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