English: Ace of Diamond
Synonyms: Daiya no Ace, Ace of the Diamond
Status: Currently Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2013 to Mar 2015
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.081 (scored by 10388 users)
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SynopsisThe story follows Eijun Sawamura, a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki. Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan's storied Koushien championships through hard work and determination.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Diamond no Ace
Side story: Diamond no Ace OVA
Characters & Voice Actors
This was my first venture into the sports anime genre, and DnA just sucked me into it like a black hole. I've never watched a single baseball game in my life and I've never showed any interest in the sport. I honestly thought that I wouldn't like this show, but if it's good enough to get approved for 52 episodes in its first season (and the fact that it was being produced by Madhouse), I thought I'd give it a try. I can honestly say that DnA has become one of my all-time favourite shows.
The story (10/10) is pretty straightforward: we follow Sawamura's journey as a pitcher as he grows and develops his skills in order to become the ace of Seidou's (famous) high school baseball team. But the show provides us more than just following Sawamura's journey; we basically get an overall glimpse of how high school baseball in Japan. The show definitely takes its time to progress, and we don't really see Sawamura beginning to grow until we're about 12 or so episodes in. But, in the episodes before that we see exactly why it took him a while and how hard he's worked up till then; we also get to see a pretty touching relationship develop between him and his future mentor.
Though I initially did get the feel that Sawamura is the absolute MC, as the story progressed and more characters were introduced, there was a slight focus shift where Sawamura was undoubtedly still the MC, but the other Seidou team members were also just as important.
One thing that the story always provides and excels at is: SUSPENSE. DnA knows hows to build up suspense leading up to the final scene in every episode, especially in the later episodes when they're in the Koshien qualifying matches.
The art (8/10) to be honest, didn't really sit well with me in the first episode (and only the first episode; I know, shame on me for judging a show based only one episode). But now, I don't even remember the reason I didn't like it. I re-watched episode 1 and I can only conclude that maybe it was because I wasn't expecting the show to be great and the relatively slow start of that episode that caused me not to like the art immediately. Overall, no complaints; the only reason it didn't get a higher score was because I've been spoilt with unique and or eye-popping art styles lately (Haikyuu! being the best) and can't help but compare them.
The baseball-playing scenes are very well-done especially some of the pitches which are animated showing clear movement of the ball (slow-mo shots of how the ball moves, or a clear arrow-like streak of light to see the course of the ball). Especially Sawamura's unique pitching form is well done. I never tire of seeing it. In later episodes, we also get to see how genius of a catcher Miyuki is with a few amazing saves.
Because comedy is a big part of this show, sometimes we'll see chibi forms pop out now and then, or sudden solid-colored background changes (with sfx and the like) when the mood switches suddenly from serious to funny.
Overall, the animation gives off a very shounen-like vibe: we get to see red-colored and blue-colored demon eyes for when they're fired up, players aura engulfing their bodies like a flame when they're pumped up, etc.
And now onto the TWO PARTS that truly make DnA the great show that it is, the show's soundtrack (and sound effects) and its impressive cast of characters.
The SOUND (10/10) of this show is just... flawless (swoon). Madhouse somehow just knows how to perfectly fit the background music to whichever scene comes up which in turn really made me feel the intensity/emotion every scene: whoever came up with the score deserves an award (if he's not already gotten one).
And the sound effects give me the chills every time: the ball hitting the mitt with a resounding BAM! (or when Furuya throws it's more like thunder splitting open a tree), the sound of the metal bat hitting the ball (or when Raiichi hits it, more like canon fire) vs the sound of Haruichi's wooden bat hitting the ball, etc.
The voice actors did (and still do) an amazing job; their voices fit the characters perfectly. If you check out their impressive resumes, it's definitely no wonder.
As for the OPs and ED's:
Both OP's so far are by the same artist, and they're really good (and revved me right up); though I'm enjoying the 2nd OP more; I can't help but shout "Fight!" as well every time I hear it, putting me in Seidou-cheering mood.
The ED's have also been good, though not as good as the OP's. The 4th ED, which is sung collectively by 3 of the 4 main cast members, is a really nice tune.
The CHARACTERS (10/10) are all loveable and memorable. Though we have the main cast consisting of 4 people, the supporting cast is nothing to sneeze at.
