Daiya no Ace Act II Chapter 79: Sights on Major League
Captain, oh Captain.
Honestly, there aren’t much to pick at in this chapter. But there are notable scenes that’s worth mentioning.
Such as excellent training montages, from batting…
… to fielding.
For fielding though, it’s more Kawakami being an awesome senpai. Honestly, it’s obvious that Kawakami is the most mature and experienced pitcher, but it doesn’t mean it’s enough for an ace. While I am rooting for Eijun, I want all the pitchers to do their best, including Kawakami. Right now, all of them has equal chance to become the ace, until the roster for the summer is finalized. But probably it helps for Kawakami who works best with less pressure. Without aiming for becoming the ace, he might end up being the ace, who knows?
I’m proud and happy that Eijun’s batting is shown to be improving too. It seems he finally figured out what works for him. Good job Eijun. *thumbs up*
What’s interesting though, it looks like the competition for third baseman is heating up with Takatsu allowed to try for the position, despite initially aiming for shortstop.
Honestly, I think it’s a smart move, for both Coach Kataoka and Takatsu. Shortstop position is pretty much fixed with Kuramochi as the regular starter, and unlike other positions, shortstop is also required to be able to work with second baseman in defense, so other skills, chemistry with second baseman will be considered to choose second baseman, which will make the chances lower to make it, even for relief shortstop. Admittedly, among the infielders, the current third basemen is the most interchangeable. While Kanemaru is a good at defense, he’s not that good in offense. Higasa… is shown to be in decline. And Takatsu… he has shown good offense along with defense. For Kataoka who is looking to strengthen their offense, he’d like to have Takatsu among the starters. I’d say third baseman position will be filled in by Takatsu and Kanemaru (sorry Higasa).
It won’t help the relationship between Kanemaru and Takatsu though. In the beginning they are already barely getting along, now with this… it’ll be interesting how the dynamics will change and affect the future team with only first and second years.
I kinda like this scene because not only Ochiai helps us to understand Kataoka better, but also shows how well he understands his position in the team. He doesn’t assert his authority carelessly. In the beginning, he might feel the need to do that since he’s meant to take over the team, but now he’s the assisstant coach and sees the advantages of Kataoka’s approach…
Still, the best part comes right after
Miyuki for once being honest, but none of them believe him. Oh my Miyu, you have such a track record that others take your words with a grain of salt/a degree of skepticism. Miyuki makes such precious faces at their disbelieving reaction hahaha. Poor Miyu XDDD
But at the same time it lines up nicely with my own headcanon of Miyuki wants nothing more than winning Koshien with this team. It makes me happy that my fic can be considered in line with canon. Ehem, shameless self-promotion here, please read my gen fic about Kuramochi, Miyuki and Shirasu: Perspective.
Lastly, Furuya. He still looks pretty down to me, but he is thinking. He’s following the Coach’s suggestion. It’s not gonna be easy, but considering what he’s aiming for, it’s certainly not going to be.
His confusion even affects his usual burning flame that he can only manage a sizzle, which is rather funny. I wonder what exactly happen that Yui is so concerned in the end. (Yui is already a wife material isn’t he? So concerned and attentive to Furuya. It’s just like Okumura with Eijun. It seems the future battery pairing is already decided, or not?)
BONUS: Chipmunk faces