|Could It Be...|
|September 12, 2007|
|Opening||"DOLPHIN☆JET (Dolphin Jet)" by Ayane, lyrics and composition by Chiyomaru Shikura, arrangement by Kōji Ueno|
|Ending||"Splash BLUE~太陽とレモネード~ (Splash Blue: Taiyou to Lemonade)" by Ayumi Murata, lyrics and composition by Urara Takai, arrangement by Kōji Ueno|
It is a
week before the Kantou tournament and Momoko is not satisfied with her times,
thinking they are not good enough to beat Karena. As she wonders about a training
method to improve her swimming in just a week, Ikamasa arrives, claiming having
a solution. On a card he has written four plans: stop time, travel back in
time, use doping or use a secret weapon. When Kaname and Momoko wonder about
the secret weapon, Ikamasa shows what he calls the MORO 1, a special training
suit he developed with Moroboshi Sports (his favorite sporting goods store) and
after explaining the features of the suit, he gives them a little
demonstration. As Ikamasa gets pulled out of the pool after electrocuting
himself by jumping into it, Kaname recalls a training method using rubber bands
tied around the waist and to the pool’s side. Willing to try this, Momoko tells
Ikamasa to get some cheap rubber bands.
returns with some, he claims cheap, rubber bands, which look used to Sanae. After
Momoko made sure everyone tied a rubber band around their waist and fixed the
other end of it to the side of the pool, she tells everyone to do three laps
and starts swimming. Getting the feeling this training method is working, she
stops after some distance when the rubber band seems to have stretched to its
limit. Spotting Amuro in the next lane trying to move further, she advises her
to stop trying. Instead, Amuro tires herself out and is catapulted back towards
the side of the pool she started from. Seeing this, Kaname manages to push
Takeda into the pool to serve as a cushion just before Amuro would have crashed
into the pool’s side. The unhurt Amuro says it surprised her and Momoko is glad
Takeda is the only victim. Now everyone has seen how to (not) use the rubber
bands, Momoko tells them to do ten laps. After training, with everyone tired,
Momoko thanks Ikamasa for getting those cheap rubber bands. Maaya asks Kaname
if he is willing to do anything for her if she wins at the Kantou tournament,
claiming such a promise would help her perform better. Sanae, liking the idea,
says such a promise will help her as well and claims Kaname should help any way
he can, since managers have it easy. Kaname complains being a manager is much
tougher than they think, but when even Momoko agrees with Sanae, he agrees to
Maaya’s and Sanae’s suggestion. Maaya is of course angry everyone got involved,
claiming him exclusively for herself. Approaching the bicycles, they see some
girls, including Kaori and Yamana, having a problem with their bicycles. Getting
closer, Momoko notices someone removed all of the bicycles’ inner tires. As the
girls angrily wonder who did this, Ikamasa comments that at least the training
was productive. Realizing he is the culprit, Momoko and the other girls beat
The night before the Kantou tournament a bus driven by Masashi drops off the Umishou team
at Shikishima Inn, near the Kantou tournament’s venue. Of course, everyone
wants to do things like having pillow fights, telling scary stories and shaving
each other in the baths, but Momoko reminds them they are not on a random
school trip. Later on, the girls are in an open air bath and as Momoko reminds
Sanae they are there to beat Shinomiya and qualify for Inter-high, Amuro
notices Mirei has not joined them. Mirei turns out to be still undressing in
the changing room, too embarrassed to do so with the others there; she is
joining them in the bath only for not damaging the team spirit. Suddenly she
hears people approaching, who turn out to be Karena and the others from
Shinomiya. As Mirei worries about getting recognized (or watched too closely in
her underwear), Tomoko notices the Umishou uniforms in the changing room.
Realizing they share the inn, Karena expresses her dislike for Momoko, Amuro
and even Mirei, because she has bigger breasts than herself. Mirei gets more
and more nervous and when Tomoko bumps into her she panics and runs out of the
changing room, screaming. Just when she, only wearing her underwear and holding
her other clothes, exits the changing room, the Umishou boys walk past.
Shocked, she turns around and runs back into the changing room.
the Umishou girls are about to leave the bath, but they are stopped by Karena’s
and the rest of Shinomiya’s arrival. Karena suggests having their own
preliminary battle right there, but Momoko rejects and tells the others to
follow her back to the changing room. Karena, not taking no for an answer,
threatens to shave her hostage’s nether regions as Tomoko, Ran and Miyuki show
a captured, naked Mirei and an electric razor. Momoko, realizing she does not
have a choice, accepts the challenge. Meanwhile in the men’s bath Kaname
comments the women’s bath is getting noisy. Takeda thinks that, based on their
encounter with Mirei, something outrageous must be happening in the women’s
bath and starts searching for a hole in the fence between both baths. Kaname
retorts Takeda just wants to peep.
women’s bath Karena and Momoko try to come up with a contest. Since both sides’
numbers are not equal and the bath is too shallow, any swimming competition,
like a relay, is impossible. Karena suggests the only possible contest is an
endurance test: the team with all of its members out of the bath first will
lose. Sanae decides to give up right after the start, as Mirei watches from a
quiet part of the bath, worried about getting seen naked by the others. Karena then
remembers to mention the penalty for the losing team: its members have to shave
their nether regions in front of the winners. On the other side of the fence
Takeda hears several girls discuss this and tells the other boys that the girls
are going to shave each other, causing Ikamasa to get excited. As Chigusa and
Keiko notice the increasing noise from the men’s bath, more people drop out.
