This is basically the episode that shows why Ginga E Kickoff shines when it could just be another less drama filled, or failed drama sports anime. It was eventual that the Predators would tie the game. They’ve worked pretty hard and they had the right team to beat Amarillo. But of course it wasn’t gonna be easy, and in watching this episode, everything that happened was expected. But how would they tie the game? And would it be done in a manner that doesn’t take away from the match itself? Well, they tied the game in a manner that got me shaking and going “Yes!” like I was actually at the game and me thinking this is what anime is all about when it gets good. This is definitely shaping up to be the most memorable arc I’ve watched this year that’s been nonstop great with episode 33 remaining that can be the clincher. Still gotta watch it, but it doesn’t look like it’ll slow down and fail to me.
- The only reason this episode somehow worked is because the focus of this match centered on Kageura and Ouzou. Drained from just guarding him in the first half, Ouzou now was in a position where the offense ran through him. Why would they do that? To try and get Kageura flustered and off his game, and apparently also distract his teammates from defending any of the other Predators, especially Reika and Erika. Their speed, as it turns out on a real stadium and no rain, is superior to Amarillo — hence why they are always around those loose balls after Kageura and Ouzou clash. Yes, it is unlikely that type of luck would happen in a real match, but attacking a certain player is realistic in team sports. If there is a weak link on the opposing team, you have to exploit it in order to increase the chances of winning. How Kageura is the weak link on Amarillo is laughable though. But I do have to take him to task, because he let Ouzou into his head. He’s not quite as mentally sharp as I thought he was. Either that or the Ginga E Kickoff staff decided to make it laughable that Kageura would fall so easily just because Ouzou was having fun. Then again, I don’t know how I would react if I saw my opponent dribble out of a double team then switch gears in an instant and shake me off with his eyes closed and him laughing. Just saying.
- But no really, they really hammed this match-up up. It was definitely too much. I better at least expect Ouzou to collapse once the game is over.
- Also, Blind Soccer FTW.
- Anyways, Ouzou was the star of this episode, but the real reason the Predators tied the game is because of Amarillo and Reika. You would have thought Amarillo would have kept up the pace they had in the first half, and you would have also thought they’d mark the girls tighter, just as their coach asked them to. They did neither. I can’t believe they, of all teams, would try and protect the lead like that. That was strange, and it only got stranger when they allowed Reika to get wherever she wanted on the field.
- ‘allowed Reika to get wherever she wanted on the field–’ That would have sounded like fiction many months ago. You mean to tell me she’s a broken character?
- So um, I’m pretty sure the Predators won right? I mean, this is basically Ravens-Broncos now right? The only question is how dramatic will it be, and will it be executed to a tee? Guess I will have to find out…someday!
- Oh. And I guess this is soon for me. I guess.