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Manga: Diamond no Ace

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 by Madhouse and Production I.G has premiered as part of the fall season.


This series contains examples of:

  • The Ace: Seido has no "true" ace, and the ace number is the ultimate goal for Tanba, Furuya, Sawamura, and Kawakami; as they are the four first-string pitchers, and the ultimate premise of the series. Tanba is chosen as the ace, but sustains an injury before the summer tournament, when jerseys are handed out, he is given the ace number, thus making him the ace. The reporters mention this as the main reason why Seidou lost against Inashiro on the road to Koshien.
    • After the loss against Inashiro and the third years graduated, jerseys were redistributed to the first string players, Sawamura was given 18, Kawakami stayed at 10, and Furuya was given the ace number, 1.
    • In terms of batting, Haruichi boasts the highest avg on the team at .571 (meaning he hits the ball 57.1% of the time), the next closest to him is Shirasu with .333 (33.3%, hits a third of the time).
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sawamura was called "Ei-chan" by his Junior High team and he calls Haruichi "Harucchi" (which basically means "Little Haru-chan") 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.
    • Big Brother Worship: Haruichi really admired Ryousuke since they were little kids. In fact, it's his worship of him that makes him decide to use wooden bats, in order to catch up to Ryousuke, and have Ryousuke acknowledge him. He does, in their decisive match against Inashiro Tech.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Miyuki usually uses this to strike out the batters, then uses it again to score when at bat.
  • Back Story: To the date three of them has been released as extras: Miyuki's, Kuramochi's and Ryousuke's.
  • Battle Cry: Before every match.
  • Berserk Button: Seriously, don't badmouth Chris in front of Miyuki. Ever.
  • Bishōnen: Several characters could fill this trope, Miyuki being the most evident.
  • Big Little Brother: Downplayed, but played straight; Haruichi is roughly an inch taller than Ryousuke, who is two years his senior
  • Bilingual Bonus: Shunshin who speaks fluent Japanese as well as his mother language Taiwanese, even speaking in Taiwanese at his at-bat during the Seidou-Akikawa game.
  • Blinding Bangs: Haruichi.
  • Broken Ace: Tanba.
  • Broken Tears: Narumiya, after Inashiro lost at Koshien.
    • Most of Seidou's players after the final against Inashiro. Especial mention to Tetsu.
  • Book Dumb: Sawamura and Furuya qualify as this. To the point that Sawamura has to beg Kanemaru for help. He barely passes his exams. Furuya does not.
  • Brutal Honesty: Miyuki has no problem in telling the first-years pitchers how much they suck.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Chris, who is half-American.
    • Averted with Shunshin, who is 100% Taiwanese and is from Taiwan.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Sawamura is the usual the target of Kuramochi's judo moves, and of Ryousuke's head-chops.
  • The Captain: Tetsu. Miyuki, later.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Most times the author puts special attention in the spectators.
  • Childhood Friends: Narumiya and Miyuki seem to know each other pretty well.
    • Toujou and Kanemaru played in the same team during Junior High.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Furuya's mind is not always where it should to.
    • Todoroki Raichi shows signs of this, too.
  • Combat Commentator: Miyuki. Justified as he is the one in charge of calling the pitches.
  • The Comically Serious: Furuya.
  • Confusion Fu: Sawamura's specialty. His pitches lack the speed and control of most of the other pitchers, but because of his unique pitching style, the trajectory of his pitches shift, even if he uses the same pitch over and over. And the shift can be subtle or wild, depending on how hard he pitches. Thanks to the lower speed of his pitches, he's easier to get hits off of than, say, Furuya, but because it's completely impossible to predict the ball's trajectory shifts, it's damn near impossible to get a decisive hit off of him. This makes him harder to score off of than the other pitchers, despite them being harder to hit off of.
  • Crippling the Competition: One of Teikou's players tries to do this to Miyuki. It kicks him back in the face when Miyuki, despite being hurt, ends the game with a very epic home-run.
  • Cute Sports Club Manager: Seidou has four of them.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Haruichi.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Miyuki, all the time.
  • Death Glare: Sawamura tries to scare first-base runners with one.
  • Delusions Of Grandeur: Sawamura, 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...
  • Determined Expression
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Furuya still has to learn to pace himself when pitching.
