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This caught me completely off guard. Episode 24 of DAYS is here and with it our final review of the season. I was certain that there were many more ‘days’ left, but the year flew by and the team grew. In the Season 2 finale, there are several questions to be answered. The biggest being when is Season 3 of the DAYS anime coming out? Time to head back to Seiseki’ soccer club and find out where the team stands.
Japanese Original Episode Title:このチームでもっとサッカーがしたい
Kimishita scored the game winning free kick last week, with only seconds left in a tied match. He hat-tricked with penalty kicks. This was an impressive feat and made more so with the fact that Seiseki only had ten players on the field. Keiou turned out to be an incredibly tough opponent. If DAYS was a fighting anime, this was the Goku VS Piccolo match. Both teams built a healthy respect and friendship after battling together and Maru and Kai have promised to support Seiseki in the final match. Indou insists that Seiseki could have lost, but Mizuki tells him he knew they’d win.
After the game, Coach tells Seiseki to go home and rest for a day. The first years are tasked with putting up equipment, but Tsukamoto seems solemn. Kazama is the only one who notices. Nitobe leaves his shin guards in the clubhouse and he and Kurusu’s gang return to pick them up. When they arrive, they see Tsukamoto practicing shots. He’s crying too. They don’t understand what’s happening, but Kazama lays it out for them. Tsukamoto played excellently during the game and was the sole reason for all of the penalty kicks. Despite this, Tsukamoto feels he let the team down by being unable to score and blames himself. Kurusu’s gang join him practicing and Ubukata spirals into a strange state of compassion.
Kazama and Tsukamoto run into each other and have a heart to heart. Tsukamoto has come to a decision – He wants to play with Seiseki and Kazama does too. Even though he’s injured, he promises he will play for five to ten minutes in the Final versus Touin. Touin is a terrifying team though and Ubukata goes incognito to scout them out. She reveals to Seiseki’s coach that Seiseki may end up losing. She tells Coach she’s taking some time off.
Seiseki watches the Saku High’s semi-final win. But Saku High is shaken, the finals will be hard for both teams and this makes Tsukamoto afraid. When the team returns to the field to play the final match, they are shaken. In the locker room, Coach tells Seiseki that Ubukata will be outlining strategy. She has spent the past week researching Touin. She believes she’s found a strategy for a win. This comforts Tsukamoto.
The credits roll as both Touin and Seiseki take the field. There’s a lot of high energy and everyone we’ve come to love throughout the series is watching the game. But we’re not! Because the season has ended and we’re left with a massive cliffhanger and one last ‘Seiseki Fight!’
We get to wrap this season up with a highlight from Kazama. While the rest of the first years are carrying equipment, Kazama doesn’t. Instead, he is just riding around on a skateboard. It’s some subtle comedy that shows Kazama’s back to his old self, or at least pretending to be. There’s humor in it, but it’s also revealing more of his character.
Ooshiba the Cool:
Last week, Ooshiba got in trouble by his sister for being overly boisterous. This week she is still grabbing him by the ear, but he promises he’s a changed man. It sounds like mere excuses, but when he takes the field for the final match, he puts an encouraging hand on Tsukamoto’s shoulder and there’s definitely something different in his attitude. Something almost Captain like.
Ubukata School Girl Infiltration:
Ubukata comes to meet with Coach, but when she opens the door he freezes and blushes. He starts to tell her that her outfit isn’t appropriate and makes some heavy implications. Ubukata is wearing a schoolgirl uniform, but she assures him it isn’t what he thinks. The entire scene is great and worth keeping an eye out for.
It’s okay to be self-critical as long as you use it to improve yourself. I think Tsukamoto has found a good balance for this. Instead of hurting himself and others, he uses his negative feelings to fuel positive practice and team building experiences. Ubukata also realizes how much Seiseki means to her and uses her natural research abilities to prove herself to the team. All of Seiseki has undergone a transformation and you can see a great change in their attitudes from Episode 1. Seiseki plays soccer for fun, now.
I’m not sure what’s next. There is a 3rd season in the works, but I suspect we may also see an OVA before too long. I’m disappointed that there was no conclusion to the Inter High tournament this season, but I understand why. All the praise I’ve given the series for character building and eventful soccer matches is the reason for this, and I’d much rather have more story and plot development, than rush through an entire series. I loved DAYS!
If you’re looking for a support group to pass the time (and soccer ball) with between seasons, I’m right there with you. Leave a comment below and maybe we can come up with enough crazy fan theories and excitement to make the wait seem super short. I’ve had a lot of fun this season and look forward to next time we meet! Seiseki Fight!
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