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THIS IS AN ANIME ONLY DISCUSSION POST. DO NOT DISCUSS THE MANGA BEYOND THIS EPISODE.
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Off to a promising start. Anime adaptation feels more similar to Cross Game than Touch, though that's completely cool with me.

One chapter adapted per episode. Roughly ~85 chapters out now. I'd like to see this get close to that many episodes... one or two cours would be a bummer.
 
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Apr 6, 2:00 AM

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Hidaka-san is only narration, huh (Edit: Oh, she will also do voice of the dog!). Both OP & ED are nice. lol @ twins arguing over which one's older even in high school in preview.
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This was great. Everything looks so polished.
 
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I can't find this series yet, where have you watch it?
 
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Aleiva_network said:
I can't find this series yet, where have you watch it?


I watched it on TV since I'm in Japan. Channel 4 (Nippon TV).
 
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Aleiva_network said:
I can't find this series yet, where have you watch it?

I'm italian, a YouTube channel streams it italian subbed legally.
 
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@AlucardNoYuuutsu Who is the publisher please? (sometimes, those channels aren't blocking me in France)


Well, everything looked... okay-ish. I was probably too distracted by the fact I was xwas watching some Adachi lacking the charm and colours of cellulo animation.

3/5 Is it me or was the picture "blurred"?


I can understand why Touch is mentioned, but why Cross Game when nobody has mentioned Hiatari Ryôko! ? Cross Game doesn't seem to be such a major Adachi adaptation, just like Hiatari.

@Unowen Adapting that many chapters in a single episode would go against the slow, calm way the mangaka has almost always told his stories. An "anti-Adachi" adaptation.

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Even Captain Tsubasa 2018 looks more like anime from new generation than this.

Really? So many things were left non-animated and simply looked like paints shown one at a time.


@Esofdiamon I got the same thought. But it's helped by the fact most new peoples idea of Adachi's work is through the Cross Game anime that was apparently using a higher adaptation speed than older series based on his manga, like Touch, Hiatari or Michiru.
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Apr 6, 9:53 AM
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More animations than Diamond no Ace, lol. Pretty good episode though. Never really watched or read Touch, but I like the chill/relaxing vibes this series presents.

Just realized that Soichiro and Otomi's VAs are actual siblings XD
 
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@AlucardNoYuuutsu Who is the publisher please? (sometimes, those channels aren't blocking me in France)
Yamato Animation.
 
Apr 6, 10:07 AM

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Found this boring compared to Major 2nd and Ace of Diamond and even Oofuri. I can only assume it picks up later. The character designs and everything are also kind of simple and bland looking that it's hard to get into them.

Ichiban is fun at least, and the brothers are interesting chemistry, didnt know they were related at the start too, questionable for shipping purposes, but...

Also silly how they keep avoiding saying how they were related for the entire episodes. Poor ichiban.
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Whew these subs suck
 
Apr 6, 10:30 AM

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Well, it was cute.

The narrator thing was kinda strange, the story seemed not as exciting at first but the second half was alright, the humour is nice and I'm intrigued how this whole pitcher ordeal will turn out.
 
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this mangaka really likes to tell the same story over and over huh? lol

it seems to be at an even more relaxed pace than the others, so i guess we're in for a long one. i like the character designs, reminds me a lot of old anime. It's even more similar in design to touch than cross game. Judging my this first episode, its going to have a strong aesthetic too, which is pretty rare for modern anime.

the narrator was really on the nose, but I think they're really trying to push an all-ages demographic even more than they did with cross game, so it makes sense. I doubt it will be that prominent later on.
 
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To be honest I'm not sure about this "old" style animations and art style... uh... Look how good new Fruits Basket looks in comparison to that. Even Captain Tsubasa 2018 looks more like anime from new generation than this. Don't see it beatin Diamond no Ace in terms of popularity, not sure if it even can beat Major 2nd. Still I will be watching it because I didn't saw older anime/prequel.
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Hmmmm.... i am not sure yet if i like it or not... but well, it's still the 1st episode so we will see. I just don't really like the "old" anime style in this one but hopefully, it will grow on me.

