Posted by psgels on 27 June 2010 with categories: Giant Killing



Yeah, so the result of the match was predictable. But like always with this series, it’s everything around it that made it memorable. The euphoria, the different reactions of everyone,. That made this really into a colourful episode. It’s really refreshing to see another sports series in which it doesn’t mean the end of the world if you lose: in this series, what matters is the long run.

It seemed like everyone had a different way to interpret the match: Murakoshi was simply glad to have another win again. The fans on the other hand were ecstatic that they finally won again, while that one fan of Tsubaki in particular got his old passion back. That Japanese forward meanwhile was immediately thinking how he destroyed himself during that match. The Nagoya coach was more looking into the future (which really fits his professional outlook), while Tsubaki was already seeing more and more opportunities to break through his defence. The football is one thing, but what really makes this series memorable is how it brings all of these different characters together.

Also, I like how the creators handled Tsubaki: he’s really meant to be this future talent who is still very rough around the edges, but yet he’s far from your average shounen hero. He’s really still a rookie and this series knows it. He has the ability to pull these crazy stunts, but that’s all exactly because he just loses himself in his soccer. This episode also stressed very much that football is a team sport by letting Gino score. Also, I loved the way he was at a loss for words when those Brazilians came up to him, and had to answer that interview.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. Joojoobees says:

    Yeah, I didn’t expect anything big except for the definitive conclusion of the match. As you said, this was really an opportunity to drink in the atmosphere of success. The excitement of that older fan was nice to see. I loved seeing that older photographer blow off the rookie. He definitely got some great shot that is going to be revealed in a future episode!

  2. Neiko says:

    I think you wrote Tsubaki instead of Tatsumi. ^^

  3. Zyke says:

    I really like how this series is progressing. Will be exciting to see if they can maintain the momentum from this match to progress the story while keeping matches interesting but also not bogging the series down with an endless string of league “upsets”

    I’m sure it was mentioned on other episodes but I hate how they have the Japanese dub over the spoken Portuguese+ subtitles. While I’m indifferent one way or the other its disconcerting to have the Portuguese during the recap/early in the episode and then have the characters voiced by a totally different sounding Japanese VA later, then to go back to the Portuguese in the end. especially cause they use it for stupid lines like when Carlos is surprised by Tsubaki’s expression prior to his pass to Gino.

    I guess its cause they don’t want the viewer to be distracted by reading during the “action” but I think the switch in VAs is even worse.

  4. Westlo says:

    I wonder if the last episode will contain a 20 minute recap?

  5. Linnie says:

    I especially loved Tsubaki’s inexperience while dealing with reporters. He doesn’t think of tactics or what he’s doing – he’s just doing it. He has a long way to go.
    Good point for opposing coach – he didn’t ignore his japanese players, he wants them to play along with Brazilians and learn something from them. He’s less evil than I imagined :D

  6. gandalf88 says:

    i just finished watching this episode, and there are a few gripes that i have with this series. one, we aren’t clearly told what positions the players hold and what formation that they use in their match. i like to watch football matches, and without these, i feel like i cant really see how the match is going on, and i also cant gauge for myself whether the players are playing well in their positions. there is also the lack of a wide overview of the matches, like in tv broadcasts of live matches. instead, all we get is mostly close ups of one-on-one situations with monologues of the players, or just a few scenes of attacking or defending plays.

    the other gripe i have is with those fans. maybe there are people like that in the real world, but i quite hate it especially when one of those old fans of ETU kept saying how before this Tsubaki was useless, but now he’s suddenly playing well. and how the leader of the radical fans kept saying how they are the most important part of the team, and how they have to cheer so their team can win.

  7. boo says:

    Was the “Milk Crown” on the billboard something else or was it really a reference to the manga? And if it was manga then which one? The Shoujo one? The hentai one? And most importantly what’s the connection?

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  • oldyang
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 06:36 PM)
    Ajin is interesting, but the character design is weird. Everyone looks lifeless and angry.
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:55 AM)
    it’d actually be a shame for them to make it into I Wanna Be the Strongest in the World, or worst
  • wicked
    (Wednesday, Feb 10. 2016 08:54 AM)
    @Aidan, Yeah that guy tries really hard to make it more than just fanservice though. I have a weird respect for people that can play ridiculous concepts straight.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Feb 9. 2016 08:31 PM)
    Alright, if I can just catch up with Gundam orphans then I can finally post this summery.
    Also RWBY has gotten quite good lately.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Feb 9. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @wicked, that’s the surprising thing. I still think the reason its getting a anime adaption is simply because of the premise and I bet the anime is going to play up the fanservice. It is pretty standard sports manga despite how utterly ridiculous the sport is.I mean that exam which featured girls swinging their asses in figure 8s…and not one person pointed out how strange it was.
  • wicked
    (Tuesday, Feb 9. 2016 06:31 AM)
    @Aidan Gotta hand it to Keijo though, it takes that fighting with tits and ass thing crazy serious.
    It’s straight up a friendship, effort, victory shounen fighting manga otherwise
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Feb 8. 2016 01:45 PM)
    Keijo is getting an anime adaption huh…well its a manga about girls pushing each other off floating platforms using just their ass and boobs. Of course it’s getting an anime adaption.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Feb 8. 2016 01:41 PM)
    @CloudedAnime, Normally I am not too keen on others using this Shoutbox to push their blogs but I will allow it this time. (Pretty certain that compliment was insincere and being pasted everywhere else you are pushing that blog. The joys of self promotion…)
    Just ease off on the exclamation marks there and keep at it.
  • CloudedAnime
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 06:54 AM)
    Love this place! Come check out my blog too at Clouded Anime! Follow me on Twitter too for updates! https://cloudedanime.wordpress.com/
  • wicked
    (Sunday, Feb 7. 2016 05:49 AM)
    @kaiser though those were published in japanese magazine, they were full on mangas

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