What If a Female Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker’s “Management”? #01 — Baseball! Ha!

April 25th, 2011

 

I don’t care if it breaks my header. That title cannot be shortened. It it too ridiculous.

FYI, after being off its two week daily airing schedule last month due to tsunami and onto a normal airing schedule, this is back to its daily airing schedule again. Meaning that there will be an episode of this every weekday for the next two weeks. Since this is a DVD release week, I figured I could warm up with something else with only a minute and a half of actual animation.

Impressions:

Normally when a show is this boring, I wish that it didn’t exist. This surpassed my expectations and made me wish that I didn’t exist. It combines all the excitement of Drucker with the intellectual aesthetics of baseball. Or do I have those two reversed? Does it matter? This is woefully under-produced. Even Sengoku Lesbians looks like a masterpiece in comparison. My favorite parts are when they just stop trying entirely and have the MC read out of Drucker verbatim (well… I assume) while showing pictures of streams… or a blank sky. Beyond that is the usual cheapness. Reused frames, stills everywhere, I think I even saw a few CG people jerking clumsily in the crowd.

I did enjoy how Minami is so much of a jerk that she would go out of her way to spite little children just because they’re playing baseball though. Throw the ball back to you? I don’t think so. I’m going to have an inner monologue and then drop the ball down the hill, you little brats. Take that. She’s also an imbecile who is doing all of it for her friend with anime plot sickness syndrometm, so that doesn’t help matters. They didn’t even get to her using any of the management techniques this episode either. Come on, show. Look at your bloody title. You are not even delivering what you promised… and what you promised is even more poorly conceived than McDonald’s shortlived Hammurderer.

Preview:

Baseball players hate apples!

Posted in Anime | 17 Comments »

17 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Malkuth says:

    Hey, do you INTENTIONALLY pick shows that YOU DO NOT LIKE ;)

    Kanao says:

    I doubt Aroduc’s covering it next week unless he finds something he really enjoys picking apart, mocking, etc.

    He blogs the first episode of most shows that air.

  • marvelous stan says:

    Whatever man, this show asked the question the other shows were afraid to ask.

  • Joule says:

    How long is each episode? Is a 12 minute affair like Hen Semi/30 Year Old Virgin?

    Still going to check this out for the title alone. Baseball and management why not.

    Aroduc says:

    Full 22ish minutes.

  • Chen says:

    What happened to you, Production IG? I really hope Bunny Drop will have an actual budget. If not, HEADS WILL ROLL.

    lubczyk says:

    I refuse to believe that this is Production IG’s work. This must be some minor studio under their label.

    Takebou says:

    Oh, you know why this anime fails even though it’s Production I.G.

    Because every now and then, they throw a bone to Takayuki Hamana and make him director.

    pata says:

    Actually, it’s animated by trans-arts. The ones who animated Erin the bitch princess and other failures. and only collaborated with Production Ig.

    and it’s NHK, what do expect?

    lubczyk says:

    Yeah, the similarities between the various suckage are quite apparent now that I think about them.

  • lubczyk says:

    Wow, didn’t realize this thing is just 10 episodes.

    22 min + 10 eps = savings in the Japanese economy?

    Can’t wait till 2015 when the average series will be like 5 episodes.

  • Travis says:

    CCCP on crackers, this is even more terrible than I imagined. And although I don’t have the world’s most powerful imagination, that’s still plenty terrible. Terrifying. Both.

    I have to confess, part of me has a vitriolic fascination with this. Who greenlit it? Why did Natsumi Iwasaki decide to write a book about DRUCKER of all people, and is it really that popular? As Takebou said, why is Hamana directing? Would the cheapness of the animation process and complete absence of plot, characterization, or substance please Drucker(more than likely)? Why did they remove the Hammurderer? He was the best new character since Shakes!

    But seriously.
    Why.

    taufiq says:

    Because Peter Drucker’s ideas are overlooked but interesting to look at. If you think about it, Drucker is an example of “how a business is run”, instead of “how a business should run”.

    Management is an interesting book. it shows how organizations relate to the nature of human beings. An organization or group does work well in an objective, and it’s shown in Europe and Japan.

    And it’s good to see how they can make a baseball anime based on the ideas of Drucker. While it’s not a great anime, it’s still okay and i think we need more animes that could use concepts of thinkers like Drucker, Edward de Bono, Ken Robinson, Sam Richards and anyone who appears on TED.

    Travis says:

    Wow – normally I get swamped in work before I get a chance to reply, and then forget about it (or, by the time I remember, it’s a few months past relevancy), but lemme say this. I appreciate your honesty and open defense of Drucker et all. I can’t say I’ve liked any of the authors you mentioned – except Sam Richards, whom I’ve never even heard of, and will library up later – but I read this stuff mostly for my own entertainment and (attempt) to learn, which is pretty hit or miss, so maybe others have more insight into what makes it so interesting. I’d argue that the idea of business itself is pretty full of holes, but that’s just me. And I’m crazy.

    What I will say, is that whatever issues I have with WIaFMoaHSBTRD”M”?, they are only half the issues I would have with a… Shudder… Randian anime. Which would have needlessly tall buildings and three hours of still screens as the ‘protagonist’ monologues. Experiencing that’d be something akin to a personal hell for me.

    taufiq says:

    Well, i just need to quote this:

    There are two stories that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: Naruto and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves Ninjas.

  • taufiq says:

    Come on, it’s not really that bad.

    It could be worse. Instead of Drucker, they could have used Ayn Rand instead and turn everyone into selfish jerks.

    And i’d rather have more of shows like this than the animes we had last winter.

  • marke says:

    Boooooooorrrrriiiinnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggg!!!!

    It’s soo slow for some reason, the animation is not worth mentioning. Also, 10 episodes. thats the average episodes per season…

    Speaking of butaro, it seems the author died. So, no more season…