After being drafted into the Earth Team, a basketball team comprised solely of humans, street-punk-turned-pro Hideyoshi couldn't be more cocky. The team is still up against the Gorons, a physically superior race of aliens who have dominated the game for some time. New challenges and problems stand in their way. Hideyoshi is unhappy with the team and the Gorons have new tricks up their sleeves.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm a HUGE basketball fan, but people have their limits as to whats acceptable and whats not in a basketball anime. I don't mind that this show is set in the distant future and how the sport is shared between aliens and humans. Thats fine but i can't stand is EVERYTHING else about the show. It's painfully obvious its aimed toward kids under the age of 10 instead of choosing to be a decently accurate anime.
It's utterly ridiculous even for normal anime standards. Like I said, the intergalactic basketball idea isn't what bothers me, but it's how they organized every episode and how unrealistic the character choices were made for the ONLY human team in the universe (crazy point #1). On top of that, the "villains" all look normal except every team has one "boss villain" that looks ridiculously different (crazy point #2). I also found it funny how there was alot of racism towards the human race. (crazy point #3). If this was a kids show i guess its important to show them how bad it is to be different or something :P
The sound was pretty over the top. Alot of crowd sounds throughout the show. And the background music consisted of a lot of fantastic fanfare type songs like trumpets and snares and the likes. I can't say the seiyu's were that great considering how horrible the character choices were and how there was a considerable amount of screaming (as expected in a sports anime). Especially from the main character. He's practically screaming through the whole show. If anything sounded decent in the show it would have to be the closing song ...thats about it.
The cast of characters are so utterly ridiculous that only tweens and under can appreciate such a lackluster cast. They're jokes aren't funny, they're constantly either screaming or surprised, and to top it off they all look ridiculous (humans and aliens alike). They're all drawn pretty stereotypical and on top of that how would three Japanese people, one Russian, and one TRAP be part of the "best basketball team on earth" then it loses any credibility of being a basketball anime. Even without the race card. ALL of their abilities are pretty weak regardless. Aren't all the players supposed to be good for the best team in the world? Not just two players?
If I had to find something decent about the show it would have to be the art. some points in the first few episodes they managed to put over 30fps on a few shots which were pretty cool. It's obvious that they started to lose money toward the end of the show because you only see the cool effect for the first few episodes and then you never see it again. With that, there was many more flaws. Why did they decide to give each character 4 shades of gray for shadows? you'll see a lot of shadows on shadows to accentuate their faces and muscles and such but too much shadowing is just too much. The shadows are also conflicting to the overall color theme of the show, super bright colors. It was pretty awkward to look at throughout the show. But overall even the art style was a pain to look at, from the characters to all the aliens it was pretty rough.
I wouldn't wish this anime on my worst enemy. Its that bad and inaccurate.
Buzzer Beater (2007) felt somewhat more enjoyable than the 13 eps of the 2006 installment, but overall there's still little going for this series.
If one has watched any "standard' sports animes, then Buzzer Beater doesn't quite fit into them. - there's no intense training, secret techniques. The storyhas basically become one boy's magical run as a basketball-superchild in a league of aliens.
I thought i'd note: it's kinda amusing how inter-galactic league seems to involve a bunch of planets that ae only populated with two species: Humans and superior Gorans... hah...
Filled with minor-plot holes this series is all about the 1-shot jokes; futuristic-alien world and basketball which is about as impressive as being able to animate a forrest grow: it's great you can do it; but what's the point?
Cliche lines, annoying lead/s (that girl is soooo argh!) show how heavily child-oriented this series is.
It shows poverty and seems to have it bordering as a theme - yet never realyl explores it. This kind of slide-along storytelling can make it hard to watch.
I tended to find that there was an increased lack of attention given to the rivalries between Hideyoshi and the other "stars". Not that I missed it.
The matches got even less build-up and attention than before. - Now the teams just turn up one episode and they play. There's no proper commentary, suspense.... it's just not good watching.
The major example was one match - the goodguys come back round and win by one point. - they win with a buzzer beater. Noone mentioned that the match was almost over. Noone mentioned that if they didn't get a basket they'd lose the match.
They score; the buzzer goes. and you see the score 91 - 92 and you're like... "oh... so noone cares who wins the match".
And that's exactly it. - there's just no innovation or effort: no real spark in this series.
For me, there was little good about this series; some of the chars were interesting/amusing, some of the plays were alright, but surely there has been nothing in the whole 26 eps of Buzzer Beater that made it worth animating. No.. not even the colourful aliens with their horns and amaazing hair-dos.read more
well this season is much much better than the previous one
each episode is fun
they keep on showing good gameplays of basket ball
there are a few drawbacks:
1:art.sound.story its teh same probably medicore or less
2.an un realistic basket scores for some games
but even with those drawbacks it was fun to watch
it left a big story for 3rd season that i doubt will be published.
nicely done gameplays
pretty well made story in this season if something talks to you from those watch it