Moshidora Episode 3
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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…part deux.
Episode Summary: After a break for exams, the team returns to practice…but it seems all the energy has been drained away. Looking to restore the high level of motivation, Minami turns to Peter Drucker’s book for advice again. With the help of Ayano, they decide to add a competitive component to practice sessions, and the team returns to top form…all except for Yuunosuke who is angsting over his error earlier. Minami confronts him, and convinces him to rejoin the team after explaining how his mistake had helped the pitcher improve his game.
My Impressions: I have no doubt that Peter Drucker’s book is chock full of great ideas on how to run a business. Likewise, I have no doubt that many of those techniques could be applied to a high school baseball team…or to any such team for that matter. But, once again, it all seems sort of forced and convoluted as Minami cherry-picks out very specific bullet points from the book and shoehorns them in to whatever situation she has to face. It’s the same problem that I have with plenty of Bible-thumpers who will take every opportunity to pull out single-line quotes from the Bible to explain anything they want, without taking the context into consideration. Bah.
To be honest, the solution they decided seems perfectly reasonable, but how they arrived at that solution through Drucker’s book felt a bit…specious. As an exercise in problem-solving, it seems the show created a problem and then tried to find something in the book that could be twisted a bit to solve it. Frankly, if they had never mentioned the book at all this episode, and presented their solution as-is, I probably wouldn’t have much to complain about. (Then again, the whole point of the show is the tie-in with the book, so that’s not exactly possible.) Sorry, the whole thing just feels a bit, how shall I put it, contrived. Perhaps I have unrealistically high expectations for Moshidora — after all, anime in general thrives on extremely contrived plots, crazy coincidences and much more ridiculous scenarios — but for the well-grounded nature of the show itself I was hoping for more than I’m getting.
Add to that the somewhat plain vanilla characters that do not catch my interest and my general dislike of the genre of baseball-related anime, and this one ends up on my drop list. Sorry, Minami.
P.S. At the end when Minami gets bum-rushed by every single high school club asking her to be their manager based on her sooper-dooper-ultra-special management style was corny as hell, and I know others complained about it. But that was actually okay with me — it was just a throw-away humor bit at the end. A bit of comedy indulgence is fine everyone once in a while.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (May 27th), Episode 2 (September 9th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- If you like this, you might also like: No recommendation, I can’t think of any other anime show quite like this.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- Moshidora overall impressed me, because of how much time it spent taking an in-depth look at the baseball team in question…This series’ biggest problem is its cheese. Whenever this show gets too dramatic, it just loses my suspense of disbelief because it just overexaggerates things too much, and the acting just isn’t good enough to make these scenes believable. ” – Star Crossed Anime Blog
- “The good thing about Moshidora is that it’s good slice-of-life . I can watch it without having to expend brainpower on convoluted plotlines or impractically-layered mind games…The bad thing about Moshidora is that it’s good-slice-of-life. I have practically nothing funny/dramatic/intense to talk about…this means that the end result is as interesting to talk about as it is to actually study management theory in real life.” – How I Met Your Otaku
- “Thinking about it, I rather wish the average business was as easy to turn around as Moshidora’s baseball team; we’d probably all be wealthy people if so. Regardless, this series is still feeding my mind and making me think about things I probably wouldn’t otherwise, which is enough alone to make watching the show feel like a positive experience. ” – Hanners’ Anime Blog
ROUND THREE RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Three: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha
Thumbs-down for Round Three: Moshidora
Coming up next (in this order): Ano Hana, Tiger and Bunny, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, Nichijou, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono