Well, I hate to say it, but this episode could’ve benefited from maybe one or two scenes that bite the ol’ expository bullet and go through explaining the actual rules of kendo. I’m a sharp guy, right? And I was still having some trouble keeping track of who was who in this showdown and how they were scoring. The former was especially confusing since one team was wearing blue and the other was wearing white but, for some reason, their respective coaches scorekeepers were wearing the opposite teams’ colors?
Just seems a little incongruous for a show that’s otherwise had the sense to bend the rules a little and make the kendoka’s face-plate’s semi-transparent so we can always see their faces while they’re fighting. You’d think they’d extend that same courtesy and make the color-coding here a little clearer. Then again, this was made for Japanese kids who’re likely already well versed in the game, so maybe it’s more of a fault of the dub and translation team? This is why I’m not as hard-assed about Dub vs. Sub. Should it really be necessary for me to do some outside research about a sport, on my own, if I want to enjoy watching a TV show?
That aside, I want to add that I recognized yet another detail from this show that very well reflects my travails in high school wrestling. Our good coach trying to cheat the game by stacking his star player into multiple matches was something that would definitely happen sometimes at tournaments (especially when weight classes could be such a deciding factor in matches.) I suppose it’s… pleasantly assuring to know that such tricks will manifest in all sports, in all countries.
Anyway, as much I’m enjoying this show, I should give anybody following this a head’s up that I might not continue covering it here. This column’s generally about me watching I want to, sure, but I do still have to keep the tastes of you lunatics in mind and, unfortunately, you haven’t been responding as enthusiastically to this show as you have been to the likes of, say, DEADMAN WONDERLAND.
Watch this episode, "Tamaki Kawarzoe and the Tardy Bureiba” below and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.