The league matches continue on and the team deals with some new struggles in their journey to the top.
What They Say
Experiencing a long streak of poor performances for several years in the Japanese professional football league, the East Tokyo United (ETU) hires Takeshi Tatsumi as manager to try to break the curse that seems to have fallen over the team. Will he be successful in turning the team around?
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The ETU continues to gain ground and now that Natsuki is back the team is changing a little more. One of the more interesting and amusing changes is watching how things go within the games themselves when it comes to the spectators. While the ETU has always had fans, they have a growing cheering section now and that's helping to inspire them a lot more than they used to. In the fifth league match against Yokohoma, The size of the audience in general continues to grow and the evening match that plays out has a very different feel to it when you pull back to the bigger picture and see just how much is involved.
The game against Yokohoma is of a different difficulty than their past ones as that team has definitely watched what has happened before with the ETU and is working to shore up those defenses. While the ETU would previously be marginalized, for good reason, the two wins in a row of league matches and the changes made to the line-up is making them more of a serious contender in each match. They've found their rhythm and now other teams have to start paying more attention. At the same time, now that the ETU is facing more serious challenges, they have to up their game as well since the competition is ready for them and some of the moves that they've show so far. We see that with Sera, who is already struggling with the return of Natsuki to the team after his injury hiatus.
Sera's struggles is what dominates the character side of the show right now, similar to the evolution we saw Tsubaki go through and a touch like Murakoshi. He's continuing to be very frustrated with himself that he's unable to score and he ends up pushing himself as hard as he can to no avail. It's not only frustrating for him but for the spectators and the coaches, though the spectators continue to cheer him on heartily which encourages him. After the Yokohoma game, even though they got the result that they wanted, Tatsumi is still ready to chew a few of them out in his own special way. Yet Sera gets furious with himself over the fact that Tatsumi won't even drag him in to yell at him, making him feel even worse.
The focus on Sera is certainly welcome as another player who has to rise to the occasion. Unlike Tsubaki who was completely new to the team, Sera has extra issues to deal with when it comes to Natsuki and how he feels that his position could disappear on him. The games move by quickly here so we don't have the same lengthy game that we saw for Tsubaki, but the focus here is different and moving across a couple of games after building on what came before works well. Sera's problems are understandable and interesting to watch as he tries to feel like he's a true asset to the team rather than someone who can be dropped from the main roster.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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