I may just put my coverage of Days on hold for a while, pending events on-screen. Weekends are (as so often the case) the busy part of the calendar this anime season, and we’re kind of in a holding pattern in terms of what’s happening in the story.
- Tsukishi is still running non-stop, on and off the field
- Tsukishi is still pretty much clueless on the ball
- Ubukuata is still pretty insufferable (seriously – no one in the club has any problem with the manager making one of the active players do her job?)
The more consequential events this week involved the referee for whatever reason deciding not to issue any yellow cards despite a pretty much non-stop parade of chippy fouls – mostly against Kazama – by the opponent, Ariake. We see this a lot in soccer – an outgunned team trying to play a war of attrition against a stronger opponent and hold out for penalty kicks. And it certainly makes sense for them to target Kazama, a hotshot first-year with a skinny build and a history of flakiness. We also got the introduction of a new character, Narukami Shuuji (Hanae Natsuki), who’s almost as tiny as Tsukishi but also happens to be Sakuragi’s #10 and leading scorer. I suspect his role is going to be showing Tsukishi that great size and strength isn’t needed to be an impact player in soccer.
As for the game itself, most notable probably is that Mizuki finally got onto the field – though it came only after Tsukishi (himself a sub) was kicked in the head going for a flying header against Ariake (which should have been a PK, but you know, absentee ref). He ends up showing that great size and strength can actually be pretty useful, scoring on a header despite Ariake’s determination to triple-mark him (which, of course, frees up so much space for Mizuki’s teammates that no special heroism on his part should probably have been necessary). That gets Seiseki into the final – where to say it would be a shock if Saku weren’t the opponent would be a massive understatement.
It may make some sense to do an “in-series” digest post with this show, funnily enough – let developments pile up for two or three episodes and then turn them into a post. I am still enjoying Days, but it’s creeping along rather slowly for the nonce. Let’s play it be ear for now.