WARNING: The next comprises spoilers for RE-MAIN Episode 12, “C’mon, Let’s Get Started,” now streaming on Funimation.
What started as a narrative about Minato Kiyomizu attempting to recollect who he’s earlier than his automobile accident, grew to become a story about regaining his reminiscences of his previous self whereas altering for the higher. RE-MAIN is not with out its shortcomings contemplating how lengthy it took to get to the sports activities a part of the anime, however one in all its strengths has been its concentrate on Minato’s journey. The finale combines all the most effective qualities about center college Minato, akin to his drive and management, with all the nice issues about post-accident Minato.
In RE-MAIN Episode 12, Minato desires of his outdated water polo workforce. When he wakes up, Eitaro tells him that Rikka misplaced spectacularly to Shogakukan with out having scored any factors. Eitaro is simply blissful to have the ability to play in opposition to Shogakukan, however Minato insists none of that issues until they win.
The sport begins and Minato tries to attain however will get blocked. Amihama’s velocity permits them to strengthen their protection significantly however Shogakukan forces Ejiri to commit a foul. Whereas on their break, Ushimado remains to be disillusioned at not having the ability to play in addition to the others however Minato unexpectedly encourages him. He even admits to consuming Babayaro’s goodies despite the fact that he had turned it down a number of instances.
Regardless of his damage, Shogakukan participant Momo begs his coach to let him play. He factors out that Koki, one in all Minato’s former teammates, has been holding again since he is enjoying in opposition to a Minato who is not in his prime. Keita admits he feels the identical but when they do not give it their all, it would not be honest to Minato or themselves. Seeing his brother play fires up Amihama, who is set to beat Momo at swimming. Nonetheless, he loses first possession of the ball to Momo. Inside a couple of seconds, Momo scores Shogakukan’s first purpose.
Shogakukan’s lead within the match will increase and with solely 37 seconds remaining within the final interval, they’re main 15-0. Tensions are excessive with Yamanami exhausted and pissed off. Out of the blue, Minato explodes and blames his workforce for holding him again, calling them ineffective earlier than swimming away.
The sport resumes and the mixed teamwork of Jo and Babayaro prevents Momo from scoring one other level. Amihama races in opposition to Momo and surges forward to grab the ball and go to Minato. Instantly, Minato turns with a shout, feinting. However Keita is prepared for it: he has performed with him for therefore lengthy that he is aware of each trick up his teammate’s sleeve.
Besides, Minato would not shoot. He sends the ball to his proper the place Ushimado grabs it. Executing the Ushimado Shout, he shoots the ball straight into the purpose. The Yamanami workforce might have misplaced the match general, however that one level does extra to spice up their morale than successful the sport would have as a result of they scored as a workforce.
RE-MAIN‘s Season 1 finale would have been extremely unrealistic if Yamanami had received a full water polo match in opposition to a powerhouse like Shogakukan. For as soon as, Minato is not indignant for shedding — in reality, he could not be any happier. On the finish of the match, he meets up along with his outdated teammates they usually snicker, promising to play one another once more. The scene is extremely paying homage to Minato’s dream.
By specializing in Ushi and Eitaro, the final two episodes of RE-MAIN have carried out a improbable job of rounding out their character growth. It is just a little disappointing, nevertheless, that out of all of the characters on the workforce who obtained some sort of highlight, Babayaro, the half-Nigerian half-Japanese boy, obtained the brief finish of the stick. He is one-dimensional and we by no means discover who he’s past being a really candy character. Episode 12 closes out Minato’s journey the place he is now not dwelling prior to now and now appears to be like towards the longer term along with his new workforce, setting his sights on their subsequent purpose: turning into Japan’s #1 water polo workforce.