Anime Review: Moshidora Episode 2

Anime Review:
Moshidora Episode 2

What this is about: Watching all of the anime shows so you don’t have to! For more information about me and my reviews, click here for details on what I am reviewing.

Series Premise: Moshidora, a nickname for “Moshi Kōkō Yakyū no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no “Management” o Yondara” or “What If the Manageress of a High School Baseball Team read Drucker’s ‘Management’?” is a ten-episode anime television series that aired daily in April and May 2011, based on a business novel of the same name. The story follows a high-school student who uses the principles learned in Peter Drucker’s popular business book and applied them to a baseball team.

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ep. tl;dr review: Business management techniques get misapplied to baseball team by teenage girl.

Episode Summary: Minami is frustrated by not being able to connect to co-manager Ayano, and also about the lone wolf pitcher Keiichiro who never attends practice sessions. After talking with Yuki, she gets an idea in her head that the players on the team should actually be considered “customers”, and decides to interview all of them to see what they want out of the team. Keiichiro expresses his anger at the coach, who pulled him out of an important game last year as he was fading. Minami decides that one of her roles in the “company” is to act as translator between the coach and the team. This year’s baseball fall tournament rolls around, and both teams remain scoreless in the final inning. Keiichiro is struggling with fatigue, but the coach decides to leave him in the game, and ultimately the pitcher ends up causing the team to lose the game. In the post-game meeting, the catcher is angry at Keiichiro, but the coach stands up for him. A humbled Keiichiro attends the practice the next day.

My Impressions: I don’t know anything about Peter Drucker’s “revolutionary” book, and I’m not an expert on management techniques (other than what I have picked up by just being old). But it seems like the connection between business wizardry and applying the principles to a high school baseball team is a little…strained. Seems like Minami is just cherry-picking certain points and trying to fit them into limited understanding of how a baseball team works. Essentially it’s a square-peg/round-hole sort of situation.

Take, for example, Minami deciding that the players on the team are actually the customers. I’m not sure what twisted logic forced that conclusion, but she ends up doing interviews with all the players to find out “what they want” from the team. Well, okay, a reasonable action, but based upon the wrong reasoning. And then her decision to act as “translator” between upper management (coach) and the customers. In this case, a sound idea…except she doesn’t actually *do* it. I was under the impression that the entire second half of this episode was setting up a scenario where Minami would do exactly that, and in the ends she ended up remaining silent. Uh, what was the point?

I’m kind of raging at the incongruity of it all. I guess I’ll continue watching for now to see just what sort of F7U12-worthy nonsense she’ll think of next. As I’m writing this, I’m already second-guessing my decision to give this a thumbs-up passing grade, so my hopes for the next episode are dim.

Also, a quick word about the quality of the animation, which is notably sub-par compared to many of the other shows I am watching. Of course, the quality of the animation is not the point of the series, yet it’s still enough below average to be a little distracting. But it’s not a deal-breaker.

The verdict: – A pass for now.


For more information:

Sampling of Online Reviews:

  • “I was raging at how Minami managed to equate their “customers” as their team members for a while, then I realized that it did make a certain amount of sense, and that if I was forced to draw wisdom from a book on management, I’d probably come up with the same nonsense too.” – How I Met Your Otaku
  • “After the first half of this episode, I was beginning to really wonder if Moshidora was for me. At that point it seemed to me more an academic exercise than anything else – interesting but dry and frankly, a little boring. But things did pick up a bit after the eyecatch, and the second part was certainly the best of any of the segments thus far.” – Lost in America
  • “It’s a shame really that having posited this need to “interpret”, this episode left Minami unable to do anything but look on – perhaps it’s too early for me to expert her to come out and take charge but it seemed to almost undo the educational moral of the story by seeing it relegated to a back seat role. Still, it made for an episode of Moshidora that was fascinating enough to watch” – Hanners’ Anime Blog
  • “I didn’t expect the problem to be resolved in such a roundabout way. I probably would have been satisfied with a ham-fisted “now that I read this book, I can magically cure everyone’s personal (and inter-personal) problems” approach to telling its story. What happened instead was more subtle, and makes me wonder if this show might just be even better than I had hoped.” – Abandoned Factory
  • “During the first half didn’t appeal to me how they skipped through everyone’s reasons, but in the second half during the game we got the player’s insights. The whole relationship with the team is very complicated, but everyone is coming together but what sucks is really doesn’t feel like Minami is doing much, despite the fact she is but is just playing a smaller role.” – Angry Anime Bitches

ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:

Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha, Moshidora

Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days

Coming up next (in this order): Ano Hi Mita no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, A Channel, Sengoku Otome Time Paradox, Nichijou, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog

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3 Responses to Anime Review: Moshidora Episode 2

  1. Joojoobees says:

    WRT viewing employees as “customers” the vocabulary might seem strange, but her point (and it is legitimately derived from Drucker) is that a business doesn’t just exist to “sell stuff”, it exists to provide utility to many people, including the employees.

    I should also point out that Moshidora does not take the “solve a problem within the episode” approach we usually see in anime. As a novel adaptation, the provision of utility to the various team members is actually spread across most of the series. Minami is able to draw on the “marketing” done at the outset several times in upcoming episodes.

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