I gotta read up on anything iron leaguer related that comes up on google lol. one of the things on the amazon review that caught my eye was somebody said I HAVE TO show this anime to my child. I totally agree!! good message and fun to watch.
I feel that fans of this show are crazy fans even if they haven’t seen the show in years. The joy the japanese fans felt when the show finally got released to DVD 10 years after airing.
NO SPOILERS in this post…. 🙂 I want people to enjoy the anime…. so i won’t include the action scene screenshots but even if I put ones of those up you can’t tell what the f is going on probably because you’re supposed to see it animated.
This is definitely a special anime. It’s so goood you can tell in 1993 or 4 or whenever that they’re never going to make something this good again or rather i wish they would! In other words, a true classic! I am calling this a classic because of the QUALITY not because it’s old or the first anime to do x. I wish people would stop calling boring old animes as classic because it’s old. I wish people would stop saying oh it’s the nostalgia or whatever to dismiss 90s/80s anime (it basically depends on the anime). For me i remember I loved watching a bunch of anime as a child and remember they were fun. But then i watched some of those again years later after I forget all the details and then after re-watching i went what ? that’s it? i realized at that point it’s ONLY really fun for children but not for me now. It’s not a bad thing necessarily. Some pass that test, some don’t. it’s pretty obvious whether it does or not. LET ME TELL you that this anime shines now and then. I would guess that when I was a child I wasn’t drawn to this anime… you know robots + sports screams shounen anime. I probably watched on a whim and then realized the show is actually REALLY good. I feel like there’s no such thing as I hate x genre in anime. I think it means you haven’t a seen a good anime in that genre. That’s another reason why I think it’s special. I hate shonen anime and this one is if you try to categorize it from the nature of the show but it’s so gooooooood. Whenever say ugh this anime went all shonen on me I mean that in the worst way possible lol… ie the end of kurenai. despite that there are “shonen” anime that I do like.
I feel like this anime could only be done via anime and that too adds to the specialness of the anime. If it was 26 eps, it wouldn’t be as good, if it was live action that would be really difficult lol… For nodame cantabile I was thinking how the animation is not that anime and so it’s not as expressive as iron leaguer when it comes to facial expression or any type of expression.. they kept the instrument playing animation to a minimum? for obvious reasons. I was thinking what’s the point of making this into an anime?? I thought the drama was better… I REALLY loved the facial expressions and other stuff they did for expression in iron leaguer so it made me think of this.
EYELASHES!! lol. so cutee.
I love the message of the show. I love how it doesn’t come off forced or cheesy as it has in other anime shows especially the kids shows (wedding peach…) . i love how even though it’s a kids show it can definitely enjoyed by adults. few children’s shows can also be enjoyed by adults and this is one of them. There’s also mystery and surprises. There’s parts that I LOVE… those scenes where x finds about y’s secret or x learns the truth about y. While i was watching i was so curious as to how the character would react and what they would say and now that i’ve seen it, i want to see it again lol.
lol random thought while I was watching. I was thinking “hey since ryuuken is the karate leaguer he’s like asian so does he have the smallest eyes?” but his eyes looked big in this scene so eh to that silly theory.
I further confirmed the specialness of the anime when I read the interviews by the producers on the official site and how they had all this inspiration from real baseball players and more and were having fun and working hard to make it (like the animators). Also one of them said that this show is for children but they also want people of other ages to watch… he went on to say that overly making it from a child’s pov isn’t a children’s anime. rather, anime that can be enjoyed by adults and old people and children are true children anime. They had no CG back then 😦 but i wonder if the show would look like shit if they used CG…After i finished watching it i really wanted to read interviews. there’s interviews on the official website but I want more. I was thinking if they had interviews or something in anime magazines in the 90s… like i want to read those tooooo. also I felt like reading other fans thoughts… well the japanese fans.
there’s no romance but there’s bromance. in fact you could watch it from a a dirty yaoi fangirl pov lol. there are scenes or lines that could be interpreted like that. I definitely watched from that point of view from time to time lol. i also watched from a serious pov too. Magnum x windy forever ❤ ! lol. IRON LEAUGER is so much more moe than the anime nowadays that try so hard… AND FAIL. It reminds me of some of the realllly trashy american singers that think they’re “sexy” or they think they have to be trashy or almost naked (naked as possible) to be sexy.. they don’t seem to understand that that’s not necessary. I’ve seen time it and time again on immotral song or even in k-pop that it’s possible to be classy and sexy at the same time. it’s so oversexualized in america.
(I think this footage was only in the episode preview… and not in the ep. weirddd. )
So cute and funny~
there’s comedy too. it’s smidge of comedy but when they put it in here and there with the animation or situation or a line that put a smile on my face or made me chuckle. it’s so well done because of the characters/character designs and the whole set-up. there isn’t a lot of comedy, BUT none of the comedy fails. the point of the show isn’t comedy anyway but the comedy in it is 5/5 lol. The just completes the show~
MOE~~ lol. キャア～～～ぁぁぁ
so in that way there’s cuteness and moe ( I moed out sometimes lol). the animes now a days try way too hard to the point where the show is boring as hell unless you’re a creepy otaku or they have NO class or it’s so obvious they’re trying so hard. I really want those otakus to watch this anime. for this show that kind of stuff is effortless and those little moments of moe and cuteness is to die for. I LOVED it when magnum winked lol. nowadays the moe is getting really creepy or boring or way too maniac or plain tasteless or too… much ie borderline softcore porno/hentai/whatever you call it. i feel like the moe here occurred naturally or it came off naturally as a result of all the hard-work they put into show rather than like using moe to cover their asses which is a noticeable trend in anime right now which i’m saying even though i don’t watch “new” anime because i can tell it’s shit from the pictures (the huge 1400 x 1400 or maybe it’s double that pic people make of anime airing in spring/summer/etc). I like the word bromance more than yaoi and i don’t know what yaoi really means anyways (how far do they go lol). they’re robots anyhooooo. so i feel like the bromance is all innocent and fun and if you want to think all twisted and whatnot draw weird fanart go ahead~
I love the animation. the character designs kick ass. For example, the inning on magnum’s back is so CUTE lol. I gotta pause and stare at everyone’s designs lol. one time they zoomed into their shoes/feet. they were all so unique and cute lolz
. no seriously i need to inundate this post with the ADORABLE CHARACTER DEISGNS. some of them are BADASS of course but I can still see the cuteness in the badass designs tooooooooo. that’s another reason why this show is so awesome. It has so much going on for it.
The human character designs are good. i was reading in the interview somebody drew the humans asked the producer or somebody is this alright. whaddya think? so i could tell they were being
particular with it. if you think ruri is ugly or whatever then i guess you can since she’s a normal girl. they show a movie star in one ep and that movie star was really pretty. so i think it’s fine ruri isn’t as pretty as the movi star. i dont’ tihnk ruri ugly though personally. I think the girl designs that are overly moed up are ugly actually if anything… .not to mention not a smidge of originality. it reminds me of south koreaplastic surgery epidemic. NOSE, EYES, JAW-LINE, FAT-DISTRIBUTION. wtf
The action/animation was intense and exciting and they definitely planned it out well. The beginning of the series was sorta normal but as things progressed the animation got more intense. I really mean it as intense and exciting. that’s the only way I can describe it. don’t worry it’s not a mediocre sports/shonen (no seriously what is up with the crap people proclaim as epic being the boring shit in the world?) anime. the games are exciting, you’ll be saying they fucked omg they’re fucked! e other episode lol. that’s what makes it interesting. plus the episodes where the game should be most exciting really is exciting… you don’t have to worry about quality when it comes to that. It was awesome. I had a blast watching those episodes because there’s moments where I’m like omg what’s gonna happen/omg i can’t believe this happened/omg how’s it gonna end/omg i can’t believe it’s ending like this/ lol. it’s a lot of omg’s like e couple minutes??? I found it fun and enjoyable to watch… and that’s what makes someone want to recommend a certain anime to another person because you want to pass on your enjoyment and hope or think that they’ll enjoy it as well.
I love the facial expressions they did with the robots. it’s so expressive. When I was reading the interview, they had separate people for separate things like a person was in charge of facial expression, another for posing etc etc. so I totally LOVED that when I watched. It’s so well done and i could tell they put effort into minuscule stuff like that even before i read the interview. there’s stuff I notice or feel or whatever while watch and reading the interview just affirms that or explains what I was feeling and love how it goes both ways like that. i really really feel what the creators put in to this … their sweats, tears, soul, love for sports, etc,etc. going back to what i was saying i loved what they did with their eyes. I thought it was interesting how their mouths are pink inside like humans lol. Not to mention SUPER CUTE!!! one aspect of the show that seems sorta contradicting is what makes it so good and special and unique. that is how the robots are metal so they shouldn’t be humanly but actually they’re more human than the humans lol.
OH ANd I also
<— this was from one really fun and exciting episode of course!
LOVE THE thick lines in90s 80s etc works well for like… I know they can do that nowadays too but when i picture 2000 + anime i picture thin lines for the most part (which looks cheap and sterile dpeending on blahblahblah)… But I love the thicklines add to the menaceness? /intensity/impact
I loved inconsistencies like this… lol
In fact they mentioned this in the interview on the official website how they had trouble with this lol. I think they were arguing and getting frustrated or something lol. I think it’s cute and it’s anime so it’s all GOOD. it adds to the enjoyment imo.. spot the quirks!
ALSO I loved learning Japanese from this. I WILL SHARE MY FINDINGS IN A LINK BELOW. JUST BECAUSE IT’s a KIDS ANIME doesn’t mean there isn’t japanese to learn from it. trust me, there’s definitely plenty of words or grammar to learn from this. Anime is so fun for learning Japanese because they talk weird… “anime-like”. at a point where i can learn a lot from anime b.c. ther’es a 90 something percent chance I know the word/idiom being used or am able to infer or hear the syllables and look it up. the problem is i’m not doing all that by watching it once. there’s so much going on with the visuals (my brain is busy processing this lol) and i guess my familiaritiy with japanese is not strong enough for that. imagine how strong /fast/efficienct my japanese would be with the comprehhesnion and inferring and all that if i only knew japanese and knew no english or korean etc etc. its really true… if you have one knife it’s going to be DAMN sharp. You know how in english you’re watching a show and you watch the stuff moving on the screen and there’s talking and music or whatever entering my ear and the comprehension is automatic and I don’t have to rewind/re-watch ( I just have to pay attention or not even depending on the show). there’s no delay. for this anime i have to listen another or couple times b.c. i can figure it out or i do know it i don’t processthat fast. of course there’s lines i can’t catch so i asked on chiebukruo wtf they say in teineigo of course. I actually waited a year or two to watch this…. i knew the torrent of the dvd was out but I didn’t want to watch if my japanese abilities aren’t high enough to really fully enjoy it seeing as there aren’t any japanese subtitles. now i don’t know how much of a difference that made but i was using the korean subs -> google translated to japanese to help me watch it and i notice if the korean person doesn’t understand what they said there’s a chance i can’t figure out wtf they said lol. sometimes I can figure it out even though the korean person couldn’t. so that’s why i gotta chiebukuro~ oh the woes of not being fluent/native speaker. MAYBE this is my lack of watching anime. I watched a lot of anime it’s I watched most of that before I started learning japanese lol. But seriously 2006 was so goood with code geass, haruhi, welcome to the nhk, toki wo kakeru shoujo, school rumble 2… you could also throw in death note (boring and bland though) and nana… and people on them forums wonder why people say omg new anime sucks.2006 was definitely special and sayonara zetsubou sensei (damn this is brilliant) is actually 2007….
