I don't know about you, but I feel this whole game against the Teikoku Alexanders is just fundamentally, at its core, lame. Frankly, the game against Hakkeshu was lame for the same reason- Inagaki has run out of interesting ideas for teams so now they just make them "ultimate" in some regard. All the previous teams Deimon faced were interesting because of their theme- from the heavyweight linemen on the Taiyo Sphinx, the kicking team Bando, the ultra-offensive Seibu and the ultra-defensive Ojo. Even Shinryuuji had the ultra-disciplined monk theme contrasted with the arrogant laxness of their evil star player. But what have we had recently?
Hakkeshu were lame because they were a team devoid of any ideas. Gaou was a big brute who smashed into people and crippled them. Kisaragi and Marco just stole the ball. No strategy was involved in beating them, Kurita, Monta and Sena just had to be 'better' than them. But then we get to the Christmas Bowl, the ultimate destination since the beginning of the series, to face their final opponents. And what kind of creative team has Inagaki saved for the final showdown?
The Alexanders are perfect. Period. And that's stupid. They've never lost a Christmas Bowl in the more than 20 years since the start of the competition? They've never EVER lost the lead in their entire history? That's just dumb. The way the first-string players were built up to be the best of the best of the best of the best of the best was ridiculous (players have to memorise a playbook of over 1000 plays just to move from 6th string to 5th? Oh please!) and Yamato and Taka are just so irritatingly unchallengeable in their perfection that it burns my soul. The way Yamato declares the Devil Bats -acknowledged as the most powerful offensive team in Kanto- will not score a single point against the Alexanders and Taka doesn't even bother acknowledging Monta makes them almost offensively unlikeable to me, despite clumsily manipulative attempts to make Yamato come across as a good guy in his introduction. Having a female quarterback is just a gimmick, largely so they can allow Kurita to hold his "strongest player in the game" title (introducing a guy even bigger than Gaou at this stage would plumb new depths of lame) without actually allowing him to achieve anything, and the idea of making her passes "easy to catch" is the lousiest idea for a quarterback since... uh... whenever.
And the worst thing is we know the Devil Bats are going to win. Despite making it abundantly clear in these opening chapters that they don't have an icicle's chance in hell of doing so. The concept of facing the "strongest team" worked when they faced Shinryuuji. They didn't dare drag it out again against Ojo, instead making the two teams arguably an even match from the start. But this game just doesn't interest me, because Teikoku are -there's no other word for it- BORING.