The Linking Shot Episode 3 Introduces a New Rival College

Nikaido from Tsurune: The Linking Shot prepares to shoot

Kazemai Excessive’s subsequent match simply so occurs to be towards Tsujimine Excessive College — Nikaido’s faculty. 

The next comprises spoilers for Episode 3 of Tsurune: The Linking Shot, now streaming on HIDIVE.

The event arc involves an in depth on this episode of Tsurune: The Linking Shot, nevertheless it does not finish with out introducing a brand new set of conflicts for Minato and his mates to beat. Kazemai Excessive’s subsequent match simply so occurs to be towards Tsujimine Excessive College — Nikaido’s faculty.

Amidst lush backgrounds, a soothing soundtrack, and the distinct sound of arrows capturing by means of the air, Tsurune: The Linking Shot‘s third episode strikes ahead at its personal tempo.

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Tsujimine Excessive College’s Archery Staff Enters the SceneReiji Aragaki drawing his bow in Tsurune: The Last Shot

One thing of a recurring theme for this episode is the distinctive approach every particular person shoots, one thing that Kyoto Animation has lovingly animated with nice element because the first season. However this time round, the topic is introduced up as Minato remembers Nikaido’s distinctive capturing kind from their center faculty days. That continues to be true within the current day — and never only for Nikaido. His total archery group every has a singular approach of capturing, proper all the way down to the distinct sound every arrow makes because it hits its goal. As Minato himself is fast to notice, every boy is capturing at his personal tempo with out a lot regard for his or her environment, and by some means, it simply works.

At one level, because the boys talk about completely different types of kyudo, Kaito is fast to warn them to not even take into consideration altering their varieties. Minato and Ryohei each rapidly deny this, however after encountering Nikaido once more, Minato finds himself as soon as once more recalling outdated reminiscences and struggling to remain centered throughout the match itself. Of their first correct introduction, it is also made clear that Nikaido’s teammates are simply as quirky as their capturing kinds would lead one to imagine. However earlier than heading out, Nikaido offers particular directions to every of them, and it is rapidly made clear that every one of them know what they’re doing, particularly Nikaido.

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Kirisaki Excessive Secures a Spot within the NationalsShuu Fujiwara from Tsurune: The Last Shot makes his shot

Kazemai Excessive performs fairly poorly of their match towards Tsujimine Excessive as they lose by a four-point distinction. Tsujimine strikes on to the ultimate spherical towards Kirisaki Excessive, and whereas Tsujimine Excessive’s group makes for a formidable opponent, Kirisaki Excessive finally comes out on prime. This confirms that every one three groups will meet once more within the Nationals, however earlier than even interested by the Nationals, the Kazemai Excessive group has to face their very own loss and perceive what went flawed. Kaito is the primary to take accountability for the loss, a giant signal of how a lot he is developed because the earlier season the place his satisfaction made it way more tough for him to acknowledge his personal shortcomings.

The ever-humble Ryohei is fast to level out his personal errors instantly after, as he had probably the most missed photographs. However most stunning of all is Minato’s personal admittance that he did the most effective he may and but nonetheless cannot fathom what went flawed, resulting in a stunning outburst from a sometimes calm character. It is apparent that Minato is taking the loss the toughest out of everybody, however he additionally appears to have the least understanding of what led to that loss. Earlier than the episode ends, Masaki drops one final bomb on each Minato and the viewer in response to his outburst — he’s now forbidden from capturing on the vary till additional discover. As for what occurs subsequent, followers must wait to seek out out subsequent week.

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