Bachira Wants Isagi! – Blue Lock Ep 19 – 20 Review

Nagi serves Itoshi Rin some humble pie on the field during their match. We finally learn the true reason why Bachira wants to play soccer with Isagi.

Itoshi Rin has finally been humbled on the soccer field! I love that Nagi was the one to do it.

Check out Last Week’s Episode Review.

Blue Lock Episode 19 Review

While I kind of hate that Kuon actually made it through to the second selection…I am so happy poor Iemon finally gets a chance to play striker. He’s taken one for the team and had to be a goalie for so long, now we can finally see what he’s made of.

I can't wait to see Iemon's potential as a striker! Poor guy has been stuck being goalie for weeks at this point.
I can’t wait to see Iemon’s potential as a striker! Poor guy has been stuck being goalie for weeks at this point

Raichi, Kuon, Iemon, and the other Wanima brother…we still have a good selection of former players coming back for the second round. Although, it’s been like 3 – 4 days since Isagi cleared the first trial, right? Or maybe at least a week, since there’s about 24 hours between a match being decided and playing.

…Just how long did it take for the others to clear the solo round?

Bachira and the Monster Inside

I actually felt bad for Bachira after watching his sad backstory. The anime heavily alluded to the fact that Bachira, like Isagi, was a little “different” than the other players on their high school team. I didn’t know it was to the extent that Bachira basically had no friends and went years being misunderstood and called a weirdo.

Bachira has experienced a lot of loneliness and sadness while trying to play soccer and balance the monster inside of him
Bachira has experienced a lot of loneliness and sadness while trying to play soccer and balance the monster inside of him

Then again, it’s Japanese society – so it is completely understandable.

Bachira was a nail that stuck out, and was almost hammered down.

出る杭は打たれる

the nail that sticks out gets hammered down

If it wasn’t for the support of his (struggling?) artist mother and the well-timed Blue Lock Project invite from Ego, Bachira actually might have quit soccer.

It was cool seeing the first episode again from Bachira’s perspective, along with the explanation of why Bachira is so obsessed with Isagi. The two do play well, and I’m happy they get to play together again. Although…it seems Bachira’s monster has taken a liking to Rin – who is basically the premium blend version of Isagi.

Which monster will intrigue Bachira more: Great Value Isagi or Premium Blend Rin?

Let’s move on to the next episode! ☺

Blue Lock Episode 20 Review

Why is this show so hype??

I don’t even like watching soccer in real life but I could watch this anime all day. I don’t know if it’s because it’s so cut-throat, or the background analysis of Japanese society and how it affects their sports players when they go overseas that draws me in but WOW!

Nagi Humbles Rin

I am so glad that Nagi was the one to hand the gloomy king Itoshi Rin a slice of humble pie because quite frankly, he was getting on my nerves.

Simply calling everything boring and “half-baked” because you’re jealous of your all-star brother is a bit lame.

Not trying and discounting everybody else’s talent around you is lame.

Using your superior skills and training as a cushion for your ego is beyond lame.

I am so glad Nagi broke Rin’s ankles and forced him to get serious about the game because Isagi’s team has improved so much! They deserve to be taken seriously – and they were by all of the other players except Rin.

Bachira Vs Isagi

I thought the matchup between Bachira and Isagi would be more exciting to watch.

The battle of wits between Isagi and Rin really stole the match away from everybody else's improvements!
The battle of wits between Isagi and Rin really stole the match away from everybody else’s improvements!

Isagi has developed so rapidly, it’s almost like Bachira wasn’t even a factor in the match until he started trying to screw with everybody else’s chemical reactions. It seems like Bachira and Nagi are the wrenches in Rin and Isagi’s silent war for control over the field.

Barou is still kind of irrelevant right now – merely shouting for the ball. Chigiri has been coming through when he gets the plays, otherwise the Princess is stuck in the glam squad corner with Aryu.

I wonder what’s going to happen now that Rin is “frustrated” and going to slightly take the match seriously? Will he evolve past his stale ego? Will his team improve?

Because Nagi noticed they are more of a cohesive team instead of individual players that happen to be lumped together – but I don’t think any of them actually evolved…yet.

Bachira tried that one dribbling play which got outmaneuvered by Isagi, Chigiri has kind of been able to neutralize Aryu, and Barou has been holding big boy Tokimitsu down. With Rin finally being knocked off his high horse, I wonder how all of these players can evolve?

I’m still rooting for Team Isagi, but it wouldn’t be bad to see all of the players grow together, right? ☺

But, tell me your thoughts.

Do you think Bachira's mom's art career would take off if she marketed herself as a horror artist? I'm pretty sure she's drawing the same 'imaginary' monster her son is playing with...unless their home is haunted? ☺
Do you think Bachira’s mom’s art career would take off if she marketed herself as a horror artist? I’m pretty sure she’s drawing the same ‘imaginary’ monster her son is playing with…unless their home is haunted? ☺

Did Rin need to be knocked off his high horse to evolve?

Why does it seem like Isagi no longer takes Bachira seriously?

And…

Is the gap between Rin and Isagi’s spatial awareness really just due to experience?

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