Jun 26, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 24

Here we go again with the supernatural bullsh*t. I don’t understand why people even bother discussing the subject. Some say that it’s possible that Kakeru acts like Suguru due to heart transplant and some say that it’s completely ridiculous. I’m picking door number two. There is no such thing. It’s all between Kakeru’s ears.

So guess what? Enoshima is behind again in points and it’s up to Kakeru to save the day. So what happens? Kakeru turns into a mindless freak again and starts playing soccer like a pro, leaving everyone way behind him. Yoin was fairly powerless against Kakeru’s ‘Suguru-mode’, which is why Enoshima soon caught up again, as is to be expected of the ever so predictable Knight in the Area.

What did I tell you? Kakeru starts losing, doesn’t like it and turns into a mindless moron that plays like his older brother, Suguru, after which he soon drags his team back into the game by tying the score once more. The crowd cheers, Kakeru’s friends are worried because they see his older broter in him and others just go with the flow. It’s the same old thing that we’ve been seeing for the last twenty four weeks.

Frankly, I’m seriously thinking about dropping this anime and move on to something more suitable. It is so predictable. I could write next week’s episode right now, no problem; Kakeru’s mindlessness continues for a little while longer, snaps out of it soon after and finds himself with a lot of questions, as he cannot remember what happened during the time that he, and I quote; “blacked out”. That’s why I usually don’t like soccer; it gets too predictable at one point.

I also sense a love triangle coming up. Nana already likes Kakeru, although she doesn’t fully realize it. And Mai is falling for him as we speak. It is a matter of time before they clash again, just like they did a few episodes back.

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Jun 12, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 23

Oh god, it’s everywhere now. Soccer I mean. It is seriously everywhere. The “EK”, also known as the European Championship, has started and everyone is going nuts about it. It’s everywhere now, including in my own home. Sigh… Maybe if I had the right amount of bullets…

Moving on to The Knight in the Area; predictable. Very predictable indeed. Noticed how they perform the same routine almost every time? They put Kakeru on the bench at first. Then they substitute him at some point in the game, followed by Kouta. It’s the same thing. I highly doubt that it has anything to do with strategy, seeing as Kouta’s presence doesn’t actually affect Kakeru’s performance. Okay, so this they did substituted Kouta because one of the players wasn’t doing all too well, but that can’t be a confidence. He gets sent in after Kakeru a lot.

It’s not just their strategy that’s predictable. The entire match is predictable. At first they struggle with their new opponent, in this case it’s Yoin. They can’t play like they normally do, lose points and time. Then, during the second half or so, they start doing a lot better. They give each other a pep talk, show off some (new) moves and regain a bit if confidence. Near the end things get a little bit rough and players start to show moves beyond their usual capability, after which they usually score (a few times).

Sure, I didn’t know which moves were going to be used or by whom, but I know it’s going to happen. Araki and Kakeru are the key players in Enoshima’s team, so it’s highly likely that either one of those two (or maybe even both) are going to pull of some sick moves, score a goal and win the match for their team. My guess is that Kakeru is going to be the match hero this time. He is going to relive the past (again), think about his brother (and his heart) and perform some supernatural stuff.

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Jun 5, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 22

Damn, now this was disappointing. I know I should’ve expected it, but come on… straight back to soccer after all that’s happened during the last one or two episodes? I actually wanted to see more of Kakeru’s struggle to keep both Nana and Mai happy.

So yeah, their next match started and their opponents could’ve have been more difficult. They were up against Yoin this time, a very good team. This team seems a little bit manipulative. They are constantly in control by letting Enoshima think that they have the upper hand, but nothing could be further from the truth. The only reason they have that much possession of the ball is because Yoin allows it. It was already too late by the time they discovered that. Enoshima was disorientated and no longer knew which way to turn, until Kakeru finally joined in that is.

