You’ll See Something Amazing
And just as expected, the sole presence of basketball matches makes this episode way more enjoyable than last week’s.
The continuation of their showdown with “Dad” was pretty good, with some impressive blocks by Taiga and the usual awesome Kuroko passes, but lacked the excitement I was expecting and wasn’t all that great animation-wise either. Besides being arrogant, “Dad” also proved to be quite the immature guy, especially for someone who call’s anyone who’s shorter than him a child. I couldn’t help but giggle when he started calling Kagami “baka” in the end of the match.
After that, Seirin’s progress through the preliminaries goes as smoothly as can possibly be, even with Kuroko in the bench for the most part of the games. I got a tad bit disappointed at how they skimmed so fast with just a simply description of the games and a glimpse at the score board, but games against stronger teams are surely a more interesting issue, and everything in between just came to show how Seirin is actually an above average team, even without our phantom protagonist. I also thought it was a nice touch that they played against those bullies from the park that Kuroko, Kagami and Kise had totally crushed, just a few days earlier. The guys were so scared when they saw our main duo that they didn’t even play seriously. This series is finally getting back at its good hilarious moments xD
Kuroko’s eagerness to play was also a really interesting sight. We already know his love for basketball is above the simple winning factor and it’s always nice to have a character’s attitude back up the stated facts.
The interesting part of the episode though, comes with the introduction of Shutoku. And as faithful as possible to the episode title, their match really was amazing. Flawlessly executed fundamentals are indeed the key to winning in any sport, not only basketball, and besides the description of that by Hyuuga and Riko, it really showed in the way the match itself, which they won with ease. That said, Shutoku doesn’t only have a solid team. According to Hyuuga, Otsubo is an “infallible” scorer, but now they have not one, but two infallible scorers, and at completely opposite fields at that. It seems Midorima lives up to his 100% accuracy reputation, as unrealistic as that number is, turning his back on the net and heading to defense position even before seeing whether he scored or not. (But once again, that’s seriously unrealistic, as are those baggy parabolic shots – does he have a calculator and angle adjustment device embed in his glasses or what? That’s the court, not physics class, for god’s sake.) Anyway, that combination makes them seriously overpowered, even more than the team that tripled Seirin’s score the previous year, so I can’t wait to see how well this Seirin fares against them. Kagami is already pretty excited about it, going as far as writing an autograph on Midorima’s hand xD
It also came as a surprise that the finals and semifinals are in the same day. They really want to wear out the poor boys… Well, as they very well said, that won’t be as much of a problem for bigger teams that can just rotate their players, but for Seirin’s small basketball club, things won’t be so easy. Fortunately, there’s nothing that Kagami loves more than a good challenge, and Kuroko seems to be fully sharing his excitement this time around, so they’ll definitely be in good shape and I have two potentially great matches to look forward to. I also want to see more of Midorima. The guy is, without a doubt, a great player, but he’s narcissistic and superstitious nature really rubs me the wrong way. Does he have a reason to believe that badly in fate? I mean, what would he do if he lost his lucky item of the day right before a game? He seems like someone who’d break if he misses a shot or someone who’d easily miss once his confidence is somehow shattered. Maybe I’m expecting too much from this anime, but I do hope we’ll get to learn more about him.