Hi everyone! At last, I have finished watching Ace of Diamond last week thanks to the long holiday (holy week). I started watching this anime coz i’ve noticed that my co-bloggers Shiro and Crimson have taken a liking to it (or to Miyuki Kazuya in particular) and that got me interested. I’ve also been into sports anime lately (since Haikyuu) and this craze might last for quite a while, considering the number of other sports anime in my to-watch list. 😀
Anyway, this is my first time writing a post about my personal thoughts on a particular anime i have watched. This contains my purely biased opinion but have fun reading. ^^
The Game, Baseball
Baseball is actually a sport I am not very well acquainted with. I know the common terms like batter, pitcher and catcher but never the entirety of the rules. This is not a very popular sport in our place or even in our country (i think) that’s why I had a lot of misconceptions about it.
Before i watched this anime, i believed that catchers are just players that catch the ball and nothing else. I never would’ve thought that they’re actually a really important player acting behind the scenes. To those who don’t really know the game, pitchers and batters would’ve been the most eye-catching players. Catchers don’t probably stand out much. Well, that’s how it was for me. They’re kinda like how setters are in volleyball. I certainly learned more about the game while watching this anime and i realized that baseball is an interesting and exciting game.
Truth be told, the story of this anime resembles Haikyuu (or Haikyuu resembles it) in some way. The part where Seido (Karasuno in Haikyuu) strives to get to Koshien (Nationals) after some years of being unable to is one example. Well, i guess some sports anime does have some similarities in this area. But also, Sawamura (a newbie with talent) and Miyuki (the genius) are like Hinata and Kageyama, speaking of the role they play in the anime. Both have done a good job dramatizing a single game to the point that i can’t take my eyes off my laptop until the game finishes.
The resemblance aside, sports anime like this don’t really fail to make me feel a mix of emotions. The tension from every pitch, excitement from steals, frustration from every missed ball/strike (and batter out), happiness from a victory and grief from a loss… the thrill i get from every game, I’m already missing it! The development of friendship among the players is also notable. It can be seen that there is an internal rivalry among the players of Seido—competition for the first string players and the ace position. Even so, each player learned to trust and support each other, even their rivals, for the sake of the team.
The characters had the most impact on me so far after watching the first season. I thought that the character art is so-so at first, not the type that i’d go crazy for at first glance. But well, there are lots of interesting characters here. Being a team sports anime, it’s not only focused on the main character but mostly on the whole team and sometimes on their opponents too.
Sawamura Eijun (the MC) isn’t really my type (haha, yeah) but he’s actually a good character. He’s a loudmouth and an idiot but his hard working attitude makes up for it. The first character that caught my eye is obviously, the genius catcher Miyuki Kazuya. Knowing that he is popular, i paid a lot of attention on him thinking ‘Why is this guy so well-liked?’ I do get that he’s got good brains for baseball and a bit too cheeky to boot but i wasn’t quite into him until after several episodes coz my attention was snatched by the stoic captain, Yuki Tetsuya! ❤ He has a calm but strong presence and leads the team through his hard work. I just love characters with such personality.
There’s also this gorgeous catcher Takigawa Chris Yu, who had a really unpleasant entrance, dead eyes and all, but i turn to like him later on. His change in personality—from a gloomy, disagreeable senpai to a charming, saintlike adviser to Sawamura—really stole my heart. 💘
Among the first years, there’s Furuya Satoru who’s a strong pitcher but i really like Haruchi (Kominato Haruichi) coz he’s just so cute! I really have a thing with blushing guys. (´∀｀)♡ He’s great in both batting and fielding like his brother. It’s just frustrating that his eyes are covered by his hair. One of his eyes was shown on episode 43, but my goal for the next season is to see both. 😉
The second years aren’t quite noticeable except for Miyuki. I said above that i wasn’t quite into him at first. He became much more interesting when the real games started. His real talent was shown in every game and it’s amazing how he can bring out the best with the pitchers on his team. He takes a gamble when faced with adversity but somehow it all works out in the end. That’s the sly genius for you, haha. Now i see why he is popular. He’s really adorable as a child too.
The first string third years plus Chris (aside from the 3 first years and Miyuki) really nabbed the spotlight this season. They are all really good at their respective positions and it would be really great to see more of them but unfortunately, they’re graduating and i guess they won’t be in the second season. Yuki and Chris-senpai will be gone. *cries a river* Well, it’s time for the first and second years to shine.
I have finally watched the 75 episodes of the first season but I’m already looking forward to the next season which is, fortunately, already airing this season. Though i guess i’ll wait for it to finish first before i officially start watching. 😀