Sawamura is the loud, cheerful, wears his heart on his sleeve kind of guy. So what kind of quirk does he have that makes him the MC? He's a southpaw (left-handed) pitcher and has a peculiar pitch (both of which make him a unique type of player). But, even though he's unique he isn't the type of MC that's super-talented right from the start, he doesn't suddenly "power up" in the middle of a game, is unstoppable and wins all the matches; on the contrary, he gets into Seidou and quickly realises it's not as easy as he thought to become the ace because there are other people there who are more skilled than him. He falters during important moments, and even if he doesn't get back up immediately, he does eventually pick himself up and learns to move on. In other words, he accepts that he has a lot of faults, and this is what makes him so likeable and seem more human. Though a bit of an idiot (well, a big idiot), he works hard, values friendship, supports the team and always puts 120% in everything that he does. And the best part for me, he's unpredictable. Just when you think he's turning the corner and well on his way to becoming the ace, he messes up a play or does something really silly. I'm always on edge with him.
Miyuki, the genius catcher, is personality-wise, almost the exact opposite of Sawamura, except for the cheerful part. He's as crafty and intelligent as they come and though on the outside he's always smiling, he has a bit of a dark side. He's like the evil genius.
Furuya is our MC's rival for the ace spot. At first glance, he looks like the cool and collected type of person, also; but after a while I found him to be an adorable idiot as well: not being able to catch a simple throw and his insta-snooze reaction amongst others.
Last but not least of our main cast quartet, is Haruichi. Character-design wise, he's the cutest one. And though he might be cute, he's one amazing baseball player: not only is he a batting prodigy, but an exceptional fielder as well. At the same time, he's so humble and shy. Cuteness overload!
And then we have the other Seidou members, who all play an important role in the show. All have distinctive and quirky personalties and you will grow attached to at least one after watching DnA.
As far as enjoyment (10/10) goes, I am thoroughly enjoying watching every second of DnA. Whenever I watch it, i can always expect a good dose of humour interlaced with the appropriate amount of emotional moments and also a killer cliff-hanger. I wait eagerly for Saturdays to roll around and every time I finish watching the latest episode, I want to jump out the window because it's going to take another week before I can watch the show again.
Overall (9.6/10) I would recommend anyone to start watching DnA immediately, even if you've never seen a baseball match before, even if you know absolutely nothing about the game (but after watching the show, I got so curious I even googled basic baseball rules, pitch types and the structure of Japanese high school baseball tournaments). And I envy you if you haven't watched it yet, because you'll be able to marathon the show, so you don't have to get as frustrated as me with those cliffhangers. :) read more
Alright, I noticed many reviews were based off of people who have never played baseball, so I thought I'd share my opinion from the perception of a baseball player. I'll do my best to leave this review spoiler free. Also note this review is long, my apologies D:
So my initial reaction to hearing about this show was of questioning. I was very interested in how they could create an anime around baseball seeing how baseball can at times be seemingly uneventful, and frankly I was pleasantly surprised.
The synopsis describes the show as following the MC 1st year pitcher Eijun, but in reality it follows the Seido team as a whole trying to win Nationals. Basically the show progresses from pre-season to the national tournament, with mainly games and practices consisting of the entire show.
One thing that Ace of Diamond does a lot is build up to certain points and use suspense, and while sometimes done well making it kinda awesome, it usually overuses it. When it takes an entire episode for pretty much one inning is insane. This brings it back to a pacing issue. It simply takes too long for stuff to happen. Although I will say that the pace is consistent throughout the entire show so that is a plus.
As straightforward as this anime is, one thing that bothers me is that they play up everything, or analyze every little detail and try to put special meaning into things that aren't that special. For example, Seido moved their infield in since there was a runner on 3rd base with 1 out. This move is something most teams do in order to get the out at home if a ball is hit to the infield in order to prevent a run from scoring. Pretty standard, nothing special. Yet we have underclassmen fans, reporters, and other team players watching over analyzing this thinking its something about "not giving up". Honestly, this happens so much it gets funny. This isn't too big of a deal though, and I believe this is just an opinion of someone who plays the sport. In fact, for someone who does not play or does not know about it, it could be beneficial.
Arguably my favorite part of the show. Everything just looks really good. Baseballs for the most part fly correctly and look really good. The swings are actually legit with good form. When pitches and plays are made, everything is clearly drawn so you can see what happens well. One thing that is both awesome/hilarious to me is that they will often add an aura to players, and after pitches the catcher's glove will be smoking from the pitch.
Sound is solid. Sound effects on the bats are alright, and little sound effects are added for when players reach a conclusion or say somethings(this happens a lot and is also funny). Background music usually fits well and helps add to the anime. The voice actors are really enjoyable and you can feel the passion they give and really helps their characters. First OP is really awesome too.
