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All Out!!, Episode 15

Last week, someone quit the team because of rugby getting in the way of life. When Jinko almost loses another member, it’s once again because life keeps getting in the way. My reaction might be affected by weekly coverage of the show coming to an end today, but I’m almost getting as melancholic as the series itself. All Out!! always had a sentimental streak with its third-years’ “our last summer to accomplish our high school dreams” business. With Ise and… Continue Reading →

All Out!!, Episode 14

It’s the third-years’ last summer and the final chance for Sekizan to achieve his dream – well, high-school dream anyway, but who cares about what happens after that. The clock is ticking if he wants to be the one taking his team to Hanazono, and there’s no room for slowing down. Time doesn’t run quite as fast for the first-years though, or for any player looking for a fun pastime instead of their life’s mission. And so, first-year Keta quits… Continue Reading →

All Out!!, Episode 13

All Out!! is back for round two, with a new up-tempo opening (Seija no Kōshin by CIVILIAN), a new ending ballad (No Side by Alisa Takigawa), and just as much heart and passion as last year. The animation might be too cost-effective to keep characters on model during long shots, but said characters are too darn likable to fret about unattractive walk cycles. This week, it’s time to learn why Sekizan started playing rugby. Check out my full review of All Out!!,… Continue Reading →

All Out!!, Episode 12

Keijo’s back, and everyone’s having a blast. Well, except for Sekizan, who has to keep his personal fanboy Taira from getting too excited even for a shonen series. Taira’s adoration really should boost Sekizan’s ego, after coach’s speech about the benefits of training with high-level players sent him into pink brooding mode (or maybe it was just Taira’s presence). While the collective Keijo boys deserve a few exclamation points to their name for likability and camaraderie, Miyuki’s excitement at playing… Continue Reading →

All Out!!, Episode 11

There’s still hope for Gion’s future on the rugby team, as episode 11 dedicates further screen time to not one, but two older and (arguably) more mature versions of his character who managed to turn the disadvantage of their small frames into an asset: Jinko’s likable scrum-half Raita Kamō, and Ryoin’s godlike pint-sized flanker Sekito Kirishima. Ryoin’s practice game is obviously a sneak peek of what Jinko would be facing in the finals at Hanazono, establishing rivalries based on likenesses… Continue Reading →

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