On a positive note, is this the first time that the VA siblings Uchida, Maaya and Uchida, Yuuma worked together in the same anime? I was really surprised.
 
Apr 6, 11:36 AM
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On a positive note, is this the first time that the VA siblings Uchida, Maaya and Uchida, Yuuma worked together in the same anime? I was really surprised.
There's two other ones I know of. They voice act as cousins in Grand Blue, and they did main roles in Hantsu x Trash, which is basically a borderline hentai XD
 
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Yes nice choice of using real brother/sister to voice brother/sister character.
But Mix will proof if heterosexual romance can still have a place in sports anime or not...... just kidding!
 
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I did read Touch but haven't got chance to finish the recap movies. Still ,unlike last year's Major 2nd, this can be start without watching its prequel.

Overall this was good and also very slow start and does show already this is not your typical sports anime and I liked the whole thing about the first episode. I really hope this will be too 2nd cour show..
 
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this mangaka really likes to tell the same story over and over huh? lol

it seems to be at an even more relaxed pace than the others, so i guess we're in for a long one. i like the character designs, reminds me a lot of old anime. It's even more similar in design to touch than cross game. Judging my this first episode, its going to have a strong aesthetic too, which is pretty rare for modern anime.

the narrator was really on the nose, but I think they're really trying to push an all-ages demographic even more than they did with cross game, so it makes sense. I doubt it will be that prominent later on.

lol I want to know why Adachi Mitsuru is so obsessed telling the same story again and again with the same faces reappearing in every one of his works.
 
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Loved it, lots of Cross Game vibes, and it's brimming with charm. I can easily see being a really good drama.
 
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rebelakuma said:
On a positive note, is this the first time that the VA siblings Uchida, Maaya and Uchida, Yuuma worked together in the same anime? I was really surprised.
There's two other ones I know of. They voice act as cousins in Grand Blue, and they did main roles in Hantsu x Trash, which is basically a borderline hentai XD


Thanks! Must be nice working together with your sibling. And their characters are even siblings hhahahhaha
 
Apr 6, 12:38 PM

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That was such an amazing first episode. Imagine living up to the hype, and going above that. I love Adachi Mitsuru so much, and I'm so happy that the people working on this kind of feel the same way, the way everything was worked on was so smooth that it kinda showed dedication to detail.
 
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Very good first episode....Not much to really say since it looks like we'll get some good character work and baseball matches/displays but I kinda like how it has an old anime feel to it visually

But 2 things I wanna comment on:

1. The manager is a cunt (Like I get that this senior guy is the "ace", but do you really have to suck his dick every second and ignore the guys who are most likely way better than him -_-

2. Imma need someone to tell me how the brothers aren't twins, because I'm lost out of my mind by the whole concept of that lol
 
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I didn't know it until the ED came up and saw the dog.
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Very good first episode....Not much to really say since it looks like we'll get some good character work and baseball matches/displays but I kinda like how it has an old anime feel to it visually

But 2 things I wanna comment on:

1. The manager is a cunt (Like I get that this senior guy is the "ace", but do you really have to suck his dick every second and ignore the guys who are most likely way better than him -_-

2. Imma need someone to tell me how the brothers aren't twins, because I'm lost out of my mind by the whole concept of that lol


I think maybe they aren't identical twins? At least in Spanish we have two different words 'mellizos' which is siblings born at the same time, but not identical (not from the same egg(?))and twins, which is two identical people Haha. Idk. I was actually thinking they aren't actually related?

Can someone spoil me if they are or not related? I got a funny vibe from Touma and Otomi's interaction.
 
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I stick to Ace of Diamond. not feeling this art style.
 
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Nothing special so far and those subtitles, oh my...
 
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Yay. So we got this Cross Game feel with the twins setup from Touch :D

So kind of like a MIX of Cross Game and Touch. And we get a series called Mix.

Okay i actually forgot what was the true meaning behind the name but i guess we will find out as the series progresses.
 
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To be honest I'm not sure about this "old" style animations and art style... uh...
There's nothing old in this. The only part about the artstyle that might look "old" are the character designs because those are based on the manga. The manga is current but the mangaka's been doing them in the same way for decades. Everything else about the artstyle is not "old" in any way. It's current but in the worst possible kind of current.

