After weeks of watching Seirin play from behind, it was a nice change of pace to see the momentum finally swing in their direction. While we’ll have to wait and see what the repercussions are for gaining that momentum, I’m 100% everyone on Team Seirin will say it was worth it at the end.
Captain Hyuuga Junpei
I have nothing but praise for Hyuuga this week. Learning from his past mistakes and channeling that fiery attitude of his toward finding a way to victory, it felt so damn good watching him get back on his feet. But what might be even more impressive is how he managed to help the team as a whole find the stability they needed to get things done. From brightening Koga’s spirits to yelling just the right words to get Teppei back in action, his ability to bring out the best in his teammates highlights just why Hyuuga is Seirin’s team captain.
Also, didn’t it feel fantastic to watch him completely shutdown Mibuchi? After that outbreak and getting a fourth foul by letting the guy get into his head, it was pure bliss watching Hyuuga return the favor and then some.
Akashi “Aizen” Seijuro
After getting through the episode, I couldn’t believe just how much more Akashi had hiding inside of him. I mean, between just his Emperor Eye and insane analytical sense I thought we had an already formidable opponent but to add the zone into the mix? How far do these writers think we’re willing to go? Because if there’s one thing that should be nearly impossible against a high level team like this, it’s should be the ability for one man to drive that ball the entire freaking way.
Then again, who am I to say that it isn’t possible for Akashi to unlock the zone at will? For someone who can literally make anyone bow to his power, I guess it’s somewhat fitting to have such a ridiculous ability. If there was one thing that I can’t agree with though, it’d have to be how he has to throw away his team to unlock his full potential. We’ve seen just how important it is time and time again to not forget about the people who support you both on and off the court and I can’t imagine this’ll be the game that’ll prove that ideal wrong.
With things looking pretty grim for Seirin with Akashi is the zone, it looks like it’ll take another miracle from Kagami to even the scales. Luckily, it looks like Akashi gets pretty angry in the preview sequence which can only mean something has once again mucked up his plans — and I can’t wait to see what it is!
See you next week!