Emotions Run High This Week And Are Handled Beautifully

Tsurune Episode Reviews

Tsurune Episode 10 Review

It isn’t just Seiya who is having to deal with his emotions this week. We see the ripple of Seiya’s absence as well as his words to Masaki go through all the members of the team and each one has to deal with it as well as their own issues. Of course Tsurune is up to the challenge of dealing with this much drama and doing it with style. While this might be the most emotionally charged episode yet, it still feels genuine and that is reinforced through so many small moments that are instantly relatable to viewers.

Tsurune Episode 10 Masaki and Tomi-Sensei

As someone in my 30’s, Masaki’s moment was probably the one that hit home the most. He regrets what he said to Seiya, he remembers how it felt to have a similar question asked of him, but he doesn’t know how to fix the situation. He feels let down because somehow when you are a kid you kind of feel like adults have it together and have the answer and then you become an adult and realise just how much you just pretend to have it together because it is expected you will. This moment between Masaki and Tomi-Sensei when they sit and drink together after the students have left is a quiet moment but all the more powerful because of how true it rang.

Tsurune Episode 10 Onogi and Minato

And that moment wasn’t the only one. This episode has Onogi talking to Minato about Seiya and while he frames his concern as self interest (he’s worried about the impact on the team in the upcoming competition), it is clear that Onogi is looking out for his team-mates. The conversation between Minato and Onogi is fantastic because Minato becomes clearly aware that he’s dropped the ball with Seiya and then spends the rest of the episode thinking of how to fix things.

Tsurune Episode 10 Seiya

And even then, it isn’t some grand gesture that ultimately works. A return to childish form of writing a message on the chocolate box gets Seiya out of the house, though heavily prompted by the dog (and does Kuma get an award for most valuable player this week). Still, it is Minato’s absolute honesty, using Seiya’s own words, and just being there for him that eventually gets things back on track.

I loved the ending when Masaki apologises to Seiya and Seiya tells Masaki again that he hates him, only the tone of the scene is so different from just one episode ago where the same words were said. It is amazing how different the two scenes feel even though Seiya’s dialogue is identical and that shows just how much impact the events of this episode have had on Seiya.

Tsurune Episode 10 Shu

Of course, I do need to mention the shrine visit where the two teams encounter one another. While the twins and Onogi seem determined to have some kind of rivalry going for whatever reason, the rest of the team members seem content just to get on with things. There’s some interesting dynamics between individual characters and Shu remains and enigmatic but interesting part of both Seiya’s and Minato’s pasts.

Very much looking forward to more of this.

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7 thoughts on “Emotions Run High This Week And Are Handled Beautifully

    1. I kind of get where he is coming from. You aren’t relying on a team to get you the ball or whatever and you can only control your form and shot. It doesn’t conform to the usual anime sports mentality but I think his perspective is pretty valid.

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      1. I guess so, but that seems to be a direct opposite direction of where our team is going when one person helps another based on how they shoot.

        Maybe I am beginning to be too far in our protagonist team’s corner.

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        1. It is a different perspective and our protagonists are clearly showing the whole working as a team mentality (which is adorable to watch). That said, Shu isn’t really being antagonistic, just representing a different point of view and one we don’t see very often in sports anime because most of them are heavily into team work as a theme and solo players tend to be villains (or at least idiots who get reformed).

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          1. But they can also shoot solo and don’t need to be part of the team competition.
            I’ll admit, I personally hate playing team sports and most of the sport I did growing up was something you could do solo. Even when there was a ‘team’ you just did your thing and hoped everyone else didn’t blow it.

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