Back Again Sports Anime Fans?
Well I’m glad you are! Anime is so much more fun when you have people to discuss it with. As I continue to have withdrawals from Yuri on Ice and Haikyu as I painstakingly wait each day for a new episode expect to see more and more sports anime related things on GrimmGirl.
You all had to of known that after I watched the first season of Ace of Diamond it would only be a matter of time before I finished season 2. With only 51 episodes for season 2 I was able to finish it up pretty quick :p
Fair warning if you have never seen Ace of Diamond before please go check out my review on season 1 Ace of Diamond Season 1: Seventy-Five Episodes Just Isn’t Enough for a spoiler-free post. This post will contain spoilers for season 1! So if you have yet to watch the first season and don’t want any spoilers please, please, please go read my first post!
If you have watched season 1 feel free to continue on, there will be no spoilers for season 2 in this review so you are safe!
Now that we have that out of the way let’s get to the nitty gritty of this post.
My thoughts on season 2…
Okay so season one left me with an opening oozing wound where my heart once was. Obviously I was devastated when my boys didn’t make it to Nationals but that was what ripped my heart from my chest and stopped it to the ground. I’ll admit it caused a very acute stabbing pain but it wasn’t the worst.
Nope. The worst part by far was when I realized that the third years truly weren’t going to continue in the fall. Instead they would be focusing on their entrance exams and trying to get into college baseball teams. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?!
I was not expecting this horribleness at all. In all of the sports anime I’ve watched prior to this if they don’t make it to Nationals the first time it sucks, but the team as a whole is able to try again together. The fact that they aren’t able to in Ace of Diamond honestly makes this show better. Even though it hit my feels like a moving freight train it added a very realistic quality to the show that sets it apart from other sports anime I’ve watched so far.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about the second season is seeing Sawamura avidly fight for his position on first string. He goes through a lot of struggles in order to maintain his spot and move forward from his loss in the finals. Sawamura also has to deal with the mental strain of feeling like he is responsible for their loss.
In sports each player feels the stress of a loss and depending on how you played you may blame yourself more harshly for the ending results. Watching Sawamura navigate through this is both heart wrenching and heartwarming. He really experiences a lot of growth this season.
Sawamura isn’t the only one who is dealing with a lot of stress and trying to find their place on the team. With the 3rd years preparing for their futures it’s up to the remaining members to step up their game and fill the void the 3rd years left behind. This is easier said then done.
It is always rough when the seniors leave the team for any sport. For the freshman the team with the seniors is the only team they have played on and they have grown used to the guidance of the seniors. For the second year students it’s even worse because they have played with the seniors for two years now and have grown comfortable with each other’s styles of play. Switching things up especially after a very mentally crushing loss isn’t easy for anybody.
However because the 3rd years are no longer practicing with the team regularly we do get introduced to members we didn’t get to see a whole lot of during the first season. It also gives the members who weren’t currently on first string a chance to move up at Seido. So expect just as much competitiveness in season 2 as in season 1. In more so even more because not only are they trying to prove that they can fill the 3rd year’s shoes they’re also bound and determined to redeem their third years and coach by going to Nationals.
Speaking of coaches, we learn even more about Seido’s head coach as he struggles to do what he feels is right for the team. Having gone so many years without going to Nationals he takes the fact that he wasn’t able to take the 3rd years to Nationals extremely hard and places the blame on himself. I think it’s really cool to get more of the coach’s perspective this year.
Don’t be surprised to see a new coach hit the scene this season. I’m going to be honest; I don’t like him! However you will have to make your own judgments on him after watching the show.
Season 2 just makes me want a season 3 even more! It also has made me want to rewatch Naruto. I don’t care what anyone says Sawamura totally reminds me of Naruto!
Hahahaha I still maintain that the vibe of Ace of Diamond gives me a very Naruto feel. With that said don’t be surprised if you see some Naruto geared stuff popping up on GrimmGirl.
So who else can’t wait for season 3 of Ace of Diamond?