What They Say:
I want to pitch to that mitt again… A meeting with catcher Kazuya Miyuki changed the 15-year-old Eijun Sawamura’s life. He said goodbye to all his friends and knocked upon the door of Seidou, a prestigious baseball school, intent on testing his own strength. There, he met many proud baseball players who were betting everything on the sport! A classic tale, yet new and fresh. All the emotion and excitement of the popular baseball manga is at last coming to television in the form of an anime!
The Review: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The game between the first years and the upperclassmen is inching ever closer and, ever ignorant, Eijun doesn’t even know until Kazuya tells him about it. Things get heated when Furuya proclaims that he won’t let anyone hit his pitches in the exhibition game. In true sports anime fashion, no fights break out because the only fighting they do is on the field.
After a chance meeting with the coach at the bath, Eijun’s going to pitch. He proclaimed that he never wants to see another person on the mound. He betrayed his junior high friends to play here, so how can he cheer on another pitcher?
The game, as always, is where the action is. The upperclassmen are pumped up after Furuya’s proclamation and, of course, they don’t want to be shown up by first years. And this is the last chance to show their stuff to the coach for the chance to play in a real game.
It’s Eijun who pumps everyone up for the start of the fourth inning. No one wants to play. They’re 10 runs behind after the third inning and the first years have given up. But why did they come here? To just complain about how hard it is? No. They came to play baseball. Furuya, in one pitch, proved he came to play baseball. He’s in the first string and Eijun is still struggling to play pitcher.
And finally, the third kid to be in the main credits on Anime News Network arrives. He yells at Eijun to run through the base on an uncalled third strike (for you baseball history fans, it famously happened in game 2 of the ALCS in 2005. I was watching that!).
The episode was fun, but beat home that the upperclassmen are better than the first years for far too long in game time. We already knew this after the first inning and didn’t really need it stated again. The one pitch with Furuya was really the first exciting moment of the game after that first inning, but Eijun kept it interesting. It looks like Eijun will pitch in the next episode, which is what I really care about and have been looking forward to.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
Equipment: Radeon 7850, 24 in. Vizio 1080p HDTV, Creative GigaWorks T20 Series II