I canâ€™t explain exactly why, but I absolutely loved this show. It surprises me, looking back on it, because itâ€™s a show entirely focused on a game that I donâ€™t have the faintest clue about. Itâ€™s picked up my interest in the game, and Iâ€™ve learned bits and pieces from watching it, but I think it says something about a show to make me care a lot of about the characters going through a game I have no clue about. Still, I found myself actively cheering for the characters during the matches at the tournament. Even though I didnâ€™t know what they involved, when they would pull off some super rare play or hand it would just invoke this excitement in me. I really did love watching the characters play.
Even if it wasnâ€™t realistic or accurate, I wouldnâ€™t know, but they just did such a good job showing the motivation these characters had they I was able to cheer for them playing a game I didnâ€™t know about. Hell, there were even times when I would feel sorry for the opposing schools. They did a great job giving these rivals personalities and back-stories, making you feel for them and making you want them to win because it would mean a lot to them. I still always wanted Kiyosumi to win, but I didnâ€™t always hate the other team. Except of course Koromo. I love her to death, think sheâ€™s the cutest damn character Iâ€™ve ever seen, but something about her made me just scream, â€œKICK HER ASS, SAKI!â€ during their matches. Overall it was just a blast to watch.
I do hope they continue on with another season eventually. Obviously not soon, as from what Iâ€™ve read theyâ€™ve caught up to the manga, and I wouldnâ€™t want useless filler episodes. But when the manga gets further Iâ€™m definitely interested in finding out how the rest of the plot progresses, because there were certainly some interesting things cropping up that they hinted at.