It seems that Sengoku Basara fever is spreading
It’s as if the rain that makes me stuck in campus is telling me to finish this Kuroko post in time, heh. Not that I mind though, since watching bishies playing basketball makes the weather feels warm for some reason. Maybe it’s the bishies.
It’s a Tie!
As it can be guessed, the match is a tie. This means that both Seirin and Shuutoku will go for the next round. This is another proof that both teams have tried their best and developed into better teams than how they were last season. Though nobody wins, the tie became something that satisfied both teams. Even the audience don’t mind about the result of the match, seeing how the audience clapped for both teams. Why? Because it really was a good game. Both teams were really into it, and not a second they stopped trying. Both teams tried and tried and tried despite of the scores and refused to give up until the end. Though it’s a tie, I refused to see it as a tie. I see it as victory for both teams, as both teams gave it all for the match. Both Seirin and Shuutoku deserve this victory.
Besides, the promise between Kuroko and Midorima will matter a lot later on in the story.
Scars from the Past
Finally, it’s me-time for the senpai. Though we’re not yet at that part about Teppei’s injured leg, but we know that the passionate Hyuga used to hate basketball to the point where he literally changed his style so that people won’t mistake him as a used-to-be basketball player/fan (I giggled when I read Kyokai’s tweet about Hyuga’s hair). He even tried to get a “new goal” that could distract himself by “conquering the school.” But that’s not the point. The point is that he loves basketball so much to the point where he has to change everything just to erase even the smallest trace of basketball in his life. Unfortunately, that didn’t work. He still loves basketball, and the thought of him losing to Teppei on their one-on-one game pissed him off. Looking at Hyuga as a basketball player, it’s understandable why he wanted to forget basketball. Losing will always be a stain in every basketball players’ lives, but Hyuga’s scar is even worse. He always loses in basketball, and even when he wins, he will end up losing again. What makes it even worse is that those who keep winning will eventually be defeated by Teiko, Generation of Miracles’ residents. Losing from a team is already bad, but seeing the winning team defeated by another team is even worse. What sucks is the fact that the winning team at the end of the chain will always and always win (GoM), discouraging some people to put their effort at playing against the monstrous team. It makes sense for Hyuga to “hate” basketball. It’s as if he lost for nothing.
The question is, should we give up, knowing that we’ll lose in the end? Hyuga might have given up in the past, but Teppei didn’t. In fact, Teppei’s scar is much worse because he literally confronted the Generation of Miracles, feeling that pain of losing after working so hard not only mentally but also physically. Hyuuga was angry at the state of middle school basketball in Japan, but he didn’t fight against the Generation of Miracles. He only felt the pain emotionally. Directly fought against the Generation of Miracles, Teppei found out the limit of his physical body even though he’s one of the Kings. He finally knew why he is Uncrowned until now. So, if Hyuga thinks that he has the right to sulk, Teppei should have done the same thing as well because he already had a match against Teiko. And yet, he didn’t. Teppei still tried his best for basketball, even until now even though his leg is injured for reason unknown. His failures and trauma did not stop him from dedicating his life for basketball, nor he will stop. Now, again, should we give up, knowing that we’ll lose in the end? Will we be like the delinquent Hyuga or the shining Teppei?
Extra Yankee Balls:
Even though the end of the match can be predicted, seeing how they ended it last week, this episode became a satisfying resolution for the game. Nobody wins, but I personally don’t mind that. In fact, I think I’ll be slightly pissed or sad if one of the teams lost. Seriously, it was so intense because of the effort the players poured into the game. When I watched the game, there was this fire in my fangirl heart that glued me to the screen. Even though this is just anime, but man, I love how the characters are depicted as hard-working players passionate about basketball. And boy, how they looked so fiery in the game! They totally deserve that tie.
Preview: Is the mysterious injury going to be revealed later?