Episode 21: Destroyer
It’s the semifinals, the first set of the game is nearing the end. Seijoh team throws in Kyoutani. Karasuno team is forced to adjust how they play.
Karasuno struggles to get on their usual rhythm, while Seijoh picks up their momentum. When the tide of match is about to change drastically, Karasuno sees a chance.
Review (spoiler alert)
Toward the end of 1st set, Karasuno took a set point. Then, the opponent team Seijoh brings in Kyoutani, also known as Kyouken-chan (mad dog). His play style is unpredictable and aggressive. He steals the toss (which was actually meant for another team member) and shoots a powerful attack. Despite the astonishing impact of the attack, the ball goes out side of the court, causing Karasuno to win the first set.
In the second set, Kyoutani is found in the starter members. Kyoutani runs from the side of the court and strikes a powerful inner spike, earning one point to Seijoh team.
Subsequently Kyoutani adds up three more points consecutively. But, Kyoutani is all about attacking without a strategy. He makes obvious mistakes in challenging the three-panel block from the full front. He fails in serving. Kyoutani is powerful but not stable.
Oikawa, Seijoh’s captain, is aware of this uncertainty. Thanks to his cleaver strategy to utilize Kyoutani’s unpredictable contribution to the team’s benefit, Seijoh steadily adds up points, making the gap between Seijoh and Karasuno wider and wider. To make matters worse, Oikawa’s powerful serve starts earning points.
Thanks to Tanaka’s great performance, the Karasuno team is able to catch up on the lost points fairly quickly. On top of that, Tsukishima switches with Sugasawa, who, consecutively serves great balls to Kyoutani’s area, keeping him busy with defending.
Additionally, Kageyama gets successful with the offense, and strikes nice attacks.
However, Kyoutani gets warmed up over the course of the second set. His performance gets increasingly steady and starts racking up more points, which contributes to Seijoh to broaden the gap even further. The “Mad Doggy” Kyoutani is only known as a double-edge sword, but, he’s actually a slow-starter. Using all the time allowed to the second set, Kyoutani warmed up to the best condition.
Facing the Karasuno team’s a tight situation, Yamaguchi stands up from the bench, and appeals to the team’s coach, that he should go out and play.
The Seijoh team members, as a whole, have a very stable performance base. It’s shown in the scene where Karasuno pulled out the new attack tactics. Seijoh’s team members show quick adjustment.
Not only has the team a solid base, it also allows a radical player like Kyoutani to warm up while playing until he reaches its full potential. That is pretty freaking awesome. Oikawa’s impactful serve doesn’t lead to points first but gradually starts hitting inside the line. On the other hand Karasuno team doesn’t have effective counterattacks, and starts getting weary.
It is impressive that in the last scene Yamaguchi puts up a silent protest toward the team coach. That is pretty cool.
It looks like we are going to have fun watching Yamaguchi in the spotlight, hey? This is the guy who has escaped from the pressure, because he doesn’t have confidence. That same guy stands up on his own will. He’s invincible. I’m sure. Let’s look forward to seeing his ultra serve!
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