Posted on 10 June 2010 with categories: Ookiku Furikabutte



Last episode I commented how the sudden rush to fit this match into only 13 episodes has caused this series to lose one of the things that made it so special: the incredible detail it put into its matches. But really, even without that, this sequel just has more than enough to make up for it. The pacing that suddenly turned fast here brought an entirely new dynamic to this series.

Seriously, if this sequel would have been 26 episodes long, it would have easily surpassed the first season. Here too however: the fast pacing made this an incredibly fun episode to watch; the creators cut the manga very skillfully to paste it into such a short time-frame: this series still is an truly excellent manga-adaptation. I really loved how this episode changed its mood so flexibly: one moment it’s cheerful, then it’s full of tension, then a bit of comedy is there, only to make way for a pitch that could severely change the outcome of the game. This episode was so full of different emotions that complemented and balanced each other out perfectly, and it was all as beautifully animated as ever.

Abe’s absence turned out to be quite an interesting twist here: Mihashi has to work together with a completely new catcher (and you can really see the two of them struggle to get warmed up to each other, and exchange theories). One thing I also love about this series is how often people score. I don’t exactly know how this usually goes in high school baseball, but it’s very refreshing to see these kinds of scores, as opposed to most other baseball series in which the pitchers are so god-moded that they end most of their matches with nearly a perfect game.

I originally did not like this condensation because of the first match of the second season. No offence, but it just wasn’t as good as the other matches. As it turns out though, it just was based on the weakest premise. For all of the other matches, some really interesting plot twists were planned to make them juicy, yet realistic, but there it was just average.

Adapting a manga correctly is often a matter of skillfully copying and pasting: what do you leave in, and what do you leave out to fit the time-frame? Ideally, you of course want the perfect amount of episodes for the story, but alas: anime’s business model just doesn’t fit that. I personally believe that it should be the role of the most successful and rich animation companies to start experimenting with the tried and true anime-format and go with new things. They’ve got enough money, so they should have plenty of resources to take such risks.
Rating: *** (Awesome)

6 Responses

  1. Alec says:

    seems like it has already passed the latest chapter of the manga

  2. betawatcher says:

    That’s good to hear… I can’t wait until this episode gets subbed! >.

  3. leongsh says:

    Comment by Alec — June 10, 2010 @ 23:10
    seems like it has already passed the latest chapter of the manga

    It is still more than 25 chapters/instalments behind the monthly serialisation of the title. This episode covered up till Chapter 50 of the monthly serial which is already at Chapter 80.

  4. Alec says:

    ic..my bad..

    well then it seems like it has already passed the latest TRANSLATED chapter in the manga xD

  5. Feedert says:

    Ugh, somehow, from all the teams in this series, so far I only dislike Bijou.

  6. inkka says:

    Wow how intense that this ep be.It totally gone superb!!

    At last the detail match is back!! But it come back in completely new dimension.Not mostly focus on tense only like before.But mix with a bit of comedy and some of funny moment.And it fit perfectly with fast pace in this season.How gorgeous that the producer has!! Good job A-1.
    (Although you cut it into 13ep. But with this quality..Yes No wonder It’s easily passed for me.and if you announced about 3rd season after this season end.I will totally love you. Hmm..Oofuri is really popular in Japan..Their comic sales is in the top 25th of most sales comic in the first half 2010. So it can has season 3 right !?)

    Ah….I like many funny and tense moment here.They can captured the character emotion and characternization perfectly and make this game really exciting now.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 06:00 AM)
    @Wicked: Definitely was thinking along those lines, that format would suit them well…well sleeper though I’d prefer a film for.
  • Wicked
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:52 AM)
    @emma maybe as Tv drama they have chance
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:38 AM)
    Sleeper, sandman mystery theater, criminal, where are my adaptations…I want them and I want them nao =P
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:37 AM)
    I love daredevil to bits though , especially that one daredevil story where he has to defend a kid whos wrongly accused of a satanic murder in a religious town. But I love Brubaker, Bendis run and especially the daredevil origin story Miller did.
  • Wicked
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:31 AM)
    @emma well you prefer year one and Dark Knight returns, all star and strikes back are kind of descent into madness for Miller
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:31 AM)
    @Emma Agreed. Hellsing Ultimate is IMO not much more than a trashy action series but it’s one of the best trashy action series.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:31 AM)
    *off
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:30 AM)
    See I’ve Loeb to thank for getting me into comics I read his origin stories also.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:30 AM)
    I think I prefer Millers Batman run over Moores Watchmen. Watchmen starts of really well and for a while but feels way too long someone late in the middle but has a great ending.
  • Wicked
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 05:28 AM)
    Long Holloween is a classic as well

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