What’s the show? Hanebado! Episode 3.
So how are things in Sports anime this week? Very little sports, lots of character development some feels—quite a serious episode all things considered.
Right… so how do you feel about that? About this being a third episode of pretty serious character development over any kind of tournament sports action?
Yes. I’m fine with it—I mean I’m surprised, but I guess this show wants to do things different from the like two other sports show’s I’ve seen and are thus comparing it to. I’m not an expert on this genre at all, I’m just going off my limited experience, I thought by now we’d be talking about ‘the road to nationals’ or some such…
You still seem kinda annoyed though… am I picking up on something here or just imagining it? It’s just I had myself prepared for a sports anime and it’s had very little sports action and lots of sports-adjacent material. As I said, I’m fine with it—just surprised.
So what kind of character development do we get here? Well we finally get the answer as to why Ayano doesn’t want to play Badminton anymore—turns out she’s been a hard-working Badminton prodigy since she was just a young kid working alongside her mother—a pro Badminton player herself—to be the very best. During a particularly hard fought match in middle school against her insane pink-haired rival Kaoruko, Ayano loses and her mother just straight up leaves and never comes back!
What? That seems severe. Yeah… I mean I don’t know what we’re meant to make out of this situation other than Ayano’s mother is a total bitch. And to add insult to injury Ayano’s mother is apparently coaching another girl (as seen in a magazine article) and is very happy. Which as you can imagine doesn’t do wonder’s for Ayano’s feelings of self-worth.
Ouch. But it’s okay because Ayano has good friends—as it is now I kinda like Ayano’s friend Elena the most out of any of the characters, she’s so supportive of her friend despite never having had the sporting ability herself and I can totally relate to that—the not having any kind of ability thing, not the being a supportive friend…
Self burn? Yeah… yeah…
And what was this about a rival for Ayano? Kaoruko is a weird pink-haired girl who looks like an Uma Musume reject and has an obnoxious personality… I mean I guess they need something of an antagonist for Ayano but she really doesn’t feel like she belongs in this series given how ~serious~ it’s been… but then again I guess there’s eccentric people in real life so I suppose I can deal with it for now.
So how do you feel about the show so far? Watching it week-to-week it can be easy to take for granted how good of a show it is when it’s not delivering every element one might expect of a sports anime. It’s gorgeously animated and has a great incidental soundtrack, as well as (some) terrifically emotive performances. I think once the season is done it’ll be a show that holds up better under a binge watch than week-to-week but I’m still happy to keep watching this show as it is an overall enjoyable experience.
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