My love for sports anime continues!
I can officially add Ace of Diamond to my list of sports anime that I have seen. I can also add it to my list of anime in general that I have enjoyed. Which is honestly a really good thing… Have you seen the Ace of Diamond fandom? They are fierce.
I shudder to think what would happen to a person who didn’t like Ace of Diamond. I jest of course (maybe). Luckily I don’t have to worry about that though because I have truly enjoyed this series.
“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 Seido, 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!” –Crunchyroll
I want to be upfront with all of you in saying that I have never read the manga so I don’t know first hand if it includes all the “emotion and excitement” of the manga but I can see that I found the anime very emotional and exciting! If there is even more emotions and excitement to be had in the manga my heart is going to explode.
This is going to sound really crazy but if I had to compare Ace of Diamond to any show it would be… Naruto.
Do I sound as crazy as I feel while typing this? Hear me out! I swear to you that when I watch this show that is exactly how I feel. In my mind if Naruto was set in this world and they were all baseball players instead of shinobi than it would be Ace of Diamond.
I think this is largely due to the vibe Ace of Diamond throws off. Unlike a majority of sports anime I’ve watch so far Sawamura (the main character) isn’t straight up amazing. He reminds me a lot of Naruto. He has talent but it is really unpolished despite the fact that he dreams of being his teams ace much like Naruto dreams of being the Hidden Leaf’s Hokage.
What I love about both of them is that it isn’t all talk. After Sawamura gets a pretty harsh reality check he realizes that in order make his dream a reality he is going to have to put in the work. He’s not the only person who wants to be the Ace. In fact there are many talented baseball players at Seido and all of them want to be on first string.
Just like with Naruto they are all constantly competing against each other to improve. The competiveness during Ace of Diamond really hooked me in and gave me a horrible case of the feels. It really messes with you because you want everyone do well but you don’t necessarily want them to do better than your favorite characters.
The characters struggle with this fact as well. Wanting their teammates to get better but also wanting to be better than their teammates. This trait is magnified because there are so many players on the Seido team. Unlike Haikyu, Kuroko’s Basketball, and Free!! Seido actually has over 50 people trying to make first string. That’s a lot of competition!
This also means that once you are on first string you have to do your best to maintain that spot. On top of that even if you are on first string it doesn’t mean that you will play in games, you have to be a starter for guaranteed play so I can’t begin to express the competitive nature this inspires within the characters of the show.
I would also like to take this time to let everyone know that if you decide to start this anime get ready for the long haul. The first season is a total of 75 episodes. Yep, you read that correctly. Season one is SEVENTY-FIVE episodes. This is not the anime to start and thing you can just binge on in a day… I mean you could try. I don’t want to judge your life choices but it would be hard!
Ace of the Diamond is 100% centered on sports. Yes, you will see some aspects of their lives outside of baseball but basically everything relates back to the sport. How they interact with each other, problems that they are having, obstacles they overcome, goals that they have, rivalries and friendships they create, are all going to be centered on their sport.
This is exactly how I like my sports anime to be!
I freakin’ love this show.
Sawamura is hilarious in my opinion but then again I’ve always found Naruto hilarious and some people find him annoying AF. I had moments where I completely cried tears of frustration and I had moments were I had to pause the show because I was laughing so hard. I also had moments where I instinctively covered my eyes because a character was being so embarrassing I couldn’t bare to watch (for their sake).
There are also a lot of great characters besides Sawamura throughout the show, which keeps things interesting. If you don’t have a crush on Miyuki by the end of episode three than I have no idea what show you are watching. I love how all of the personalities are so different within the show as well. With so many characters around each of them having their own style about themselves makes it easier to remember them all.
Honestly if you like Haikyu I really think you will like Ace of the Diamond.
❤ Now I’m off to watch another 51 episodes in order to finish season two. Wish me luck!
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