Now with yuri
My lappy is filled with ash I don’t even AAAGHHHHHHH
UGLA sounds familiar
Meet Alex, Kagami’s coach. Who knew that Kagami’s coach is a woman? Even I was surprised when I read it in the manga. It’s nice how the one with power is Alex though (despite of her cliché I-had-some-eyesight-problems-then-little-kids-saved-me past). This anime is filled with so many boys dripping with homo aura, seeing a powerful woman like Alex is like a breath of fresh air. She even kisses girls too, so that’s definitely a break from all the yaoi hints from this anime. Putting the kiss aside, though there are few women in this anime, all of them are exceptionally strong. Momoi, Riko, Alex, Yosen’s manager – they are all strong women whom the male characters looked up to and rely on. And I like this. The females in this series are few in number, but they have quality in their personality. What’s even better, the men actually depend on the women’s abilities. I mean, there’s no way these excellent players would be in Winter Cup if not for their managers’ or coaches’ help. Yes, men dominate this anime, but without the few women in here, there’s no way the men can do what they are doing now. Few in number, but rich in quality? No problem at all. I’d rather have that than a bunch of females with no brain.
Kuroko & Aomine
I’m too lazy to separate this into two, so I’ll just merge the two topics into one. Anyhow, as it can be seen, Seirin revealed all their trump cards because of the overwhelming power of Aomine’s and Touou’s. Kagami is right, they needs to come up with something new. Though Alex’s hidden trick might look a bit too convenient for Kagami, at least Kuroko’s trying to develop himself into the new path that he had discovered. And it’s no other than… Shooting! Hyuga’s explanation to Kuroko’s weakness makes sense. His ability relies too much on his teammates. Not that Kuroko should be blamed for this since it seems that Akashi taught him that kind of style on purpose. Y’know, the hidden pillar and all that. But Hyuga’s right. Kuroko’s jutsu would be useless if everybody’s busy with their own things, and Kuroko has no choice but to to shoot by himself. And think about it too. If Kuroko can shoot, he would make one scary bsketball player if he combines his invisibility with his shooting ability. This makes me wonder too, why didn’t Akashi teach Kuroko how to shoot when Kuroko has so much potential in that ability of his? I smell hidden agenda from Akashi.
The potential in this ship is back
Ehm, back to the topic. Kuroko wants to learn to shoot, but he only has little time to practice. Of course, it would make sense for him to learn from the best, which is Aomine. From the conversation between Aomine and Kuroko, we can see that Aomine has slowly regained his humanity back after feeling such unbearable loss after so many years. This might look cliché, but Aomine is the perfect example of a human being, a being that needs to experience both joy and sadness to be called a “human.” Aomine lost his victory, but he regained his humanity back. Is that worth it? I’d definitely say it’s worth it, because if not, there is no way Aomine would be willing to teach Kuroko how to shoot. Basketball might be important, but still, basketball without emotion is meaningless. Thankfully, Aomine has it now, so I’m pretty sure he will stand up again and regain his victory.
Extra Hot Pot:
I have been squealing and screaming for Kuroko, having myself laughed because one episode of it is definitely… weird, in a way. I mean, it’s been so many episodes and all. But this episode is definitely funny. And still, dramatic. This episode managed to fuse Kuroko’s humorous and serious aspects of the story into one, creating such a natural feeling despite of the mixture of comedy and drama in here. Behind the laughs, there is the anxiety every player will have – the fear of failing in the middle despite of their hard work. Behind their anxiety, there is a desire to win the Winter Cup no matter what, and they are willing to do whatever to improve themselves in order to win the game. To be honest, I’ve seen this formula in Kuroko‘s episodes so many times, but somehow I will never get tired from it. I just hope that others won’t get tired of this. You’re not, right?
Preview: Seirin vs. Yosen!