A high school girl named Minami Kawashima becomes the baseball team manager at Tokyo's Hodokubo High School. Minami accidentally buys Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices — a classic productivity guide by the Austrian-American management guru Peter Drucker — and uses it to rally her dispirited team.
First off the story. It evolves around a Highschool Baseball Team and Minami, a Highschool Girl who overtakes the manager duties for her ill friend Yuki (whom is bedridden in the hospital). Minami has not all too much knowledge about a managers job, therefore she bought a book named "Management" (I don't know the original title) written by Peter Ferdinand Drucker (He died 5 years ago, a world renowned economist). In the storyline Minami uses this book as reference and applies the tactics of economic to managing the Baseball Club, intending to lead them to the nationals. I really enjoyed watching this, the story was really interesting. The mainfocus is not on Baseballs vast posibilites, tactics and rules (it was moderately handled, even if you have no clue about Baseball you can enjoy this show). And most of all.. the whole 10 episodes aired in just two weeks. I suppose you all know how annoying it can be if you have to wait a week untill the next episode airs.. The story had few twists and turns (well it's short..) but a wonderfully built climax. I wished for some romance scence but it did well even without them. As for the Animation and Sound, in my opinion it was great. The charakter disgn was beautiful (Minami, suki dayo!), the movements were smoth and the sound.. ah, brings back memories. I played Baseball for about 5 years when I was 12, maybe I should start again.. (by the way, I come from Germany, Bavaria). If you know Baseball you might know as well the nice sound the bats make when you hit the ball. There were quite some different types of charakters. Of course the two main heroines were my favourites, the energetic Minami and fragile Yuki. More or less all of the charakters developed in some way, what is obviously necessary if they want to go to the nationals. As my personal preference, I think I mentioned it all ready somewhere, I missed the romance-part Highschool Animes normally have, but that's no must, so it's okay. Overall a really enjoyable and recommendable Anime. You will enjoy it.
Personally, I find baseball, by and large, to be incredebly boring. This leads me to steer clear of baseball anime, but, in this case, I heard taht this is more of a "management" series than a baseball one, persay. Also, the idea that they were releasing an episode a day (although being during finals time, thus making it impossible for me to keep up) was very intriguing. Anyways, on to the review proper~ Story: 9/10 Although the ending wasn't exactly something that was unexpected or particularly, to quote them, "innovative," it was extremely well done. In just 10 episodes, they managed to make more characters develop and get the viewer more emotionally attached than many long series I have seen. The premise, aptly stated by the title, is unique and allows for several unexpected things to happen throughout the series. Animation: 8/10 The motion, character designs, etc. are all decent, but nothing beautiful. They could have done a bit more detail here and there, but it doesn't really detract from the series and a whole. Sound: 9/10 They make good use of the idea of having a band play songs (convently, they play the OP as a pep song). The themes themselves are well done. The characters have great voice actors, doing a good job matching the character they have to play. Charcters: 7/10 The series does a good job developing a lot of characters in a short period of time. Unfortunately, an important character doesn't get much development, nor screen time. Quite a few of the characters seemed to be developed then just ignored after that as well. Overall: 8.25/10 This is definetly worth watching if you have some free time and enjoy seeing odd concepts collide.
I really liked this anime. I was interesting at first because I honestly thought I would not watch the whole series because I really do not like baseball. BUT when I saw that Minami was applying actual Management skills to help improve the team, I started to get interested. It showed a way in which Mangement can be applied in life and not just in theory. I saw it being applied in ways I did not think would work. I honestly never though about how the rules could be applied in sports. I also really liked Yuuki and I even cried towards the end. I am not much of a crier but I guess it just hit a little close to home. Anyway, it was really interesting and I would recomend it to any type of business majors out there.
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