Ace Of Diamond Manga is a Japanese shonen baseball manga series written and illustrated by Yuki terajima. It was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shonen Magazine from May 2006 to January 2015. A sequel titled Ace of Diamond Act II started in August 2015. Ace No Diamond Manga anime television series adaptation ran from October 2013 to March 2016. An anime adaptation of Ace of Diamond Act II aired from April 2019 to March 2020. In 2008, Ace of Diamond received the Shogakukan Manga Awards for the shōnen category. In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen manga.
Ace Of Diamond Manga adapted anime series follows one Eijun Sawamura, a baseball pitcher with a very unusual changeup pitch that has occurred naturally. Sawamura plans to go with his friends to a local high school and play baseball to the best of their abilities.
However, one scout from the prestigious Seidou High approaches him and offers him a scholarship and a chance to make it to the nationals. Sawamura decides to pay a visit to the school, and it changes his entire outlook on the future. The first season follows Seidou and their main rivals as they attempt to help the upperclassmen make it to nationals during the summer tournament. Once the summer tournament ends, the upperclassmen will be forced to retire, but how far can Sawamura help them go when he currently doesn’t have any control?
The second season continues to follow Sawamura, Furuya, Haruichi, and Miyuki as they lead a new team, along with a few returning faces, through the fall tournament. Their overly ambitious goal is to go to nationals during the fall tournament and convince Coach Kataoka that he doesn’t have to resign.
Ace of Diamond Manga story (10/10) is pretty straightforward: we follow Sawamura’s journey as a pitcher as he grows and develops his skills in order to become the ace of Seidou’s (famous) high school baseball team. But the show provides us more than just following Sawamura’s journey; we basically get an overall glimpse of how high school baseball in Japan.
Ace of Diamond Manga anime show definitely takes its time to progress, and we don’t really see Sawamura beginning to grow until we’re about 12 or so episodes in. But, in the episodes before that we see exactly why it took him a while and how hard he’s worked up till then; we also get to see a pretty touching relationship develop between him and his future mentor.
Though I initially did get the feel that Sawamura is the absolute MC, as the story progressed and more characters were introduced, there was a slight focus shift where Sawamura was undoubtedly still the MC, but the other Seidou team members were also just as important.
One thing that the story always provides and excels at is: SUSPENSE. DnA knows hows to build up suspense leading up to the final scene in every episode, especially in the later episodes when they’re in the Koshien qualifying matches.
Ace Of Diamond Manga comedy is a big part of this show, sometimes we’ll see chibi forms pop out now and then, or sudden solid-colored background changes (with sfx and the like) when the mood switches suddenly from serious to funny.
Ace of Diamond Manga overall, the animation gives off a very shounen-like vibe: we get to see red-colored and blue-colored demon eyes for when they’re fired up, players aura engulfing their bodies like a flame when they’re pumped up, etc.