Some annoying character traits
An anime adaptation was premiered from 6 October 2013 to 28 March 2016. Two original animation DVDs will be bundled with the fourth and fifth volumes of the Ace of Diamond Act II manga; the first was released 15 July 2016 and the second was released on 16 September 2016.
– Ace of the Diamond
– Ace of Diamond
– Daiya no A
– Daiya no Ace
– Diamond no Ace
– Диамантеният ас
Ace of Diamond (Japanese: ダイヤのAエース Hepburn: Daiya no Ēsu, also known as Diamond’s Ace) is a shōnen baseball manga written and illustrated by Yuji Terajima and published by Kodansha.
The animation is very consistent and pretty good for a TV show. There isn’t a lot of flashy action scenes so I guess they could afford to keep the high quality throughout.
Our main character, Eijun, is your typical protagonist that’s loud but have the heart of gold trope. He seems obnoxious at first but he’ll be the first to jump to the defense of his friend, or someone being picked on. We’ve seen this archetype in many shows, like Naruto, Black Clover, City Hunter, Trigun, etc. As with the example previously listed, not all shows executed this type of character well. Ace of Diamond is one of the shows that do it “somewhat” well.
Eijun introduction episodes painted him in a good light. It shows he cares more about his friends and teammate than his pride for playing baseball. However, after he got to high school, he seems to do a 180-degree turn. He now feels self-important and entitled for no reason. He no longer seems to care much for anyone but himself, which make the early high school episodes hard to watch. Understandably, they need to add some negative traits for him to grow, but with the slow progression pace of the show, it is hard to be invested in his character at first.
He does slowly evolve and develop as a character over time. Stick with the show for a bit if you were struggling with the early episodes, like me. Despite Eijun as our main protagonist, the show covers most of the characters on the team. This may be why it feels the show is slow. It doesn’t help that the series does a lot of recap of something that just happened 2 minutes ago.
I recommend this to the fans of sports anime that don’t mind slow-burn series. Ace of Diamond is intended for everyone.
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