I really like sports. Unfortunately, game length can be a bit of a problem. Unless the game is very competitive or at least fun to watch, it can become difficult to sit through three or more hours of a single match. Do you see what I am getting at? I don’t want to sit through half a season and only get one meaningful game done. Heck, this game isn’t even over yet.
I would say that a lot happened in this episode, but that would make me a liar. Kuroko came into the game and quickly changed the momentum into Seirin’s favor. He terrified the enemy team when he blowed past Midorima with the Phantom Drive. The reason that Kuroko went after Midorima first was obviously a scare tactic. After that, Kuroko was able to use his misdirection once again due to his high energy reserves. The time on the bench means that Kuroko is a little quicker than Takao this time around. Kuroko’s wild passes has made the run and gun strategy even better as it is now far less predictable. Shutoku isn’t backing down though. Midorima and company are continuing to score and the game is tied after Teppei scored a clutch free throw. You can’t have a game ending on free throws, so Teppei missed the game winning shot. Time for the game to end right? No, we may see that happen in the next episode.
Current Opinion of the Show:
I am not very pleased with the pacing of this series right now. I know that they are trying to emphasize certain things like the length of the game and special moves, but I feel like Seirin has been playing Shutoku for an entire season. We are looking at the Dragon Ball syndrome right now and that bothers me. I can’t believe that we have to wait for next week to see the outcome of the game. I think that Seirin is going to lose, but I am usually wrong about these things. Well, we will not be getting out of the preliminaries at this rate. I can only imagine some training going down after their next game before we have to wait on season three. There is a lot of basketball left to be played and I don’t think that we should be getting a ridiculous number of seasons for this series. The manga makes me think that we aren’t getting too much more.
I think hat this episode was more about facial expressions than anything else. It seemed as though half of the episode was dedicated to showing Midorima react to things going on around him. I think that watching all of the episodes that feature this game together would result in a good deal of tension, but I feel as though breaking it up the way that they do is taking away from that. It may be a personal opinion, but I am just not a fan. Maybe I am the one doing things incorrectly. I am watching these episodes while I am fairly tired. I may not have the patience to deal with stuff like this when it comes to that. Having said that, I don’t think that it would help me a great deal to watch this series when I am not tired. I am starting to ramble because there isn’t much to say right now. Not a lot happened in this episode, that is a bad thing, and I think that things need to change. Did I like anything about this episode? Well, Kuroko is actually evolving and that is a good thing. I wish that he could shoot the ball after his drive, but that may be asking for too much.
While I’d say I’ve been enjoying the match, it has taken a decent chunk of episodes and there’s still a lot of other stuff that I want to happen in this season before it all ends. I wouldn’t say this match is bad, but I wouldn’t by any means say it’s one of the top matches of the series either, and I’m still waiting for something that amazes me as much as Kaijo vs Touou from last season.