  • Dope Slap: Ryousuke uses to deliver these first to Kuramochi, and most recently to Sawamura.
  • Down to the Last Play: Most of Seidou's games turns into this.
  • The Dreaded: Tetsu evocates this to rivals when it is his turn at bat.
    • Raichi does, too.
  • 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 Sawamura starts to grow on him.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Isashiki's "Spitz of Seido" title, don't call him it.
  • Embarrassing Haircut: Masuko accidentally shaves a huge streak in his head when he forgot to change the setting on his razor, as a result, he had to shave his entire head to even it out, when he walks into breakfast, the reaction from the team is predictable.
  • Epic Fail: Sawamura is terrible at batting.
    • Miyuki being unable of hitting the ball with the bases unloaded.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Several coaches of rival teams are amazed by Miyuki's skills. It takes a turn to worse when even one of Yakushi's players describes him as a pretty boy.
    Mishima: Die, you pretty guy!
  • Eyes Always Shut: Ryousuke.
  • Face Palm: A collective one when Sawamura is on the mound.
  • Fallen Hero: It has been seven years since Seidou went to Koushien.
  • A Father to His Men: Kataoka, if he only cares about one thing, it's his players. The best example being him being the first one to run onto the field when Tanba got hit with a pitch.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Miyuki. And it amuses him
    Furuya: I've always thought about this, but... Miyuki-senpai, is your personality really that nasty?
    Miyuki: Haha. Well said!
  • Fragile Speedster: Furuya, who has the fastest fastball of all of Seidou's pitchers, has weak nails and poor stamina, even worse in Summer, as he hails from Hokkaido.
    • 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.
    • Right when Tanba solidifies his spot as The Ace, he gets hit in the jaw from a wild pitch during a game, the game was called as a result from the injury and he was out for several months with a fractured jaw. As a result from the injury and recovery process, Tanba was benched for the first few games of the summer tournament.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: Miyuki's. Averted, as Word of God states he uses contact lenses during the games and the googles to avoid dust.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted, as everybody trains to the point of collapse.
  • The Heart: Tetsu's role as the team captain.
  • Hero-Worshipper: Sawamura to Chris.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Sawamura and Chris.
    • Miyuki and Furuya.
    • Tetsu and Isashiki.
    • Basically find any two players on the team that are close and they fit this.
  • Heroic BSOD: Sawamura suffers one after he hits one of Inashiro's players in the 9th inning. It's made even worse when he gets relieved by Kawakami and he blows the save.
    • Sawamura also suffers this during the Seidou vs Yakushi game, Raichi hit a homerun off him after Sawamura vowed not to let Kataoka down, he manages to stay calm, but is mentally crushed and is then relieved by Kawakami when he allows two more runners on base. Kawakami also suffers from this in the same game while on the mound, due to the memory of Raichi's homerun scored off of Sawamura replaying mind, affecting his usual control.
  • Hot-Blooded: Sawamura, even by manga and anime standards.
    • Isashiki, definitely.
  • I Can Still Fight: Miyuki decides to hide his injury from the team and play against Yakushi. Even after they realize he asks the coach to let him keep playing.
  • Idiot Hero: Sawamura. 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:
  • Irony: Sawamura initially wanted to form a battery with Miyuki upon arriving at Seidou, and he was borderline furious that he was to form a battery with Chris, however, after bonding with Chris, Sawamura wants to keep the battery with Chris alive and is actually upset that he has to partner up with the person he originally wanted to be his catcher; he slowly comes to accept Miyuki, however, but still desires to be in a battery with Chris.
    • It takes him a while but he starts remembering more frequently that he actually only came to Seidou because Miyuki left such a big impression.
  • It's Personal: The current Tournament gets even more dramatic when the team learns of Kataoka leaving if they don't make it to Koushien.
  • Jerkass Fašade: Chris.
  • The Leader: Tetsu. Then Miyuki.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: After the third years retire.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Justified, as a baseball team is usually formed by twenty members, just from the first string.
  • Luminescent Blush: Haruichi is highly prone to this.
  • Manly Tears: Sawamura as well as other members of the team.