Characterization is actually really good. Eijun develops a lot, and all the players experience some sort of development and learn from mistakes. My favorite character though is Seido's coach. He can only be described as a straight up bad ass. He always says the right things in order to pump up the team, has legit facial hair and sunglasses, and can walk the walk when he needs too. One thing I do not like about the characters though, well actually just one specific person, is that they try to hard to make that person the comic relief. So hard that it takes away from the passion and intensity of the game at times.
This is one of those anime where when I have time to spare I will watch and I will enjoy, but it is not one where I MUST watch the next episode. I believe one reason for this is because of how long it takes for stuff to actually get done. For example,
there are moments where literally each character gives a little chant or word of encouragement after each pitch or out, and this can really drag out the games.
However, I still love seeing the team work together and fight as hard as possible to win the game. This is when Ace of Diamond delivers!!!
While not the best sports anime I've seen, I still enjoy watching and think it is a solid work. If you have an interest in baseball, love teamwork, or love suspense/intensity(even if occasionally ruined by the comedic relief), watch this show!
P.s. If you like cliffhangers, you will enjoy. I wish I remembered who commented this so I could give credit, but it's similar to this. "Ace of Diamond? More like Ace of Cliffhangers"
Although I guess this wouldn't matter if you marathon it like me :}
Send me a message if you have suggestions on how to improve my review, this is my first one.
Both main heros have similar traits and pitch straight balls only.
Both shows have a good humour.
Both heroes are hot-headed and only pitch straight balls. Also, both are pretty idiotic.
Goro is a massive baseball fan and one of the best players, while Sawamura knows nothing about baseball despite being a pitcher for a while and has to fully build his foundation.
Very similar main characters and style of humor. Both are about baseball and display a good amount of suspense.
They're both anime about baseball with the main character being a hotheaded pitcher.
-Similar Main Characters
-Both have the same type of humor
-Both are based off of baseball
Well, for starters, the two revolve around a guy who loves baseball and always is playing it. The main characters don't really care if their teamates are good or bad, they just want to play baseball. The two animes are great and you can't get enough of them.
A gift for sports fans, both series delivers themselves with competitive teamwork and plays that focuses on development. The main characters has a passion for the sport that they are playing and works towards their goal to becoming stronger each episode. Their teammates helps them along the way while tackling through difficult obstacles. It is realistic as we see how much the characters grow through their development over the course. I recommend both series especially if you're the type into sports with competitive team play.
Both are sports anime. One is about volleyball and the other is about baseball. Both anime have highly passionate main characters who are aiming for the top.
The main character starts with a team made of newbies from an unknown school.
The main character also is very skilled.
The main character goes to an elite school for the sport.
They are both freshman going into high school.
They both have rivals on the same team.
Only difference is that 1 is volleyball and 1 is baseball.
Both main characters are very talented, competitive, somewhat hard-headed, and are very enthusiastic about the sport they love.
Both MC's are often underestimated by others but always manage to surprise the people around them about what they can do and how much potential they really have.
Before they went to high school, both MC's were from middle schools that are no good in the particular sport.
One is about baseball and the other is about volleyball; however, both anime have that element of "excitement" that will leave watchers hanging after every episode. Both are great!
If you love one of these two anime you'll surely love the other!
Both have underdog protagonists that are optimistic, love the sport they play and have a lot of talent even though their experience in the sport might be less than most of the other players.
Both about a team sport.
Both about a partnership formed in the team and how they work together to overcome obstacle.
Though they both have a "main" protagonist, ultimately, both animes has two main protagonists that it develops over the course of the series.
If you like one, you would most definitely like the other.
Ace of Diamond and Haikyuu!! are both sport-based anime, and are focused when the characters are in highschool.
Opening Theme#1: "Go EXCEED!!" by Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi (eps 1-25)
#2: "Perfect HERO" by Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi (eps 26-)
#3: "Hashire! Mirai (疾走れ！ミライ)" by Glay
Ending Theme#1: "Seek Diamonds" by Yoko Hikasa (eps 1-13)
#2: "Glory! (グローリー！)" by Suzuko Mimori (eps 14-25)
#3: "Mirai e Tsunage (未来へつなげ)" by DOP (Diamond no Ace Ouen Project: Wakaba, Haruno Yoshikawa, Takako Fujiwara, Sachiko Umemoto, Yui Natsukawa with AOP) (eps 26-37)
#4: "CLOUD NINE" by Seidou High School Basebal Club (Ryota Ohsaka, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Natsuki Hanae) (eps 38- )
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