Kakeru joined in, rushes a bit forward with the ball, passes it to Araki and he scores a goal. That seemed way too easy, especially since they scored again Yoin, a team that was in full control of their actions until a few moments ago. Still, the smiles on their faces didn’t last long. Yoin managed to score at the end of the episode, thereby tying the score with Enoshima. The phrase “what comes around goes around” suddenly came to mind, amongst a few other things, actually.

I hate to say it, but I really hope that The Knight in the Area finishes soon. It is starting to lose its magic. I’m bored just watching it. I liked it when they threw a bit of romance into it, but that didn’t last long. It has gone back to soccer, scientifically incorrect drama and dry comedy. That’s why I never watch any soccer; it is always the same. The only thing that actually changes is the scores at the end, and I’m not willing to waste over ninety minutes just to watch the final score. I’ll see what happens for another two episodes or so.

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May 29, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 21

I knew it! I absolutely knew that it would turn out like this somehow. To hell with soccer at this point. It’s all about love, jealousy and regret, baby! It’s been a long time since I’ve watched The Knight in the Area with a big smile on my face (no offense).

I was worried at first. It started out with a soccer match, so I started thinking that we might not get to see a situation where Kakeru tries to slither himself out of an embarrassing situation with Mai-chan. *has a great, disturbing smile on my face that would repel most women* I was wrong! The real episode started at the seven minute mark.

I’m sure that everyone here knows that Japan is very fond of festivals. There’s always a festival about something, even in The Knight in the Area. They all went to a festival after having endured several difficult matches. I can’t really blame them. Running after a ball all day could be gay tiring, I suppose. So it was time for everyone to relax and enjoy the festival to its fullest.

Things were getting pretty lively amongst the group, when suddenly Mai-chan appeared to take Kakeru, whom she calls “Kakerucchi”, along with her. It seems that she wanted to spend some quality time with him. Nana-chan did not like this, not one bit. I’m not sure whether Mai actually likes him or just uses him to get to Nana, but she seemed pretty interested in him, and so did Nana at one point.

It’s too bad that Mai-chan had to leave early, because I actually wanted to see where this was going. I expect to see a whole lot more of these situations. Also, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nana became a little bit more open with him after all of this. She must’ve realized that she isn’t the only girl in Kakeru’s life, which, to most women, would be a clear sign to go on the offense for once.

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May 22, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 20

Not a bad episode, not bad at all. Kakeru was still going on about his older brother, Suguru, but at least he wasn’t going on about how he supposedly still lived inside of him due to the heart transplant. Not this time, he just remembered a few things that Suguru had taught him over the years.

We all know that Kakeru has been having problems with his gameplay. He has still filled with fear over what happened in the past, and that’s what’s holding him back the most. He’s constantly worried about hurting others that he keeps holding back without noticing. That’s when it happened; Kakeru finally let go of those thoughts and started paying like he’s supposed to. He remembered what his older brother once taught him and started playing accordingly. Now that’s game, he passed everyone like they were nothing. It may be strange to some to see him get so good all of a sudden, but you must keep in mind that he has always been that good. He just didn’t play like he was supposed to.

The ending was very close. Kakeru’s team was in the lead, but Hibino and his team had one last area kick left. For a second there it seemed like he was going to score, and they would have if it weren’t for that keeper. He was watching the ball very carefully and somehow managed to stop it by one hell of a slide. That just goes to show that every player on the field is equally important.

The ending was pretty strange though. I’m not talking about how Kakeru told Hibino about having his older brother’s heart inside of him, but over that scene with that Mayu. What was up with that? She was teasing him quite a bit. But more importantly; why the hell was he so nervous? I’m pretty confident that he already likes Nana, so this is turning into something really interesting.

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May 15, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 19

The Knight in the Area seems to arrive earlier every week. Could it be that the fansubbers are making it a higher priority? I did notice that the ratings having going up little by little after having dropped quite a bit. I guess that some people are enjoying this anime (again).

