Ace of the Diamond, Episode 1: The One Pitch
Ace of the Diamond is a sports anime that focuses on middle school student, Eijun Sawamura, who wants nothing more than to play baseball. With his middle school career ending in defeat, the strong-willed, hot-headed young student has to figure out where to go to high school and how he’s going to get there.
After an offer to travel to Tokyo and play for the famous baseball powerhouse, Seidou High School, Eijun debates his options. Reticent to leave the teammates he knows and loves, he reluctantly agrees to visit Seidou and watch a practice.
While visiting Seidou, he witnesses a hotshot upperclassman mock and insult a young pitcher. Refusing to stand for such behavior, he insults the upperclassman and ends up on the mound, preparing for a duel.
Over the course of the inaugural episode, we get to learn a bit about Eijun Sawamura and his character. He loves baseball and, by extension, deeply loves his teammates. He’s hot-headed, but he has a deep sense of justice. He also has an intense never-say-die attitude. This first episode sets him up to be the classic, noble, all-star underdog, still torn about his future both on and off the field.
A Christian Perspective:
In terms of questionable content, this first episode was pretty clean. Sawamura is quick to anger, often shooting off his mouth or coming to blows. Rei, the Seidou representative, is clearly intended to be a physically attractive character, with a couple of angles accentuating certain parts of her anatomy. There’s nothing over-the-top, but these things shouldn’t be completely downplayed. Given the nature of sports and their characterization, it’s probably safe to assume much more on these fronts from future episodes.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Nothing overt. There are a couple of camera angles that accentuate a female character’s anatomy and low-cut shirt, but she’s still overall respectably dressed.
Violence: A scene that has a camera cut-away is later revealed to have been our protagonist, Sawamura, getting into a series of fights with both opposing players and the umpires.