    • Also when a Team is defeated in a tournament.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Sawamura 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, Haruichi being marginally taller than Ryousuke, both are below average height for boys their age and they are 164cm or roughly 5'4 (Haruichi) and 162cm or 5'3 (Ryousuke) in comparison to the rest of their team who are in the 170+ centimeter range.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Sawamura seems to learn a new pitch ball before every important game. It doesn't always works.
  • The Nicknamer: Sawamura comes up with a nickname for many members of the team; such as:
    • Haruichi - "Harucchi", Ryousuke - "Nii-san", Jun - "Spitz-sempai" and "Beard-sempai", Tetsu - "Leader", Kataoka - "Coach Shades" and "Boss"
  • Passing the Torch: With the third years graduating, a lot of first and second years took over the empty positions, the most prominent being Haruichi taking his brother's position, number, and batting spot before moving into the clean-up batters.
    • Tanba's ace number is passed to Furuya.
    • Leadership is passed from Tetsu to Miyuki along with his position as clean-up batter.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: The Kominato brothers.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner:
    Miyuki: We're not the King. We're the Challenger.
  • Put on a Bus: The third years after the summer tournament, justified as they are graduating.
    • The Bus Came Back: Most of the retired third years are seen during the new team training and matches.
  • Reaction Shot: More often than not.
  • Real Men Cook: It is stated in the Official Guide Book that Miyuki can cook. It is later confirmed in the anime he learnt to cook at an early age because of reasons.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: In the anime, Seidou and their opposing team are depicted with red or blue coloring, it's used to show both state of mind of the individual showcased players and the team's personalities in comparison to the other.
    • It was best shown during Raichi's second at-bat against Eijun; Eijun was blue and Raichi was red, Eijun was calm, collected, and focused on doing well for his coach and team while Raichi was eager and focused on hitting the ball because he wanted the challenge rather than doing it for the team.
  • Rousing Speech: Kataoka is a master of this.
  • Running Gag: Despite Sawamura being awful at batting, he is amazingly good with bunts. He even gives advises to his teammates. And no, they're not exactly thrilled about it either.
    Sawamura: Where are you bunting the ball?? You have to be like this and hit it right on the line!!
    Kuramochi: Shut up! Hearing this from you really pisses me off!
    • Furuya has an astonishing ability to fall asleep anywhere.
  • Say My Name
    "MIYUKI KAZUYAAA!", anyone?
  • 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 (though he would complain occasionally when Eijun shows alot of respect to the rest of his seniors except him). 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.
  • Serious Business: Teenagers with an only concern- baseball.
  • 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: Sawamura says this word for word whenever Wakana is mentioned.
  • Shout-Out: In episode 45, Narumiya laughs going "Upupupu" and talks about instilling despair into Sakurazawa, clearly he is a fan of Monobear
    • Raichi's "Kahahaha" also qualifies as this.
  • Shrinking Violet: Haruichi is the shyest and least outgoing member on the team off the field, and surprisingly, Tanba was this during his first year.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Ryousuke and Haruichi; Haruichi is the shy, sweet, kind, and mellow younger brother in comparison to Ryousuke who is borderline sadistic, violent, and condescending at times; they also seem to have a Red Oni, Blue Oni kind of bond.
  • The Southpaw: This is a pretty big part of Sawamura'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, Narumiya Mei, 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.
  • Supporting Leader: Tetsu.
  • 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: Sawamura.
  • Teen Genius: Narumiya.
  • Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Furuya, after receiving the ace number his arrogance grew, and on more than one occasion thought, "I want the team to need me more."
  • Tournament Arc: Every team dreams with reaching Koushien. They have to win every match in the Preliminaries to get there.
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: During the Akikawa-Seidou game, Shunshin Yuu lures the umpire to call strike outs that otherwise would have been balls. He is able of doing this because of the perfect control he has over his pitches
  • Under Dogs Never Lose: Except when they do.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Miyuki and Kuramochi.
  • You Are in Command Now: Tetsu to Miyuki after the third years retire.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sawamura is getting there.
  • Years Too Early: Miyuki to Sawamura during a practice game against some third years.
    Sawamura: And here I thought I'd able to play against you.
    Miyuki: Haha. You're still a hundred years too early.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Kominato brothers.
  • 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.
    • Later on, we get a flashback of the seniors in their freshman year being told they suck as well.

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