I will fix it as soon as I can but I'm afraid that won't be soon.
I'm very busy with stuff right now.
Apologies for any inconvenience.
P.S. There's still the
But I wouldn't blame you if you never touched it.
|Kojima and Tokuchi chillaxing in the dugout.|
|I bet you can't guess which one's Big Mama.|
|Explanation of the One Outs gambling game.|
In rewatching the show, I can absorb what they're saying and it makes sense but upon my first viewing, it just felt like characters were talking just to hear one another speak. It's a problem that resurfaces and if you're not a viewer that can handle wordy explanations, this might not be for you. The good thing about the explanations tho' is that they definitely guide the baseball novices. The viewer certainly can't complain that the show never told them what's what.
Another reason the beginning might lose you is that it takes too long to get to the damn point, the point being getting Tokuchi Toua on the team and playing his special brand of baseball. Nakane and Glasses lose a bunch of money, Kojima comes to defend their honor or whatever, Kojima loses, Kojima rechallenges Tokuchi and only then does Tokuchi join the Lycoans. All that shit takes three episodes with things not really up and running until episode 4. It's not boring by any means but it's the weak part of the series and when I rewatch this show, I typically start with episode 4 for that very reason.
Episode 3 is still important for first time viewing since it does a lot of the set-up. Tokuchi joins under strange conditions: the One Outs contract. He makes an arrangement for compensation with the team owner by using the number of outs, with the contract getting alterations as the games progress. While the anime unfortunately doesn't get the point where this all explodes spectacularly in the owner's face, we still get to see that bastard lose his shit.
One quality that really makes the show a favorite of mine is that sometimes Tokuchi resorts to deceptively simple trickery to get results. It almost felt like he was teaching me something to use in my everyday life. A single heard sentence or a single white bandage can completely change the outcome of a game. It was this show that got me jonesing for anime that use psychological solutions but Akagi was the only one that came close to what I was looking for. (Coincidentally, or not, Tokuchi, Akagi, and Kaiji are all voiced by the same guy: Masato Hagiwara.) Maybe it's just me but a lot of the time when a show or movie (anime, live action, whatever) tries to be "smart," it turns out to be this over-elaborate Rube Goldberg-esque mess of a plot. From Episode 4 onwards, we got into game after game. Can the Lycoans beat the Mariner's awesome clean-up roster? Can the Lycoans overcome Dennis Johnson's godlike speed? Do the Lycoans have any hope against an entire team of dirty cheaters that will use every trick in the book? Of course, but the fun is finding out how, so pick this series up and enjoy it.
|Unlike your face.|
|And a hey nonny-nonny, coo-coo ca-choo.|
|Guy in purple lost so badly at mahjong he can't stand up without help. [Not a joke.]|
|"No fucking way, y'all!"|
|Original (1998)||Tokyopop Dub||Funimation Dub||New Initial D (Movies)|
|Takumi Fujiwara||Shinichiro Miki||Dave Wittenberg||Joel McDonald||Mamoru Miyano|
|Keisuke Takahashi||Tomokazu Seki||Steven Jay Blum||Todd Haberkorn||Yuichi Nakamura|
|Ryosuke Takahashi||Takehito Koyasu||Lex Lang||J. Michael Tatum||Daisuke Ono|
|Initial D: First Stage (1998) vs. New Initial D Legend 1 - Kakuksei.|
|The manga "Basilisk"... which is great.|
|The anime "Basilisk"... which is effin' awesome.|
|The live-action movie "Shinobi: Heart of Blade..." which I could live without since they changed too much for my liking.|
"I suppose you're sitting there planning new methods to use me to flush my father out of hiding. I'm just a worm on a hook." All the horrors of the night before rushed down on her and Polly touched her fingers to her forehead. "Did you put a hook through my head?"Nice one, Polly. Also Damon is Greek but I don't see how it matters in the least. He could've been 100% English and it would've been in the same story. In any case, at least this wasn't drummed into the reader like some stories.