I don’t feel like the best way to understand anime 100% is to watch anime and learn from anime. i think there’s better native media for learning common/useful japanese + common idioms + intonation etc etc. once you get the foundation down for normal japanese then you can notice the strangeness and funness of anime japanese (anime japanese> textbook japanese. lolz… it’s more REAL, PERIOD) and…. If there’s japanese subs then it’s totally different but… I feel like for ME I would define it as understanding ~ 100% ( + excluding some really hard to catch lines for even native speakers) of anime with ease as fluency. when i was watching this i had to pay extra attention then usual. talk/variety is so easy and effortless to follow.
unless you understand anime 100% I wouldn’t say rude/stuck-up stuff like my japanese is as good as a Japanese kindergartener because they obviously understand the anime way more than you since they only speak japanese and they’ve been exposed to it non-stop for the past however many more years or hours whatever than YOU including anime. I HATE IT when people say this about Korean… it’s like no you can barely understand korean dubbed anime so why the hell you saying this. please compare yourself to a more realistic model. ajatt…
BUT ANYWAYS it was a awesome learning japanese from something I love and IS AT MY LEVEL though there ar esome lines i can’t catch…but that was covered w by random japanese peeeps over@ chiebukuro lol.
I wonder if there’s a main character? Is it Magnum Ace? I mean everything is connected to him. If he’s not, then there’s no main character. Anyways I loved all the characters. They’re ALL likable and have their cute character designs. I loved the way top joy talked with the nes and the intonation. not sure if english speakers can tell that his intonation is a little off because i remember when i was wtaching lovely complex with zero japanese studying i couldn’t really hear a significant difference from the way these characters talked vs characters in any other anime. but if i were to watch it now i would be like oh it’s so kansai-ben lol. I loved the baddies too. they’re so awesome too. Anyways I loved SEAGULL… the voice acting, the way they drew him, the angle, the pose, etc, and his story or whatever scene with him had me glued me to the screen.
PLUS THEY utilized the side characters really well.
SEIYUU VOICE ACTING
I loved all the voice acting. eone fitted the character. MAGNUM’s voice is PERFECTTTTTTTT. I liked all the voice actor’s voices… like i gotta look up what other anime they’re in. I loved the recycling of the Voice actors too lol. like the voice actor of someone on silver castle ends up voicing the baddie’s ___ voice. it’s interesting. actually out of the gold brothers i liked gold mask the best because of his voice… but i like all of ’em so much! sometimes i wanted to know the voice actor of some really minor person in the episode but then when i chcked out the credits they credit main and minor but they don’t include e single character that was in the episode. so i asked on chiebukuro who did mihaeru’s voice because i loved her voice and they were like…well one person replied that it was this voice actor who plays another characteron iron leaguer… so maybe that’s why they don’t credit a character because they recycle the voice actors and we’re supposed to know which one did that minor character (sometimes the va is reall ygood at changing their voices to play different characters so it’s sorta hard. do they still do this practice now a days ? lol.
and of course i LOVEd THE BGM. when i saw them use the bgm in the first ep I was scared they might overuse it but they didn’t overuse it at all imo… and i watched eps in a row etc etc… you know how some tv dramas have something special going on for it especially the bgm like hanazakari no kimtiachi e or JIN or this… you can tell they’re putting their all into it the shows.
So I didn’t watch the previews till after i saw the episode because I want to be as surprised as much as possible. But after certain episodes I was thinking even if i watched the preview i couldn’t have predicted this lol. there’s some good surprises
The opening is awesome. it totally matches the show. It’s definitely good enough to be used throughout the whole run. as you watch the show you realize how amazing the opening song is. I was wondering for the part where they sing IRON LEAGUER with japanese pronounciation of aian riiiiiiiii gaaaaaaaaaa….it sounds like they’re saying eiennnnn leaguer. it doe snot sound like aiannnnnn riiiiiiii gaaaaaaaaaa like it should. in the show they say iron leaguer a lot and they aian riii gaaa. maybe they’re doing that on purpose cause you know eien means forever,eternal. I never reallllllly got why he’s saying it like eiennnnnn riiiiii gaaa.
the ending song is really goood, i love the message. i love hearing the seiyuu’s of characters sing the song. here it is ruri’s seiyuu.
the second ending song is silly lol. the lyrics are simple and fitting. i was gonna watch it once then i realized that they’re changing the lyrics up for the song. it’s so funny hearing magnum ace sing such a silly song.
they changed the animation for the op and let me say that the second opening is rather intense. in fact i couldn’t even tell wtf was going on at some parts because of the credits so i definitely gotta go check out the creditles version. yes they dserve their credit but we can’t see the animator’s work… thank god for creditles opening.
