Haikyuu 2!! Episode 10: Cogs
The cogs are turning!
Cogs is such an ugly word. Like, it’s not a bad word or gross word, it’s just another word for gears. Just…cogs…hogs…hogs are smelly. Cogs. Just say the words gear, sensei.
This will be a simple review, as per sports anime, some episodes are just matches. The entire episode is just the match, so there’s only so much you can say. That’s why I’m glad I’m sharing this with Charibo because this would be a little difficult for me as I don’t really like keeping my reviews short. So here we go.
We pick up where we left off. This is Karasuno’s last game of the set and they’re playing against Fukurodani, Bokuto’s team. They’re all pumped up as they want to win at least one more game before they go home, and they want to show everyone how much they’ve learned and grown during this whole time. So far things are going well, Karasuno is holding their own against Fukurodani and they’re neck and neck. Bokuto pulls some crazy tricks but this doesn’t phase Karasuno. Usually, the ace of the rival team is a bit of a jerk, but you can’t help but like Bokuto! He’s loud, energetic, a little cocky but not enough where you want to punch the guy. I’d say he’s a mix of Hinata and Nishinoya. A positive guy with great skills that you can’t hate because you can see he’s always having fun. Though he got a little grumpy when Hinata pulled off the feint that he taught him, but he and the others were impressed.
This episode, you could see that Karasuno really did grow. All of the things that they’ve practiced and messed up on during matches, they were finally able to do. The moment we were all waiting for. After that scary fight our crazy duo had, not talking to each other for weeks, and practicing with all they had…Kageyama and Hinata finally did their quick attack perfectly. And they kinda justThey’re so happy, they’re both so happy, the rest of the team is happy, Yachi is happy. Ahhh I love her she’s been cheering for them on the sidelines and helping them practice. She’s been waiting to see this new attack for as long as we have. AND THEY DID IT!
After this moment, the atmosphere and momentum of the team increases positively and the things the other members have practice have been working, more or less. The jump Noya did, Asahi’s serves, Tsukki’s blocking and more effort, Tanaka’s spike, even the synchronized attack. Everything is going superbly and both teams are tied with each other. At this point, Karasuno is surely turning heads.
But all of this is just frustrating Bokuto and he’s actually starting to mess up. Like his serves hitting the net, his spikes not even going over the net, landing Karasuno some easy points. Though it looks like Akaashi and the rest of the team are used to this and his “emo” behavior. Which is a hilarious translation. I also found it funny that Akaashi came up with so many scenarios and chose which one was best in less than a second.With Bokuto losing his head, this gives Karasuno a perfect chance to steal this win. Pretty fun episode. Pretty proud of these boys for working hard and for all of that to pay off. I feel just as accomplished as them that things are finally working out for them. They all have definitely grown and they should become a powerhouse again, I hope. C’mon, Karasuno, nab another win!