Archery takes a backseat in this week’s episode as the boys attempt to work through some of their issues. There’s always a few growing pains to work out, but it seems Minato’s and Seiya’s issues run much deeper than the normal high school drama. Will they be able to finally make up or will their recent split affect the rest of the team too? Find out in Episode 10, ‘Linked Heart’.
After managing to squeeze by in the prelims, the team decides to go to the local shrine to pray for luck in the upcoming tournament. Meanwhile, Minato confronts Seiya about his recent distant behavior…
Masa’s Worry: There’s another heart-to-heart scene between Masa and Tommy-sensei, this time about the woes of becoming an adult. After his run in with Seiya in last week’s episode, Masa’s confidence as an adult took a bit of a hit and he is searching for a bit of purpose.
Flashback: This week’s episode had quite a few flashbacks to when Seiya and Minato were kids, giving a bit more insight into Minato’s accident and how they got into archery. The memories dredge up painful memories from the past that put Minato and Seiya’s friendship to the test.
Kyudo Facts and Terms
*None this week*
Themes & Trivia
Rhino Beetles: Masa compares the boys to rhinoceros beetles. Rhino beetles are a type of beetle known for their unique sizes and shapes, their most distinctive feature being the large horn like protrusions from their heads.
Yasaka 8-dan, Saionji 7-dan, Osone 7-dan: While dispensing some of his ancient wisdom to Masa, Tommy-sensei lists off a number of prominent kyudo experts and their ranking (dan).
Like I said in the intro, this week’s episode didn’t feature archery as prominently as the previous few episodes. Instead Episode 10 focused on resolving Seiya and Minato’s recent falling out and I am glad that they decided to wrap things up as quickly as they did. So far, Tsurune has done a great job of pacing the story, issues will arise and are dealt with within one or two episodes, something KyoAni’s Free series hasn’t seemed to master just yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of drama every now and again, but, I hate when a series drags the drama out over four or five episodes when the issue could have been dealt with in half the time.
I wasn’t really a Seiya fan before this episode and I’d be lying if I said this episode changed my opinion of him all that much, but, I will say that I do understand him a bit more as a character. And, I especially love how brutally honest he was with Masa. He’s still not my favorite, but, after these last 2 episodes he’s become a lot more tolerable.
This was a sweet, heartfelt episode that delved into the pasts of Minato and Seiya, while also wrapping up the conflict that arose between the pair. There were some genuine moments and some not so much… but, still another great episode.
I’ll be back next week with another Tsurune review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Fall 2018 reviews!!
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