Man, Kuon was a traitor.
Honestly, I should have seen that one coming.
Operation: Southern All Stars
Kuon arrives late and slightly distressed to the Team Z strategy meeting.
It was almost like Kuon was putting on an act pretending to have been in the bath too long, and then instantly got it together and started firing off a plan. Which was weird, but I shrugged it off.
Last episode I started thinking about how since Kuon has been playmaker, he could definitely betray the team anytime he wants. All of the teammates have the potential too – even Kunigami (despite his superhero ambitions).
Kuon hasn’t really shown his eyes much in the anime and when he does, he’s always smiling so I wasn’t sure if it was a fluke that he was intentionally drawn suspiciously from the beginning or not.
Fast forward to the field, and we are introduced to the Wanima Brothers, who communicate to one another through what seems like twin telepathy.
Team W vs Team Z
Operation: Southern All Stars is in full effect, and suddenly Kuon is scoring goals left and right – which is weird.
This entire time, Kuon has been nothing but helpful and meek. He’s done nothing of note but motivate the team and spout inspirational the ‘Power of Friendship’ nonsense. Once called out, Kuon has the nerve to try and have a discount Aizen moment by calling his teammates gullible for forgetting they were at Blue Lock – a place with no rules.
Except…is this betrayal really going to work out for Kuon?
Why Did Kuon Betray the Team?
Kuon betrayed Team Z because he didn’t think they were good enough to make it past the first selection. In the interest of self-preservation, Kuon met with the Wanima brothers in order to sell his team’s information, strategies, and special abilities to Team W in exchange for 3 individual goals.
However, Kuon did not take into account how quickly rankings are shuffled after games based on an individual player’s participation during matches.
Kuon the Traitor
Ego ignored Airi’s protest to let the game go on, but it doesn’t seem like Ego was really with what was happening.
If anything, maybe Ego is using Kuon’s betrayal of Team Z as a learning moment for them. You could even see Ego’s glasses were foggy when Airi was gushing over Kuon’s odd ease at scoring goals.
Isagi always claims he’s weak, but at least he is trying. Kuon has no discernable strengths, and his only weapons seem to be gathering intel, subterfuge, and lying. Sure, that may buy Kuon a few more weeks at Blue Lock but lying and schemes can only take you so far in a highly physical game like soccer.
If you have no discernable skills and would rather cheat your way to the top, then you can’t be mad when everybody else betrays you instead, right?
I’m really interested in seeing how Team Z will get out of this mess, since they have to start Soccer from Zero once again now that their own teammate betrayed them. Which…unfortunately does happen in the real world. It will be a good lesson for all of them and bring the team closer together (minus Kuon, of course).
But I think I’m going to end this one here.
Tell me your thoughts!
Can Team Z recover from this betrayal?
Was this episode intentionally drawn to look like a nightmare to mirror the anxiety Team Z is feeling?
And…is Chigiri going to get his head in the game and show up his former teammates the Wanima Brothers?
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