Hana is, or rather was, on a Roman Holiday and hooking up with Audery Hepburn this week so it falls upon me to be a lone sniper and make my shots force Desk-kun and Taichi into making dumb moves. To be sure I had nothing to do with the most glorious routing of either, both decided to get cute and do unconventional things to steal victory. Unlike most sports fiction though getting cute with gimmicks availed them little and did nothing to make up for their sloppy playing. Desk-kun got cocky with is Moneyball method and was so distracted that he made enough mistakes for Kana-chan to make the big plays to shut him down. Kana-chan for her part played a great game, the first step in winning a game is to not beat yourself and make the other player beat you. Give them nothing and take from them everything as they would IN SPARTA. Thus did Kana-chan emerge victorious and Desk-kun was left broken and defeated on the tatami, I only wished Kana-chan had adopted Madoka’s MARU move to rub it in, kiss Chihaya, and dance all the way to the Oe Bus in such a manner that Michael Jordan himself would want to ask her to tone it down a bit.
Chihaya had it right when she said that Desk-kun wasn’t simply down by two cards, and true to form Desk-kun tried forcing plays that weren’t there and started committing more mistakes. Mistakes are like cancer, it is infectious and fatal unless drastic measures are taken. In the end Desk-kun tried to get cute and started smacking his whole pile around, he was pretty much gambling at that point because he was one dead card away from losing. Moreover the sheer amount of desperation that it showed allowed Kana-chan to understand that the game was her’s and all she had to do was be patient and wait for it. She didn’t go away from what gave her the lead and she rode it out and defeated Desk-kun handily.
On the other front Nishida followed the old adage that defense wins championships and Taichi also gambled and lost. Taichi was running the numbers he tired himself out over dead cards and eventually was too slow to get the win. Thus while celebrating the unconventional is often beaten to death in the sports genre as a means to win quickly, here it was gloriously quashed and both dudes who got cute lost. Gimmicks are gimmicks for a reason and while it may seem like a bold move throwing caution to the wind in this case it just accelerated defeat. Leave it to Taichi though to bitch about Nishida getting lucky, but it was good of him to apologize. Still it just goes to show how much LOSE Taichi still has left in the tank and his Class B status is going to stick despite all the attempts to screw his team and get ahead. Taichi is lucky that Nishida was not showing off his championship gold and rubbing it in for that “lucky” comment. Had Taichi insisted upon “luck” being why he sucks then he would have no hope of ever getting better. This time three club members advanced and he wasn’t one of them and if Taichi is not careful then Kana-chan might join him in Class B if not leapfrog him to Class A. Desk-kun was lucky that he was #2 on the promotion list though he can never claim that he was the best player that day. It makes sense though that they promote more Class Ds, it will likely change with Class C advancement though.
Nishida however doesn’t get off to a great Class A era as he professes his gratitude to Taichi for being his punching bag and the Craig Ehlo to his Michael Jordan during what I dub “the Block.” Maybe this will herald Nishida’s arrival into a storied Class A career, or maybe it will cause Taichi to go through a drought and ensure that his Class A debut will be some years away. Sadly while that was not the worst of it, Nishida bitching about the way Chihaya treated him and how Taichi was the only person to call him by Nishida, it was all BS. When Chihaya was nice it was weird and I guess Kana-chan is now invisible, some guys just do nothing but complain and it seems that Nishida might well be one of them. Considering how much he was winning the Kana-chan sweepstakes I guess he’s rather scuttle that ship and got for NishidaxTaichi, which is fine, though certainly Taichi is inferior to Kana-chan by a factor of 10.
Hopefully next week we will finally see Arata play again now that he knows he has one year to overawe Chihaya with his karuta. I just hope that Arata has made up for lost time and is a legitimate threat to become Mejin, if not then at the very least he has to be able to give Shinobu fits and play to the last card against her. Kana-chan advancing should be a good thing as now she can give Chihaya a better challenge when they play.