“The Fighting Dog of Kure”
Machimiya’s sob story leaves quite a lot to be desired and Arakita finds that he can’t quite hate the guy he used to be just like.
It’s a three on three battle between Arakita, Manami and Onoda and the three Hiroshima sprinters – that’s three sprinters against Arakita and two climbers. Not an easy task but somehow they’re managing pretty well! Machimiya shows his true colours as the so-called ‘Fighting Dog of Kure’ because of his wild and aggressive racing and the fact that he will literally headbutt you, even if you’re a member of his own team, if you get in his way. Seriously, jerk. Still, he and Midosuji apparently already had a little talk during the first day of the race and are apparently supposed to cooperate at some point – probably when Machimiya catches up to the front – and steal the title from Hakone. It’s pretty obvious that one of them will betray the other in order to take the gold, but my guess is as good as yours on this one.
Machimiya apparently has a grudge against Hakone – Fukutomi in particular – because he refused to lend him a bottle of water during a really grueling race as he tried to take his third-year senpais to victory. His grudge is literally over a bottle of water. I mean, yeah, it’s not such a cool thing to do but still…a bottle of water. *rolls eyes*
In the end, though, Arakita sees something of his past self in him; the aggression, the irritability and the need to take it out on everybody else. And that’s exactly why Machimiya isn’t going to be able to win; because Arakita got over harping out the past and getting mad at other people and put a whole lot of faith in Fukutomi.
Well, we’ve still got a long way to go before the end, but I suspect these next couple episodes are all about dealing with Machimiya and the trouble that Hiroshima pose to Hakone and Sohoku’s chance at winning. I reckon they haven’t quite used up all their cards just yet.