「誰かのために表ります それが僕の目指すサッカ一です」 (Dareka no tame ni hyoorimasu sore ga boku no mezasu sakka ichidesu)
“Running for Someone That’s the Kind of Soccer I Want to Play”
This week, DAYS delivered with a functional episode. It didn’t provide any particularly profound revelations, but it also wasn’t really broken in any way. This is not to say a few great themes were touched upon. The idea was that Tsukamoto really needed to gain some
However, the theme is so heavily diluted that it barely comes across, and doesn’t hit with the narrative resonance I don’t think the show even cared to provide. Instead of solely pinning the agency on Tsukamoto to change and adapt in the face of Kimishita-senpai, it was the senpai who underwent the change. Tsukamoto didn’t undergo any sort of mental or physical transformation—someone else did. And that’s perhaps DAYS biggest problem. It seems more occupied with developing those surrounding Tsukamoto than Tsukamoto himself. Every character arc involves another individual being affected by Tsukamoto in some substantial way. That’s fine and dandy, but Tsukamoto is our protagonist—not them. And for the most part, he has remained a static character. I can’t recall any really significant way he has developed in the course of the past six episodes. DAYS really needs to shift the focus towards its main character—something which shows shouldn’t really have an issue doing.
Furthermore, the only real lessons that these other characters are learning are just slight variations of “hard work is cool” and that thus that “Tsukamoto is awesome”(the latter of which is becoming increasingly harder believe the less he’s fleshed out). At least spice it up a bit, come on.
Overall an inoffensive if troubling installment of DAYS this week. While the episode itself wasn’t fundamentally flawed in what it was trying to accomplish, its goals are systematic of the show’s deepest problems. Even though DAYS is still a pleasant series with genuinely humorous moments and likable characters, the show continues to be disappointingly unambitious and insufficiently focused on developing its characters—primarily its protagonist. Plus where are my cool exciting soccer matches. I want my cool exciting soccer matches. Please.