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  • [Spring 2016] Usakame Discussion Thread

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    うさかめ

    A spinoff of Teekyuu about a girls tennis club at a rival school who not only competes against Kameido in tennis, but in fast-talking craziness as well.

    Airs: Monday, April 11

    Studio: Millepensee

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    Sighing, leaning on his elbows, sleepy eyes. Tanaka-kun is a boy that basically doesn't try but isn't disliked. This is a laid-back youth comedy about Tanaka-kun and the quiet Oota who can't leave him alone.

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  • #2
    Episode 1

    I was expecting more of the same from Teekyuu in this spinoff, but things are quite different. There's the watercolor animation, the show is four minutes long with an opening and an ending theme song, and the girls don't talk nearly as fast as they do in Teekyuu. There aren't as many jokes, but still it is a solid change of pace. Here, the girls are getting ready to play some tennis, something that rarely happened in Teekyuu.
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    • #3
      Re: Episode 1

      Yeah, this is seemingly more of a different thing from Teekyuu than Takamiya Nasuno Desu was. The manga had a different illustrator from the main series, so I assume the change in art style reflects that. Also these girls feel a bit more relaxed than their Teekyuu counterparts and get twice the runtime to show for it. They're still completely random, though, particularly Kinako of course. I was wondering what punchline there would be to the emotional exchange. Kinako is so smooth.

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      • #4
        Re: Episode 1

        Ah. So I hadn't paid attention to Usakame being more or less a vehicle for that Earth Star Dream unit. An unexpected ED that was.
        Last edited by bctaris; 04-12-2016, 11:07 AM. Reason: unit name wrong
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        • #5
          Re: Episode 1

          How big is the Teekyuu franchise going to become? Unexpectedly there's nothing about this I like, but that franchise continues to fascinate me.
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          • #6
            Episode 2

            Nishi would fit in quite well with the Bike Club in Bakuon!! seeing that she rides her motorcycle to school everyday, but she also gets bike and haiku mixed up. And then there's Kinako drinking straight from the gourd even though she hates the taste of it. Those girls still do crazy stuff like the Teekyu girls do, but at a much slower pace, relatively speaking.
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            • #7
              Episode 3

              Those girls sure do love cats, but Ayako seems to always get bitten by them. They go pray at a shrine, which happens to be a cat shrine, and they are always seeing some guy named Sekiguchi along the way. This show sure has picked up the pace in being like Teekyu, as well as throwing in all of those random jokes and other crazy stuff, but it still is much slower in comparison.
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              • #8
                Episode 4

                The girls have an advisor, and they are practicing tennis. But they are also practicing cavalry battling seeing that they even are doing it indoors. Nevertheless, they are trying to play tennis, which is not exactly something the Teekyu girls did much of. They have a practice match coming up, so it will be interesting to see if the Teekyu girls show up at some point.
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                • #9
                  Re: Episode 4

                  Ah cool, there's a cute megane advisor, and she's a rather fun character for the tsukkomi (looks like it's necessary when Suzuki gets swept into having fun with the other girls). I like how she's rather blunt with them too, on their tennis practice. From the OP, seems like there will be more fun stuff to come for her, too, since we still have the see the eyepatched woman she's dodging, and probably more drinking references to come (we got bit at the start of the episode).

                  Speaking of advisors, did we ever see one with the Kameido girls? I guess if they ever did have one, they quickly drove that person crazy.

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                  • #10
                    Episode 5

                    Here come the Teekyu girls as Usakame is playing in a practice match against Kameido. The Usakame girls sure know how to play tennis in the most unorthodox way possible. Anyway, it's great to see the Teekyu girls making their appearance seeing that they make a crazy world even crazier when they put their style of play and talk into action.
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                    • #11
                      Episode 6

                      So Kurumi's father is a bean vendor, and quite an eccentric one to boot. And so, after their tiring practice match, they have some zunda, which is not exactly what they had in mind as they wanted something to drink. It turns out that Ayako was dragged into joining the club by Kurumi, and ever since then they became friends.
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                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Episode 6

                        Ah, nice, Ayako and Kurumi have a sweet backstory. Nishi seems a bit envious of their closeness.

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                        • #13
                          Episode 7

                          Yeah, Nishi definitely is rather deep in her affection for Ayako.

                          So those other two girls from OP are classmates of Kinako. Hoodied girl Bamyan is the straight man, who of course is outnumbered by the idiots among that group of three. Heh, and Kurumi thought there would be some funny story behind her nickname, but is let down when there isn't.

                          Speaking of nicknames, Kinako starts taking abbreviations to the extreme, using just "A" or "Sen".
                          Last edited by EmperorBrandon; 05-23-2016, 12:43 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Episode 7

                            Kinako sure does have a tendency to fall asleep and with all the craziness that is going on, it might as well be a dream. Those are some creative nicknames there, and Bamyan sure does stand out dressing like a delinquent. They sure show their affections in such an outlandish way.
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                            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                            • #15
                              Episode 8

                              The girls go buying swimsuits, but seeing that summer is still a ways away that they go wearing them at an indoor pool. Seeing that they have one more tournament before the tennis club breaks up that they are making the most of their opportunities. They sure are quite a tightknit group.
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