Heyya minna, it’s Ryuuji Tatsuya!
I hope it’s not alien to you that I enjoy sports anime a lot! One of the main reasons why is because, regardless of the huge amount of repetition of the basic plot in different series, they are always energetic and helps in uplifting my mood when I’m gloomy (Not to mention, the stories are always interesting enough to binge watch).
However, recently, I came across a series which didn’t follow a single pattern of the sports genre; making itself a unique series in this genre. So without any further delay, dive into a more detailed discussion of this anime’s pros and cons.
Number of episodes: 11
Genre: Slice of Life, Sports
‘Battery’ is definitely not the kind of story that you would expect from an anime with the tag of Sports genre. Did you notice? While writing the genre of this series, I wrote Slice of Life before Sports; it was on purpose. The reason is that, it’s more inclined on showing the day-to-day life of the protagonist and his behavior with the related characters, rather than showing the ‘Over energetic’ main character rambling on and on about achieving something, or reaching the nationals (Basically, whatever his goal is). Before I start ranting about the series, let me give you a summary of its basic plot.
The anime revolves around Takumi, who just moved to Nitta with his family and his little brother (Seiha) to live with his grandfather. Takumi is the cool looking, arrogant and low voiced protagonist (Basically Kageyama with much more arrogance or Kagami with less modesty and loudness), who is apparently have been called dibs on for being a baseball prodigy. But now that they moved, he reluctantly gets enrolled in the local high school, which isn’t that much flashy or has a clear aim of reaching the Nationals (Since the players aren’t really that good).
Next, Go is introduced to the story. Go has taken a liking to his skills and wants to form a battery with him. At first, Takumi avoids him or ignores his requests thinking that he won’t be able to catch his fast pitches. But on trying, he actually succeeds in catching them and convinces Takumi to form a battery with him in the school team.
The story then focuses on the problems faced by these two when other members of the baseball team gets jealous of them, and also how their own relationship is hurt later on due to various reasons which I would recommend you to find out by yourself.
Now that the main plot of the story is clear, it’s time to focus on the pros and cons of the anime. Let’s focus on the plus points first, shall we?
Sports anime generally have an art style that yells, “I AM A SHOUNEN ANIME”; you know, many sketch lines along the jaws and muscles and characters with a muscular build and serious look. However, Battery didn’t have that kind of art style; instead, it had a normal slice of life-styled art style and a beautiful animation that enhanced the surrounding loveliness of the peaceful township. This art style not only shows that this anime isn’t focused on the sports side a lot, but also satisfies one of my wildest dreams: A sports anime with normal animation.
Moving on, the concept of this series was also quite unique and unmatched. It was refreshing and fun to witness an anime so much different than what I used to see in the normal Sports genre. Whether they were successful in achieving what they tried to accomplish is a different story. For now, all I know is that it was a fun watch and I would appreciate if the anime industry start making series breaking the generic pattern of genres it is based on.
Sadly, the plus points of the anime ends here, as this series wasn’t exactly as good as I wanted it to be (For me, at least). Now let’s concentrate on the negative points.
The biggest fault of the anime is that its story doesn’t make any sense at all. The reason why they moved over there, Takumi’s arrogant behavior (Especially with his mother), Seiha’s physical problem and many other questions like these were left unanswered. What triggered me the most was the fact that even though they neglected all these lingering questions, they ended the story as if they created a big masterpiece; you created a complex looking crap! There was not a single moment in the series that made me feel that the story is actually leading somewhere. It was frustrating.
The next flaw of the series is that it has zero character development. A sports anime has to deliver one thing for sure, and that is character development. How did the creators even think that they will be okay after producing something with zero character development? To be blunt, I hated Takumi. I don’t usually hate on any character, but this guy was pure caner. No matter what others said or happened with him, he kept being an arrogant piece of sh*t! I wonder why people like him have friends while Tomoko (From Watamote) is dying of loneliness.
The OST and OP/EDs failed to impress me. They were calm and soothing but they lacked attractiveness. Not to mention there was zero transition between the ending of the anime and the start of the ED, which was more than enough to degrade its status in my eyes. The OSTs were also not that great and were unsuccessful in making impacts where it counts (To be honest, the episodes were mostly silent).
Overall, I would say that even though the idea and approach of the creators was quite unique, they failed to execute a proper story. Even though, I would say that if they come up with a better story and proper characterization, then this kind of approach to sports anime is highly appreciated (We need new contents). So, I would rate this anime 5.5 out of 10, but still urge you guys to watch it since it’s really different and unique in its own way. Who knows, maybe this might end up being one of your favorites.
On that note, this review of Battery comes to an end. Have you watched this anime? Did you like it or hate it? Want to add some of your thoughts regarding Battery? Be sure to do so in the comments below! Until then, I hope you guys have a great time and as always, thanks for reading!