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Patrick Drazen - Mar 9 2014 firstname.lastname@example.org
One of a kind high school baseball story.
This series has most of the usual tropes found in sports anime: building the team, dealing with the sometimes bizarre personalities behind the talent, confronting hostile opponents in pursuit of the prize. One big difference that sets everything in motion: the team here is the first and only team from a girls high school. Just getting credibility is a struggle before they can even take the field.
This is a very satisfying mashup of shonen and shoujo. The cornerstone of the team is Ryo Hayakawa, a pitching phenom whose father was also a standout pitcher. There's her arch-rival, a tennis ace who turns out to be a power hitter as well as a part of a romantic triangle; a drunken washed-up coach; a former juvenile delinquent; the usual assortment of eccentric but talented players. My favorites include Mao, the beefy catcher who was recruited from the judo team, and Yuki, a former softball phenom who's almost catatonic and communicates through a pipe-cleaner doll--her back-story is quite revealing. The music by Masamichi Amano is lush and orchestral, the story by Hiro Maruyama deftly balances all of the elements, and director Tomomi Mochizuki brings his experience from the definitive baseball anime "Touch". This is a Buried Treasure which will win over those who think they don't like sports anime AND those who think they don't like shoujo stories.