WARNING: The next accommodates spoilers for RE-MAIN Episode 5, “Dude, That’s Scary!!!,” now streaming on Funimation.
From the very begin of water polo-focussed anime RE-MAIN, Minato knew he wasn’t nearly as good on the sport as he was earlier than his accident stole his recollections. He warned everybody to not get their hopes too excessive, however his previous nonetheless haunts him as everybody continues to have excessive expectations for him.
Episode 5 sees Minato have a breakthrough, nevertheless, as he realizes his largest rivals aren’t the groups he’ll should play towards. If he needs to be Japan’s high participant once more, he’ll should discover a technique to surpass his earlier self.
In RE-MAIN Episode 5, the shortage of coordination and coaching brings swift defeat within the water polo crew’s inaugural recreation. Nearly everyone seems to be annoyed with how they performed — none extra so than Minato who’s indignant at himself, particularly understanding he was as soon as a star athlete. Eitaro stays surprisingly calm, however that is as a result of he is contemplating quitting. It is all very odd since he was the one to tug Minato again into the game and was an enormous contributor in creating the crew within the first place.
Later that evening, Eitaro speaks to Minato alone and confesses he is been mendacity this complete time. He had mentioned that he and Minato have been shut prior to now — actually, Eitaro admired Minato however by no means spoke to him. His need to play in an official water polo recreation was so sturdy that he constructed this narrative and assumed any crew with Minato can be a robust one. However now that they’ve misplaced their first match, Eitaro needs to be executed with the game. It is ironic as a result of Eitaro, who confesses he ran away from his teammates again in junior excessive, is now abandoning his present crew as a result of Minato misplaced his recollections and is not nearly as good as he remembers.
To seek out out precisely what he had that made him a water polo ‘prodigy,’ Minato seeks out his outdated advisor. Although he is again within the water and coaching, he is nonetheless struggling to achieve the identical stage of ability he was at earlier than the accident. Advisor Bizen tells him that though his bodily capabilities have been a part of what made him sturdy, his biggest power was his effort.
Minato later scours his room and finds a stack of CDs, the place he recorded himself coaching his type for a half-hour each day. He practiced passing the ball towards the wall, explaining the large indent first proven in RE-MAIN Episode 1. Minato had additionally studied movies of water polo video games and deliberate out methods by studying by means of the outdated guidelines. He is no prodigy — he simply put 110-percent into the game. Minato had been distressed on the thought that his ability in water polo was tied to his recollections, however understanding he simply must proceed coaching arduous takes an enormous weight off his shoulders. He efficiently will get Eitaro to return to the crew, promising he’ll grow to be an athlete to be admired once more.
RE-MAIN‘s symbolism of Minato’s household’s pet turtle struggling to stroll up the steps parallels Minato’s personal journey. He had at all times been underneath the impression he was a water polo star due to some innate expertise, but it surely was actually as a consequence of the limitless hours of labor he put in, constructing on each bit of coaching till he was on the high — which suggests he can do so once more.