When we last left our heroines they agreed to continue the Dream Monkeys hockey trials. Let’s see how their second lesson went.
We first followed Riko and Naomi. To sum up their relationship they played ice hockey from a young age. Naomi was more interested in becoming an ice skater but she wasn’t good at spin jumps. Later on we would learn Riko’s dad was a retired hockey player who currently coached at a college in Tokyo. Naomi liked playing hockey again but she wasn’t as enthusiastic about playing again as Riko. She wondered why Riko kept pushing for her to play too. Simple, she wanted to play with her again. When affection wasn’t enough Riko bribed her. First pair confirmed. Riko’s the semi-genki and Naomi the shy grouch.
Back to our main quartet as Manaka read up in preparation for the next hockey class, the next new lesson would be on speed, she remembered a Tokyo TV show film crew (two guys actually) were coming to record the family inn (I mistook Grandma being Mami’s but she’s actually Manaka and Ayaka’s) as part of a program about Kinugawa charms and specialties.
Naturally Mami and Kaoruko wanted in on the action as the four helped the guys in a Kinugawa tour montage. They asked the our if they could help again the next day but they had hockey practice. The guys thought it’d be cool so they called Coach Yoko to request permission to film the lessons for that week.
After a brief biography of the Dream Monkeys legacy along with Coach Yoko hogging the spotlight for a bit (She did have her serious moments such as her dream of increasing the popularity of ice hockey in Japan, specifically to one day sell out the stadium) we got the exact same da-, I mean warmup stretches.
Most of the training was the same as last time with the new addition, as Manaka predicted, being a speed test. The girls had to skate from one goal post to the other as fast as they could. During the training we got small glimpses of Riko and Naomi’s skills. As mentioned earlier Riko’s dad was a retired player. It’s also revealed he used to be play for the Dream Monkeys men’s division.
Coach Yoko was so elated from all the good luck that came her way she confidently welcomed any misfortune because she’s like “Nothing can stop us!”
Throughout the episode everyone was pumped for the next lesson…except Mami who kept looking concerned. Near the end Manaka would get a call from Mami revealing she’d soon transfer schools. Oh and we briefly saw Yu again. Looks like she’s set to leave her old team too.
Some drama awaits next episode. Looking forward to it.