Konomi has one more wall to climb and it’s the toughest of the bunch. Can she do it, and how will the others handle the walls? It’s almost time for Jun to try and she’s already got one eye on the finals!
Konomi faces off against the final wall and as she starts to analyze her climb, things start going a little wrong for her for the first time. She’s confused as to what’s happening and pushes on, attempting her first climb. The spectators watch with bated breath in hopes that she will one-shot it and complete the set. However, Kikuko’s father, Juuzou has a bad feeling about this. He can tell from her stance that she’s running on empty and that’s going to make this an even tougher climb that the others.
Unable to complete the fourth wall, Konomi takes her seat in the gallery and watches the other climbers, but so far no one has been able to send a single wall. Konomi’s long time rival, Ooba gives up on the final wall and settles on reaching the zones. That’s not a bad tactic seeing how the others are fairing. Back in the waiting room, Iwamine is watching the others, aware of just how Konomi’s success will affect their focus.
It’s finally Jun’s turn to climb and she is ready to knock these walls off and progress to the final with Konomi, but the first wall doesn’t quite go as she planned. Then, second and the third. Jun has focused her everything into climbing and seeing Konomi succeed where she cannot is eating her up. She remembers her childhood and how she pushed others away to focus on climbing. On the fourth wall, she has one last attempt before the clock runs out, but she can’t move, her will has been broken!
What did you think?
This was brutal! I know I’m here for the climbing, the climbing girls, and an all-round good time, but this was a great episode all the same. I’ve constantly mentioned how I love that it is taking the climbing seriously, even if some of the characters are a little out there (I also love that too). So, to see them step it up once again and show us the effects of Konomi not taking care of herself between climbs, which they highlighted in the last episode when Jun reminded her to wipe off her sweat, was a great touch.
However, that was nothing compared to the damage Konomi’s success did to this tournament. It has gotten into everyone’s heads and they can’t seem to let go. This is exactly why when you’re watching the Olympics, and before the race, there is no interaction between the competitors, and they won’t even watch other heats. As soon as you let someone else into your head, you’ve lost.
What have you learnt?
This episode sets up the next one perfectly and it leaves us hanging on how Jun is going to react. I can fully understand her not wanting to talk to Konomi so soon after she failed. She’s raw with disappointment and there’s a chance that will strain their relationship. This feels like the moment for Sayo to step in as the team captain and drop some truths. Like any competition, she cannot worry about what others do because you can’t change that. All you can focus on is what you can change, and that’s how you perform and how you react to the results. Jun wasn’t beaten by the wall, she was beaten by herself.
Other reviews in the series
- Season One
- Episode 1 – Rocky Puzzle
- Episode 2 – Believe in Yourself
- Episode 3 – The Anti-Monkey Rock
- Episode 4 – Powerhouse Climbers
- Episode 5 – Hard Work and Talent
- Episode 6 – Unbelievable Ability
- Episode 7 – Failure of a Climber
- Episode 8 – Tears of Disappointment
- Episode 9 – The Princess of Climbing
- Episode 10 – Restart!
- Episode 11 – The 15 Second Wall
- Episode 12 – The Road to Best in Japan