The Troublesome Freshman (迷惑な一年坊, Meiwaku na Ichinenbō) is the seventh 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 taking an exhausted Sora home post-game, Madoka learns the truth about Sora's basketball-star mother and the reasoning behind his grand ambitions.


The practice match between Kuzuryū High and Shinmaruko High reached its conclusion; despite losing the game by an overwhelming margin, Sora and his teammates receive praise from their adversaries. Afterward, Madoka carries an exhausted Sora to his residence and finds out he lives with his grandmother; her name is Yone, who runs a barbershop in Kawasaki. She kindly offers Madoka a complimentary haircut. While trimming her hair, she tells Madoka about Sora's mom, who is suffering from critical illness and is receiving treatment at the Kanagawa National Hospital. Yone also informs that Sora won't see her unless he brings a winning trophy to her.

Meanwhile, Sora wakes up and decides to go back to the gym to practice. During that time, Sora's grandmother charges Madoka for the haircut despite offering her a courtesy free hairdo in the beginning. She trimmed Madoka's bangs too short. The following day, the Kuzuryū High boys' team discovered that their team is not entitled to use the gym, as they do not have an advisor assigned to their club. Momoharu, as the captain, goes to the principal to pursue an advisor for their club. The condition is simple; no fights, or their team will face disbandment.

Afterward, Masahiro, Yasuhara, and Nabe come across a first-year student practicing basketball at their schools' playground. They are captivated by his skills and request him to teach them the layup he just performed. Besides helping the sophomores, he knocks them down. Sora, while making his way to the gym, finds an altercation taking place. The Freshman introduces himself as Kite. During that time, Momoharu arrives and tells them to quit fighting. Kite all of a sudden kicks at Momoharu, who headbutts his leg to halt the attack. When Kite leaves, Momoharu points out how fast Kenji was as he kicked him from a far away standing position. Soon afterward, while not being the official member of the team, Kenji uses the basketball court. While going for a layup, he knocks down one of the girls' team members. She passes out, and everyone in the gym goes into panic mode.

Characters by Appearance

Episode Staff

  • Storyboard: Koji Sasaki
  • Director: Han Younghoon
  • Animation Directors: Naomi Ide, Mayuko Matsumoto. Masakazu Ishikawa, Kim Myoungsim, Park Changhwan


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