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TV (12 eps)
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3.313 out of 5 from 464 votes
Rank #4,388

Natsusa Yuzuki was expecting to be the ace on his college rugby team but due to unexpected circumstances, had to sit out. Six months later, he’s back. Along with his best friend Seiichiro, prodigy senior Ibuki Ueoka and a few others – they’re going to represent the Kansai University team. He may still be figuring out life but he’s got some new brothers to help him. Time to join the scrum!

Source: Funimation

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YoukoChan
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I don't understand Rugby as a sport after watching this, but what I do understand even more now than I did before is that the relationships you form as a part of a team can be beautiful, complicated, and wonderful. The characters threw me for a loop more often than not, some coming to realize their flaws and doing their best to improve themselves with the help of their teamates. The MC had me laughing all the damn time because despite the fact that he's a little shit, he still cares, and he seems to know all the right buttons to push in order to help motivate someone, even if that means in the end someone gets angry with him. It didn't teach me about Rugby itself, but it did teach me about teamwork and I thought it was just beautiful. As a side note, I'd like to express something interesting I thought while watching this. There were times when the skinship between the players made me think "Wow this is erotic!" and blush about it and get excited. And there are probably people who will sneer and say "Ew, it's just more of that gay sports anime stuff." and I'll have to say... I think that's just way too narrow minded. If you replaced everyone in this anime with a women, you just... wouldn't get that kind of response. Everyone would just nod there heads and say "Yes, yeah, that's just normal team/female behavior, it's not gay at all." but somehow, men hugging, men being comfortable touching each other in friendly ways, men helping each other, is seen as "Gay" and in some people's eyes that puts it into a "Catagory" and lessens it's worth in their eyes. I think this double standard is shitty, and while as a bisexual lady I certainly ENJOYED the skinship, I don't think it's alright for people to write it off as "Just another gay sports anime". There's so much more to it than that, and I hope that some people can look past the urge to call close or affectionate relationships between men "Gay". Because god damn it, men have feelings to. I do feel like this is an important part of my review of this anime, because I feel like this type of attitude ultimately causes the popularity or recommendations for this kind of thing to drop, because the only ones who will give it a chance are those that don't have a problem with male-male affection. Give it a try. Learn something about teamwork. Learn something about friendship. You probably won't learn anything about Rugby, but you'll learn something.

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