I want to go on and on about how long this arc seems, I have to admit that this week’s episode did a great job at highlighting some of the other huge elements that can affect any competitive game. Specifically, the power of the crowd and its effects on the players. Sure we may forget that they’re even there for a player-centric show like Kurobasu but they did a great job at emphasizing just how difficult it is to play when the crowd is rooting against you. Toss in the added stress of trying to make sure every move is perfect against a beast like Kise and I started to truly feel the pressure that Seirin was facing.
Don’t Give Up Seirin!
As disappointing as it was to see Seirin lose the lead that they painstakingly built up in Kise’s absence, watching them finally rally together while getting their heads in the game felt like a gush of fresh air. Sure, it might have taken a rather rash move and a pretty corny line from Kagami to knock some sense into everyone but something about those few minutes just felt perfect. “This is our drama!”
Betting It All
I don’t know about you but I was elated to see Kuroko thrust back into the spotlight as the only person with some sort of solution to the Kise-problem. Going off of his abilities to analyze and understand how people work on the highest and lowest levels, I can’t wait to see what he’ll be able to do once he manages to get a handle on how Kise works. Be it through prediction or inducing Kise to do something, I’m totally ready to cheer my heart out for Seirin’s shadow.
See you next week!
P.S. Sorry for the late post guys! I was really busy last weekend in California and just managed to watch the episode today after work. ><