「あの夏の二十一球」 (Ano Natsu no Nijyuichi Kyuu)
“That Summer of 21 Pitches”
While some people may have been quick to judge Kami-Sama, I believe that it’s still a really interesting show that has its own merits. Shifting gears back to everyday life living amongst NEETs and Yakuza, I think this was a nice change of pace. Who would have thought a simple baseball game could become so invigorating?
It never fails to surprise me how useful Alice’s skill of gathering and utilizing information really is. I suppose that statistics can help to an extent in baseball, but I can only imagine what kind of information was sitting in that huge stack of papers she gave to Narumi. At the same time, Narumi’s natural ability to process that information and make something useful out of it is pretty amazing in itself.
The baseball game itself was nothing to call home about, but I loved how tense it got. Neither team was winning by a ridiculous amount and the suspense kept growing as the game raced on. The icing on the cake had to be when Alice made her stand — even though she was originally the coach of a baseball team that coaches from the comfort of a car in her pajamas with all of her favorite stuffed animals surrounding her; I remember sitting there dumbfounded when I saw her not only leap into the air but steal two bases.
Sort of off topic, I was under the assumption that a strike was a strike and you’re out after the third one. But I guess it doesn’t matter if the ball doesn’t make it to the catcher’s glove? (someone can enlighten me if they’d like to)
As underhanded as it may have been, I wouldn’t mind watching Alice step out of character every now and then. But if watching our NEET detective wasn’t enough, Narumi’s infinite fouls leading to a winning homerun hit was an amazing way to close the game. Either ways, this non-mystery episode has really got me pumped for next week’s arc. With Ayaka finally getting thrust back into the fray, I’m hoping that this mystery involving her brother manages to blow my socks off.