If I HAD to bring up the weakness it would be this certain arc … one reason is because after it was right after a couple REALLY REALLY interesting/INTENSE/EXCITING eps (it literally makes me go omg who knew sports anime could get this good……. ) . the eps were sorta filler-type but then they technically aren’t… and the way that arc ended was kickass AMAZING so that’s why i wrote if i HAD To bring up a ~~ but I still liked that arc as a whole. in this arc there’s eps that are better than others. another thing is towards the end, you’ve seen all the tricks they pull and whatever so it’s not as fresh as in the beginning… but you know the last game was exciting so.. no complaints. I never felt like the games were ever stretched out… perfect ratio of action/dialogue/announcer”s dialogue/talking to self time/robots communicating to each other via telepathy or technology or whatever.. stuff became more big and intense as it went on… i guess that’s the shonen factor but i LOVED IT. like i said before i hate shonen anime b.c. i instinctively hate shonen anime because i ain’t a shonen. but if it’s a really well-done shonen like this I’m all for it, i feel it.
but you know something i wished happened was there was more character development in the last 10-15 episodes as in OTHER characters but then i’m not sure if that would’ve taken away from the character they were developing during those episodes. But you know what i also wish they developed the character they were developing during those eps more like his _____s (I’m not gonna fill that in, those who watched know what comes before the s, hint PLURAL). they gave us something but i wish it was more. that’s selfish request that will never come true lolz.
a fine 52-episode anime that is WELL-DONE.!!! it makes me lament the animes now-a-days that are 13-eps and are suckfest from beginning to end or it could’ve been better if it was longer or try to “move” the audience even though they didn’t develop the characters etc etc. but i loved zetsubou sensei and i think 13 eps was fine for that since the second season was not as interesting and the third season was unwatchable. it all depends on the show and how well done it is etc etc etc.
so it’s completely subbed for chinese and korean (thank god for these lol). it’s done up to ep 7 was of now for english. This anime has HEART… HEART-WARMING. that’s one of the things most people who like 90s and 80s anime complain about new anime… that’s why people say they don’t make anime like they used to before (well it can’t be helped? 😦 ) in japanese people keep saying this anime is ATSUI and nekketsu but translating that sounds weird.. they mean hot and hot-bloood respectively. so i think in english you gotta phrase it as intense/passionate/has heart ?? i don’t know.
SO I added a lot of stuff to my deck from this anime because I really liked the sentence or learned a new word or new grammar etc etc. here’s one grammar thing
I thought okay why is he sayin gkureru. oBVIOUSLY it makes more sense to say MORAU or AGERU but i knew that the anime scripwriter didn’t f’up and there must be some nuance to kureru and there was!
I also remember hearing 切りさばいてくれるわ or was it わい from JIN. I didn’t think anything of it at the time but now i know~ not that i’ll ever use kureru like this lol.
oh and the ova is not good. i don’t know it has holes… i don’t understand the point of it.are ovas that are released after the tv series always bad…??
I was so sad when i finished watching the series. the ending is good and satisfying but i’m sad that’ it’s over. no i donn’t want to it to go on endlessly like naruto. that would make the show turn into 1/10… I sorta confirmed this with the OVA. The only thing positive about the ova I can say is they came up with some interesting robots with the designs (creative stuff… ) and animation of course. I think that’s how one feels after being absorbed and watching something really fun and significant. plus i can’t un-watch this. I gotta wait many years before rewatching lol…. i already know the story and surprises etc but like I said I LOVED some of those scenes. I don’t understand what’s the point of OVAs. i was thinking of the word masturbation with OVAs… because the only people who are going to watch it are FANS not people who you are trying to hoook on the show like with anime tv series. so the people making it know you want to see it or buy it and they know that you loved the series. so they probably can tell what you loved about the series and try to include it in the OVA but it’s not the same thing because that stuff was happening in the series while it was going on (in that atmosphere that was built from past eps and whatnot), while now in the OVA it’s happening after the series “concluded” so… it’s like… novelty effect is worn off and it’s NOT the same thing. as much as i love the characters and the world the anime is set in, I enjoyd it in the ANIME series and i’ll re-live it by re-watching the episodes instead of some weird OVA that’s trying to recreate that??? I want to enjoy the real deal 100% iron leaguer world, not some half-bajed iron leaguer world. but the thing is if the series is really good, usually a good story is told and the ends are tied. so if you gotta something afterwards, you gotta create some friction, and problems or introduce something new etc. otherwise it’s a filler episode of the series ?? so basically the OVA has the potential to destroy what the tv series has done because of what an ova is… something that concluded beautifully gets unconcluded with whatever new thing they come up with. but anyways i loved the series and i dont’ want to talk shit about the iron leaguer ovas. i’m saying, i loved the SERIES but i didn’t like the ovas. I was thinking after i watched the series or the OVAs of stuff I want to know more about with characters and whatnot… so I was thinking maybe the OVA could’ve been better if they told us about the details that fans want to know about the iron leaguers and the story. BUT THEN I READ that there’s some LD (what is that shit?) that was released and how they wrote the robot’s biography or something on it for all 7 main robots. I was like I want to know what they wrote. so i don’t know if i’ll find it after googling. i think it’s rare and you can only get it from yahoo auction IF IT’s even up.
