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Hanebado Does Not Know How Badminton Works

Hanebado Does Not Know How Badminton Works


Hanebado is a currently airing sports anime
about badminton. With a solid 7.5 on myanimelist the show is
off to a great start, with episode 6 coming out on the day I’m writing this script. The animation and artwork in this show are
fantastic, which you’ve probably already come to notice if you’ve watched at least
one episode. There’s been a lot of care about realism
and little details. Take the callus spot on the players’ hands
under their pinky finger, due to the friction of the racket during matches. It gave me a smile on my face when I saw that
small detail, because I’m all too familiar with it. While watching the show however, I noticed
some pretty big flaws when it comes to the actual badminton part of the show. Yes, you heard me right. Hanebado, the badminton anime doesn’t know
about badminton strategy. As someone with about 10 years of badminton
experience myself, I think I have the right to explain why the characters look like badminton
newbies when in fact they’re supposed to be some of the best players of Japan. I’m going to focus mainly on the match in
episode 4 and 5 against Collie. Our main cast realizes that Collie’s strength
is her smashes. For some reason, the coach then comes up with
a strategy to place one player in front, and one in the back. The huge problem with this is that when you’re
playing singles, the badminton field is thin and long. Maybe this strategy would work out like that,
but the coach is forgetting that they’re playing doubles. When playing doubles, the field is widened. Now if you position two players vertically
like this, it’s really easy to smash in the side rails because there is so much extra
space on the field, and there’s no way the players could reach this far. The proper way to defend against smashes is
to stand horizontally side by side, since you know the shuttle can’t come too short
nor too far because this is a smash, and you cover the most horizontal area with your reach. I don’t know what the coach was thinking,
but this would not work if you really tried it. But wait, this wasn’t even necessary because
if what you’re scared of is the smashes, why give Collie the opportunity to smash to
begin with? Basically, all shuttles heading to Collie
are high and towards the back of the field. This is the best place to smash from and it’s
the absolute worst area to place the shuttle during any match. It seems the players have just forgotten about
drop shots existing, which is placing the shuttle very close behind the net. It is impossible for the opponent to smash
from that area. Hitting all shuttles far back is the worst
rookie mistake you can make. My trainer always told us that when playing
doubles, all you want to do is to keep the shuttle as low as possible, as to stop the
opponents from smashing and instead force them to give you high ball, so you can smash
yourself. It’s all about giving yourself the upper
hand. And that’s not what these players are doing. Of course, I’m just rambling, this is just
an anime. It adds to the pressure that builds up during
the match, and makes it more interesting to watch as well. But it’s a badminton anime, and you cannot
call these players good if you make them seem like people who just started playing badminton
for a few months. I hope you enjoyed this short ramble about
hanebado. Don’t get me wrong, I like the show and
I will definitely continue watching. It’s just that some of this gets me a bit
annoyed, even if it’s just to keep the plot of the show going. Thank you for watching.

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