Posted on 28 April 2011 with categories: Spring 2011 Kaleidoscope



Ooh, Moshidora, what are you doing to me? As if I wasn’t busy enough already…

On a serious note though: we really need more of these kinds of series, who don’t care about airing weekly for 13 or 26 weeks, and instead just create their own schedule. The big problem with anime in general is that it’s just so damn inflexible, and it’s the series like this and Supernatural that really show that there are many different ways to release your series.

Moshidora overall impressed me, because of how much time it spent taking an in-depth look at the baseball team in question. With just three episodes, and Druker’s book was used well in order to help understand these players and get them to perform better. This episode continues on that trend, and takes a look at motivation, introducing a competitive element in the training. They’re all quite nice ideas here. I also like that for once, we get to take a look at a baseball team that isn’t fully committed, and where making a mistake is more the norm than the exception.

This series’ biggest problem is its cheese. Whenever this show gets too dramatic, it just loses my suspense of disbelief because it just overexaggerates things too much, and the acting just isn’t good enough to make these scenes believable. This episode spend a lot of time on this one guy who kept ditching trainings because of a mistake he made. That on its own is very believable: I’ve had this many times myself with my Karate practices. But when he angsted he acted just like his dog died. The way he reacts just isn’t believable. The cheesy violin background music did not help.

Also, what was up with that ending of this episode?
Rating: * (Good)

3 Responses

  1. maglor says:

    I was slightly disappointed at how things were progressing at the end of this episode. Maybe it was from the original novel, but the pace changed from people making little but important steps with helps from other people, to one or two stars acting like a savior. The reason I liked the ep 1 and 2 was because most of the development was believable and the motivations of the characters being plausible. This episode gives us someone who can do in few days, analysis with depth and breadth that may take a team of dozen dedicated person at least a week, as well as overblown spread of reputation. I hope these were just temporary comedic elements, because I am not seeing this series for some superhero-like saviors.

  2. Catherine Meyers says:

    Hi,
    I don’t know why but an irregular release schedule has it’s ups and downs, for me the down is uncertainty, the up is they get to work in each episode and provide quality, don’t know, I still love Moshidora.
    Also, you have a great blog. Would you be interested in a link exchange? Let me know to send you info on my site ^^

    Cathy

  3. Marina says:

    Your comment at the end of your entry about the closing scene of this episode reminds me of similar comments in Abandoned Factory’s discussion of Episode 3. I choose to take it as a humorous representation of how successful Minami’s use of Drucker’s management strategies have been, and that others are starting to notice it as well. The image is unrealistic and over-the-top, yes, but I laughed :)

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 04:15 PM)
    @K-Off, It has gotten really damn annoying. Is he dead? Is he dead? Is he dead? Is he dead? Is he dead? IS HE DEAD?
    I really like RWBYs fight scenes. And the character interactions can be funny at times. Though the hunter academy seems pretty sterotypical to me.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 03:45 PM)
    @steve for the thousandth time, how the fuck would we know? Even if we did know, which we might do, what are you going to do with that information? Just wait goddammit.
  • steve
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 03:39 PM)
    what happened to psgels? no posts since 30 may. is he doing alright?
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 03:31 PM)
    @Aidan Definitely the attitude to approach it with. Although the animation is ugly, the fight scenes are pretty decent, not to mention it does the “hunter Academy” setting way better than most full production anime.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 12:13 PM)
    @K-Off, I am watching RWBY. Art style doesn’t bother me too much. Though the voice acting does irk me occasionally. I find it’s best to see it as a saturday morning cartoon. To not walk in expecting something steller or revolutionary. Just decent entertainment.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 06:43 AM)
    @Realist: After O malley wasn’t in it anymore I stopped watching.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 06:23 AM)
    Oh wait, I did enjoy that Halo 3 adaptation of 28 Weeks Later.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 06:17 AM)
    I thought the first few seasons of Red vs Blue were pretty funny. Once it became a drama I lost interest.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 05:58 AM)
    @Emma Ah, Halo. I played it up to Halo 2 and switched to PC. No, I was never a fan of those “machinima-esque” things.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jul 28. 2014 04:53 AM)
    Now speaking of series originating from rooster teeth, any red vs blue fans here?

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