Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Release Date: January 2018
HOOP DREAMS The preliminary games begin, and Towa and the squad are all fired up! Mitsuki’s childhood best friend, Aya-chan, is also at the arena playing his best, and the stakes are high. As Mitsuki and Reina cheer on the Seiryo team, Mitsuki sees the boys sweep the floor and is inspired to work hard, too! But when a ref’s whistle cuts through the air, a close friend lies injured on the court…
The group starts their game, and it doesn't go how they all expect. Mitsuki and Asakura want to show up Aya-chan, but Aya-chan is older and better.
Afterward, they all deal with it differently. Some work harder to do better next time, there's some hurt feelings to get over, and one person even tries to punish himself by giving up the thing he loves. I do like the point being made that not everyone on their team is a good player, nor do they all work together as well as they should. While the four do work together amazingly, not everyone else works as well with them, and they cannot carry a whole team.
And near the end, we finally get a fun trip for the whole group. It's some fun anguish as Mitsuki has to decide where to go for it, and then they're out. There's some fun harem drama, mostly as the other guys get to tease Mitsuki—I'm glad that there isn't more than one of them falling for her (at least so far), it's appreciated. And hopefully we'll get to see Mitsuki take a stand, or make a move, soon.