Knight In The Area Episode #09 Anime Review

So, it’s training camp time for the Enoshima team, but that’s not the highlight of this episode. For while the boys are at their training camp, Nana goes off to play with Nadeshiko Japan in an international friendly against an American team, the Miami Hurricanes.

Of course, Nana turns out to be an amazing player, and the girls need her help, as they find themselves down by two goals at the half. Nana comes in and immediately scores to shift the momentum. Then, she helps the team’s leading player, Taeko Ishiki, score the equalizer. After that play, the Americans’ lead player recognizes Nana as a player who made a sudden splash in the States for one game, before disappearing. In the end, Nana scores the winning goal, so Japan wins against America (yes, the usual pipe dream).

So, with the excitement over, it’s time to get back to the Enoshima training camp. It’s the usual assortment of set piece plays there. A practice match against another team where Enoshima surprises them. The usual stale comedic staples of training camp follow: Araki trying to pig out while Nana does everything possible to prevent him from overeating; the boys try to spy on the girls, specifically Nana, in the women’s bath, but it’s Oda, who was trying to break it up, who gets caught by Nana and declared a pervert; and then, of course, the test of courage. Read More... 


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