King Barou Returns– Blue Lock Ep 8 Review

Isagi trains with King Barou one on one to test his spatial awareness special ability. Reo and Nagi’s friendship and relationship to soccer is explored.

Okay, now I see how Nagi has been getting so many shots each game.

Read Last Week’s Episode Review.

I guess the past teams came in super hyped and excited to compete against Team V, only for Reo to instruct Nagi to replicate their play. Nagi pulls off the play flawlessly, and then the team either gets too tired or demoralized to continue.

Or better yet, the clock runs out before they have a chance to even the score.

Mikage Reo Backstory

Mikage Reo's childhood days were filled with boredom
Mikage Reo’s childhood days were filled with boredom

This will be another episode in a row where I don’t care too much for the player’s backstory. Just my personal opinion, but Reo comes across as a spoiled rich kid who wanted a pet and hobby that would be near-impossible to pull off.

Maybe it’s the thrill of failing for once when Reo’s done nothing but win his entire life. Maybe Reo is in his rebellious phase where he wants to prove his father wrong before eventually taking over the company and leading the life he was always destined for.

In all actuality, it probably isn’t this deep at all.

Reo might be using Nagi and soccer as his pet project to rebel against his parents' wishes and enjoy his high school life
Reo might be using Nagi and soccer as his pet project to rebel against his parents’ wishes and enjoy his high school life

Reo and Nagi seem like pretty good friends, and along with Zantetsu the trio has a good dynamic.

How else would they make so many shots if they didn’t know each other well?

Kuon is Trash

Aside from seeing King Barou again, highlight of the episode for me had to be Ego calling Kuon trash. It was so satisfying to see and hear verbal confirmation that the only reason Kuon’s behavior was tolerated was because there are technically no rules in the first selection.

Kuon having a dream of winning the World Cup doesn’t mean he can trash his teammates. Especially when Team Z didn’t really do anything to him. If Kuon really was such a great player he would have ranked higher in the first place and never met the “losers” from Team Z!

This just goes back to Kuon not really seeing the forest through the trees.

Yeah, he will get through to the second selection only to be disqualified because his soccer skills are TRASH. The fact that he wasn’t even interested in smoothing things over with his teammates because he still thought he would win based on his 3 stolen goals was sickening to watch.

I hope Kuon stays in the corner the entire game and doesn’t have any more lines for the rest of the season.

Isagi vs King Barou

Seeing King Barou again was great!

King Barou dominates Isagi on the field one more time in a one v one practice match
King Barou dominates Isagi on the field one more time in a one v one practice match

Isagi’s late night one-on-one with the King did allow him to use his special abilities and attempt to analyze a player’s strengths and weaknesses quickly on the field.

Although, in typical anime fashion it might have worked better if Isagi hadn’t said aloud what he was thinking – causing King Barou to change his strategy on the fly.

I mean in a way it’s good that King Barou showed he was just holding back, and had a wider kick range than he led on. I don’t know if Isagi has realized that yet, though.

Anyway, I think I’m going to wrap it up here.

But, tell me your thoughts.

I don't know if it's because of the central trio, but Team V has much better aesthetics than past teams in the First Selection Arc
I don’t know if it’s because of the central trio, but Team V has much better aesthetics than past teams in the First Selection Arc

Do you think Kuon deserves a second chance?

What would you do with Kuon if he was on your team?

Do you sympathize with Reo or Nagi in any way?

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