When all hope seemed lost, when the Esperion team was nearly defeated, one man took the lead and proved to the world that Esperion would not be defeated so easily. That man was none other than Kuribayashi, the man who breached Barcelona’s famous Iron Wall defense.
The clock is ticking, and Kuribayashi is also losing his stamina as he goes against the entire Barcelona defense alone. Can Kuribayashi score with only 2 minutes left? Or will he reach his limit before then? Find out here Ao Ashi Chap 358!
Ao Ashi Chapter 357 opens with Kuribayashi leading the final scoring effort for Esperion FC.
The extraordinary speed and skill that Kuribayashi showed shocked everyone. No one thought that Japan had such a strong player on their team. The Barcelona team also did not sit still when Xhaka signaled his teammates to follow and pin Kuribayashi.
Xhaka couldn’t get the ball from Kuribayashi so the Barcelona team decided to use force. Sadly for them, Kuribayashi dribbled the ball easily between the Barca players and ran past them.
Xhaka was quite pleased with Kuribayashi’s playing style, but Barcelona fans were scared because Kuribayashi would score if Barcelona didn’t steal the ball from him.
Kuribayashi’s team also looked at him in surprise because they now understood what he meant when he asked for 5 minutes for Barcelona to calm down. The rest of the Esperion team also started cheering for Kuribayashi from the stands as they finally saw some hope for their team.
The Barcelona defenders felt uncomfortable with Kuribayashi’s unstoppable attack and so it was Sarel who decided to step up. Xhaka noticed Sarel moving so he also prepared to tackle Kuribayashi following his signal.
Xhaka and Sarel attacked Kuribayashi at the same time and combined with him. As Barcelona’s entire defensive formation began to fall apart, the players’ frustration became apparent over their actions.
Sarel rushed towards Kuribayashi, and instead of stealing the ball, he pushed Kuribayashi’s shoulder.
Sarel signaled Xhaka to steal the ball from Kuribayashi as he was off balance, but Kuribayashi grasped their strategy and acted accordingly. Taking advantage of the momentum from Sarel’s shoulder push, Kuribayashi turned and ran past Xhaka.
Xhaka and Sarel failed to steal the ball, they could do nothing but look at Kuribayashi in amazement. The fans, the Barcelona team, and even Kuribayashi’s team all couldn’t help but admire Kuribayashi’s skills. Among all the admirers is our Protagonist, Ashito, who also expressed his excitement.
The focus shifts to Kenta who is watching the Esperion vs Barcelona match on his television. Kenta says that Kuribayashi has natural talent when it comes to such skills, but this is something that has always made him jealous. Kenta’s friends also watched the match and laughed because it was rare to see Barcelona’s iron wall defense fail because of just one player.
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Kenta said that Kuribayashi’s play is aimed at drawing opposition players towards him, which gives the other players on his team time to take up free space and make the most of it. Kenta’s friends are surprised to see how well Kenta knows Kuribayashi even though they don’t even play together at the moment.
Kenta recalls one of his previous matches, where he and Kuribayashi pushed towards the goal together, and Ashito passed the ball to him instead of Kuribayashi.
Kenta then passed the ball to Kuribayashi, who then penetrated the opponent’s defense. Kenta then advised Ashito to pass the ball to Kuribayashi whenever he felt difficult.
The camera pans over Ashito, Kenta points towards Ashito and says that he is the one who believes in Kuribayashi’s power the most. The focus shifted back to the field and Kuribayashi and Kirki were now quite close to the goal themselves. The entire Barcelona defense collapsed and this only made them frustrated and angry.
The Barcelona coach also observed Kuribayashi with excitement and he also said that Kuribayashi is truly a world-class player. He added that if Kuribayashi was in the Barcelona team he would easily become a key player.
The Barcelona coach considered Kuribayashi to be the only player from the Japanese team who could integrate into the Barcelona team without any difficulty.
Kuribayashi was now in front of goal with 2 minutes remaining, but he was exhausted. Kuribayashi looked at the goal and reminded himself that he had been playing for 3 minutes.
Release date and where to read
Ao Ashi Chap 358 will be released on Monday, January 29, 2023, at 12:00 a.m. JST.
- Japan Standard Time: 12:00 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2024
- Pacific Time: 7:00 a.m. Sunday, January 28, 2024
- Central Australian Daylight Time: 01:30 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2024
- Greenwich Mean Time: 03:00 pm Sunday, January 28, 2024
- Philippines: 11:00 p.m. Sunday, January 28, 2024
- Korean Standard Time: 12:00 a.m. Monday, January 29, 2024
You can read it online Ao Ashi Chap 358 in raw Japanese on Big Comic Bros. You can also buy this manga in hard copy from Bookwalker and Amazon.
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