Broadcast dates: 4/19/08 – 7/26/08
Number of episodes: 11
Genre: Sports, drama
Cast: Sato Ryuta, Ichihara Hayato, Koide Keisuke
Plot: The baseball team of Futakotamagawa high school has been banned from playing for six months after fighting on the field. Rookie teacher Kawato Koichi arrives with promises to help them achieve their dreams. Together, the group fights to get to the Koshien baseball tournament.
What is good: Sato Ryuta is a very good actor.
What is bad: Aniya (Ichihara Hayato) is a bit of an annoying character.
Letter rating: C+
Overall: I was hesitant to list this as a ‘sports’ drama because, really, the baseball takes a backseat to the personal dramas of each of the characters. Granted, the main plotline is to get the team to Koshien but it’s still not the core of the story. As such, I found myself getting a lot more enjoyment out of the show. I’m not a huge sports fan so usually things like this are lost on me. However, by making the characters the meat of the story, it makes the show more interesting for people like me. I’m actually looking forward to watching both the special and the movie to see where this goes.