Just notice that the guy directing this is the one from Tokyo Ghoul:re, and he has one of the worst resumés I've seen in this site. Every single stylistic choice in this episode was terrible, from the use of that narrator, to those character introduction sequences or the "old-looking" transitions and effects. But the worst of it all was the pacing (and some of the aforementioned things seemed only to be there to waste time). Why only a 46-page chapter in the whole episode? It's like the polar opposite of Cross Game that adapted like 9 chapters in only its first episode. This episode is so devoid of content and goes so slow even the characters seemed completely lifeless.

And well, I did expect the mediocre-looking background art and whatnot, so no complains there.
 
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The narrator was a little bit annoying and Funi's subs fucking sucked but as someone who didnt read/watch Touch (i know, S H A M E) it was a pretty nice first episode.
 
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Good season for baseball fans, with Ace of Diamond and Mix both airing. Cross Game is my favorite baseball anime, so I'm looking forward to this one in particular. Seemed a little slow, honestly, but nothing bad or anything. Just couldn't help but compare it to Cross Game's first episode, which hit like a truck and made us instantly care about the characters.

Also, yeah, yikes at Funi's subs. Why so awkward? I'm tempted to switch to the dub.
 
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I was pretty let down by this first episode to be honest. It's not that I think the series will be bad by any means, but there were a lot of "first-episode sins," including feeling the need to highlight and name every single character introduced, watching a character introduce himself in the same way to different people in back-to-back scenes, etc. Touch and Cross Game had wonderful first episodes that felt so natural; this felt really stiff, characters included.

Art is what we've come to expect, the animation was good for the baseball sequences but feels like they cut corners elsewhere; Otomi looked frozen in place with her eyes wide open on a few occasions. The previous series weren't known for amazing animation and they had a lot of substance to make up for that, so this isn't a big issue... IF they can provide that substance.

I did like that I don't know what to expect moving forward (haven't read the manga), I'm thinking it'd be wrong to assume this is just going to be more of the same compared to Touch and Cross Game (which weren't the same tbh, though I've only just started Touch).

I'm excited to see where which direction this heads, but I'm going to temper expectations. Probably unfair to expect it to be as good as Touch or Cross Game, and it doesn't have to be to be a good show.

*Also, I had forgotten it was released on Funi so I watched it with French subs but... the consensus here is leading me to believe I should just stick with the French XD
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I’m in doubt whether the drama in this can live up to Cross Game or Touch standards, but we’ll see how it goes. Not impressed yet.
 
Apr 6, 8:06 PM

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Really another Adachi Mitsuru baseball anime. Fine I'll watch it and probably like it.
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Apr 6, 8:50 PM

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nani whats with the low score?
 
Apr 6, 9:19 PM
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It was alright I guess, gotta have to wait and see where they take it.
 
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Terrible, uninspired and lazy first episode, but this is not a surprise seeing the director.
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Well , I got the idea but character design, pace and narrations are so dated.

May be some still like it or just have nostalgia but the world moved so far far away.
You do not need to completely betray old ways but growth is important. Changes prove we are not dead yet.
And this show feels like relict being rather then fresh animation of relatively fresh manga.
 
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Well , I got the idea but character design, pace and narrations are so dated.

May be some still like it or just have nostalgia but the world moved so far far away.
You do not need to completely betray old ways but growth is important. Changes prove we are not dead yet.
And this show feels like relict being rather then fresh animation of relatively fresh manga.
It's not a matter of being dated but bad. This is easily the worst introductory episode of any Adachi adaptation so far. I also have yet to see a narrator in any old series introducing the characters in case you have some mental deficiency.
 
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I can understand why Touch is mentioned, but why Cross Game when nobody has mentioned Hiatari Ryôko! ? Cross Game doesn't seem to be such a major Adachi adaptation, just like Hiatari.

@Unowen Adapting that many chapters in a single episode would go against the slow, calm way the mangaka has almost always told his stories. An "anti-Adachi" adaptation.
Cross Game is naturally mentioned as it is the only recent Adachi adaptation.

Also adapting 2-3 chapters wouldn't have been anything crazy.
 
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I love this one! Its been a long time I have this relaxing feeling while watching anime other than H2, Touch & Cross Game!

