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At the end of last week’s episode, Indou Kaoru, the team captain of Saku High, asked Tsukamoto to play soccer with him. This week we begin with the duo heading to a local futsal venue (Five-a-Side Soccer), to play a pick-up match. How the pick-up works: anyone who wants to play signs up and the venue assigns random teams. Indou and Tsukamoto are put against each other. Tsukamoto’s teammates note that Indou is a terrifying living legend, and that it’s going to be a special day at the venue.
The first period of the match begins and Indou’s team immediately scores after Indou makes an amazing pass to one of his players. Tsukamoto doesn’t understand why Indou doesn’t just dribble the ball and score himself, since he believes Indou outclasses everyone on the field. For the entire first period, Indou just passes the ball to his teammates and by the end of it the score is 10 to 0, in Indou’s favor.
Before the second period begins, Tsukamoto approaches Indou and tells him that he can play seriously now. Indou scoffs at Tsukamoto and asks him if he really thinks that dribbling and shooting are more serious than passing. He tells Tsukamoto that the one taking the game casually is Tsukamoto himself! Indou continues saying that he plays to win and that he has thrown himself at the feet of the soccer gods.
That’s the kind of soccer I play – now I want you to show me yours.
The second period begins and Indou’s team quickly scores ten more goals, putting the score at 20 to 0. Tsukamoto’s team wants to score at least one goal. He starts running towards his opponent’s goal, and this leaves his team open for a shot. They score a goal. Tsukamoto exclaims:
That’s the kind of soccer I want to play. I’ll run forever.
After the games are over, Indou calls Mizuki to pick up Tsukamoto. Indou tells Mizuki that they’ve played ten rounds of futsal and gives Mizuki a warning. “We can beat you now. But even I’m not sure what will happen if you include Tsukamoto in your team. I look forward to it.”
Later on, Kazama and Tsukamoto are hanging out and Kazama notices that Tsukamoto’s laces are threadbare. We also learn a little bit more about Seiseki’s star passer, Kimishita. He’s a terrifying personality who angers quickly when someones abuses his equipment. He rails into Kurusu for leaving his shin guards on the field asking him if he wants to die!
After practice, Kazama takes Tsukamoto to an equipment shop to buy new laces for his cleats. When they walk in, they see Kimishita sitting behind the counter. Apparently, the store is part of Kimishita’s family house. Kimishita tells Kazama to go get some ice cream and levels with Tsukamoto after Kazama leaves. He tells Tsukamoto that he plays to win and that he can never pass the ball to Tsukamoto because he’s too hopeless. He sees no reason why Tsukamoto would ever be needed on the field.
Kazama returns with the ice cream and leaves with Tsukamoto. Tsukamoto asks him how he receives a pass and Kazama says he’s never thought about it. “If I want the ball, Kimishita just passes it”. Kimishita notices that Tsukamoto has left his cleats in the store and he is at first annoyed, but then sees the shape they are in. He laughs and says that he destroyed a lot of cleats back in his day as well.
The next day, Kimishita approaches Tsukamoto with his forgotten cleats. The other first-years panic, but Tsukamoto thanks him for letting them hang out. Kimishita then asks Tsukamoto if he’s poor. Tsukamoto says he lives alone with his mother but they are happy, and Kimishita gives him his cleats. Tsukamoto finds that they are completely repaired, and Kimishita recognizes the care Tsukamoto shows to his equipment.
The Inter High players set up a defence versus the offense dummy game. Tsukamoto is determined to get a pass sent to him and he remembers what Indou and Kazama have said. You have to want the ball! No longer will Tsukamoto just run; he has to run with a purpose. Tsukamoto runs into an open position, wants the ball, and Kimishita passes it to him.
What happens next? Well that’s for you to find out!
I’ve talked about the extensive cast of DAYS before and it seems like we’ll have several more episodes of character growth in the future. This episode has a few good bits of humor, but it’s not as exciting at episode 5. That being said, it still keeps up the good pace, and it’s always awesome when Kazama hangs with Tsukamoto. I’ve really got an itch for more soccer matches though, especially after the last episode. I’m hoping we get to see more games soon because they are the most exciting.
See you all next week!