After Ran drops out, Karena asks Tomoko and Miyuki if they can go on. When both
tell her they can, Karena decides to drop out as well, telling Momoko she will
learn from Shinomiya’s teamwork. After Maaya, Chigusa and Keiko decide to drop
out, the fence collapses under the weight of Takeda and Ikamasa, causing panic
amongst Momoko and most other girls, who jump up and throw buckets at the boys.
Karena comments that since they stood up, they are all disqualified and to her
shock Momoko sees Tomoko still sitting in the bath. Karena claims the victory
for Shinomiya, but when Momoko is about to accept Umishou’s loss, Makio tells
Mirei is missing. Starting to look for her, Maaya finds her floating in a quiet
corner. As Maaya and Akira pull Mirei (still mumbling she does not want to be
seen) out of the water, Makio claims the victory for Umishou and Karena,
accepting her defeat, promises Shinomiya will take the punishment.
day, on the first day of the Kantou tournament, Amuro puts on a terrible
performance in her 50 m freestyle race, finishing last. Kaname comments that
obviously the previous evening’s endurance test is to blame and Momoko grumbles
that that is the reason she did not want to participate. Karena calls Umishou
weak, saying Momoko must be glad she does not have a race that day, all the
time supported by Miyuki and Tomoko. Momoko retorts that in her state, Karena must
be the one being glad. Meanwhile, Keiko’s race ends disastrous as well and
Kaname starts worrying about Maaya, whose 100 m backstroke race is later that
day. Maaya claims the previous evening’s effects will not hinder her and
reminds Kaname of his promise. But despite her optimism she finishes 7.
evening an angry Momoko asks who will have a race the next day. Mirei and Sanae
put up their hands and Kaname reminds her that the medley relay is the next day
as well. Momoko tells them they will have to win the medley relay to get back
at Shinomiya. After Makio explains the order of the relay (1:
Maaya – backstroke, 2: Sanae – breaststroke, 3: Mirei
– butterfly, 4: Momoko – freestyle), Momoko asks Maaya if she has
been paying attention. Maaya, staring into infinity, is still shocked by her
loss earlier that day. When Momoko tells her she has to get over it, Maaya explodes
and tells her they, who are used to losing all the time, cannot understand her,
who is used to winning all the time and without waiting for a reaction, she
runs away. Kaname decides to run after her, followed by Ikamasa and Takeda.
After they left, Momoko tells the others to get some sleep and be fit for the
three boys search for Maaya, she is sitting on the bank of a nearby river,
sobbing. After some time Kaname spots her, but just when he is about to
approach her, someone else does. It turns out to be Mirei, who, being unable to
sleep is taking a walk and runs into Maaya. When Mirei explains it was an
accident and will return soon, because of her race the next day, Maaya tells
her she will probably lose again. Mirei, sort of smiling, tells her she is
probably right, which enrages Maaya, asking her if she is making fun of her, if
losing again does not leave her unsatisfied. Grabbing Mirei’s breasts, she
completely loses it calling Mirei an idiot over and over until she starts
crying again. Mirei hugs her and tells her that losing leaves her unsatisfied
as well, but also makes her want to improve and it is not the end of the world.
Maaya, calmed down now, thanks Mirei and they promise to do their best in the
medley relay. By now Ikamasa and Takeda have joined Kaname and comment on what
they just witnessed. Hearing them and realizing they have been watching causes
Maaya to punch Ikamasa and Takeda.
Points of Interest
- The eyecatch does not appear to be based on a frame from the manga.
- Momoko mentions that the Umishou team managed to qualify for the medley relay at the prefectural tournament. This event was not covered neither in the anime episodes, nor in the manga chapters about this tournament.
Manga & Anime
- In the anime, the display on the MORO 1’s belt shows A.D.2007, the year the episode aired for the first time. In the manga it shows A.D.2006, the year the manga volume containing this story was released.
- In the anime Momoko and the other girls beat up Ikamasa after realizing he vandalized their bikes. In the manga Momoko decides to have him play a horse and rides home on his back.
- The scene of Maaya (and later on the others too) wanting Kaname to promise to do anything for her if she wins is anime-exclusive.
- Since the anime skipped the chapter of the team travelling to the Kantou tournament, references to this journey present in the manga chapter recounting their arrival at the inn are not present in the anime.
- In the anime, at the time the fence collapses Ikamasa and Takeda are just leaning against it for some time (Ikamasa was banging on it earlier, but he calmed down). In the manga it collapses after they loose control and start banging harder on it after hearing a comment from Keiko.
- In the manga Ran congratulates Tomoko after thinking she won the endurance test. In the anime the Shinomiya girls just cheer.
- In the manga Keiko finds Mirei, but in the anime Maaya finds her.
- The manga shows what events Umishou participates on at the Kantou tournament and on which days these take place. When Mirei and Sanae say they have events on the second day, their events are shown in text boxes as well. In the anime this information is absent.
- In the anime Makio explains the order of the medley relay, in the manga this information is just given in a textbox.
- In the anime, just before Mirei finds Maaya, Kaname finds her, but he does not approach her when hearing someone else approach. In the manga it is unclear when Kaname finds Maaya, he is there together with Ikamasa and Takeda after Mirei comforted Maaya.