I watched episode 95 yesterday, and will watch 96 shortly. Something very very cool happened in episode 95 re: the redemption of Kashiwaba.
Coach Nishio showed up, recovered from his collapse. It was looking like the gig was up; Kashiwaba wouldn’t have the chance to exact his revenge after all.
But Nishio said he wasn’t coming back to coach the team. He said he wasn’t a good coach; that because of him, many players had left the team without realizing their true potential; that Kashiwaba had gone further than he’d thought possible; and that it took a real coach to get to the Koushien.
Then he said:
“I’m counting on you, Kashiwaba Eijirou.”
I literally gasped and clapped my hands over my heart. “He knows!” I cried. “He knows!”
Now, it’s all in Kashiwaba’s hands…!