Posted on 28 May 2010 with categories: Ookiku Furikabutte



Surprising amount of comedy in this episode. It ranged from the tickling to the interplay between Mihashi and Abe to angry coaches. Especially the tickling seems to be something that’s going to return more often in this series. Regarding this I do hope that the creators will prevent it from turning into a weird gimmick.

In any case, I’m intrigued about the length of this match. According to what people say, its length is even longer than the match of the first season, and yet in two episodes we’ve already gone through four innings. I’m guessing that the pacing will tone down in the next number of episodes, and these past two episodes indeed looked like they were setting the stage for the rest of the match. The point that was scored against them in this episode was really there to make clear that a lot has to happen here for them to win.

So yeah, that’s pretty much it. My entries on this series have been a bit short, but commenting on the episodes has been fairly straightforward: it’s consistently excellent in its portrayal of these matches and the animation still is consistently detailed.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. Machi says:

    I can’t recall if it is longer than Tousei, or slightly shorter, either way this would be the major match. They have a lot of material to work with so no shortage here XD. But I think I vaguely recall it slowing down (?) readers with better memory can probably attest to this.

  2. Machi says:

    Went through this episode, had to struggle with my rusty nihonggo, well after watching this I can say that they do plan to end by episode 12. The pacing was much faster here, 2 and some parts of the next chapter, but more importantly from the episode preview THAT happens (readers should know this and keep quiet as to what THAT is but lets just say it should be a sign).

    Well on a bright side it wasn’t a mess with the pacing, just that they had to sacrifice development on the side of Bijou and from the looks of it eventually some of the Nishiura side too.

  3. psgels says:

    Ah, that really sucks. I knew that there was some kind of catch that A-1 pictures suddenly came with three series in one season.

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  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 07:00 AM)
    The best anime I’ve watched that fit that description would be, Shin Sekai Yori. I enjoyed that series a lot.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:59 AM)
    I mean I like light stuff alot too, guilty pleasures also and silly action movies.
    I loved guardians of the galaxy for example: http://emma-hime.deviantart.com/art/Review-Guardians-of-the-galaxy-472439314
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:55 AM)
    @Wicked If you’re a casual watcher, then yeah, I wouldn’t want to feel depressed during the few breaks that I have either. Regardless, it’s really just a trade off between stories meant to entertain vs. Those meant to cause self reflection. I prefer the first sometimes as well, but I find it healthier to seek the latter.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:52 AM)
    @K-off: My favourite film directors would probably give an idea of what I’d be into to.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:50 AM)
    That series is almost as iconic a cyberpunk series as Ghost in the Shell, IMO.
  • Wicked
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:50 AM)
    bleak is not very fun to watch, not a lot of people are entertained by bleakness. I have such a hard time watching the Leftover because everything is so bleak
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:49 AM)
    @K-off: I enjoyed most of ergo proxy but felt let down by how it wrapped up and ended. Beyond that it was well worth watching.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:48 AM)
    The character driven comedy-drama, Romcoms with tragedy or drama elements and social scifi, cyberpunk, genderbending, weird sexual aspects, avant-guard, homoeroticism, out of the ordinary stuff, survival dramas, seinen/josei slice of life are my thing also.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:47 AM)
    @Emma I’m guessing you loved the hell out of Ergo Proxy? I was pulled into it because Radiohead did the ed song if I recall.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Aug 2. 2014 06:44 AM)
    And that fits my olden days fantasy enjoyment too. And its pretty dramatic also.

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