It has been forever since I blogged about Major, but that is because I myself have been waiting forever to watch the sub version. As such I have resorted to watching the RAWs instead.
Having caught up to the latest episode of Major I have to say that I am pretty much certain that this season of Major would be:
1) Focused on Goro in the Minor AAA Team
2) Flashing back and forth between America and the gang in Japan (Toshi, and the rest)
3) The battle between Goro and Gibson Jr.
(note: ultimately, this is just what I personally think. But I am 80% sure.)
It has been 13 eps, and the usual standard Major season is 26 episodes.
If there was any build up for the second half of the series we would have seen it already.
So, I can say that we probably would not see anything related to the Majors or the Baseball World Cup in this Season.
I think that it is a good move for the production companies if they want to keep Major alive for a couple more seasons (since the anime is catching up to the manga at a pretty fast rate.)
Okay, now to move on to my review on this 6 eps.
Goro is with the Bats.
We get to see Toshi and his struggles in the Pros in Japan
Komori and his issues on his baseball team
And Goro’s latest issues with his team.
Episode 08 and 09–
A good portion of both ep 08 and 09 are spent on Toshi and his team. We get to see the pressure that he is under being called the ‘Genius Rookie’ and the expectations that his team mates have of him. We see how he gets put down by his teammates at certain parts as well.
Having suddenly been made the catcher of a match he ends up screwing it up badly. He reads the players wrongly and ends up giving up runs.
Basically, he struggles and he finally snaps out of the daze that he has been in and realizes what is important.
I like Toshi so it was quite sad to see this kid under so much pressure and self-destructing.
It is basically what I would like to think of as a happy ep.
We are back in Japan for the first half of the ep and life goes on, it is time for graduation and the only one who is not there is Goro. This ep basically pulls us out of the individual focus of each character and onto the overall focus of the whole cast. How their lives have changed and how different they are now.
The idea of this ep is really nice. It shows us that time has indeed passed.
The characters are growing up and we are seeing them grow up through the seasons as well.
Things change, promises are made, and all they have to look forward to is the future.
The second half of the ep is back on Goro in the States but the idea is still the same as the first half.
Problems start to appear within the Bats team.
It is a problem – solution one ep situation kind of thing.
Nothing to huge, nothing to important, but this ep does relate slightly to what is to happen in the next few eps.
This episode is back in Japan once again.
We are seeing the issues in Mifune Little League and they are having a match against Yokohama Little .
Big problem for them.
I really don’t understand what this ep is for but if I were to guess it would probably to show us that there is a younger generation after all of us. That some things don’t change and everyone grows older and there will be someone to take your place.
Komori tries to prove himself in this ep and is trying to be the only freshman on his team to be a regular.
At the same time the coach for Mifune Little is ill and Komori is the stand-in coach.
The pitcher for Mifune is depressed and thinks it is hopeless to want to win against Yokohama Little.
What happens? You have to watch and see it for yourself.
A new genius rookie(catcher and good batter) appears on Goro’s team and he and Goro just can’t get along.
Both of them want to do things their way (and I can understand why).
But this time though, it seems like Goro’s method is not working and the Genius is a genius afterall.
They make a bet and what is the bet, what is the outcome? Find out on your own.
The genius catcher reminds me of a America version of Toshi, just that this one is really irritating and not nice.
The anime is not moving as fast as what I had expected it to be. They keep moving between Japan and USA and I guess it is the right thing to do. They need to build the foundation for the later eps and the later situations. I guess because they have so many characters and having them have their own issues would only make it harder for the anime to move faster.
While watching this I could not help but think that the only one who is actually not improving would be Goro.
I know the dude is trying to get into the Majors and realistically, it is not that easy and so it is normal too see him have troubles. However, I don’t see him improving either.
There is just something missing in this season.
We don’t get to see the whole Team spirit thing that we were seeing in the previous seasons.
We don’t get to see much of a development in Goro.
Even though I really love Major and still do, I cannot say that I am not feeling slightly disappointed.
Perhaps disappointed might not be the right word to use, upset maybe?
The route of this season looks to be one that is slower and more focus on the human emotions behind the characters. After all, with all the reminiscing, and personal mental struggles going on one can’t help but think that way. I am happy that this is turning out to be a pretty relaxing season to watch. Nothing too gut wrenching.