「覚悟の重さ」 (Kakugo no Omosa)
“The Weight of Resolve”
Seirin may not have all the answers, but if there’s one team that could pull themselves back up in the face of utter defeat, it’s them. AKA: THIS EPISODE WAS AMAZING.
The Basketball Which Kuroko Plays Redux Redux Redux(?)
I’m not sure how many times I’ve used this heading for a blurb but there just isn’t a better way to describe what happened in this episode. With Seirin down by more than twenty points and nearly everyone at their psychological limit, things were looking pretty grim. Toss in the uncharacteristic outburst from Hyuuga that landed him in danger of getting kicked off the court and no one would blame you if you believed Seirin was done for.
But just as the last glimmer of hope was about to fade into the darkness, our main man Kuroko managed to do the impossible and kept that tiny itsy bitsy flame from going out. By standing up in the face of overwhelming adversity and throwing sensibility out the window, his outburst during the middle of the third quarter was just what the team needed to get their head back in the game. But even more than just getting the team back on their feet, Kuroko’s ability to claw back his title from Mayuzumi and in-turn shift some of the momentum back to Seirin is what really deserves our praise this week. I mean, under all the stress of the crowd watching and the idea that he was an outdated and inferior model, it’s amazing that Kuroko was able to keep a level enough head to concoct such a bold plan. Because if all of that wasn’t enough to justify Kuroko being the titular character of the show, the moment where he completely outplayed Mayuzumi and used his higher level specs against him felt so rewarding that I couldn’t even catch myself from screaming out “YES” in a crowded area.
The Mood Making Music
Something else that was also working extremely well this week was the choice of background music throughout the entire episode. Besides perfectly matching the mood of each scene and transitioning seemlessly as Seirin slowly started to turn things around, I have to compliment how well the show managed to integrate the previous opening that was sung by Kuroko’s seiyuu during what most people would call a gigantic turning point. Because as hard as it is for me to accurately describe the feeling that those few minutes brought out, it was for sure one of those moments where you just have to crank up the volume and let the music sweep you away.
With Seirin back on their feet and Rakuzan slightly concerned about the position they’ve been put in, it looks like we’re in for a constant barrage of fierce episodes as the rest of the arc plays out. If I were to make a guess about the future though, I can’t help but have this uneasy feeling that Akashi is hiding some sort of ace under his jersey just in case things start deviating from his expected outcome. I mean, he has to have more than just his Emperor Eye and general-like tactical skills, right?
Also, did anyone else catch the stark contrast the episode highlighted when it comes to running each team? One focuses on preventing mistakes by ruling with an iron fist while the other builds off of those mistakes by reinforcing the lessons it teaches and embracing the player with an open heart. Both are acceptable ways of running a team but the whole thing begs the question — which will reign supreme?
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week! Until then, I’m going to go rewind that one scene where the old opening song started playing a few
thousand more times.