Episode six teaches us all a very important lesson. It’s a lesson that we have heard countless times before, but somehow always need to be reminded about. And that is: You are not alone!
In a drama about friendship, this is a vital lesson! And therefore, this is a vital episode! Let’s talk about what happened!
So here we start off with water polo practice. Or, you know, it would have been practice if anyone other than Naoya and Chiharu-sensei had shown up.
Seriously, when these guys win a water polo match it will be through the power of their hearts or magic or something. You have one training montage at an aquarium and suddenly you think you’re the best at any water sport! LOL
Naoya goes off in search of the team and finds the Baka Trio rehearsing dance moves from their favorite idol lady, Hashimoto Kanna from Rev.fromDVL.
Naoya hilarious believes they are practicing defense moves for water polo. Never change Naoya, never change.
Anyway, he’s got a sort of training camp planned to help the team improve, but nobody wants to come to it. In fact, everyone’s sort of over water polo now that Ryuji left and they lost their first match. Understandably, since water polo is now basically Naoya’s life, he’s a bit sad about this.
Of course, the next scene cuts from Naoya’s sad face right to Brooding Ryuji’s sorta sad face.
Coach Lady tells him to do his best, and the rest of the team is just watching to see what’s gonna go down between him and Torao. I was crossing my fingers for Torao pushing Ryuji into the pool but that unfortunately didn’t happen! We did, however, get another brief shot of Torao staring at Ryuji again for no apparent reason.
Anyway, I still don’t understand why Ryuji went to Suiran. I apologize for being terrible at writing recaps. 😦
Over at Nagisa’s family dinner, Nagisa gets annoyed that Naoya keeps teasing her when she suggests he should give up water polo. Nagisa has a talk with her mom and mom says something about it’s good to have friends. And then she said something about corn and made it into a metaphor but honestly I was laughing too much about corn being a recurring plot point that I have no idea what she said. Sorry y’all.
At school, there’s a brief scene where Mean Vice Principal tells Chiharu-sensei that she should give up on the water polo team too, because what’s the point without Ryuji? (Considering the amount of practice the rest of the team puts in without Ryuji around, he maybe has a valid point?)
Over at Suiran, Nagisa and Ryuji have a bit of bonding time while passing out papers.
Nagisa asks Ryuji if it’s really okay for him to just leave all his friends as KasuKou, but the scene cuts to Naoya and Chiharu before he gives an answer. Chiharu suggests to Naoya that maybe they should give up on water polo because, well, Naoya is the only one coming to practice these days. Naoya’s answer is an emphatic NOPE.
In a surprising turn of events, we get a short scene where Chiharu-sensei is drinking with Nice Principal but she’s not super wasted like usual. Good for her! Nice Principle gives her some encouragement because he’s just an awesome old dude.
As the Suiran team is walking around town, they talk about how happy they are that they have no competition anymore. (Because, for reals, are there any other high schools around with water polo teams?) And then Naoya comes to let them know that he’s NOT GIVING UP. That’s just how Naoya rolls.
And then Naoya loses his wallet as he walks away. Oops. I’m sure nothing bad will come from that turn of events!*
*Something bad will come from this turn of events.
In the next scene, Torao and Rei are walking together (well actually Rei is walking behind him, which in my opinion, is probably a bad sign for any relationship but whatever). Rei says that Torao needs to say things more clearly and Torao points out that Rei totally still likes Ryuji. Awkward.
That evening, Chiharu finds Naoya practicing all by himself and it is just really sad. Poor guy. In fact, Chiharu feels so bad about it that she jumps in the pool so he won’t have to practice alone.
(I’m sorry about the fact that the only thing I could think of during this scene was that Oomasa Aya is only about 2 years older than Nakajima Yuto)
Oh and btw, Nice Principal was watching the whole thing. Is that kinda creepy? I’m pretty sure my high school principal would have just fired Chiharu. But my high school principal was not cool like this old dude is.
And this week in Nagisa storylines, the poor girl gets sick. But it’s okay because Naoya is there to take care of her.
