“Why Don’t We Try Giving Up?”
This episode left me with some really mixed feelings after a roller coaster of events. Also, a lot of characters made this face –> 😮
Unbreakable Emperor Eye
After weeks and weeks of watching Akashi do whatever he wanted, it felt undeniably good to watch him get completely shut down on both offense and defense. Unable to force his will on our favorite duo Kagami and Kuroko, I distinctly remembering a sense of elation just flowing all over me when he realized things weren’t going to go as he planned. Genius or not, there’s no way you’ll be able to beat a combination of Kagami’s raw skill and Kuroko’s natural ability to feel the flow of his teammates. With Kagami creating tiny opportunities for Kuroko to play off of, it was simply amazing watching the two defeat what everyone believed was unbeatable.
As short as it was, there’s no way I couldn’t take a moment to highlight Kuroko’s spectacular play this week. Using his own skills to empower Kagami, who would have ever thought that Kuroko would be the one who’d steal all of Akashi’s thunder? If anything, I think Kuroko finally demonstrated to the guy that his style of basketball will (hopefully) reign supreme. So yeah, good on you Kuroko! Keep going and keep reminding everyone else just why the show is named after you.
The Other Akashi
I’m probably the last person who’d ever feel any kind of sympathy for the asshat known as Akashi, but I just couldn’t help feel a bit of pity for the guy after getting a glimpse of how things work inside of that analytical head of his. Even though we only got the briefest of explanations about his mom, it’s clear that she was someone very important to him. Giving him basketball as a place to escape his rigorous life, it really puts some perspective behind some of his decisions during his Teiko days. From turning into a tyrannical dictator to giving everyone little games to keep their attention from waning, it’s tough to blame him for doing whatever he could to prevent losing the one place he could truly enjoy himself.
What surprised me the most though, is the fact that the “other” Akashi is actually the (in my opinion) cooler and more well-rounded one. Seeing Akashi end the episode with a true smile on his face was probably one of the creepiest things I’ve seen. Creepy in the sense that it was such an honest smile that it makes you go “That can’t be the same person who I’ve been watching play basketball for the past 4 or 5 episodes.” But you know what the best thing of the whole inner monologue was? The fact that it looks like the basketball which Kuroko plays has finally penetrated the final member of the Generation of Miracles.
With the score basically all tied up and the other Akashi back in-charge, it looks like next week is going to jam packed with action. Seeing how Akashi is actually going to utilize his skilled teammates instead of trying to handle everything himself, it looks like Seirin won’t be able to let up their guard for even a moment. What’s I’m hoping for though, is that somewhere before the game ends, we get to see Akashi turn into a character we can all really like. Just like all the Generation of Miracles before him, it looks like his transition from cocky jerk to lovable oaf is slowly coming. But even if that doesn’t happen, we still have Kagami unlocking the second gate to look forward too!
See you next week!