Echoes from the Past
Team science has finally accomplished what seemed like an impossible task, creating a cellphone! Unfortunately, Senku held back one small bit of information, they need to make another phone for any communications to be made. While the village sighs but gets ready to build the second phone, Senku learns of a hidden recording left behind by his father in the so called “graveyard”. After unearthing the time capsule, the team find a ring with grooves which is actually a disc meant to be played for those who find it. Senku and his friends make a portable record player and are blessed to hear Senku’s father talk from the distant past and even hear a beautiful song from the lovely singer Lillian Weinberg. Empowered, the village now has enough energy to make the next phone and begin their eventual assault on Tsukasa. Our episode ends with two familiar faces waiting for Senku to make his move and save the stone world. Our season finale--as there will be a second season--of Dr. Stone was truly incredible and waiting for season 2 will be a true testament to our patience...
Showdown in the Wrestling Ring!
We’ve seen a fantasy world wrestling tournament in this show before, but this time, it’s bigger and better in every way. The climactic clash between Genzo’s cohort of heroes and MAO’s demon army calls for much more than just a rinky-dink ring and a few food stalls, so Shigure and the banker set up a professional-grade arena with stadium seating and even a magical Jumbotron! It’s the perfect setting for emotionally charged battles between bitter rivals, so Carmilla uses the opportunity to stage a rematch between herself and Rose, the elder vampire who wiped the floor with her the last time they fought.
Surprisingly, Carmilla actually manages to incapacitate Rose with a Spikerana technique, but she gets so excited that she forgets to pin her opponent down. Rose recovers and suplexes Carmilla into the mat, proclaiming that a lesser vampire will never defeat her. Carmilla is devastated, but Hanako cheers her up by giving her a corn dog and saying that she sees the match as a victory because Carmilla actually fought for herself instead of trying to defend her mistress’ honor. It’s a nice conclusion to Hanako and Carmilla’s character arcs, just in time for the final match between Genzo and MAO to start. We can’t wait to see the pulse-pounding conclusion!
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The match between the boys and the girls begins. The boys get out to a quick lead thanks to the scoring of Kenji and Sora, but after two quick scores, Nao decides it is time to begin the girl's plan to turn the game around. Utilizing the box-and-one, the girls are able to shut down both Kenji and Sora eliminating all of the scoring threats on the team. Nao also comes up with a plan to take advantage of Sora's height on offense and gets the girls back on top in no time. Chiaki decides to sub in Yasuhara and Chuckie for Kenji and Sora. With the new lineup on the court, Chiaki vows to win the game and take the girls seriously.
This was one of the most exciting episodes of Ahiru no Sora yet. Nao is a fantastic addition to the cast with her cute mannerisms and her vast basketball knowledge. What made this match so good was seeing the girls shut down Kenji and Sora with actual basketball formations and strategies that would translate to real life. It just adds an extra layer to the series and makes the whole series that much more interesting. There was a whole lot of technical terms and subsequent explanations in this episode, but between the game itself and some great lines from the characters more than made up for the slow pace and boring explanations. I can't wait to see begin his counterattack and watch the battle between the strategies of him and Nao.
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