Seems like people who find this first episode boring is because they never watch adachi's other work before?
 
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Just couldn't help but compare it to Cross Game's first episode, which hit like a truck and made us instantly care about the characters.


To be fair, there aren't any especially hard-hitting moments in the first few chapters of the manga, unless the reality of Nikaidou's situation counts. Mix seems more similar in pacing to H2 than to Cross Game or Touch, I guess, in that it's a big slow-burn and builds gradually. That might turn some people off (there's a few Japanese reviews complaining about the pace), but if you like both slice-of-life and sports then it should feel just right.
 
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yep..tried to watch it...but just couldn't
 
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I don't feel as invested in this story as I was last year with Major 2nd, but yeah for now I'll keep watching Mix.
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I know it is the first episode, but I'm kinda disappointed. I am up to date with the manga and expected more from the adaptation, as I think the manga is well done.

It is subjective, but reading the manga I imagined the voices of the main characters
being different. Especially that of Touma ... I was hoping, when I first heard it at the beginning that it will be the voice of him as a kid, but I was extremely wrong. If I'm not mistaken it's the voice of Narumiya Mei from Diamond no Ace. In my opinion it doesn't suit Touma at all. And I mean it. It's so childish and really ticks me off. He is the ace pitcher, a man to carry them to Koushien, to revive the dream. Not a 5 year old kid. The voice of Kitamura Kou and Uesugi Tatsuya were so cool ... Man, I'm really really disasppointed about this.

The narrator ... I'm not against it, if done well it can help realy the story differently and provide useful information. But it's very poor done in MIX in my opinion, to say the least. Also, those freezing scenes when they change to the other part of the story. Doesn't feel natural at all to me.

The opening/ending song and a few words about the soundtracks. Could have been better. I liked more those from the other series - Touch, Cross game, even some soundtracks from H2 were pretty good. " Koikogarete Mita Yume" from Cross game, " Seishun " and " Kimi wo Tobashita Gogo " from Touch. Those were amazing, they reached to your heart. The ost from Touch was so good, I still listen to it sometimes. Can't say the same about the music from MIX, hope it improves later.

Okay, enough with the negatives. I like the art, reminds of Cross game. Also the pace is good too.

I really enjoyed the previous works of the author so I was hoping they would do a good job with MIX. H2 manga is so good, but it's a pity about the adaptation, not finished and doesn't relay the quality of the manga in my opinion. I sure hope they don't do a halfhearted work with this series and leave it unfinished or poorly done.

It is only my opinion and having read a lot of positive comments here I wanted to share my view on the matter. Being a big fan of Adachi I had high hopes for the adaptation so I feel like the first episode kinda betrayed my expectations.
 
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This is Adachi's best work and it's not even close. Hopefully the anime will live up to the manga's greatness though I doubt it since nothing can quite capture the panel flow.

Music is a little grating and the direction leaves a lot to be desired. Voice acting is alright though.
 
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It's been a long time since I've watched a retro style anime with narrator.

I like this anime.
 
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Good episode. Unfortunately a lot of people will ignore this one thinking it's a sequel to Touch. Should be categorized as a "Parent story". Having it as a "Sequel" will only decrease the amount of people interested in the show.
 
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Just to remind folks that this is about a high school baseball team going to Koshien, and the two brothers are still in second year junior high. We've got a lot of development to go through before the actual tournament. Some romances will develop along the way (discerning watchers have probably figured out that the easiest way out of the twins born on same day in different hospitals conundrum is if they are a blended family,
) and some major characters won't appear for a few episodes yet.
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Mormegil said:
Just couldn't help but compare it to Cross Game's first episode, which hit like a truck and made us instantly care about the characters.


To be fair, there aren't any especially hard-hitting moments in the first few chapters of the manga, unless the reality of Nikaidou's situation counts. Mix seems more similar in pacing to H2 than to Cross Game or Touch, I guess, in that it's a big slow-burn and builds gradually. That might turn some people off (there's a few Japanese reviews complaining about the pace), but if you like both slice-of-life and sports then it should feel just right.


That's perfectly fine. I'm sure I'll become invested in the characters soon enough.
 
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