For a show that is supposed to be about soccer, a basketball centered episode was not what I was expecting.
The first half of the episode introduces Mio Odagiri, the freshman star of the girl’s basketball team. There’s just one thing about her: she can’t shoot the ball. In fact, she almost never makes a basket! But her height and ball handling skills do almost all but make up for her lack of shooting skills.
When she see’s Aoyama shooting during gym class, she quickly becomes interested in learning from him.
After he inadvertently suggests she should use her height to dunk the ball instead of shooting, she is finally able to score! In celebration, she touches Aoyama on the shoulder. But to everyone’s surprise, he isn’t repulsed or compelled to clean himself off! This sets off chaos in the school, as people begin to mistake this for the two of them dating.
As you might have guessed, they aren’t actually dating. Instead, Aoyama was just doing all of the physical things (like eating food made by other people, arm wrestling, and high five-ing after a goal) that he isn’t able to do with other people. Which I suppose is actually kind of cute to see Aoyama trying to express himself.
This episode was fun to watch, and the animation was good as always. But I can’t help but wondering when they are going to stop introducing so many new characters that we will most likely never see again.
As a show about soccer, I’m continuously surprised by the lack of soccer in each episode. But as a slice-of-life about a clean freak, I like it. I’m thinking we won’t see much soccer in the next episode either. So that should be interesting. I’ll try to be more punctual with next week’s post as well. Thanks for reading!