After the National Tournament, the Seidou High baseball team moves forward with uncertainty as the Fall season quickly approaches. In an attempt to build a stronger team centered around their new captain, fresh faces join the starting roster for the very first time. Previous losses weigh heavily on the minds of the veteran players as they continue their rigorous training, preparing for what will inevitably be their toughest season yet.
Rivals both new and old stand in their path as Seidou once again climbs their way toward the top, one game at a time. Needed now more than ever before, Furuya and Eijun must be determined to pitch with all their skill and strength in order to lead their team to victory. And this time, one of these young pitchers may finally claim that coveted title: "The Ace of Seidou."
#1: "Go EXCEED!!" by Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi (ep 1) #2: "Perfect HERO" by Tom-H@ck featuring Masayoshi Oishi (ep 2) #3: "Hashire! Mirai (疾走れ！ミライ)" by Glay (ep 3) #4: "HEROES" by Glay (eps 4-26) #5: "Sora ga Aozora de aru Tame ni (空が青空であるために)" by Glay (eps 27-??)
Diamond no Ace, a name that might not be heard as frequently as other largely popular sports shows out there. And that has always dumbfounded me. A show doing everything right, also up there as one of the best in its genre, yet still never has broke through the locks and that is evident with the relatively small amount of members it has on MAL compared to other popular sport shows.
A collaboration of Madhouse and Production I.G., two of arguably the greatest ever studio's in this industry. With loads of experience behind them and even highly in the sports genre (Madhouse: Hajime no Ippo, One Outs and Chihayafuru. Production I.G.: Haikyuu!!, Kuroko no Basket and Prince of Tennis) coming together for the first time. And it was a long runner at that, so you could always expect them to deliver the goods. This will be a combined review of both the seasons, and also may contain spoilers.
After having agonizingly lost in the finals against Inashiro a year ago and missing out on an opportunity to play at the National level, it was no other way but to try again for the highly lauded Seido High School of Baseball. And with many of the acclaimed senior players retiring from the team, things looked bleak for Seido. With new freshmen joining the team, it was always hard to build back the team and try to challenge other clubs.
The characters as players also go through quite a lot development as they try to ramp up their game and take experience from the matches they play. Although Sawamura (aka Bakamura :p) remains the same idiot as ever, he actually does show what he's capable of and gets close to Furuya to become Seido's ace, and that inner battle between the two pitchers was amazing to see as always in the show. Miyuki Kazuya is the new captain of this refreshed Seido side, and we're treated to his super abilities as a captain and a catcher. He's the pillar of Seido which keeps the team intact. Quite a few of rivals and players have stepped up their game too, and we see a new rival for Seido in Yakushi with Raichi the monster-slogger and the cunning Sanada Shunpei, coming to the scene being better than before.
The music for DnA too has never seized to amaze me. One after the other, DnA boasts of exciting new OP and ED songs. It also has a great set of OST's and Background Music that totally ignites the fiery and tense moments in a game. Good consistent voice acting all around, too. The animation is convincing for the fifty one episodes. They've stuck to the basics with little exaggerated movements and it doesn't have any sort of flashy moves or any otherworldly techniques that would be impossible to execute in a real match. The better players realize the situations and play accordingly, occasionally taking inspirations from what their coaches or fellow players might've said in the past. So DnA has had that realistic appeal all the time, something that makes this show all the more enjoyable. It's one of the best long-running sport anime there is. The enjoyment is worthwhile for the huge amount of episodes.
DnA is a very simple show. We follow the dream of aspiring young baseball players and a club to play in the Nationals. It's a roller-coaster ride filled with endless excitement and emotions. read more
This was my first venture into the baseball sports anime genre. I have never watched a single baseball game in my life and was never intrested in one until I watched Diamond no Ace. I expected it to some boring anime of a team trying to play baseball as hard as they can. But sometime after that Diamond no Ace was approved for 52 episodes for its first season and the it was being produced by Madhouse. So I thought i would give it a try and to my surprise Diamond no Ace is now one of my all-time favourite shows.
Story: 10 - Diamond no Ace is without a doubt the best Sports-Baseball anime ever. Diamond no Ace : Second Season is the continuation of Seidou's journey to win the Koushien. It also shows the path of Sawamura Eijun to become the ace and the best pitcher in all of japan.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. This show has taken time to progress , and over the 109 episodes (Season 1 - 75 ep , Season 2 - 34 ep) we have seen the development of Sawamura and Seidou over the time.
And one thing that I love about Diamond no Ace is the SUSPENCE. The DnA knows hows to build up suspense leading up to the final scene in every episode..
Art: 8 - The art is great. It is difficult to not like it. Overall, I have no complaints about the art , the only reason I did not give a higher rating is because I have seen more unique and well-made art-styles among the animes I watched so I the outcome was a 8/10 as you see.
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.
Sound: 10 - It is just the best. Madhouse has fitted every scene with the right and most fitting sound effects. Specially in the BGM, I found that madhouse has done a really great job of mixing the sound with each moment and situation. I could feel the intensity and suspense of the game from the screen. Also, I'd like to include that the voice actors has a done a great job of voice acting. their voices fits the characters almost perfectly.
