February 12, 2012
The art and design used for this series used a lot of flat color, helping to set the dramatic tone and evoke the emotions that the character dialog was intending to express. as for music, it was almost non-existent. As I write this, I am struggling to remember a single track from the OVA. That being said, the lack of strong musical presence does allow you to really pay attention to the characters dialog.
Given the amount of story being tackled in the time allotted the character development was relatively decent. While there are character whose names you will most likely forget or miss altogether, the develop of Tachibana and Hiiragi as individuals and their relationship to each other was clearly expressed.
Overall, this was a pretty entertaining show to watch. If you are in the market for a drama with some athletics overtones and none of the male-female romance dynamics then this is worth checking out. If you are in the market for something with a little more sports action then some other titles to check out are Big Windup, Dear Boys (Hoop Days), and Princess Nine.