KyoAni sure loves their baseball. Every time they do one, it’s bound to be awesome.
First episode of After Story starts off slow, with the Akio getting Tomoya to rope people up for an upcoming inter-town baseball match. Predictably, the main cast + extras are all roped in, consisting of:
3. Nagisa (replacing Akio midway)
5. Tomoyo (following Misae)
8. Yoshino Yusuke
10. Mei (because of Yusuke)
Big hitters are Kyou, Tomoyo and Misae, Tomoyo even hitting a crazy homerun despite being it her first time holding a bat. Sunohara becomes the joker as usual, hillariously failing at batting or base, although the most amusing one was Yusuke’s self-monologue whenever he goes up to bat and hits the ball, forgetting to run to base. Kotomi’s “calculation” of ball trajectory was worth some laughs too. Also, she looks almost similar to Kyou when she’s wearing a helmet.
Nagisa replaces Akio midway in the game when he gets injured accidentally, and it provides us with a ton of moe-moe faces whenever she her pitches are hit or she fails to bat. Despite that, she’s actually pretty okay at baseball, probably from watching her father’s games all the time, and even gets the final winning point for the team after Tomoya manages to hit the final pitch for her.
Final victory celebration had a nice moment when Sunohara actually asked Tomoya if Sanae was Nagisa’s sister. “Bijin shimai” ROFL.
Funnily enough, I was half expecting Fuko Hijack to happen, but none did, so I guess KyoAni’s toning it down a bit for the serious tone of the show. Still, there sure was a ton of “fanservice” this episode with all the burumas and the sports action… mmm~~
The new OP by Lia sounds pretty awesome, and KyoAni has updated the animation to include some new stuff. I think I died seeing kindergarten teacher Kyou. The ED gave me a bit of a shock with the “noisy” intro, but it got better after that. Not dangos anymore, sadly :(.
Man, why is so stimulating to see them play baseball? KyoAni sure is good at pushing my buttons sometimes.