As for the OP & ED, I loved the OP HEROES" by Glay (frm eps 4-26) and ED "KIMERO!!" by OxT (frm eps 4-13) and "BLUE WINDING ROAD" which was great to hear and for sometime it had me humming and singing.
Character: 10 - All of them are great. But only 4 cast including the main character is the most eye catching of them all. Believe me, the supporting characters are not inferior. Just that these 4 characters shine more brightly than others.
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 Main Character? 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 Main Character'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. Specially love his new haircut. 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 Diamond no Ace.
Enjoyment: 9 - So far I have been watching Diamond no Ace every week from Season 1. Whenever I'm watch it can always expect a good dose of humour interlaced with the appropriate amount of emotional moments and also a killer cliff-hanger. And what Diamond no Ace has no fillers and each episode is filled with action or drama.
Also, the funny moments are funny, they never ruin the atmosphere, they actually make it more interesting.And what makes it more enjoyable, is the details about the training, and how every character has a specialty, and even though they support each other, they're rivals as well.
Overall: 10 - Diamond no Ace is a great anime I recommend if you like to explore new genres or if you like anime like Haikyuu , Kuroko no Baske , Prince of Tennis and ... in other words fo sports anime fans. I'd say this is amust watch.read more
This is my first time to write a review because I truly think that this anime deserves way more praise than it currently receives. In my circle of friends, I'm the only one who watched this anime because of the fact that the sport featured in this anime - baseball, is boring. But don't let that stop you since you'd be missing out on one of the best sports anime out there.
I give it a 10 because somehow, the story still grips me even if it does follow the same formula of the 1st season. (get the team to be stronger to get to Koshien... yada yada) Aside from this, the addition of new characters adds more spice to the story which continued from season 1. One of the notable additions would be Coach Ochiai. (not gonna say anything more to keep this spoiler-free)
Another notable feature about this anime is its cliffhangers. There are quite a lot of episodes in this season which led to a lot of cliffhangers and I love it! The episodes where the main protagonist - Eijun Sawamura gets to pitch really puts the hype through the roof! Those scenes are intense, and this anime really changed my view on baseball.
In the 1st season, I must admit that the last few episodes were a bit dragging, but in this season, after watching 50 out of 51 episodes, I must say that all the episodes near the end were pretty frigging hype.
I could find nothing wrong with the art style of this anime. It's easy on the eyes and I like it. :) Another thing I like about this anime is that the character designs are somewhat realistic - you wouldn't find a player with green hair or orange hair out of the blue. (with an exception for the Kominato brothers) This gives the anime a grounded feeling.
The hype in this anime is even tripled with this anime's sounds. The opening and ending songs are not bad either.
It's the 2nd season, and naturally the seniors of the team had to graduate from the team. I thought that it would lessen my love for this anime since I loved the senior characters from the 1st season, but to my surprise, it really didn't! The new characters added to the team really added more spice to the story, and we get to see Miyuki, Maezono, and Kuramochi really step it up to become the new seniors of the team. Those 3 had a lot of character development in this season. Aside from this, more first years have been added to the team, and they're all so likable that it's easy to care about them with just a few episodes.
And of course we've also got Eijun Sawamura who's still an idiot - but really developed into a reliable, well-pitching idiot this season. :)
If you have not already noticed then I'll say it: I REAAAALLLY ENJOYED THIS ANIME. <3
Go watch it now. It would be worth it. read more
I was quite excited to find that Diamond no Ace was getting a second season basically straight after it finished. Although the first few episodes were recaps, I found this sequel on-par with, or maybe even better than, the first season.
Just like the prequel, the story is nothing too unique. However, it is good to see competition between the main character and his rival, as they are on the same team. One of the things I like the most about sports anime is watching the players improve, this show certainly boasts this quality because the MC is far from perfect and neither is the rest of the team since the upperclassmen have left.
The art was generally clean and simple. The colours used during the games were good for surprises or shocks and really showed the emotions of the characters (focus/concentration, anger, fear, etc.).
I really do like the music. The opening and ending themes were catchy and suit the animations. The background music was good for building up the suspense.
It was great to see how realistic the characters were. Nobody was overly OP, even if there was a really strong character you would get a view of their backstory, showing you just how much effort and practice was put in to make them so powerful.
The main characters each have different personalities, points of view and goals. I will not go too deep into each of the characters as they are mostly explained in the first season.
I really liked the fact that the others teams all got their spotlight as well, and even afterwards they weren't tossed aside because they had done their part in the story. The side characters certainly weren't unimportant and very quite likeable (though some of them had forgettable faces).
I really did enjoy this anime. Maybe even more than the first season. Every week I wait impatiently for a new episode to come out, which really does add to the tension the anime gives at the end of every episode. Although strategy talk may bore some, the games played are quite exciting to watch (however it is sometimes annoying when a character you like doesn't get much screentime).
Definitely a must-watch in the sports anime genre with many ups and downs, a decent sense of humour and great fun in itself.read more
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