Broken Wings (折れた翼, Oreta Tsubasa) is the fifth episode of the Ahiru no Sora anime. The opening theme is Happy Go Ducky! which is performed by the pillows. The ending theme is Tsubasa which is performed by saji.
After recognizing Sora's weakness, Tokiwa does another one of his signature backhand pass, and Shinmaruko High is slowly starting to catch up. An excited Sora apologizes to his teammates for his poor defense. It's Kuzuryu High's possession of the ball, and this time Tokiwa guards Sora very carefully. While dribbling, Sora requests Tokiwa to stop him with all his power. Sora does another one of his crossover moves. Tokiwa then praises Sora that he has got good handles.
The 24 seconds shot clock violation is about to run out, and Momoharu yells at Sora to pass the ball to him, and unoticingly, Sora heads to the left side of the court. Tokiwa then teases him that he is not going the pass the ball to his teammates. Annoyed by his comment, Sora tries to score the three-pointer. Chiba then yells at Tokiwa that he isn't doing enough to guard Sora. The ball touches the rim, and Tokiwa smiles that he was right. The rest of the Kuzuryu High squad is shocked that it is their first-time witnessing Sora miss a three-pointer. Momoharu then grabs the rebound and passes it to Sora. Tokiwa again guards him carefully and teases Sora, and forces him to make another three-pointer. The ball doesn't go in, and Tokiwa then informs Sora that the left side of the court is his fatal weakness. Kento praises Tokiwa for his efficient defense, and Momoharu calls the referee for a timeout.
While heading towards his bench, Tokiwa mocks Sora that a bird that has its wings broken can only fall. Annoyed and irritated by his remarks, Sora head towards his team's bench. The rest of the Shinmaruko High praises Tokiwa for his efficient defense and tells him that he was right about Sora's inability to score from the left side. Tokiwa notifies his teammates that this is a common weakness amongst shooting guards. Meanwhile, Yasuhara, Nabe, and Masahiro get angry at Sora for missing the last two three-pointers. Madoka yells at them, tries to stop them for blaming Sora, and informs them that not every three-pointer can go in. At the Kawasaki bridge, Tomo finally shows up. Chiaki is shocked to see her, and out of happiness, he starts to cry. Tomo apologizes to Chiaki for showing up late, and then she requests him to take her to his school to see the ongoing practice match between Shinmaruko High and Kuzuryu High.
Tomo further states that she is a massive fan of Shinmaruko High's ace Tokiwa. Meanwhile, at the ongoing practice match, Shinmaruko High continues to show their dominance. Chiba then receives an efficient pass from Tokiwa and then goes for one of his signature ferocious dunks. Momoharu tries to stop him, and Chiba, unfazed by him, viciously dunks. The referee then calls out for a defensive foul. Chiba, while attempting to make the free throw, Yasuhara complains to his teammates that why does Chiba get a chance to shoot. Momoharu informs Yasuhara that he caused that foul and further explained that if Chiba had missed that dunk, he would have gotten a chance to make two free throws, and since he scored, it is one free throw.
A concerned Madoka looks at the scoreboard and tells herself that ever since Tokiwa found out Sora's weakness, Kuzuryu High has been unable to score. An exhausted Sora tries to score desperately, and Tokiwa steals the ball from him and goes for a layup. Sora somehow manages to catches up to him and tries to block him. Similar to his captain, Sora gets himself into a defensive foul. Tokiwa easily makes the free-throw and expands their lead further. During that time, Chiaki and Tomo make their way to the court. Yasuhara gets himself in another foul trouble. Momoharu then yells at Yasuhara to be careful and tells him that this is his fourth foul. Momoharu further explains to Yasuhara another foul will get him disqualified from the match. Shinmaruko High's small forward, Kuchiki, purposely bumps into Yasuhara and disqualifies him from the match. Kento, Shinmaruko High shooting guard, praises Kuchiki. Chiba then calls the referee for the timeout. An angry Chiba yells at his teammates and tells them that he is an honest basketball player and hates people who play the sport with utmost dishonesty. He further explains no matter how weak their opponents are his team should give their 100 percent.
Upon seeing Chiba's angry demeanor, Tokiwa praises him and notifies Chiba that he likes that kind of leadership from his captain. Chiba then instructs Tokiwa to be serious and not get carried away since they have a considerable lead. A concerned Madoka looks at a tired, exhausted Kuzuryu High. Sora urges his teammates not to give up, the match hasn't ended, and he has no intention of losing. Shinmaruko High continues their dominant performance in the match, and by the end of the first half, they have a 44-point lead. An exhausted Kuzuryu High team head towards their bench. Masahiro tells his teammates that he underestimated basketball, and they finally get a chance to rest. Yasuhara questions Sora, in comparison to them, why he is full of energy? Sora responds that he practices more than them. Yasuhara apologizes to Momoharu for his fifth foul, and because of him, Kuzuryu High is down to four members instead of 5. Yasuhara, while talking to Momoharu, points out that Chiaki is also watching them. Upon seeing his brother, Momoharu recalls his junior high basketball days and informs Yasuhara that Chiaki is a person who hates losing or doing anything uncool.
An exhausted Sora goes to the schools' vending machine to grab a soft drink, and due to his weak grip, the juice can slip from his hands and falls to the ground. Madoka sees it and tells Sora that he is a terrible liar, and she knew that he has no energy left to compete in the practice match. She then massages Sora's numb wrists and tells him that it's okay to give up cause the conclusion of them losing the game is determined. Sora replies that he still has some energy left and hasn't given up. The second half starts, and this time, a determined Kuzuryu High enters the court. Shinmaruko High puts a two-man defense on Sora. To avoid the shot clock violation, Sora tries to pass the ball to Masahiro. Tokiwa easily blocks the pass, but Sora somehow manages to regain possession of the ball. Tokiwa is amazed again by Sora's basketball skills. An excited Tokiwa declares that he won't let him make another three-pointer. While dribbling, Sora recalls the time with his mother taught him a unique shooting technique. Tokiwa seeing Sora's determination, guards him seriously. Sora, without hesitation, shoots and sinks a three-pointer with two hands.
Characters by Appearance
- Tokitaka Tokiwa
- Shinichi Chiba
- Yasuhara Shinichi
- Momoharu Hanazono
- Sora Kurumatani
- Masahiro Saki
- Ryuuhei Nabeshima
- Hiroshi Kuchiki
- Kento Sawa
- Madoka Yabuchi
- Chiaki Hanazono
- Masaharu Choji
- Yuka Kurumatani (flashback)
- Storyboard: Shingo Tamaki
- Director: Yasuyuki Fuse
- Animation Director: Park Changhwan, Hong Yumi, Lee Jiwon