Some of you know it: I LOVE sports anime! (especially the ones from the category “shounen”) I don’t know why, but somehow I get really excited about these “I wanna be the best!” or “I give my all to reach my goal!” or “No matter what, I won’t stop and never give up!” stories
[I guess, it’s because I have the same attitude when it comes to drawing and I got this little, stubborn bouncebackability ]
Granted, most of these anime use a cookie-cutter approach and are very similar when it comes to story building. Some anime enthusiasts might find this annoying and quite boring in the long run, but I personally don’t mind it. If you know the genre, you roughly know what you’ll get and don’t pitch your expectations too high ^^ (thus you can be surprised positively at least )
My sports anime background started very classically with “Captain Tsubasa” and “Mila Superstar”. After that I was kind of fixated on soccer anime (I do like soccer!) till I accidentally encountered the volleyball anime “Haikyuu!” about 2 years ago, which I think is one of the best of the sports genre. From volleyball it wasn’t a huge step to basketball, also swimming found its way onto my watch list and now … well I actually reached baseball
To be honest, I never really was interested in baseball – though I watched some Hollywood movies about baseball that were pretty good (but here the game wasn’t so important, it was more the surrounding that mattered – and yes, I do like good sports drama movies as well ), but I didn’t have a clue about the whole thing.
In any case, I accidentally stumbled upon a few positive comments about a newer baseball anime called “Diamond no Ace” (or “Dia no Ace“ or “Ace of Diamond“; 2 seasons with a total of 126 episodes so far; available on crunchyroll). Since I felt like watching some good sports anime again, I thought I’d give it a try
And yes, it is really good!
In the beginning you have to adapt a bit because the first few episodes contain a lot of awkward slapstick comedy and the main character (MC) is also a bit annoying at first. It’s just a bit too much at a time ^^ But if you give it some time you’ll discover that this show is more than just sports and comedy.
The story itself is quite classic: The MC comes from his provincial Junior High to the elite Senior High School in the big city and wants to proof himself as pitcher in the baseball team. There he gets to his limits and then fights along with his teammates to overcome his own limitations and push everything to a new level. Veeeery roughly outlined
What makes the difference here is the fact that the focus isn’t on the MC all the time. A lot of other characters nicely get some show time on their own. This brings good variation into the story and also some unexpected turnouts. In general, the characters with their individual features are the ones driving the story and keeping the flow (it’s mostly the same with “Haikyuu!”).
Another very positive thing to mention: the baseball games are pretty exciting and well animated! Plus: the BGM soundtrack is very good and suits the show well
Interestingly the MC is not the actual star of the show, it’s one of his supporting characters. In my opinion the catcher and cleanup batter Miyuki Kazuya is one of the key characters of DnA, and that’s why I chose him to be my favorite character And that’s also why I wanted to draw him in my style ^^
Haha, wow, so much typing just to tell you this (a virtual cookie for everyone who read until this line )
By the way, I know a whole lot about baseball now! It’s really not as complicated as I thought all the time
Gosh, am I enthusiastic, haha!