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Akira Ishida Latest To Join ‘Ace of the Diamond’ Anime Cast

The second series for Ace of the Diamond continues to build on its cast as the team deals with new opponents and the latest to be added to the show is that of Akira Ishida, one of the more popular male voice actors out there in Japan. Ishida has been around for some time, with his early role as Xellos in Slayers getting him attention to shows like Berserk and Digimon. He’s also got a little bit of a fandom going for his performance as Kaworu in the three Evangelion movies. Ishida is joining this series in the role of Hisashi Watanabe, one of the younger characters he’s had to work with in some time. READ MORE...

Two More Board ‘Ace of the Diamond’ Anime Series

The second series for Ace of the Diamond continues on well and now more casting has been revealed through the official site of the series. The latest to board the series is that of Yuuma Uchida, who will be playing Okumura Koushu, and DAiki Yamashita, taking on the role of Seto Takuma. Both are playing middle school students who are hoping to attend Seidou, where the main series school is. READ MORE...

Tomokazu Sugita Boards ‘Ace of the Diamond’ Anime

Casting continues for the new series of Ace of the Diamond as it has its new broadcast time in Japan. After recently casting Soma Saito in the show a few days ago, the official site has updated again with some additional cast as Tomokazu Sugita has boarded the project to take on the role of Kengo Inui. Inui is the captain for the Teitou High School team that’s going to be some real competition for our leads. Sugita has a number of roles to his name over the years, including that of Gintoki in Gintama. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Second Season Episode #07 Anime Review

It’s the bottom of the sixth now and Taiyo is still burning through Seidou’s lineup, not allowing even an inch to what is a pretty good Seidou batting team. Leadoff man Kuramochi reaches on a walk, but it’s questionable enough that they had to turn to the first base umpire. Haruichi is at bat and hits the first ball for a single to left field. Kuramochi’s speed gets him to third. Maezono is up to bat now, but with two outs. This is the opportunity Seidou needs and it’s a time when Maezono could become the three-hole he needs to be for this Seidou team. He hits the first ball deep to the outfield for an easy out. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Second Season Episode #06 Anime Review

Rain delays are tough. Your players cool down, your pitchers might not be the same after it, but they could come back being able to pitch even longer thanks to the rest. Not just that, but the ground is terrible. Any traction you used to be able to get in the dirt is now just mud. From Big Windup, ground balls could get stuck and what would be a foul is now in play with no one to make a play on it. Baseball isn’t best played in rain, but a team that can’t isn’t a team that’s going to go far. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Second Season Episode #05 Anime Review

We begin the Seidou v. Teito game in the top of the first inning with a man on and their cleanup batter, Inui, up to bat. Furuya managed to overpower Inui, but that’s all it was. The ball flew far into the outfield for the out, but Seidou barely managed to get out of this inning. With Kuramochi up first for Seidou, the team gets to see just what Taiyo’s sidearm delivery is like. Kuramochi, a switch hitter, bats right to get a better view of the ball delivery at the sacrifice of being able to see the arm a little better when he throws. Taiyo pitches aggressively, almost hitting Kuramochi once, but it’s the screwball that gets him. It looks like it’s going low and outside when it moves just outside of the strike zone. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Second Season Episode #04 Anime Review

It’s the final days before the start of the fall tournament and Seidou drew the short straw. Their block is tough and their first opponent is Teito, a top 16 finisher in the spring tournament. They’re led by Inui, a catcher who looks to be about 30. He seems to be the same type as Inashiro’s Harada. More impressive is their pitcher, an upstart first year named Taiyo. He’s a sidearm pitcher like Kawakami and a southpaw like Sawamura. Problem is his ball curves like all hell from the batter’s right to left. For your standard pitcher, the curveball is going to break in one direction (left or right in the strike zone) and the screwball is going to break the other direction. It gives the batter pause when they swing because they see a curve and swing for the left-curving curveball, but get a right-curving screwball. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Second Season Episode #02 Anime Review

Another recap episode, but I figured I’d take this chance to talk about baseball instead of the normal talk about the show that I do every the past 75 reviews. To do so, I’m going to focus on five things: Inashiro’s Mei Narumiya, Seidou’s lineup, and Seidou’s three big pitchers Eijun Sawamura, Satoru Furuya, and Koichiro Tanba. I’m intentionally leaving out Seidou’s fourth pitcher, Norifumi Kawakami, because I simply don’t have enough data on him. He’s an important part of Seidou’s relay in his own right, but his parts are usually glossed over. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Second Season Episode #01 Anime Review

A new season, a new day, and the same old characters and openings. I normally don’t review recap episodes because they’re TERRIBLE. Also I already wrote about them, but this is the inaugural episode of the new season, so I figured I should. So here I am watching Seidou and Yakushi face off yet again, perhaps their first big test in the tournament. At the time, Seidou was on high fighting one more day, one more game, so their ace could play after a devastating strike to the mouth in a game. Seidou was now without an ace pitcher, but all three reserves gained valuable experience in the games following. Furuya showed that he’s capable of being the ace, consistently being able to play through five or six innings as the starter. Eijun showed that he’s the perfect follow up pitcher to give mostly off speed pitches with his unique delivery. It off puts the batters after trying to swing earlier and earlier to catch up to Furuya’s fastballs. And Kawakami proved that he has the mental toughness to close out a game. Seidou has a round of pitchers that, on a high school level, could rival the Kansas City Royals’ bullpen. READ MORE...

Ace of the Diamond Episode #75 Anime Review (Season Finale)

It’s the bottom of the ninth and the underclassmen have just tied the game. The scrappy southpaw for Seidou is on the mound, but he’s been having some trouble lately. His trademark inside pitches haven’t been hitting the mark and tend to just go straight down the middle. With someone like Furuya, you can get away with that every so often because of the speed and power behind the pitch, but Eijun doesn’t have that same kind of power. He relies a lot of what little technique and control he has and he’s lost it after the Inashiro game in the regional finals. But his mentor is at bat, pinch hitting for Miyauchi. READ MORE...