AOKANA -Four Rhythm Across the Blue- – #12
Everyone, this is it, the final episode of Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue is here! The highlight from this round is undoubtedly the match between Asuka and Saki. The grand finale filled me with awe-inspiring sensations. All right! Let’s look at the last story and its highlights!
Synopsis: Episode 12
“Let’s… Keep Flying!!”
Saki won the semifinals but she feels like something inside her is not the same anymore; she was deeply touched by Misaki’s demonstration of grit.
Irina is furious at Saki, for ignoring her instructions and derailed the game to an impure and ugly victory. Saki swears that she will perform the next game without flaws.
It’s time for the game between Asuka vs Saki. Right before the bell rings, Asuka announces to Saki, that she is determined to have fun no matter what.
The curtain of the finals goes up.
Highlight: The Final Round – Asuka vs Saki
In one word, the final match is, hot. It’s an intense, Palm-sweating, close match.
Asuka’s core power went up a lot over the last semester, thanks to the strenuous training that the team had designed to defeat Saki. In fact, Asuka upgraded herself to level Saki. In the final, Asuka demonstrated high-level techniques one after another, and scores three points, while Saki gets only one.
Of course Saki doesn’t go down that easily. Per Irina’s instruction, Saki turns off her balancer completely, and aggressively scores two more points, which brings her a 3-3 tie.
The audiences fall in complete silence as they watch the suspenseful air show. Asuka keeps herself busy with defense, being unable to get any lead on the situation. The time is up.
At this point, the final game enters the extra-time session.
What impressed me the most about this game is the striking difference between the two players in their FC playing style.
Saki works close with Irina and constantly relies on her instructions to impress the world with flawless and beautiful FC play. In a sense, Saki is like a robot.
On the contrary, Asuka truly enjoys flying through the sky.
This gap makes the viewers think: What is the real beautiful of FC? Irina repeatedly speaks about “a complete silence” and “beautiful FC.” Does that perhaps mean to demonstrate overwhelming power that shuts down the opponent? And how does she think that take-no-prisoner style can be entertaining? For real?
Kagami has a say about this. In her definition, FC is a sport that brings fun to both players and the audience.
After a short break, Asuka and Saki come back to compete in the extra time. Asuka makes a bold move; she turns off her balancer as well to be able to fly with Saki. She needs to catch up with her outrageous speed, but, this is her very first time to fly without any balancer support; sure enough, shortly after the game resumes, Asuka can’t support her balance and falls head-first into the ocean. The moment she makes contact with the water, amazingly, she resumes her balance and comes back to fight.
This scene is super awesome! A bonus is the theme song that comes into play at a perfect timing. I researched later; it’s an opening theme song of the original series. I bet it was a nice surprise present for the original fans 🙂
Asuka’s natural talent controls the Grav-shoes without the support of the balancer. She scores one after another.
You will notice changes in Saki. She’s obviously inspired by Asuka’s audaciousness. It is the same sensation she received from Misaki in her previous game. She feels something hot filling her entire body, which she never experienced before. This is the moment she understands the fun of flying through the sky for the first time in her life. She’s free from Irina’s instructions. She can fly at her own will and enjoy playing FC on her own – her face is shining with lively excitement.
The heated competition between Asuka and Saki is finally reaching its climax. The spectacle game fought by two geniuses ends in a victory of a competitor who didn’t give up the battle until the very end. It is Asuka. The game turns out to be not only an historic event in the world of Flying Circus but also marks the beginning of a new era, with both players’ innovative approach to their balancers.
Ahh, the grand finale of Aokana. Looking back, it feels that personal growth, friendship, and joy of flying, these three are the keywords throughout the show.
I found it impressive as to how each character matures into something better and greater. The girls are lively, energetically and memorable. The individual story is carefully crafted. It is obvious that the production staff poured day and night love and passion to their work of art.
As the show approached to the grand finale, each episode grew more and more memorable. It is a satisfying experience to complete the entire episodes. I was inspired by the stories a number of times, so, thank you. Overall, it is some great pieces of work that surpassed my initial expectation.
I enjoyed the show so much until the last moment. ARIGATO!
©sprite/Kunahama High School Flying Circus Club