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Episode 7: Warcry of Excessiveness

 

Review by Arshad Adel Abdul-Aal

August 14, 2010

 

Summary

 

The captain of the rugby club asks the principal why she’s closing down their club, and she replies it’s because they’re doing everything except actually playing rugby. Atsunobu meets with Chidori and Sousuke to discuss the matter, and Ren explains that the club hasn’t won a single match in ten years. In order to keep the club open, Atsunobu negotiated a deal: If the club wins their match against Garasuyama High, they can keep the club. To that end, Atsunobu appoints Chidori and Sousuke as temporary manager and player, respectively. They go to the club’s room and Chidori is surprised to find it very elegant and clean. She’s even more surprised when she finds the members to be very effeminate and too scared to do any kind of violent activity. While the team is having lunch at a restaurant, the Garasuyama High team passes by and starts berating them with Chidori’s help. However, Chidori is quick to insult Garasuyama’s captain when he asks her to hang out with him, and a big fight ensues. Sousuke easily beats up his attackers, but the rest of the team gets pounded.

 

When Garasuyama High leaves, the Jindai team is lying in a pile and tells Chidori that they desperately want to win their match. Sousuke steps up to train them. Three days later, Chidori, Kyoko and Ren hike up the mountains to the training area and find the team being pushed to their limits by Sousuke, who’s using a very vulgar language he got out of a marine training book written by Mao. The abuse goes on all week, and on the day of the match the Jindai team shows up battered, bruised and marching like soldiers. Garasuyama’s captain taunts them some more but they don’t respond. Sousuke gets them fired up and the match begins. The captain tells Sousuke to punt the ball, but Sousuke misunderstands and kicks Garasuyama’s captain instead, taking him out of the game and getting himself expelled. The Jindai team proceeds to violently dominate the match and win. They stand over the bodies of the Garasuyama team and taunt them mercilessly. Chidori narrates that afterwards this match became known as Futago Tamagawa’s nightmare. Garasuyama never recovered from the shock and Jindai went on to become a symbol of terror in rugby.

 

Commentary

 

In the process of reviewing Fumoffu, I had almost forgotten why I enjoyed it in the first place before I got to this episode. In a hilarious twist on sport dramas, Sousuke turns a bunch of whiny losers into violent monsters. From the rigorous training to the silly sound effect used to censor vulgarities, no amount of words can do justice to the process. We also get a very brief mention of Mao and her past as an ex-marine. Another great episode.

 

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