Episode six was pretty funny as the coach makes the first years participate in the strangest stamina challenge around! She is a frightening little lady, and the Captain is just about as scary as she is. They seriously make a great pair! I’m sort of hoping they’ll become an item by the time the series (across all seasons) ends.
The second half was devoted to training and prepping for the upcoming Inter-High tournament, which is the biggest tourney in the country. We didn’t see too much of their workout regimes or gaming tactics or anything. I’m going to assume that shall come with each of the games the team partakes in. The first game does get kicked-off towards the finale of this episode, and it was nice to see a challenger outside of the Generation of Miracles. I feel like that may help the show from becoming too tedious. Whether it’s a trend that will continue in the future is yet to be determined.
My favourite part, however, was when Kuroko is labelled as a child because of how short he is (one of the rival teams’ members is humongous) and his angry face is the same as his excited face. I appreciate tiny little bits of amusement such as this because it makes the experience more enjoyable.
Episode seven fast-forwards quite a bit after finishing off the first game of the tournament. We see flashes of the scores Seirin manages to gain for the second and third games with no actual gameplay sequences, and afterwards we are brought to the halfway point with the start of game four. But after a quick recap of an incident from an episode or two ago, this one is wrapped up within twenty seconds and moves along just as quickly. I suspect this is done due to time restraints, and also probably because those teams didn’t compare skill-wise and it would have been a waste of screen-time. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself so I don’t feel cheated.
The rest of the episode is dedicated to Seirin observing one of the Kings of basketball playing against a different team as a way to gauge their power ahead of time. This is where we are introduced to our next Generation of Miracles pretty boy, Shintarō Midorima, who happens to be quite superstitious. I find that to be utterly hilarious given how much an arsehat he is, but it also kind of complements his tsundere personality.
Hopefully episode eight will show us some more b-ball shenanigans! Also… the dialogue continues to be gloriously meme-worthy.