Featured Articles

Diamond no Ace Season 2 - Episode 24

I'll give Diamond no Ace this - when it shows dumb strategy, at least it's willing to acknowledge it's dumb (some of the time, anyway). And even Kataoka, it seems, is capable of learning.

by GuardianEnzo
Sep 15, 2015 2:38 AM | 6,019 views

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 1The first thing I need to do with this week's Diamond no Ace is give credit where it's due. I've been railing against Kataoka's incessant bunting for a long time, but never more than last week. That's why it did my heart such good to see Go-chan say exactly what I'd be thinking - "Don't you want to do me a favor and bunt? I could really use a free out here!" At least we're getting an acknowledgement that this strategy has serious flaws.

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 2Unfortunately for Ouya and Go-chan, though, Kataoka doesn't bail them out when they get into trouble in the top of the 6th. Turns out Go-chan was tipping his pitches after all - after a fashion, anyway. It was the movement of the fielders that Nabe picked up in the video - when a fastball is coming, they quickly shift away from the hitter's pull side. It's the sort of thing you'd never get away with in pro ball - frankly, it seems fairly blatant even at the high school level - but once that secret is out, it's "Katy, bar the door" time for the Seidou hitters.

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 3My favorite moment of this inning comes when Haruichi gets a big hit to tie the game, then gives his characteristic bashful fist pump from first base. It's the third straight hit off Go-chan thanks to Nabe's tip, but the damage is going to be limited because Ouya's manager has figured out what's afoot. After an intentional walk to Miyuki to load the bases (an intentional walk with runners on first and second is ultimate respect) Maezono manages one more bloop hit thanks to being better against the inside fastball that Ouya's scouting indicated. But that's the last damage Seidou does, as Ouya turns their inside info against them to coach a double-play from Tojo, and Go-chan gets a weak grounder with his forkball.

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 4That clears the decks for Eijujn to take center stage again, now tasked with preserving a fragile one-run lead. Ouya is a pretty arrogant bunch - though that mostly comes down to Go-chan - and they seem to be mining their resentment at not being a glamour school for motivation. But when push comes to shove they're still a dangerous and well-coached team, and they don't try to do things they're not capable of doing.

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 6How does that apply here? Simplicity. With a metal bat, you can do things with outside pitches and ones that jam you that simply wouldn't be possible with a wooden bat. So rather than worry about theory like a team than can perfect their approach with thousands of practice swings every week, Ouya just lets the metal bat level the playing field - swing hard on every hittable pitch, because if you connect with aluminum it might find a gap somewhere. It's a clever approach, well-suited to this team, and it causes some problems for a pitcher without overpowering heat or great breaking pitches.

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 7It's not as though Ouya hits the ball hard in the sixth, but after a leadoff 5-3 groundout they do get two seeing-eye hits, and all the pressure is really on Eijun now. What follows may be the longest conference on the mound since OoFuri (the home plate ump must've fallen asleep), the gist of which is that the Seidou infield confides in Eijun that they've started to develop some confidence in him. I'd just once love to see Eijun get a compliment that isn't a back-handed one, but his reaction to this unexpected praise is still pretty hilarious.

Diamond no Ace 2nd 24 - 8The time has come, it seems, for Miyuki to swallow his misgivings and call for the change-up once again. Eijun has come about as far as he can in this game with just fastballs, moving or otherwise - ironically the Ouya players lack the experience and skills to be fooled by Eijun's stuff the way better players would be. Location can only carry Eijun so far in this time, and it's time for him to prove he really has moved to the next level if he wants to be considered a serious candidate for the ace number.

Related Articles

Top 15 Best Sports Anime of All Time

Top 15 Best Sports Anime of All Time

The best sports anime are about more than just the sport itself. They're about friendship, struggle, growth, and achieving your dreams. Here are 15 of the best.

by Law_Light


Fifteen of the Best Martial Arts Anime

Fifteen of the Best Martial Arts Anime

Martial arts are an expression of power, showcasing the potential of the human body when pushed to its physical limit. It also makes for exciting anime, and allows animators and directors to showcase their prowess as things get heated.

by Kvasir369


Tales of Zestiria the X First Impressions

Tales of Zestiria the X First Impressions

A little behind on the anime of Summer 2016? Here are some impressions of the first episode of the Tales anime that everyone is hoping is better than the game.

by marthaurion


5 Anime Action Scenes to Get Your Heart Pumping

5 Anime Action Scenes to Get Your Heart Pumping

Anime is a medium that encompasses as many genres and styles as live-action, appealing to all ages and demographic groups. But a great action scene can get anyone charged up, no matter their tastes-and here's a rundown of some of anime's very best action sequences.
Interview with Hinata & Kageyama's Voice Actors from Haikyuu!! Season2

Interview with Hinata & Kageyama's Voice Actors from Haikyuu!! Season2

Haikyuu!! fans rejoice! The second season starts airing in October. Let's hear what the voice actors for Hinata Shouyou and Kageyama Tobio have to say!

Related Database Entries

Anime: Diamond no AceDiamond no Ace: Second Season
Manga: Diamond no Ace

All Tags Trending Tags

It’s time to ditch the text file.
Keep track of your anime easily by creating your own list.
Sign Up Login