What They Say
ETU continues their run. WIll they prevail? Only time will tell.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the wind at their backs essentially after the change in halves, the ETU is ready to move forward hard and try to take things back after Tatsumi's little pep talk. There's something different in their mindset and we see them going at it all out, with the focus on Akasaki and Natsuki with what they're going through in trying to get to the next level. While Natsuki has dominated this particular segment, his role of a support player is what's critical here and when the ETU scores a goal in the opening sequence alone, it changes the dynamic even more and gives Natsuki the realization of just what kind of forward he wants to be. They still need two goals to win though and the tide is definitely against them.
The tension is definitely getting to the Osaka players though as when an attempted goal goes badly, Hauer gets pushed over the edge with the way Kuroda irritates people and Hauer finds himself getting a penalty card. It's another change to things as well as the way the ETU is definitely keeping pace with Osaka, causing them to work harder than they might ordinarily. Even Kubota has been pulled out of the game as he wouldn't last another ten minutes at the rate he's going. The mistakes keep adding up and the Osaka players are starting to get the picture, but there doesn't seem to be too much they can do about it just yet. And there are a few neat little things coming into play such as when Gino reveals what his real goal has been all game, something that Dulfer is just starting to comprehend himself.
Though he doesn't get a huge amount of time, Tsubaki is still one of the best players to watch since like Kubota, he's just so thrilled with what he's able to do and where he is that he's having fun. There's an energy and enthusiasm to him that hasn't been burned out by experience yet and he adds that refreshing layer. But the rest of the time shine beautifully as well, such as Kuroda causing quite a lot of trouble to seeing how Akasaki goes through the troubles he has here. Gino really shines a lot though when he makes his reveal about the plan that Tatsumi gave him and how his dissatisfaction about the whole thing boils down to how it affects his statistics since his successful pass rates are dropping significantly in this game, though technically they're all quite successful.
Though it ends on a cliffhanger, Giant Killing continues to make this a pretty thrilling game. Shows that spend this much time on a game can alienate some fans for understandable reasons, but with the show working through several of the team members and the challenges they have to focus, as well as their general growth, it's been working out well to give us a look at the team coming together in an amazing way with a creative plan by their coach. The action is decent here, with some really shining moments here and there, but it's the players and their internal monologues and victories that make it so exciting to watch, and has me anxiously awaiting a new episode every week. This episode is no exception.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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