I have nothing against sports in particular, in fact, I played soccer back in the day from grade school up until my senior year of high school. I always envied other jocks who played multiple sports from childhood; I was never allowed to play hand sports as a kid since my mother was afraid of the possibility of her darling piano-playing daughter obtaining some hand injury. Soccer was okay as long as I stayed away from the goalie position–broken legs: you can still play piano!
Despite liking the physical action of sports, I have never enjoyed watching them. Football? Baseball? Even soccer? BAH. There isn’t much opportunity for watching sports in person where I live, so television is pretty much the only medium for getting your fix. I just don’t understand the appeal of sitting in front of the tube staring at these little figures running around on a field like balls in a pinball machine.
So this dislike of watching sports on a screen of course translates into immediate caution towards sports anime–how in the world can sports in anime-form be any more enjoyable? Praise for Cross Game repeatedly hounded me on my searches for in-depth series, touching on almost every one of my likes: romance, comedy, drama, school, and…sports? I, in turn, repeatedly ignored suggestions for Cross Game and watched shows that temporarily pleased, but ultimately did not impress. Anxious for something with more impact and lasting power, I finally gave the baseball anime a try.