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Diamond no Ace
(ダイヤのA), or, in English, Ace of Diamondnote
is a shōnen baseball manga written and illustrated by Yūji Terajima and published by Kodansha. It has been serialized by Weekly Shōnen Magazine since 2006. 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.
Sawamura Eijun is pitcher from rural school Akagi Junior High, where the school's baseball team was fairly badnote
. Despite this, Sawamura thoroughly enjoyed playing with his teammates, and was dead set on entering high school with them and continuing their journey to Koushien there. However, he's scouted by a manager from an elite private school in Tokyo. After some deliberation and encouragement from his junior high teammates, he decides to carry their dreams with him as he moves to Tokyo to join Seidou High School's powerhouse baseball team. Unfortunately for him though, what he finds there isn't quite what he expected...An Anime adaptation
and Production I.G
has premiered as part of the fall season
This series contains examples of:
- Affectionate Nickname: Eijun was called "Ei-chan" by his Junior High team and he calls Haruichi "Harucchi" fondly.
- Aloof Big Brother: Ryousuke is this to Haruichi.
- Big Brother Instinct: Ryousuke was very close to Haruichi when they were younger and protected him from bullies, however, their relationship became estranged when Haruichi took up baseball and they played the same position. Currently, they are still estranged, but Ryousuke shows that he still cares and looks out for Haruichi, just not as openly as before.
- Blinding Bangs: Haruichi.
- But Not Too Foreign: Chris, who is half-American.
- Deadpan Snarker: Miyuki, all the time.
- Delusions Of Grandeur: Eijun, who seeks to be the "Ace" of the Seido High baseball team, despite not really knowing the first thing about baseball apart from the basics...
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Haruichi has been noted many times that he looks like a girl.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Chris. It gets better when Eijun starts to grow on him.
- Fragile Speedster: Furuya, whose weakpoint is his nails, and his lack of stamina, especially in summer.
- Haruichi is an all-around amazing baseball player, being able to pick where and how far he hits a ball at bat, can jump up and catch a ball and throw it while still in air, and has incredible speed, all in all, his skills surpass his first-string, third year, older brother, Ryousuke; but like Furuya, he lacks in stamina.
- The Gadfly: Miyuki loves to mess with people. Just because he can and it amuses him.
- Game-Breaking Injury: Chris's shoulder, which he's trying to rehab. Also his former teammate from middle school Zaizen suffer a leg injury.
- The Heart: Tetsu's role as the team captain.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Eijun and Chris.
- Miyuki and Satoru.
- Basically find any two players on the team that are close and they fit this.
- Hot-Blooded: Eijun, even by manga and anime standards.
- Idiot Hero: Eijun. Along with the Delusions Of Grandeur and Hot-Blooded tropes above, this is what largely causes almost everyone to write him off thinking that he's just another baseball star wannabe. Furuya also isn't too bright, but he's a lot quieter about it.
- Important Haircut: Tanba, the Ace of Seidou as punishment for failing the challenge imposed by his teammates. Though he didn't fail, he was injured by a dead ball before he could properly attempt challenge:
- Jerkass Fašade: Chris
- Luminescent Blush: Haruichi is highly prone to this.
- Manly Tears: Eijun as well as other members of the team.
- Also when a Team is defeated in a tournament.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Eijun gets this reaction after finding out about Chris' Game-Breaking Injury after he insulted him.
- The Napoleon: The Kominato brothers are the shortest two players on the team, Ryousuke being slightly taller than Haruichi, both are below average height for boys their age and they are more than likely in the low 160 centimeter range in height in comparison to the rest of their team who are in the 170+ centimeter range.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Miyuki
- Sempai Kouhai: Miyuki doesn't seem to give a rat's ass about seniority when he's giving advice or calling a game. This seems to tick a fair number of people off; Tanba simply seems irritated by it, but a few of Miyuki's seniors in junior high were planning to beat him up over it. Only Chris is an exception.
- Sexy Spectacles: The female reporter from Baseball Kingdom admits to having a glasses fetish. She gushes over Miyuki, and acquires a Luminescent Blush when she observes the bespectacled pitcher from Akikawa Academy.
- She's Not My Girlfriend: Eijun says this word for word whenever Wakana is mentioned.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Ryousuke and Haruichi.
- The Southpaw: This is a pretty big part of Eijun's role in the series, apart from his sporadic pitching, the fact he's left-handed helps with his opportunity to join Seidou and is the only lefty pitcher Seidou has.
- Also, Inashiro's ace, Mei Narumiya, is a southpaw and this along with his prodigious pitching helps solidify Inashiro as one of Seidou's main rivals.
- Stealth Mentor: Chris
- Strong Family Resemblance: Haruichi looks like a younger Ryousuke, just with bangs.
- Taught by Experience: Sawamura has no formal baseball training. Whatsoever. In fact, he hardly knows some of the basics of the game, but this lack of instruction actually helped him to develop a unique pitching style.
- Tears of Joy: Eijun
- Write What You Know: Yuji Terajima is a former baseball player.
- You Suck: Most of the first story arc is about Eijun struggling to be accepted, despite being told this (especially by Chris) in some form or another.