She was a bit confused and asked if he had more important things to do and his answer was “Nagisa is more important.” That was cute. Then the romantic music started to play and Naoya came closer, and Nagisa made this face in anticipation for a kiss:
And then the music slowed down and we realize that Naoya was just getting that close so he could put leeks (or were they onions?) around her neck. That’ll cure all illness!
Nagisa, of course, called him an idiot. Never change Naoya. Never change!
At school, Chiharu tries to get the plot moving again by passing out Naoya’s training camp invites to the team. Hopefully, that’ll guilt-trip them into joining the team again!
Finally, it’s the day of Naoya’s training camp. We get a little montage to see what everyone is doing. The Baka Trio is at the concert to see their idol. Chiaki and Kouki also have other plans that involve monks. (LOL WHAT?) Over at Suiran, Torao challenges Ryuji again before Coach Lady can announce their new positions. Oh, and Naoya runs into Kanna the idol… because she took a walk and now she’s lost.
Kanna tells him that she wants to see Suiran because she heard their water polo team is really cool. Of course, Naoya tells her that there’s an even better team: KasuKou! Naoya takes her where she needs to be and then leaves, wondering who she was. Typical Naoya.
At Suiran, Ryuji loses again to Torao but Coach Lady still assigns him the “Floater Back” position. I’m assuming that’s a really good one to have? But Ryuji decides that he’s going back to KasuKou. He tells Torao that he can’t beat him but Naoya can. Coach Lady isn’t too happy about this. But too bad for her, because Ryuji is leaving and not coming back! So I still don’t really understand why Ryuji did the whole transferring and then transferring back thing. I watched this scene several times but I still couldn’t manage to decipher the dialogue enough to figure it out. If anyone out there has more insight, feel free to share it in the comments! I’m just going to guess that he realized his real friends were at KasuKou and not at Suiran? (Sorry Nagisa)
As for the rest of the team, Chiaki and Kouki decide the go to the training camp.
And the Baka Trio hears Kanna talk about how a nice dude with blond hair showed her the way when she was lost. She told the crowd how that guy talked about his awesome friends and their awesome water polo team, and then she cheered “Good luck KasuKou Mizu Tama Bu!” Of course, the Baka Trio knew they had to go back and rejoin the team.
So yay! And then Ryuji walks in and the whole team is back together! He apologizes and everything is great again.
At least, it’s all good until Mean Vice Principal walks in and announces that Naoya has been expelled! OH NO!
So I’m guessing this new plot point all comes back to Naoya losing his wallet earlier in the episode. From the preview, the next episode looks exciting. I swear there was even a bit where Naoya punches Mean Vice Principal! That can’t be good.
Overall, this wasn’t a bad episode! It still had it’s funny moments (LOL corn! LOL Baka Trio fanboying! LOL home remedies!) and we also resolved the Ryuji problem from the last episode. (Again, my apologies for not being able to make more sense of it) And, of course, there was the whole “you are not alone” theme to remind everyone of the power of friendship. I’m hoping that the next episode builds on this idea because the team spent a lot of time apart during this episode, so we didn’t get to see any actual bonding until the end (before everything came crashing down again).
On a side note, I really liked how well the director handled the separate storylines in this episode. To me, it felt like all the characters were getting good amounts of screentime so that their individual stories for this episode could progress. (Although, there was not nearly enough Chiaki and Kouki. Sorry boys.) I thought that many scenes were paired up nicely together, like the beginning when Naoya’s sad face cuts to Ryuji’s brooding face, or later when Nagisa asks Ryuji about his friends and the scene cuts to Naoya talking to Chiharu about the team. I like the way all that was set up.
But enough of me rambling! What were your thoughts on this episode? As always, feel free to leave a comment!
Lastly, here are a few serious/fun questions:
1.) Which storylines are you most interested in? For example: Naoya? The Baka Trio? Torao and the weird love triangle? Or do you like all of them equally?
2.) If you played a sport, did you always go to practice?
3.) In terms of the romance, what couples are you hoping get together by the end of the show? (I’m still sort of meh about the romance so I’m curious about other’s opinions here.)
4.) Do you have any ridiculous home remedies to get rid of a cold?
See you next week for episode seven!