The story follows Ryō Mizushima, who joined his middle school's badminton team full of motivation — but without a proper coach, ended up in obscurity. Nevertheless, he did eventually reach the prefectural tournament on his physical strength. Now he joins the prestigious Yokohama-Minato High School's badminton team under the legendary coach Ebihara and is surrounded by talented teammates. He strives to become a top athlete and take his high school team to the inter-high tournament.
Started off ok, got boring surprisingly quickly. The show seems to be pretty self aware of this though, as it grabs at every chance it can to make tiny issues linger on for the sake of drama. Not even fun drama, stuff that’s easily resolved with a simple conversation or pep talk. The characters are nothing to praise- just your usual, generic, baby-faced protagonists. There’s your energetic one, your data nerd who wears glasses, your quiet mysterious one…all the tropes are there. At best they’re tolerable, at worst they’re just confusing. The “rival” if (you can even call him that, he has such little interest in the protag) wavers constantly between being a nasty jerk, and love struck dork. Is there anything else to him? Is he an actual human? Does he have struggles? Apparently so, but the show would rather you assume that than actually really show that to you. Oh? Two characters that are apparently best friends? Will we see them hangout together outside of school? Have some connections? No? We’re just supposed to assume they’re close? Oh ok. Oh, the protagonist’s big sister wants to help him achieve his dream? Wait, she’s calling him a failure now? Huh, she feels sorry for him now? You see where I’m going with this? The main character himself is of course the least interesting, and often annoying. If he isn’t taking things way to seriously, he’s pouting about something silly. By the last few episodes even the other characters seem sick of him- talking trash towards him for performing poorly and hating him further when he tries to improve. He’s even accused of bringing down morale despite his rival doing that constantly with his sh*ttalking since the start of the show. There’s quite a bit of confused messaging like that, actually. Someone decides to quit something? Harass them constantly until they come back. Someone needs to learn a way to improve? Let them figure it out on their own, it’s more “rewarding” that way. It's ok if the passive aggressive support eventually lead to them landing in a slump. What a mess. I’m not even sure why I continued watching this for as long as I did, maybe out of hope that it would somehow improve, or maybe out of boredom. I kind of regret it.
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