Moshidora – Final Impressions

Moshidora aired at the fastest pace I have ever seen for an anime, with a new episode being released daily.

Too bad other series don’t air daily since it was nice to be able to watch a new episode after I came home from work everyday while the previous episode was still fresh in my mind. The only downside was that it had a total of 10 episodes, which is even shorter than the popular 13-episode length nowadays.

Nevertheless, it made good use of what I can only assume to be a very limited budget since along with the short series length, it utilized quite a few stills and reused animations in quick flashbacks. The flow of the story was well managed, with each episode forwarding the plot at a reasonable pace while introducing new management concepts.

One of the main reasons I really liked Moshidora was how realistic the entire cast of characters felt. Nothing about their personalities falls into the general anime stereotypes for the most part. I was also glad to see normal baseball being played without weird gimmicks and insane power-ups. Their path to success was built upon daily practice, solid teamwork, and having the right mindset.

The story had more drama than I expected, found mostly in the later episodes when tragedy struck the team and things became quite emotional for them. However, they were still able to pull through and be one step closer to their goal of winning the Nationals. I’m not sure if the novel that this show was adapted from actually includes their team playing in the Nationals, but I would sure like to see that.

Rating: Very Good

6 Comments to “Moshidora – Final Impressions”

  1. Fabienne says:

    I was surprised at first when there was a new episode every day, but it was aired in just ten days in a row in japanese tv.
    I nearly agree with you that it was a very good show, it got really strong in the last episodes. The Drama made me sad, but it was very well portrayed.
    Only the characters, like the players or the purple haired girl, could have been more fleshed out, but thats nearly impossible in just 10 eps.

    The budget for the animations appeared a bit low with all the stills, in general Production I.G is well known for stunning animations, but here it looked a bit simple, especially in the baseball games.

    Aside from that I really liked it a lot ^_^

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    Reltair Reply:

    Oh, I forgot Production I.G. was the studio behind this series. Thanks for pointing that out. It is rather surprising then to see them only put out this level of animation work.

    I agree with you regarding the characters, like Ayano who began to show changes in her personality near the end. But alas, 10 episodes is simply not enough. I wonder if the novel just didn’t have enough content?

    Good stuff though, it was motivational to watch Minami try her best.

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  2. Joojoobees says:

    I really enjoyed Moshidora. I was impressed with how much they were able to do in only 10 episodes. As you said, the cast avoided easy stereotypes for the most part, and demonstrated real baseball, with VERY real challenges, like how do you get people to practice, instead of over-powered star players.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, I like sports anime that show these real world challenges. Giant Killing comes to mind when I think of possible similar series to this. Overpowered star players might be fun to watch once or twice, but it certainly gets old fast.

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  3. Ayanavi says:

    I picked up Moshidora just because I had the gut feeling that it’d be worth the ride – And I have to agree with you on this. I normally don’t care about sports, but Moshidora was indeed one of the more enjoyable series I’ve seen in that genre.

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    Reltair Reply:

    Yup, I also like how it has a strong female protagonist in a genre that is usually dominated by male leads.

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