AOKANA -Four Rhythm Across the Blue- – #08
In the FC national summer tournament pre-final match, Misaki lost confidence in herself. Her abrupt request of resignation surprised the club members in the last episode. In this round, the first part focuses on Misaki, followed by the latter half featuring Asuka. We also get to learn something about Masaya’s intriguing past.
Let’s dive right into the highlights of the eighth episode!
Synopsis: Episode 8
“I… Can’t Fly Anymore”
On the first day of the second semester Misaki submits her letter of resignation to the FC club.
Surprised, The FC members exept Masaya tries every possible way she can think of to find out the real reason why Misaki is quitting. But Misaki keeps flaking on.
Watching Misaki’s behavior, Masaya overlaps his previous himself, and confides in on Misaki about his past experiences.
One day, the Kunahama receives a surprise visitor.
Highlight 1: Masaya’s Past
Masaya used to be an experienced FC player, however, he quit playing, for some personal reason. In this episode, his reflection on his past trauma reveals what exactly happened and why he had to be a quitter.
What had triggered Masaya to share his past with Misaki is his motivation to cheer her up.
“I can’t fly any more, FC used to be fun, but now, I don’t find it fun.”
Misaki is obviously depressed. Masaya starts talking about his past. It turns out that Masaya himself had once turned his back to FC.
The first time Masaya played FC was in his elementary school days. He loved winning games, and eventually, he placed at the first in the national tournament. He enjoyed playing FC for a while, until he was picked as one of the Japanese representatives to play at the World Cup tournament. The pressure was overwhelming. He feared about losing to someone, about facing someone who is better than him. The fear overpowers the fun of playing FC.
One day, a complete beginner player came to Masaya and asked him to play a game, just on a whim. Masaya gave it a go, and to his surprise, he lost the game. This event triggered his resignation from FC.
Masaya continues telling his story to Misaki, and says,
“You know what, it’s equally hard to keep running away from it.”
So there you have it… Masaya too had a struggling past. Nonetheless he came back to the world of FC, which I want to think is his first phase to overcome the problem. Personally, I can’t help expecting a scenario in which Masaya makes a full come-back as a player!
Highlight 2: Asuka’s Growth
Following Misaki, it is Asuka’s turn to experience a defeat.
The tough player who defeated Shindo in the national tournament – Saki Inui. She and Irina came over to the school suddenly. Irina made a surprise request to Kunahama FC club: A practice match between Kunahama FC club vs Kairyo Academy.
Asuka requests to play against Saki.
Saki scored the first point using her speed to her advance. Asuka, on the other hand, chooses a tactic to throw a full attack near the second line, however, Saki dodges that and shoots up extremely high in the air. From there, Saki launches her favorite strategy, Bird Cage.
Asuka responds to this by applying High Yo-Yo, and dives right under the spot which Saki is facing. Air Kick Turn enables Asuka to instantly change her direction 180-degrees. Using this technique Asuka tries to catch Saki, but, no matter how many times she tries, Saki fends her off.
Asuka quickly loses her stamina. Gathering the last power she can find, she makes another attempt of Air Kick Turn to find a breakthrough, but unfortunately, her body gives up, and Asuka falls into the ocean.
The moment she loses balance and falls head first to the ocean, her favorite hair accessory comes off from her head. This makes this scene quite suspenseful and memorable.
This game was a complete loss for Asuka.
Asuka is usually cheerful and positive. The scene she sobs in frustration shows a striking contrast to her normal bright demeanor. Her frustration is palpable, her tears are heartbreaking.
Now, both Asuka and Misaki experienced frustrating defeat, which brings us even more reasons to keep watching their progress. I’m already looking forward to the next episode!
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