What if you love something so much, that it becomes painfull to see everyone around you being better? Will you throw away everything just to not suffer anymore?
Life's not fair, everyone s born with a gift but they desire things that cant achieve easily, that's why we struggle to become better persons.
Before starting the review I'm going to say that Major is one of my favorite series of all time, both manga and anime, so I'm very excited and happy about this sequel, it's a shame that not much people are into sport, but I could not care less, I love it and I hope
people reading this review will change their minds.
First of all it's a given that if you want to grow even more attached to the characters you have to read or watch the first series, and I know for a fact that reading 700+ chapter or watching 150+ episodes it s huge investment of time, luckly for you Major 2 dont revolve too much around the first series, so you can start and enjoy this as it is.
Clearly is not going to be as epic as was with Goro, pitcher and catcher are obviously different roles that requires different types of skills.
The two main characters of the story are the sons of the famous Gorou, amazing pitcher and at the end of his career batter, and Toshiya the strategist catcher.
They were chilhood friends and same thing is happening with their sons.
This time around the roles are swapped, Daigo, Gorou son is not like his father, he doesnt have his powerfull arm nor his amazing talent, on the other end Hikaru has all the talent that Daigo wanted.
I'm a sucker for this kind of art. Simply beautifull, neat, colorfull and dynamic when it needs to be.
The opening is good but I prefer the ending, voice actor and background sounds are really solid and do a good job to create the atmosphere needed.
I guess people will find the attitude of Daigo quite annoying, but can you really blame him? Hikaru on the other end is so carefree and funny.
Ohhhh Kaoru is simply fantastic haha her facial expressions are hilarious.
A good cast full of potential in my opinion.
Even tought not as dramatic or epic like the first series I find Major 2 really relaxing, exciting when needed and funny to watch, I'm loving it, as much I did with Major 1.
"A dream isn't something that someone tells you to go for. It's something you fulfill of your own will." - Moritaka Mashiro (Bakuman)
This quote is from another great/masterpiece anime but it fits in here perfectly. You probably watched the whole main Major series so you probably can expect what this anime is about. If you dont have seen the main series please watch it, its very great but even if not you can watch Major 2nd. There is nothing you cant understand if you didnt watched the main series.
Back to the quote: Major 2nd is not only another season of Major its very diffrent from
the main series. While the whole main series is about Goro shigeno the boy we see grew up and find out the reasons why baseball isnt only an sport for him... Major 2nd takes place with Daigo, the son of goro shigeno - a pro baseball player. It sounds like the same plot as the main series because goros father was also a pro baseball player. But Daigo is a lot diffrent than goro. He feels the expectations very hard. Yes, he likes baseball and want to play it like his father did and his father did, but he hasnt the talent like his father with a monster throw. His body is weak even for his age.
This anime is about a boy who likes baseball and want to play it but gets pulled down from expectations and a nonexistent talent. Also it shows you a littel more of baseball next to only pitching. Now there are some positions in a baseball team who will get more spotlight. Also the grewing up of Daigo is a lot diffrent from his father, aswell as the grew up from Hikaru, a other son of an pro beaseball player. Also the sister of Daigo Izumi is a interesting new character, there was no character like her in the main series. If you want something the same like the main series Major you will get disappointed but if you are open for baseball and struggel with expectations and nonexistent talent, exchanged with training and hard work you will like this anime.
So far I like Major 2nd. It is diffrent from the main series and a littel bit harder to get close to it but give it a try. I think it is worth your time! AT least it is worth my time. There only 6 episodes out yet thats why my opinion can change a littel bit if this series tooks a other path.
Last but not least I hope you will enjoy the series like I do and apologize my bad english I am from germany so it is not my mother tongue.
After 8 years of Major being off our screens, finally a glimmer of hope appears:
major 2nd is the continuation from, 6 seasons of Major as well as a Major Movie and 2 Major OVA series.
the story starts with different characters compared to the original anime, to be precise the sons of titular characters Goro and Toshi from the original run.
the story seems similar to the start of the first season , taking it back to the basics, however, I'm not sure whether Major 2nd will be able to wrap up the current series as well as the original series was ended.
if any of you haven't
seen major before, be it for dislike of sports anime or don't want to watch the older series due to quality, i recommend you take some time to catch up, however it is not required nor is it necessary to enjoy Major 2nd.
Major, in my opinion is quite different from other baseball anime such diamond no ace, for example Major from Season 1-6 and throughout the OVA's show you not just Goro's kindergarten days as seen is the first series but shows you his progression through life, from being a child to being a grown adult having played professionally in America and now returning to Japan, from which point the story is continued with Major 2nd.
So all I can say to leave you with is, if you enjoy an anime following the story of a underdog who rises from zero living in the shadow of their father before they find their own light and shine through, i thoroughly hope you enjoy Major 2nd as much as many people who grew up watching the original 6 seasons did.
**This is my first review and this more looking to the futur of Major 2nd and the compairson to the first Major series
Anyone has a dream. They think about it, think about how they can realize it, and wish it could be true. Along the way, we meet difficulties, rivals, friends, and many more. That is the story of a typical sports/character developpement concentrated animes. It kinda is for the original series of Major too, but it had something speacial that Major 2nd just might not have...
*Spoiler for the first Major sieries
Let's start by this. I am a huge Major fan. In fact it's my
favorite anime of all time (due to personnal resons) but it was a strong anime. It was about Goro, chasing his dream of becoming a pro baseball player as his dad was. He always looked up to him and enjoyed baseball. One day, when a Major league pitcher accidently kills his father by a dead ball, Goro seemed to lose all hope on baseball. He's friend, Toshi, made him realized that he shouldn't give up on baseball that his father taught him. Thus begane the life of Goro and his journey to become a Major league player, to one day challenge the player who killed his dad in a battle. (By the way, it's not like a revenge but more like a way to prove himself. well you would already know that because you already watched the series if you are reading this review right? RIGHT?)
The first series had this solid storyline for Goro, which was developped for around quite a few episodes in the first season. The first half of the first season was like the "prologue", but hey, it made the whole show better.
On the other hand, Major 2nd doesn't have that good storyline. At least not as good as the first series. Now I know that most sequel is not as good as the first ones, but they surely could have done something better. Not that I am not happy with what we are getting, but Daigo just seems not to be the kind of character that would be in a Major seires. Every character would always go threw pure effort to make something happend, but Daigo is the complete opposite. I thought that Major 2nd would have a big part of it's first season to construct a solid base, but no, it didn't. the first 3 episode was kind of the baseline, and notheing really happend as the first Major did.
But this is no longer the old days. These days people drop the series as fast as possible if they aren't intested. You could go all out and have a solid futur planned, or start the action right away. This half-half-ness might not be good for getting new fans. That might not be a good sign, but hey, old fans like me are still here.
Major 2nd hasn't lost all hope though. the author was smart enough to switch the position of the main character. the pitching has already been seened, and it wouldn't be as interesting if they repeated it (althought i would have like to see Daigo as a pitcher xD). If the author keeps up how he did with the first series, it should turn out quite good.
Well, I have nothing else to say other than that this has been written when only the episode 4 has aired, so expect changes. anyways, have a great day :)
PS excuse me for the errors of typo/grammar. Im not that particuarly great in english nor did I had the time to spell check.
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