Hello and welcome back to Otaku Thursday! I cannot tell you how happy I am that we are back here with otaku content. For you, it has likely been but a few days, but for me, it feels like it’s been forever. Real work sucks, no? Anyway, to ease the stress we turn to anime for entertainment. And today…before I start reviewing anime from this season–I want to talk about something from last season that really disappointed me. Futsal Boys.
Now, Futsal Boys disappointed me because I was really looking forward to it. It seemed like it could be a really good anime about futsal. It had decent animation, the opening was good, at first I found the characters likable…everything seemed good for the first few episodes. But then–because there’s always a but–it seemed to really fall apart after episode four or so. When we began the series, we were introduced to our main character who had been aspiring to play futsal with or against (I honestly couldn’t tell which at the time) his idol. So he entered into school for futsal and he got on the team and then he played with his idol and his idol told him he sucked and to give it up–and there was something in there about the main character’s dad being a prodigy–and then the mc wanted to give futsal up because he lost. Wait–what? Okay so then he got over that and then I don’t really remember what happened in between that time and his partner on the futsal team not wanting to pass to him because of trauma. Also his teammate passing the ball to him was like the climax of the show. Like oh, my goddess so cool! What the fox is going on?! Oh and somewhere in there, there was what I’m pretty sure was a date, a pseudo-romantic friendship between the shrimp and the blonde one, and a lot of random futsal teams that I can’t really remember. Except for that one team, that had the really badly animated camo shirts. And as Star has just reminded me, there was also a futsal team of pop idols. All these teams, lasted one to two episodes. Yet they were prominently in the opening. Again, what the nine-tailed foxes.
So, the storyline–or what seemed to be a lack thereof one coherent goal or throughway–was just disappointing. I was watching it because I kept thinking that the MC would end up back against the rival, or that he and his partner would have some sort of heart to heart that would strengthen their bond but…not really? Like, this show never went in the way I thought it would–but not in a good way. It always ended up being very bland at the end of the day. Which agian, was more than a little disappointing because it felt like it could’ve been really good. Those first few episodes had set it up to be a good.
Naturally I started to wonder if there would be a second season to continue what was a heavily unfinished plot. And it was around then that I found out something that disappointed me. Futsal Boys was an original anime–which I knew and didn’t bother me. But it was an original anime that was made by Bandai Namco–who just so happened to have planned a game based around Futsal Boys. Yes a video game. So y’know…there’s no proof that they made the anime as promotion for the game, but it is funny how it released before the game did! And left a lot of plot holes…kind of like you needed to purchase more content to get the rest. Haha. I’m not mad.
Anyway, I don’t really know where I’m going with this post. Just like I never really knew where Futsal Boys was going. I guess at the end of the day, Futsal Boys kind of tanked in my opinion. It just didn’t live up to it’s potential, which was sad. But there was a lot of other good anime last season. And there’s a ton of good sports anime this season too. But yeah, overall, a bit of a disappoint. But don’t worry, next week I’ll be back at it to talk about some of the new good anime from this season!