Subtlety in Battery
I was glad to discover that Summer 2016 brought with it a promising sports anime—even if Battery is more of a drama than a pure sports anime from what I can tell. Baseball in Battery seems to be a vehicle for story and drama rather than a focus, but I’m fine with that. The show doesn’t attempt to hype up the actual sports-play (think Haikyuu!! showing off Hinata’s jump in Episode 1), but instead spends its first episode establishing character and mood. Appropriately, the directing functioned in service of character and mood instead of the excitement of the sport. Exciting is one of the last words I’d use to describe this episode, but ‘subtle’ is one of the first. Let’s take a look at one scene in particular.
As Takumi and Go play catch, we begin to see tensions rise. Go pesters Takumi about his pitches being weak, capitalizing on a trigger established earlier by saying “anybody could throw a pitch like that.” From his conversation with his grandfather, we know Takumi doesn’t want anyone to throw pitches he himself can’t throw, so we also know he values his own pitches as being unmatchable. Takumi then angrily orders his brother (whom Takumi has been nothing but gentle and kind to thus far) to get his cleats and starts throwing more serious pitches. Takumi’s shift in attitude and tone clue us in that he’s starting to take this game of catch seriously.Read More »