WARNING: The next incorporates spoilers for RE-MAIN Episode 8, “Who Are These Guys?,” now streaming on Funimation.
RE-MAIN is most undoubtedly not your typical sports activities anime. Many of those tales have a tournament-style format the place characters are aiming to win a contest and concurrently bear in depth coaching and growth to succeed in the highest. RE-MAIN, nevertheless, has been largely character-driven with Minato attempting to piece his previous life again collectively together with his new life.
Episode 8 reveals a startling epiphany that shakes Minato’s total world and who he thought he was. As he loses his recollections once more, he goes again to the place he was originally of the collection. And this time, he may be in a far worse place than earlier than.
In Episode 8, Minato seeks out Chinu to ask about what he noticed in his observe recordings: was he actually as soon as a tyrant in water polo coaching? Chinu asks if he remembers Hiroshi Ichinose, who was the explanation Chinu began taking part in water polo. However as soon as Minato joined the group, Ichinose’s love for the game began to fade; Minato had handled him so badly that he give up water polo fully. Due to what Minato had inadvertently performed to Ichinose, Chinu needs him to take duty for his actions and proceed taking part in the game, regardless of figuring out the one-time prodigy is nowhere near the place he was earlier than. As quickly as he hears Ichinose’s title, Minato’s recollections of his junior excessive days and the day he received into the accident come speeding again.
It is troublesome for Minato to reconcile who he thought he was and who he actually was. As he cycles dwelling within the pouring rain, he slips on the street and hits his head exhausting. On the hospital as soon as once more, the physician informs his household that the automobile accident may need reopened a slight mind wound that occurred prior. The second fall ended up bringing all of Minato’s recollections from his junior excessive days again, however consequently took all of his recollections which have occurred to date in RE-MAIN. He now has the thoughts of his sixth-grade self.
Minato is a totally completely different particular person right here: every little thing from his perspective to his voice screams of being a jerk. His cheerful, usually foolish, voice offers method to a deeper, extra boastful tone. Unable to take a seat nonetheless in his room, surrounded by acquainted and unfamiliar issues, Minato goes to Shogakukan Excessive to beg Advisor Bizen to let him again on the group.
Nevertheless, as a result of Minato has regressed again to his sixth-grade degree, he will not be capable to catch as much as the place his former teammates are at now. Even when he had been to start out coaching once more, the hole is already too huge to beat. What’s extra, Riku Momosaki, Amihama’s older brother, has already taken Minato’s place because the ace. There isn’t any place at Shogakukan Excessive anymore.
When Minato returns dwelling, he’s met by his teammates from the Yamanami water polo membership who came over him, each out of concern and to debate their recreation plan for the event. He brushes them off, his phrases derisive as he asks why he would ever play with them. They’re far beneath him by way of expertise and ability, and he does not imagine they need to be on the identical group as him.
All of Minato’s frustration, anger, and bitterness builds up as he trashes every little thing in his room, knocking over photos and cabinets. When he first misplaced his recollections, he was unhappy however keen to start out recent and start a brand new life. It was solely as a result of his previous life caught as much as him that he even determined to take up water polo once more, however he was trying towards the longer term with optimism. Now that he is misplaced his life’s recollections a second time and retains these of his previous glory days, Minato does not really feel that in any respect.
He needs to maintain on to the previous though everybody has already moved on. It’s going to be fascinating to see the place RE-MAIN takes this after subverting the basic amnesia trope. Will Minato change his cocky perspective and work together with his new group or will he must lose his recollections for a third time?