Gurazeni: Money Pitch Season 2 – Anime Preview
Synopsis: Bonda Natsunosuke (26, single), is a left-handed relief pitcher for the professional baseball team, the Jingu Spiders. He became a pro right after high school and now in his 8th year makes 18 million yen a year, and is not what you’d call a “first rate player.” “I don’t know how many years I’ve got left to play after 30.” “Only a few can become coaches or commentators after they retire.” “Pro baseball players need to make their money while before they retire!” Despite the harsh realities, Bonda always repeats the same phrase: “There’s money buried in the grounds.” (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode (Listed as Episode 13 on Crunchyroll) Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Gurazeni returns with pretty much the same brand of humour it offered in its 1st season. So constant and unwavering is the series that it even reuses the same OP and ED songs for this new cour and only the animation for the ED song is new. If you really enjoyed what you saw last season and were clamoring for more, this should be great news for you. On the converse side, anyone who was unimpressed or hoping for bombastic story lines to elevate the vibe of the series should best give this new content a pass.
Tom: Gurazeni stands as an oddity against other sports anime, more focused on the real troubles behind the scenes. If you enjoyed Gurazeni’s look into the ‘numbers’ game of Baseball, the troubles of the day to day, and self-worth that Bonda constantly struggles with or his use as a vehicle for getting a look in at other ball player’s behind the scenes fumbles, Gurazeni’s second half seems poised to be much the same. While the season starts with a tighter focus on Bonda, and his own issues, Episode 2 looks to return to that character of the week format. This second half starts strong, and seems like a solid continuation, making it perfect for fans of Spring’s first half.
Gurazeni: Money Pitch is available for streaming via Crunchyroll starting as Episode 13 in their listing.