And so, we’ve finally reached the end of this match and… well? That score was a lot more intense than I could imagine. I mean, I fully expected Kuzu to lose but to have them to have them so incredibly overpowered for that long is really impressive. In all fairness, Kuzu does have a lot of potential for the future and after everything that’s happened, it makes me happy to think about.
What I appreciated on both sides is that Kuzu didn’t give up because they were struggling and Taiei didn’t let up because they were going up against “an easy team”. Instead we got a lot reflection from characters on the court that took place instead of someone giving up on the game they were playing. Everyone who played in this game had to prove that they were worthy of standing on the court. Of course, that means something different for both teams. Taiei had to prove themselves to the coach that they are useful in a game (arguably some had a higher stake than others). Whereas Kuzu High both needed to prove to school staff that they were serious about the game, but also prove to themselves and teammates that they deserve to be on the court. To Taiei, this is really just another practice match that they are a part of and yet that means something completely different for every one of the members. To Kuzu, this is literally the deciding factor in whether or not they get to keep playing the sport together. So, I am really happy that everyone gave their all, all the way up to the end.
I think my favorite parts of the episode really had to be the two interactions the Hanazono brothers had with the Shiraishi and Yakku. Shiraishi doesn’t sugar coat things and to admit to never going easy… well I feel like that’s kind of a compliment. He, and the rest of the team, give Kuzu High a rude awakening about just how far they have to go. It didn’t seem like he was being malicious about it, but he really did dominate those last few minutes of the game. On the other hand, we have Yakku’s interaction which further solidifies that Taiei doesn’t think Kuzu is a no-good team that they are playing. He acknowledges their potential to Momoharu and encourages them to meet again. These two interactions really make me want another season strictly to see Kuzu grow more and take on Taiei again!
Further we get that with Fuwa as well! I mean, Fuwa is a character that I haven’t really enjoyed because he is so “Me” centric when playing the game. He actually doesn’t acknowledge most of Kuzu’s team, instead he’s pretty much got his eyes on the Basket, the Ball, and Kite. And boy did Fuwa get a rude awakening in this episode and I can’t tell if it’s for better or for worse. It seems the coach and his teammates all seem to hope that he understands that he can’t shoulder the game all on his own and that he does have to rely on his teammates. But I think the frustration he felt, might push him the other direction so that he’ll try to prove that he really can take down a whole team by himself. I want to see how Fuwa changes after this episode! I know the match just ended but I’m looking forward to a rematch !
I think this episode ended on a really strong note after everything that happened. They can officially become a team again and have found themselves a new advisor (though I’m still holding out that Satsuki, will understand his true feelings and come back to help them). What really hit it home for me was the comments that the Vice Principal said to Momoharu about his regrets and transgressions. They aren’t going to magically go away because you’ve “proved” yourself. Instead you grow from them and continue to move forward with the people you cherish.
That being said, I really have no idea what the final episode will bring us next week… and I really can’t believe that we’re almost to the end. I’ve had such an enjoyable time keeping up with this team week after week. They’ve made leaps and bounds in terms of progress even though that progress is sometimes hard to see when they keep losing. But trust me, the Kuzu High that went up against Shinmaruko can’t even hold a candle to them now. And because of that I would really like to see them Kuzu continue to train, play new teams, and even rematch those they’ve already played! I’m anxiously awaiting to see what our grand finale has in store!