Kuroko no Basuke episode 23
Wow, I thought that it was going to be a quick match, but it turned out to be pretty darn epic. My impression of Ryouta wasn’t all that good to begin with. He came across as some guy that imitated other people’s skills and bragged about it afterwards, as though he was the best of the best. My impression of him got worse when he was defeated by Tetsuya and his team. Of course, this match between him and Daiki more than makes up for all that.
I was already six or seven minutes in when I realized why Daiki was so interested in him. Sure, Ryouta copies other people’s moves and applies them during his games, but there’s more to it than that. He was, thanks to that ability of his, able to score point after point against Daiki and his team. Not a lot of people could hold out against them, let alone get ahead of them at one point.
It started looking easy at one point, after which I started worrying a little. Daiki wasn’t really doing anything. He was just a bit surprised by Ryouta’s growth (as was I to be honest). However, that soon changed during the next round. Daiki started dominating again by using those unorthodox moves of his, not to mention his indescribable speed.
Yeah, I can definitely tell why Daiki was looking forward to this match. Ryouta might be the only one capable of defeating Daiki right now. No offense to Taiga, but that character wouldn’t stand a chance. Taiga is way too hot-headed and narrow-minded. He sees the ball, obtains it somehow and the only thing that comes to mind is a dunk. I’m pretty sure that it got through to him that there are limitations to his dunks. He must have realized by now, especially after his one on one against Shintarou. That was just too humiliating.