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OP Sequence

OP: 「越えていけ」 (Koete Ike) by キュウソネコカミ (Kyuso Nekokami)

「大吾の夢」 (Daigo no Yume)
“Daigo’s Dream”

Do you like underdog stories? Because this is an underdog story and I love underdog stories.

General Impressions

If there was one thing that grabbed my interest while researching this show for our 2018 Spring Preview, it was the fact that Major 2nd wasn’t shy at establishing itself as its own entity and not a spinoff of a successful baseball anime that came out ages ago. However, what may have impressed me more than that was the fact that this spinoff was able to use the established status quo to give us the beginnings of a story that has some serious underdog vibes.

Enter Shigeno Daigo, the son of successful professional baseball player Honda Gorou (go watch the original Major anime if you’re interested in watching his story). With a love for baseball that could rival even the biggest fans, it’s no surprise that he’d want to follow in his father’s footsteps. However, he has two giant problems and arguably they’re both pretty difficult to solve. One, he has a huge issue being compared to his father and that leads to him over-thinking things which tends to cause him some serious problems. Second, he has a terribly weak shoulder that prevents him from trying to do the things that his father once did. Both of which, as I’ve said earlier, have some serious implications when it comes to being a successful pitcher in baseball.

Things that, when combined with all of his hard work not paying dividends like one would expect, lead him down a rather depressing path that eventually leads to him quitting the thing he had the most passion for. However, I’m sure all of that was pretty clear from this first episode. Which is why, based on where things left off, leads me to what I’m here today for — to play the role of a hype man since there are so many exciting things in-store for us and it’d be a damn shame if you walked away without even considering what’s coming.

Without spoiling too much, let’s just say that we’re about to embark on an adventure where we get to watch Daigo face his problems head on with a little bit of prodding from his soon-to-be rival Satou Hikaru. An adventure that’ll involve a lot of self reflection, a little bit of ugly crying, and hopefully a fantastic payoff as we watch Daigo try and figure out just where his place on the diamond is. As a small added bonus, it looks like the anime is taking some liberties with how they’re presenting the source material and this leads me to believe that they’ll be able to cut out a lot of the fat without losing the core message behind it all.

Overall, not too bad of a start for an anime based on baseball and a main character that has some real serious problems at being good at that sport. If you have the chance and are looking for a show that’ll only require a little bit of investment, I’d definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「プライド」 (Pride) by 池窪浩一 & 高橋優 (Ikekubo Kouichi & Takahashi Yu)

Preview

April 8, 2018 at 11:34 pm
4 comments »
  • April 8, 2018 at 11:55 pmzztop

    Before Major 2nd, creator Mitsuda Takuya had attempted a new boxing-themed manga, Buyuden. Buyuden only lasted 13 volumes before being cancelled by the publishers, despite the plot structure being slated to follow the MC’s boxing exploits from youth to adulthood like Major.

    Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei’s mangaka made fun of Major 2nd’s creation in light of Buyuden:
    https://anime.astronerdboy.com/2018/02/kumeta-senseis-proxy-broadside-akamatsu-sensei-uq-holder.html

    “Readers still full from (the mangaka’s previous work wouldn’t be as willing to read a Part 2 so soon); you have to write 2 or 3 failed manga, then begin writing (the sequel) right when the readers are craving for it…(just) like Major 2nd.”

    Kumeta Kouji was digging at how some mangakas struggle (and fail) to make their newest work as famous as their previous title, eventually going back to revisit the title that made them famous to bring their name into the spotlight again.

    • April 9, 2018 at 12:14 amTakaii

      That’s a real sick burn and I feel bad for laughing.

    • April 9, 2018 at 2:18 amZaiden

      That hurts. I loved Buyuden, and was so gutted when it got axed :(

      Then again, it flopped the time skip, so.

  • April 9, 2018 at 8:15 amharuuu

    Loved watching Goro in the original series. It actually feels quite surreal knowing that there’s another anime of Major.

    So far so good!

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