I’ve gone and done it, I’ve started another anime! So these last few days I’ve just been pretty bleh in the anime department, waiting every week for just one more episode for X-show (GATE, Shiroyuki, AxM, I forgot what else I’m watching) which is so so painful! I think it’s the first time I’ve followed an anime from its start and I’m trying not to strangle someone (damn you cliffhangers!).
So in the meantime I thought I’d check out some other stuff! And yes, I know I’ve already got a list of things but I wanted something else, something exciting! After reading The Sales Pitch for Sports Anime (Part 1) and talking with Shiroyuni I got my next show: Ace of the Diamond
Like all sports anime, the goal for Ace of Diamond is nationals!
The first two episodes seem to set the stage for the show, which is why I thought I’d only comment on those two. In the first five minutes of the show (maybe less) we’re placed right into a game where we witness a tight situation – the score is tied, bases are full, two outs, and the count is three balls, two strikes. I don’t know too much about baseball but I know that two strikes means you’ve only got one chance left. Intense.
While I wouldn’t say I was instantly hooked, I will say there was great interest. I would hope it’s obvious our protagonist loses the game because that’s usually what happens (Haikyuu).
After the game we learn that our main character Eijun Sawamura, team pitcher, and brawn over brains will be graduating from junior high in six months time. However, while preparing for his high school entrance exams he’s scouted by Seidou, a prestigious school for baseball. Initially, Eijun is reluctant to accept the offer because he wants to play baseball with his friends, however, after visiting the campus and playing alongside Kazuya Miyuki, a first year catcher he meets on the school tour, Eijun is itching to test his skills and grow as a player.
The only problem is that he’s already promised to go to a school with his friends and he doesn’t want to leave them behind. Discussing this during dinner one night, Eijun’s grandfather and father knock some sense into him (literally on grandpa’s side) and Eijun finally makes up his mind. With the blessing of his friends, all seems well until it’s time to head for Seidou.
The second episode’s ending was so emotionally charged! I was in the same position as Eijun, like, should he go, should he stay? I really wanted him to go because of the interaction he had with Kazuya (he’s so easygoing and no, it’s not my fujoshi tendencies kicking in…not yet at least) and just the atmosphere of the school. It was a place where I could see him growing as a serious player.
At the same time though, there was a part of me that wanted him to play with his friends, except that they were only casual players. Apparently, not a lot of them had liked sports to begin with
Haikyuu. So if he stayed he probably wouldn’t develop (the choice was pretty obvious).
But that didn’t matter! What mattered was that they were all so close and wanted to play together, my heart was torn! Oh and there was a girl, hmmm. I’m looking at you girlie (she looks like she might be back, they usually are haha).
Anyways, I’m definitely going to continue. The only ‘issue’ I have with this so far is that the main character is so overly emotional but I guess that’s normal? It’s just that he’s got this manly look but then he’ll break down (and shed enormous tears) or get super excited and yell…ah, I’m so embarrassed, haha. The art is also a bit iffy, compared to what I usually like. Sometimes the characters look stiff and their heads look shortened and wide.
I’ll probably get used to that though, maybe. This series is also super long! Just the first season has 75 episodes with the second going at 20+.