Ace of Diamond

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Ace of Diamond
Ace of Diamond Vol 1.jpg
Cover of Ace of Diamond, published by Kodansha on 15 September 2006
ダイヤのA (エース)
(Daiya no Ēsu)
GenreSports[1]
Manga
Written byYuji Terajima
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runMay 15, 2006January 14, 2015
Volumes47 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byMitsuyuki Masuhara
Written byKenji Konuta
Music byFrying-Pan
StudioMadhouse
Production I.G
Licensed by
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo), AT-X
English network
Original run 3 October 2013 28 March 2016
Episodes126 + 5 OVA (List of episodes)
Manga
Ace of Diamond Act II
Written byYuji Terajima
Published byKodansha
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original runAugust 19, 2015 – present
Volumes20 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Ace of Diamond Act II
Directed byMitsuyuki Masuhara
Written byKenji Konuta
Music byHajime Hyakkoku
StudioMadhouse
Licensed byCrunchyroll Worldwide excluding Asia
Original networkTXN (TV Tokyo)
Original run 2 April 2019 31 March 2020
Episodes52 (List of episodes)
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Ace of Diamond (Japanese: ダイヤのA (エース), Hepburn: Daiya no Ēsu, also known as Diamond's Ace) is a Japanese shōnen baseball manga series written and illustrated by Yuji Terajima and published by Kodansha. It has been serialized by Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 2006 to 2015. A sequel titled Ace of Diamond Act II started in 2015.

An anime adaptation ran from 6 October 2013 to 28 March 2016.[2] Two original animation DVDs were bundled with the fourth and fifth volumes of the Ace of Diamond Act II manga; the first was released 15 July 2016 and the second was released on 16 September 2016.[3] An anime adaptation of Ace of Diamond Act II premiered on 2 April 2019.[4]

In 2008, Ace of Diamond received the Shogakukan Manga Awards for the shōnen category. In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen manga.

Plot[edit]

The series follows one Eijun Sawamura, a baseball pitcher with a very unusual changeup pitch that has occurred naturally. Sawamura plans to go with his friends to a local high school and play baseball to the best of their abilities. However, one scout from the prestigious Seidou High approaches him and offers him a scholarship and a chance to make it to the nationals. Sawamura decides to pay a visit to the school, and it changes his entire outlook on the future. The first season follows Seidou and their main rivals as they attempt to help the upperclassmen make it to nationals during the summer tournament. Once the summer tournament ends, the upperclassmen will be forced to retire, but how far can Sawamura help them go when he currently doesn't have any control?

The second season continues to follow Sawamura, Furuya, Haruichi, and Miyuki as they lead a new team, along with a few returning faces, through the fall tournament. Their overly ambitious goal is to go to nationals during the fall tournament and convince Coach Kataoka that he doesn't have to resign.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Ace of Diamond is a shōnen baseball manga written and illustrated by Yuji Terajima. It has been serialized by Kodansha's weekly manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine from May 15, 2006 to January 14, 2015.[5][6] Kodansha collected chapters in tankōbon. The first volume was published on 15 September 2006[7] and as of 17 August 2015, 47 volumes were published. Kodansha USA has licensed the series for a digital release in English under the title Ace of the Diamond, and has been publishing the volumes since March 7, 2017.[8]

A sequel manga, titled Ace of Diamond Act II started in the same magazine on August 19, 2015.[9] As of October 2019, nineteen volumes have been released in Japan.

There is also a comedic spinoff called “Daiya no B!” about the same characters and at the same school but in a brass high school band.[10] There appear to only be three volumes released between November 2015 and August 2016.

Anime[edit]

The TV series was produced by Madhouse and Production I.G and began airing on October 6, 2013, on TX Network stations and later on AT-X. The episodes were simulcast in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Central and South America, Spain, Brazil, and Portugal by Crunchyroll with English and German subtitles.[11] The series was initially planned to be 52 episodes[12] but was extended and ended in March 2015.[13]

A second season started airing soon after on April 6, 2015 on TX Network stations and later on AT-X. Like its predecessor the episodes were simulcast in the aforementioned countries by Crunchyroll with English and German subtitles.[14]

An anime adaptation of Ace of Diamond Act II was announced in November 2018, and it premiered on April 2, 2019.[15] The cast and staff will reprise their roles from the previous series, with Madhouse returning for animation production. The series is listed for 52 episodes.[16]

Reception[edit]

Ace of Diamond was the 25th best selling manga in 2011, with 1,711,607 copies sold.[17] Nikkei Entertainment magazine published a list of top 50 manga creators by sales since January 2010, in its September 2011 issue; Yuji Terajima, the author of Ace of Diamond was ranked 20th, with 2,792,000 copies sold.[18] It was the 27th best selling manga in 2012, with 1,685,194 copies sold.[19] In 2013 Ace of Diamond became the 23rd best selling manga, with 2,010,045 copies sold.[20] As of March 2015, the first 45 volumes of the series have sold over 22 million copies.[21] As of November 2015, the manga had 25 million copies in print.[22]

In 2008, Ace of Diamond received the Shogakukan Manga Awards for the shōnen category.[23] In 2010, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen manga.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ComiXology Lists Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Ace of Diamond Baseball Manga Gets TV Anime This Fall". Anime News Network. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Ace of Diamond act 2 Manga to Bundle 2 Original Anime DVDs". Anime News Network. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Ace of Diamond Act II Anime Unveils New Visual". Anime News Network. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ "創刊時からの作品リスト" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Archived from the original on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  6. ^ 寺嶋裕二「ダイヤのA」第1部完結!春ごろより第2部がスタート. Natalie (in Japanese). 14 January 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  7. ^ "ダイヤのA (1)" (in Japanese). Kodansha. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Ace of the Diamond 1".
  9. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (12 July 2015). "Ace of Diamond Manga's 2nd Part to Debut in August". Anime News Network. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  10. ^ "ダイヤのB!!". Kodansha. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Ace of Diamond Baseball Anime". Anime News Network. 25 September 2013.
  12. ^ "Ace of Diamond Anime Listed at 52 Episodes". Anime News Network. 8 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Ace of Diamond Anime Extended Until March 2015". Anime News Network. 24 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Ace of Diamond: 2nd Season Anime". Anime News Network. 31 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Ace of Diamond Act II Manga Gets TV Anime in 2019". Anime News Network. 25 November 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Daisuke Ono, Junichi Suwabe, Ayane Sakura Join Cast of Ace of Diamond Act II Anime". Anime News Network. 24 March 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2011". Anime News Network. 1 December 2011. Archived from the original on 13 October 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Top 50 Manga Creators by Sales Since 2010". Anime News Network. 6 August 2011. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  19. ^ "30 Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2012". Anime News Network. 3 December 2012. Archived from the original on 18 June 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  20. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2013". Anime News Network. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  21. ^ "ダイヤのA : 高校野球公式アプリとコラボ 沢村ら主要キャラが「高校野球愛」を診断". Mainichi Shimbun Digital (in Japanese). 12 March 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  22. ^ "Ace of Diamond Stage Play Video Previews Performance, Theme Song (Updated)".
  23. ^ "53rd Shogakukan Manga Award Winners Announced". Anime News Network. 30 January 2008. Archived from the original on 23 January 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  24. ^ "34th Annual Kodansha Manga Awards Announced". Anime News Network. 11 May 2010. Archived from the original on 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2010.

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