The episodes focus on the vital play of Maruo and Araya. They are exploring their own skills and strengths. This series provide a good way for them in order to attach each other and earn some good appreciation of each other without forcing an off-practice kind of event for Maruo to get all caught up in his head. We only got few episodes each seasons and it seems where the two of them get closer, but the main focus is on the game itself and the paths of their lives in competing, practicing and trying to go pro with it. So material like the previous episodes is a welcome way to blend both things together while also encourages each of them forward a bit as well.
With the battle, Araya kicking off at the end of the last episode, that gets underway in full here right from the start and it’s definitely strong with what it does as Araya is a strong player. One that’s also quite vocal, which a lot of Mouru’s opponents haven’t been, which makes for unusual player. Araya dominates the match against Mouru that makes Mouru to struggle. He has grown so much after his Florida time and other events that we see him reacting and coming back on the offensive, with better defense, faster and better than before. And seeing Mouru really working it as he does, confidently but also cautiously, works well since Araya is an unpredictable player in a lot of ways. It may not be the flashiest way in some senses, but its different kind of power that he brings to the court.