The high school manga author Ozaki-kun is the character in focus this time, as Aoyama and his soccer related shenanigans take the back seat.
He is looking for inspiration for a new character in his manga, and it seems Aoyama is just the person for the job.
However, Ozaki sees Aoyama a bit differently then everyone else. Instead of a soft-spoken and somewhat shy clean freak who is skilled at soccer, Ozaki sees Aoyama as a tyrant forcing people to clean the path in front of him, forces people to cheer for him at soccer games, and (the worst of all) hates dogs! And thus, the evil blue wizard was born.
The story itself this episode was pretty comical, if a little random. I have honestly no idea where each episode is going to go next. So at least I’m always in for a surprise!
All in all not a bad episode, but I could have done without it. It’s existence kind of confused, since we hardly learned anything about Aoyama, except maybe what he’d look like if he were an evil wizard. It looks like next week’s episode may be about basketball? So I’m honestly not sure where we are going, but I think that just adds to the fun!
Aoyama-kun goes back to soccer themed content this week. This time, they play their second match in the high school tournament. While it should be an easy win for Fujimi, skeletons from Tsukamoto’s (the glasses wearing, ball-off-butt bouncing player) past come back to haunt him.
Tsukamoto is now known as the officer in charge of boosting the team’s morale with his and the other two stooges’ shenanigans. But in middle school, Tsukamoto was bullied by the team captain. Because of that, he froze up whenever he was playing against him. Now Fujimi plays Tsukamoto’s bully’s team, and Tsukamoto once again freezes up.
But this is Aoyama-kun’s show, after all. So we can’t forget about him. He overhears people during halftime explaining Tsukamoto’s situation, and devises a plan to have Tsukamoto score and bring back his confidence.
This episode takes a more serious tone, with bullying and all that. So if you were looking for strictly comedy like in the previous episode, you won’t find it here. This is also another one of the not Aoyama centered episodes. I think they are trying to build up the background of the other players on the team right now, while things are still early.
The animation and OST of each episode continue to impress. I’m not used to watching sports anime, so maybe it’s just that. But it feels like Aoyama-kun has some pretty stellar scenes. The game winning goal, as well as the subsequent play leading up to it, come to mind first. The hype-up music that also plays during these scenes is also really nice to hear. This OST may be one I have to add to my workout playlist. If I ever decide to work out, that is.
Based on my predictions, I am gonna guess that next week will take a break from soccer and lean more towards the comedy aspect of things. Those are my favorite episodes, so I am very ready for that!
I think I am starting to notice a pattern here with the content of the episodes. It seems like for every 1 soccer episode, there is another completely non-soccer episode. Which is totally okay with me, since these non-soccer episodes are pretty great too!
This episode features the closeted clean-freak Narita, and contrasts him directly to Aoyama. He thinks that being the closet clean-freak is smarter, allowing him to limit any human interaction altogether. In fact, most of his human interaction comes from an online MMORPG. His guild in this MMO is about to get a new member, who is oddly familiar.
Aoyama is discovered by Narita in their online game, but to Narita’s surprise, Aoi Sanmyaku is nothing like Aoyama. Easily embarrassed, quick to high-five others in celebration, and owner of a room that should be featured on an episode of Hoarders, it seems like Aoyama uses this game as an outlet to express how he might truly be if he were not a clean-freak. I particularly enjoyed this glimpse into internet Aoyama, as it offered a chance to see his cute side.
It also seems that the Summer 2017 anime season is the season of food. So far I’ve seen yummy looking food from Isekai Shokudou and Konbini Kareshi, but was not expecting to see it from Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun in this week’s episode. Narita and Aoyama team up to feed their class of hungry savages, and lots of tasty food is the result.
Despite Narita trying to hide his clean-freak behavior, Aoyama sees right through him. This bonding between the two keppeki danshi was truly a sight to see.
While there was almost zero soccer, it seems as though each episode has to have at least one scene showing the slightest amount of soccer. In this episode that would be Aoyama’s in game character using his patented Aoyama soccer skills to one-hit-KO the monster.
Not quite the sports anime I thought it was going to be, Aoyama-kun is much better of a comedy than I was expecting. So I’d say it is a fair trade. I’d have to recommend it to even people who dislike soccer or sports anime in general, as this is not your normal sports anime. So far it is a must-watch for fans of quirky MCs and overall good comedy.