Pride of Orange Episode 3: Partings

We last left our heroines with a shocking announcement. Let’s see how they handled things.

Naturally everyone was sad to hear Mami was leaving next semester. There was still time before then so they agreed to make one last special memory together by playing a match.

We joined Riko and Naomi on a parfait date. Riko wanted to play hockey again. Naomi asked her about what she said last episode, that she first quit hockey after Naomi took up ice skating. Riko was like “Yup. If you play hockey I will too. If you decide to stop again so will I. I want to play with you”. Best pair so far. Later they agreed with the plan to play a match.

Coach Yoko tried to act all serious when the girls told her about their plan but couldn’t hold back her glee as her own master plan was going smoothly. She guaranteed they’d be ready to play their first game in 2 1/2 months time.

Here were the assigned positions:

  • Kaoruko: Goalkeeper
  • Riko: Center Forward
  •  Manaka and Mami: Wings
  • Ayaka and Naomi: Defense

Later at Grandma’s Inn everyone, including Naomi and Riko, were invited to spend the night. Naomi made a huge discovery. Grandma was a big fan of classic manga by Suzuko Higashio. Dunno if the author is based on a real person but Naomi passionately discussing them with Grandma was wonderful. Meanwhile Coach Yoko and Mascot Guy took the girls’ devotion seriously thus they wanted to look up an experienced team to give them a memorable first game. After a training montage Coach announced the date of their match was set.

To commemorate their debut match Mami sewed a special banner. They’re more amped up than before.

Finally the day of their exhibition had come. As we can see the more experienced team had half as many teammates than our heroines. Manaka hoped Riko’s experience and Kaoruko’s steadfastness would be enough to give them a fighting chance.

This screen shot shows how well our heroines fared in the first two quarters.

Pros: 6 – Dream Monkeys: 0

Coach Yoko knew the girls were nervous and motivated them to remember their training and do better in the 2nd half. While Manaka did her best to lead the team the one who felt the most pressure was Mami. This was primarily for her after all. Plus Manaka and Naomi were childhood homies just like Naomi and Riko. Their bond was enough to get that much needed moral victory goal. The Pros won at 9-1 but the real victory went to the Dream Monkeys.

Them being homies 4 life of course Mami and Manaka had a heartfelt goodbye. Pretty sure they’ll see each other again soon.

Great stuff.

Next time ice princess Yu makes life a pain for Manaka as is tradition.

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15 Responses to Pride of Orange Episode 3: Partings

  1. skydragonx8 says:

    Another good episode, I enjoyed the beginning parts with the girls as always. The hockey game definitely was great even though the girls lost the match they still won in the end,

    I am sure they will get better! Mami’s departure hit me a bit but I am sure they will see each other again! Also is it just me or was the moment where Manaka was biking to Mami when she was on the train such a shoujo/romance staple lol.

    Also Yu has finally arrived, it is definitely gonna be interesting to see how she is gonna interact with the group.

    Looking forward to the next episode!

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  2. Ioni says:

    Without line change possibility, they had no chance to win the game

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  3. Little Viktoria says:

    Insider tip: when a girl is acting the way Naomi behaves with Riko, it’s usually because she wants s**. The two are so nice to watch and I hope they’ll deepen their relationship. Those sounds Naomi makes when Riko teases her are pure delight ^^

    Aww, I hope Mami will be back soon. I wonder if there will be a triangle between Manaka, her and Yu. I hope not, since I much prefer stable couples.

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  4. Somebody says:

    Mami will obviously come back somehow since she was there in the future scene from the first episode. Hopefully its sooner rather then later though as it would be a shame for her to be MIA all season. Really enjoying this one so far and hopefully the idol thing doesn’t start to overtake the hockey at one point. Also I had a feeling they would lose but man it was painful. Luckily they got something out of it but still.

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    • Ioni says:

      The future scene isn’t with the Dream Monkeys but with the japanese national team (winning against Canada, no less, pretty optimistic) so it’s not a foreshadowing of her return.

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      • cirno9fan says:

        and they just happened to have all the same names, faces and voices?
        I am willing to bet their idol name is going to be that before this show ends.

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      • Ioni says:

        In the future scene, it’s them on the Japanese national team so nothing indicates Mami’s return to the city.

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      • Somebody says:

        All I was saying was that I hope it doesn’t take all season for her to come back. Given this is a multimedia project and she is in the main idol group with the other girls she will be back. I never said she would return to the team and I dont know at what capacity she will come back. Although considering the type of project it is I would guess she will rejoin the team at one point but that is purley speculation. Also the vol3 jacket would seem to support that.

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  5. cirno9fan says:

    It’s an enjoyable show, but I can’t get excited about the ice hockey stuff cause it just looks like a bunch of snow golems gliding around with sticks to me.

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  6. K says:

    Riko may have the talent to make it big in ice hockey but if Naomi isn’t there, she ain’t bothering. Shows how much she values their friendship.

    Naomi finding a kindred spirit in Manaka/Ayaka’s grandmother was cute.

    Them losing(and losing badly) was expected but at least they got one goal and that’s good enough for them. Also, getting that goal was a nice farewell gift for Mami.

    Just like with Seira, I hope this isn’t the last we see of Mami. She’s too sweet to be gone forever. Also, from the flashbacks between those two, it seems like Mami was Manaka’s rock, not the other way around. That surprised me a bit.

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  7. yurimylove says:

    it was a very touching farewell. Hopefully she’ll come back soon, as their team didn’t have nearly enough members.

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