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Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 3 Review

Episode three takes us back into actual soccer for a bit, but not without a nice ten or so minutes of comedy.  Which as you might have figured, is my favorite part of this show so far.

Group at family restaurant aoyama kun

The comedy scene features our soccer squad at a family restaurant taking shelter from the rain. While originally a nice and calm dinner, things quickly take a turn for the silly when my favorite six-pack wielding character Takechi comes in and challengers Aoyama’s gourmand teammate to see who can eat the entire menu first.

ab master flex
He eats that much with abs like those? I’m jealous.

This contest ends with Aoyama’s foodie teammate surviving the final dessert, and bringing home the gold. The entire scene, though, ends in wonderful fashion. It’s as if the show acknowledges that it hasn’t actually been about soccer for an episode and a half now, and makes sure to call that to attention.

this has nothing to do with soccer

But all good things must come to an end. So they returned to actual soccer shenanigans by the second half of the episode. And it somehow ends up with Aoyama being locked in the opposing team’s locker room, being held captive by that team’s captain’s girlfriend. This sabotage was meant to make sure Fujimi (Aoyama’s team) loses without their star player.

aoyama kun trapped

Things looked pretty grim, with Fujimi being down 2-0 with only 15 minutes left in the game. But fortunately, everyone’s favorite stalker Gotou Moka came to rescue Aoyama.

gotou moka behind kana-aoyamakun

After he is rescued, Aoyama makes sure to put the cheating team in their place. He puts his team up 5-2 in just 15 minutes, scoring himself a hat trick (3 goals in one game) in the process.

The animation never ceases to impress me, with each goal looking truly beautiful. So even though I am not a huge fan of the actual soccer scenes, they are definitely enjoyable to watch.

If you were disappointed in the lack of soccer in the last episode, then this one is definitely for you. While the comedy was more restrained this time around, I still really enjoyed episode three, and I’m looking forward to next week.

 

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun Episode 1 Review

The first show to start airing on my “Summer 2017 shows to watch” list is Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun. While not highest on my list of things to watch, I was nevertheless excited to get started watching it.

To start, I don’t have much experience with sports anime. I think The Prince of Tennis is the only sports anime I have really gone out of my way to watch, and even then I haven’t finished it yet. So this is all going to be fairly new to me. So I may think something is just amazing, that is actually pretty common in sports anime. If I do that, please feel free to call me out! Now on to my thoughts of the first episode.

aoyama cleaning soccer balls
What an incredibly time consuming task.

The episode starts off with pretty great and aesthetically pleasing ReLIFE-esque visuals, showing the title character scoring on a free kick. Now I don’t know much about soccer, but I do know that isn’t the easiest thing to do.  They also show the clean-freak attribute of Aoyama right away, with him dodging his teammates’ efforts to hug him to celebrate the game-winning goal. This set the show up to, in my opinion, be more of in the realm of a comedy than any other genre. Which is definitely good for me, since I don’t want a pure sports anime.

I also enjoyed the many non-soccer scenes of the show. For example, immediately following the pretty good OP song, was a good 5-10 minutes of Aoyama’s school life, and his unwinnable battle against dirt. I am rather glad there were a fair amount of non-soccer scenes, since I think too many is the reason I tend to avoid sports anime. I think that they get stale much faster than a slice-of-life, or something along those lines. Plus, those scenes are of course vital to character development.

butt ball man
Butt ball man.

On that note, I was really fond of the comedy thrown into the mix. While I was expecting the clean-freak jokes, I certainly did not expect the random niche character traits of the more minor characters. The two most notable, and right now my favorite, traits were a guy who seems to only make plays with his butt and a guy (Takechi) who finds every opportunity to flash and flex his abs. The latter is especially funny to me, since I remember many boys trying to show off their “abs” in my high school gym classes.

takechi abs
With abs like those, why not?

The last thing that I noticed was the intense music played when Aoyama scored the tying goal against Ab Man Takechi’s team. I’m used to music that matches the mood, sure, but I guess I just wasn’t expecting a song with vocals (that isn’t the anime’s OP or ED) to play. While it is a minor detail, it caught my attention and I definitely liked it. So I’m excited to hear some more dope songs played during changes in momentum.

This was only the first episode, so I’ll keep this review short. But I like what I saw. And assuming the comedy stays as the main driver for the show, I think I’ll like it! I also think it’ll be a good gateway for people like me who are on the fringe about watching sports anime.

Anyways, check back next week for my thoughts on episode 2!