AOKANA -Four Rhythm Across the Blue- – #03
KONNICHIWA! I’m Emi, the writer. A joint training camp with the powerhouse Takafuji School begins. After completing the hard exercises, both teams get ready for the big day tomorrow; A practice match between Kunahama vs. Takafuji School. The third episode is packed with Flying Circus attractions. You also get to enjoy the Kunahama players’ progress since they are getting better and stronger.
Let me share with you the highlights of the third episode!
Synopsis of the third episode
Aoi Kagami, the supervisor of FC (Flying Circus) club, organizes a joint training camp with the powerhouse Takafuji School Fukuru Island Branch. Thanks to the strenuous training with the Takafuji team members like Rika Ichinose, Kunahama players gain great improvement. On the last day of the camp, a practice match is held between Kunahama and Takafuji. The problem is, all of the competing members of the Takafuji team are qualified regular players. On top of such already-high hurdle, Misaki is assigned to play against the Takafuji FC team captain and reigning champion of the last year’s national tournament, Kazunari Shindo.
Highlights 1: FC special techniques debut!
The climax is definitely the practice match between Kunahama and Takafuji. Three games are scheduled. First, Asuka Kurashina vs Rika Ichinose, second up is Mashiro Arisaka vs Reiko Satoh-In. The last game is Misaki Tobisawa vs Kazunari Shindo.
Flying Circus appears to support many variations of special attacks. Some of those debuted in this episode. Let’s review them.
- LOW YO-YO
A player dips down quickly and accelerates using gravity, then, by taking advantage of the velocity, shoots up speedily.
A player quickly goes left and right, to confuse the opponent. It’s just like a jig-zag move in succor.
- HIGH YO-YO
A player goes up once, then dip down fast to gain more speed.
- AIR KICK TURN
A player quickly changes the direction by kicking the air. This is considered an advanced technique. In the very first episode of the show, Asuka used this technique in her very first match. It’s quite impressive!
Highlights 2: Realistic practice match
Pay close attention to the match between Misaki and Kazunari Shindo. He is the captain of the Takafuji School Flying Circus club. He also won the national tournament last year. He’s kwon as an all-rounder and for his amazing speed play.
In the beginning, Misaki uses a short-cut approach, but, Shindo is way faster than she is; he quickly racks up several points. In the succeeding phase, Misaki changes her strategy to her best and favorite strategy, dogfight; however, she is still no match to Shindo’s expertise. At this point, Masaya analyzes that Shindo never starts a dogfight himself, and advices Misaki to change the strategy again. This time, Misaki opts for counter attacks. Also, she regains her composure thanks to Masaya’s kind words – let your body rage, but keep your head cool. Misaki uses all her might to play better than Shindo. In the end, finally, she scores one point! Aww this scene is so exhilarating! All in all, the practice match ends in Kunahama’s complete loss. Despite the game score, the viewing experience left me with a great feeling.
Well, how was it?
The show illustrates the progressive stages as Kunahama FC’s teammates get obsessed with Flying Circus. It’s hot! I’m looking forward to the next episode.
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