while i was watching the series i was reading a book titled gotai fumanzoku 五体不満足 ( I like his writing style). There was a part in the book where the author was saing he was the manager of the football team and that he did statistics to help the team strategize. he talked about how eone on the football team was focused on football and they actually won the championsihp or whatever. eone worked so hard and they never thought they would win or at least no one really believes till it actually happens. he mentions how it was such a joyful moment when you work really hard towards something and you actually GET IT. he described a memeber on the football team who is stoic and never relaly shows his emotions. he said when they won, of course in the moment eone is in disbelief, that guy broke down crying and got down on knees. I thought it was a beautiful event/moment… I don’t know if i would’ve relaly been able to udersatnd and really feel what the author is trying to convey, at least to THIS EXTENT if i wasn’t watching the series. To be honest I’m apathetic to sports like playing it, watching it, etc… i guess that’s one of the things about anime that i really like. it can take something i don’t give a shit about and then make me gain interest in it, or find value in that subject or make it interesting when i thought that would be impossible.
plus there was furigana for the whole booooook! it’s cuz they want kids to read it for obvious reasons cause them kids are so judgemental and mean lolz. omg why do i do this to myself. this was like my 61st book and my first book with furigana. obviously it makes more sense to read furigana books since kanji readings tend to be erratic when it comes to japanese or it’s not but then yo ucan’t tell if there’s onten or not or there’s mad readings and you know all of them but you don’ know which one it is etc tec.
also found this:
OH AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAPPEN TO BE LEARNING JAPANESE AND LOVE THIS SOHW.
I mined sentences like i said i did because I really liked the sentences or there was something to be learnt from it whether it be grammar or vocabulary. So I noticed my anki deck had over 600 cards off iron leaguer lol ( so yo know an average anime ep usually has anywhere from 300 to 400 maybe even to 500 lines for an episode so i don’t tink that’s bad – as far as the n+1 thing is concerned with iron leaguer and me since the show is 52 eps and that is number of cards i have from 52 eps though truth be told sometimes I forgot to tag it as iron leaguer or i tagged other stuff as iron leaguer but if you list stuff CHRONOLOGICALLY you could get all the iron leaguer lines that i inputted into my my deck. it might be 700 for a ll i know.). it’s a lot. and for lines where icouldn’t catch what they were saying i asked on chiebukuro
I loved getting sentences from the show. the thing with stuff you really like it’s easier to remember stuff word for word (not all the time necessarily but.. something about stuff you like is way more significant and easier to remember, harder to forget obviously) which is REALLY useful for production as well as boosting comprehension. It was a pleasure~ minus the frustrating times when i couldn’t catch what they were saying. i was like come again, again , again, shit out of luck and then asked on chiebukuro
CHIEBKURO STUFF + stuff I transcribed myself IS BELOW
台本 セリフ 台詞 全台詞 全台詞 バトルアスリーテス 大運動会 名言 名台詞 名セリフ LINES
Updated it May 2013 for additional lines added to episode 52 i believe.