I would like to start this by making yet another one of my weird opinions clear here. I watch anime’s and notice all the little things as well, things that I just can’t let go. Have you ever noticed how the commentator during every match is completely the same? There has only been one match where there was a different, female commentator. Other than that it’s been the same one throughout the anime (for as far as I can tell).

Anyway, it was nice to see how much Kakeru and his team have improved. Kakeru is a lot more serious about soccer, his team has been united and Araki is no longer overweight. Good for them! But it doesn’t change the fact that their current opponent won’t make things easy for them, despite their amazing growth.

The match got to a point where things got really aggressive, which ended up injuring one of Kakeru’s teammates. This made Kakeru briefly remember how he got injured as well and almost quit playing soccer for good. It was quite clear that he was a little bit shocked. Injuries are part of most (if not all) sports. It’s practically unavoidable. You just have to be careful and enjoy it while it lasts, but that’s just my opinion of course.

I’m having a hard time guessing next week’s events, which is a good thing. I would hate it if I could actually predict next week’s events. It could go either way at this point. It’s clear that Kakeru is still a little bit off his game while his opponents just keep getting better and better as they play. It’s going to be a close call. One of those mythical feints here and there would do them a world of good.

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May 8, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 18

Not quite the episode I was expecting, but it was much better than having to deal with characters going on about how Suguru is still alive inside Kakeru. Besides, it was actually quite the amusing episode. I’m always fine with seeing a little bit more of Nana and her soccer skills.

It goes without saying that this week’s episode revolved around Nana and her soccer team. They had an important match coming up, but their current coach couldn’t make it, after which he introduced another coach. Man, I’m still not sure about this guy. He is way too flirty, makes judgement calls based on cuteness, plus his overall behaviour is very disturbing. What is next? Will he kidnap one of the girls (I’m putting my money on the blonde) and lock her up in his basement for his own personal amusement? Sadly; he really did strike me as that kind of pervert, with the way he was going on and all…

The reason why I’m still preserving judgement is that his decision to let Mai, that little blonde girl, play a different position turned out to be a good call after all. At first I had my doubts though. She was slow, too full of herself, and she got pretty aggressive when things just wouldn’t go her way. But in the end she adjusted herself and started contributing in the form of goals. Her ego didn’t disappear, and that’s just too bad.

It was a fine match and an overall good episode. I’m still worried about Nana’s new coach, that little blonde girl and Kakeru’s upcoming match. Mai has too much ego, which will eventually blow up in her face. And Kakeru has a match during next week’s episode, but I really don’t want to hear any more about that Suguru living inside of him crap. Nobody, absolutely nobody benefits from that kind of bullsh*t.

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May 1, 2012

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The Knight in the Area episode 17

I figured that this week’s episode wouldn’t be all that exciting. The action is over now that they won their match. We are back to resting, drama and training. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yuuichi overindulged again and showed up as his usual fat ass self during their next match. Isn’t that how they usually try to make people laugh?

Now the start of this episode was a bit bumpy. Kakeru had yet another one of his sessions with his doctor. Everything seems to be going well physically, but it seems that mentally he is not. He explained to her how he blacked out and how he did the most amazing things without realizing it himself. That’s when Ayaka, his doctor, came with this bullcrap about how his older brother is still alive within him, how he is playing the matches alongside him. Oh come on, stop ruining the show. Even coach Teppei, like me, was enraged by what she said to him. Just stop with the superstitious nonsense. Nobody benefits from it.

Oh well, the episode wasn’t entirely lost though. We got to see a nice little bit of action between Kakeru and Leonardo. That guy supposedly gave up an opportunity to go pro in order to play against Suguru. It seems that he is pleased with Kakeru as well. Even Nana supported the little practice match between Kakeru and Leonardo. Sigh… I’m really starting to lose interest.

I am once again disappointed in this anime. They keep throwing Suguru in our faces. Enough is enough, that character is dead, period. There is no need to let him live “inside” Kakeru. There is no such thing. I for one really loved the feel of realism that this show emitted, but my disappointing keeps growing with each passing week. I might actually drop this before the twentieth episode.

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