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sappyginger

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Stars Align

Jan 4, 2022

It is always hard to review a series, which doesn't have a clear ending (apparently, there might be a season 2 coming soon, fingers crossed). That being said I definitely would want to see more sport animes like this one. Unlike, Hyuuka these boys actually have lives outside of sports, which only makes the plot more interesting. And unlike, Free! it is not just a string of fanservices shots, teehee. 

Characters have dimensions, their struggles look real, and aren't always connected to the soft ball team. On the other hand, how come all parents in this series are so awful (with a few rare exceptions)? Is coming from an abusive household a requierement to join the club, or something? 

I appreciated that players from the other teams aren't one dimensional either. I am a bit tired of the - it's all in your head, you just need to believe in yourself, enjoy the sport and rely on your partner shtick, though. Let's be real, you can learn a sport in 3 months and put more or less serious players to shame. Why couldn't they make Maki a baseball player adapting his skills to a new sport? That would have been way more believable. 

Extra points for characters of Mitsue and Yuta. It is nice to see that not everybody in this little world live and breath soft ball.

Anyhow, this was a solid work of fiction, I'd be happy to watch part 2. Hope they won't go overboard with the dark stuff - all parents of this little team can't be monsters. 

9/10 story
7/10 animation
7/10 sound
9/10 characters
8/10 overall
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