「奇跡は起きない」 (Kiseki wa Okinai)
“A Miracle Will Not Happen”
I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a Kuroko no Basuke episode in a while. Sure, the Kaijo game might have gotten the engines whirling a little but this final battle against Rakuzan is on a completely different level.
Starting the episode off by reminding us that Kuroko has effectively become a shell of what he was and also has to see what a new and improved version of himself would look like, this episode didn’t waste anytime laying down the notion that Seirin is going to have an immensely difficult battle ahead of them.
Starting with one of my favorites, I could barely watch as Mibuchi slowly whittled Hyuuga down to the point where he started to question whether or not he’d be able to pull ahead against someone directly challenging him. I mean, it’s one thing for one player to intimidate another through a difference in skill (as Aomine has demonstrated time and time again) but the way Mibuchi intentionally did it to break Hyuuga’s spirit down from the inside just rubbed me the wrong way. And if that wasn’t enough, we had to watch it all again when Teppei and Nebuya went at it. In Teppei’s case though, it felt like he was able to stand up a bit better to Nebuya even though it didn’t mean much at the end. In any case, it didn’t feel very good to see the anchors that held down Seirin’s offense and defense get knocked off kilter.
Fighting Spirit and Looking Ahead
I was trying to see if I could fit this next paragraph under another subheading but opted to just toss it in here since this episode was devoted to solely destroying Seirin’s team as a whole.
If there’s one thing that Seirin has shown us time and time again, it’s that in the face of adversity, they beat the crap out of it and send it back where it came from. Be it their inner demons or one on the court, they’ve always found a way to play from behind and eventually grasp victory right at the very last second. And even though things are looking terrible right now, the preview for next week’s episode gives me hope that everyone is preparing to respond to shots that Rakuzan has fired. Since if anything, it looks like their players will be on the receiving end of whatever Seirin’s managed to cook up — especially since it seems that Kuroko has managed to come up with something to fight his clone with.
See you next week!