Diaya no A is a shōnen baseball manga that has been adapted into an anime series. The story revolves around the Seidou High School Baseball Team, Sawamura Eijun in particular. He’s a freshman pitcher who pitches fastballs that moves before the batter/plate, this quirk make his pitches unpredictable and hard to catch. Sawamura never had proper instruction and his baseball knowledge is limited but he is considered a diamond in the rough. He’s a hothead and a loudmouth but has an unwavering spirit and a level head that helps him during crucial times. Sawamura’s goal is to be the ace of Seidou.
There are speculations on forums whether Sawamura would actually achieve his goal since he has a rival, Furuya Satoru, also a freshman in Seidou, who has natural baseball talent. From the spoilers it’s stated that Furuya would hold the ace title for Seidou, whether he keeps it until they graduate is still unknown to me but it doesn’t really matter, honestly. I have nothing against Furuya’s character; he’s a strong player, competitive and he has talent. What I don’t care about is whoever holds the ace title.
In sports, an ace is a person who excels, a player on top of his game, the one who carries the will and spirit of the team and leads them to victory. Sometimes the ace is considered the best player, the genius or the master. The all-rounder. In short he is very, very good. But I like to think it’s more than that, much more.
I used to play competitively, volleyball and basketball, and frankly I never thought about being the ace or whatever. I just wanted to play. When you’re on court, when your whole focus is on the game, you don’t think about unnecessary things because those would just lead to errors and bad game plays. You focus on the goal, play your heart out and respect your team as well as your opponents. For me, the other things are just details.
True, the end result is important. Winning is a goal and it feels great when you reach it but it isn’t everything. It’s the way the game was played, how you performed and if you are satisfied with the end result. There are times when even if you win you still don’t feel fulfilled because you feel like there could be something more and times when you lose but still feel lightweight because you know you’ve done what you could, gave it your best and there will be no regrets no matter what the results shows.
In Diaya no A Sawamura undergoes a lot of changes not only on as a player but as an individual as well. There are a lot of times when he showcases his ‘ace’ potential. But despite all that, there is still a shadow, a hidden message that maybe he’ll be more than just a number (in this case No.1) or a title but maybe I’m overthinking it.
As I stated before an ace is someone who carries the will and spirit of the team. It also means that the ace is someone whom everyone on the team recognizes and respects. It’s not just a jersey number but also a symbol of hope for the team. It doesn’t matter what position you play or where you are on the roster.
Some will probably ask what the difference is between a team captain and an ace. Personally, I find it hard to distinguish one from the other. But if I really have to I’d say the captain is the ‘heart’ while the ace is the ‘soul’ of the team. It’s hard to find a player who can fill both roles but there are those who are gifted with the ability to do so. In the end, it doesn’t really matter. You can’t play alone, regardless of what people think talent has limits.
So, where am I going with this post? Nowhere. I’ve been reminiscing a lot recently and I feel like if I were to make some sense out my thoughts I might as well write them down in a way that will not only confuse me but others as well. Why should I be the only one to suffer? But then, I think I’m on to something here. I just have to figure out what. Cheers!