This episode is the KasuKou team’s first water polo match and everyone’s reactions to what occurred afterwards. How well did the team play? What’s going on with the Suiran team? And who’s about to shake things up for everyone? Things are heating up in this drama! Let’s find out what happened!
Even though the KasuKou boys are little annoyed (and slightly nervous) about playing the Suiran girls’ team, the game gets started. The boys get off to a good start and Naoya even gets to score the first goal. In fact, they’re doing pretty good! The score at the end of the first period is 5 to 2 with KasuKou leading.
But the boys, of course, get a little overconfident and a little bit tired, so the score at the end of the second period is 6 to 8 with Suiran leading.
As we get to the third period, Ryuji begins to forget he’s not the only one on the team and tries to score all the goals himself. The fact that his rival Torao is always intently watching doesn’t help Ryuji any.
But the score at the end of the third period is 10 to 8 with KasuKou leading again.
During the break before the fourth period, Torao’s girlfriend (I think her name is Rei. I’m going to call her Rei) comments that Ryuji is playing really well. (She says that he is “sugoi” which can translate to “awesome”)
Torao overhears and asks if the boys’ team can play the last period. And Coach Lady says yes. Isn’t this sort of cheating? I mean, I don’t actually know the rules of water polo, but can you substitute your ENTIRE team??
Also, can I take a moment to comment on Takaki Yuya’s acting? During the first few episodes, I wasn’t sure about the way he portrayed Torao’s character. He was basically just a collection of furrowed angry eyebrows and disbelieving scoffs. But this episode has a lot of reaction shots of his face and I think Takaki’s actually doing some really nice subtle acting. We all know Torao is super jealous of Ryuji but the script never gives him any explanation for that. Despite his jealousy, Torao tries to maintain that “I’m too cool for school” detachment from everything. But Takaki lets flickers of emotions escape every now and then. I was a little wary about this portrayal at first, but it’s totally won me over. (Full disclosure: Takaki Yuya is my favorite. I’m totally biased. Sorry y’all)
Anyway, enough of my poor commentary on acting choices. I am not an actor. Back to the game!
Everyone is fired up for the last part of the match.
Asshole Goda is the goalie and Chiaki tries to score against him. Unfortunately, his shot gets blocked. Everyone else’s efforts prove to be ineffective as well. Finally, we get to the moment where Torao and Ryuji face off against each other, just like the time Torao challenged Ryuji before…
And then the scene cuts to the locker room after the match! How disappointing! So the KasuKou boys lost and they lost badly.
Of course, no one is happy about that.
As Brooding!Ryuji is leaving, Torao’s girlfriend, Rei, stops to talk to him. While talking about the match, she looks at the blisters on his hand.
Coincidentally, Torao happens to be walking by at that moment. He insults Ryuji, grabs Rei’s hand, and drags her away.
Back at Nagisa’s house, the family waits to see if Naoya, who is sulking about the loss, will come out of his room. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how dorky this family actually is:
Anyway, Nagisa gets “volunteered” to bring Naoya his dinner (which consists apparently of nothing but corn) and she tries to give Naoya an inspirational pep talk.
She doesn’t yell this time, thank goodness. But maybe she should have because Naoya was still rather disappointed about losing the water polo match.
Before the next day’s practice can begin (on a side note, Naoya didn’t show up for it), Ryuji is summoned by Mean Vice Principal and Suiran Coach Lady. She wants Ryuji to transfer back to Suiran and play for their team again. Oh no!
In other news, I’m concerned that Chiharu-sensei is an alcoholic. She’s a bit upset about Ryuji maybe transferring back and leaving the team.
At Nagisa’s house, Nagisa tries the pep talk thing again because Naoya skipped school that day. She’s talking through the door but reminds Naoya that, if he gives up, the school will close. (Does anyone remember that plot point from episode one? Because I had forgotten) And Nagisa yells this time too, throwing Naoya’s usual catchphrase back at him and finally ending with a really loud “I HATE YOU INABA NAOYA!” That gets Naoya’s attention but apparently her words haven’t done any good.
Instead of taking Nagisa’s words into consideration, Naoya just teases her instead.
She yells “YOU IDIOT” and leaves.
And then, Nagisa’s parents tell her that they’re suddenly taking a trip, leaving the house to themselves.
WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Well, firstly, we find out that cooking is not one of Nagisa’s skills.
Oh and apparently, Naoya invited everyone over to their house. Oblivious Naoya is oblivious as usual.
And Nagisa’s friend shows up too. She, at least, keeps the kitchen from burning down.
So anyway they have a nice meal and Naoya apologizes to everyone (for being angsty?) and everything seems nice. But then Chiaki asks Ryuji what he’s planning to do. And a fight breaks out amongst the boys.
Nagisa yells at everyone, so they feel bad about it. And then Ryuji does that thing where he leaves without saying anything. AGAIN.
But before he can get too far, Naoya stops him and gives him a nice inspirational speech, reminding Ryuji that he’s the “banchou” (leader). The inspirational background music begins to play. In the end, Ryuji smiles and Naoya looks satisfied. So… problem solved?
Or maybe not because, look! Ryuji actually did transfer back to Suiran to join the team!
WHAT?! Can someone explain this to me? I legitimately feel like I missed something. Why would Ryuji want to be on the same team as Torao again? This is yet another plot twist I didn’t expect. I thought for sure, by the end of the episode, Ryuji would come to realize that he likes the Mizu Tama team better than Suiran and that whole plot point would be resolved. This is a strange turn of events and I’m looking forward to next week to see how this all turns out. How will they get Ryuji back??
Overall, I felt like this episode was lacking a tiny bit in its trademark humor but I’m so invested in the storyline now that I don’t even care. Also, I was sort of worried about watching the water polo match itself because a water sport is probably much more difficult to film than one on a field, like soccer and baseball. You can only see the players’ heads and even those are covered with the protective headgear. But surprisingly, the match was not that difficult to follow. Kudos to the camera crew. Good job!
So what did you think? Here are some serious and silly questions to consider:
1.) How do you feel about Ryuji’s change of heart and change of team?
2.) How do you feel about the humor (or lack of) in this episode?
3.) Did you enjoy watching the water polo match?
4.) Is the Suiran Coach Lady kinda shady?
5.) Does anybody actually care about the romantic plot points of this show?
6.) Do you like corn on the cob? Especially when you are sad?
Feel free to leave a comment if you have thoughts, questions, etc! I’m always willing to chat about the show! Join me again next week for episode six!