「Chapter.41 京都(2) / Chapter.42 京都(3)」 (Chapter.41 Kyouto(2) / Chapter.42 Kyouto(3))
“Chapter.41 Kyoto(2) / Chapter.42 Kyoto(3)”
This episode felt like a slightly uncomfortable kick to the face.
Boy, I was left feeling like a hopeless mess after this week’s episode. With the support of his hometown as well as the hope and enthusiasm of his kouhais riding on this match, I was really hoping that Shimada was going to pull out some sort of magical victory. Toss in the mere fact that the match had went on so long that it had to be pushed to a second day and I was feeling really good about Shimada’s chances about taking a win from Souya. That and with everyone in the peanut gallery commenting about his inability to take a win and his “mediocre” performance, I felt conflicted between wanting Shimada to win for his own reasons versus just getting the ability to make everyone else shut the hell up. Honestly, if there’s a show can do that’ll really get my blood boiling, it’s probably when the plot takes an underdog and really starts running them through the mud.
But unfortunately, we all saw just what happened by the end of the episode. What probably hurt me the most besides watching Souya showing Shimada a move that could have turned literally everything around was watching Rei have so much faith and hope in someone else only to see them unable to accomplish what they strove to do. I know that 3-gatsu’s story isn’t a happy-go-lucky one but would it be so hard for the show to throw us a bone every now and then? I guess if there was anything positive about this whole situation, it’d hopefully be Rei learning a lot about himself and others within a very short time frame?
Getting back onto Shimada though, I can’t imagine just how bad things are going to be next week. He seems like a fairly laidback guy and I’m willing to bet he’ll be putting up a tough front especially when Nikaidou shows back up but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to handle watching him breakdown (if it happens). Because out of all the things that happened this week, what probably resonated the most with me was that dream Shimada had early on in the episode. Thinking about how things could be different had he made different choices throughout his life, I think a phrase that’ll probably stick with me for a long time when thinking about how life could be different is going to be “Which one is the nightmare?”
I don’t even know how I’m supposed to feel anymore. Typically we’d be a point in the story where our characters have finally reached a turning a point and are able to figure something out. But I guess when you’re talking about real life, nothing is really all that simple and I suppose things wouldn’t be all that enjoyable if everything could be determined based on patterns alone.
Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week. Later!