I mentioned last week this episode would either be buildup to the tournament or the first round game. It’s the former.
It was the day of the drawing to determine which bracket our heroines would compete in in the first round. Yoshino had a field day checking out all the strong, sexy and powerful competition. She wanted to “interview” them all, if you know what I mean. Rei told her team to wait for her while Yoshino and Miss Fujii went along. The reason being everyone was aware of the “scandal” discussed in Episode 2. Best have the girls avoid the pressure.
The girls worried Rei would get a bracket full of top level teams. Their worries were quickly confirmed.
Out of all the players introduced three of them I’m most excited to see in action. The above two are Nao Nakata (left) and Furukawa (right). I’ll get to the third one in a bit.
While looking up the tournament bracket they noticed one team in particular, Ryoyukan. They were one of the very best in the tournament…and potentially their next opponents should they win the first round. The pitcher, Kazumi Yoshikawa, was Tama’s old partner two years ago. While watching a video of the top players in action Kazumi had a familiar pitching style.
Tama didn’t want to talk about it because she had a feeling it’d cause Yomi to worry. She’s right of course but it didn’t take long for her to ease her mind. Their bond was as strong as ever. Nozomi felt their power firsthand.
Afterward we joined the twins trying scout their first round opponents. They watched them playing from afar thinking they wouldn’t get noticed.
However, they didn’t expect the ace pitcher, Nakayama, to have yandere powers. Methinks she has a close relationship with the catcher. We’ll find out next time.
Nice training scene. The main purpose was Yoshino telling Ryo and Sumire not to worry about the opponents but focus on improving their fielding.
That evening the time had come for our heroines to get their official team uniforms. To Yoshino’s surprise she got one too. She’s already like the team coach and this made it official.
Tama, Yomi and Ibuki found Yoshino swinging for the fences. She loved her new uniform very much.
While playing catch with Yomi Yoshino was asked why Ibuki and her went to this school. Put simply they had a strong attachment to the teams who played there and she wanted to repay them for all the love and support over the years.
A cute moment up next. Yomi asked Yoshino if she wanted to feel the power of the Magic Pitch. Yoshino’s response?
The episode ended with Yoshino looking up more info on their opponents and wanting to try something different. Have Risa and Ibuki pitch before Yomi. We’ll see how far they’ve come next time. Looking forward to the first round game.