Major is back!
Sunday, April 4, 2010 1:01:58 AM
It's back! Though, will it last? Let's analyse and find out!
Major is back and episode 1 of S6 just aired yesterday. But will it last this time or is it the end?
From an open-minded perspective, we can take this arrival itself (when some of us thought it ended) as a sign of continuance. But on the negative perspective, the way it ended in S5 was abrupt and didn't explain much, so maybe this is a proper ending to S5? On a evidential perspective, we will come to realise it just may be the end. Now why do I say that? Let me explain:
Just after it aired in Japan, I took to my usual routine by translating and updated Anime News Network for the titles of S6. While I was having difficulty with episode three (didn't understand what "naki" in "nigeba naki pinch" meant), I searched for an answer via google and came across the same title in wikipedia for a manga chapter (the search didn't help, and I got the answer from a translator of SD Project). The surprising part of this incident wasn't that the title of episode three is the same as a chapter in the manga, but the fact that, the chapter was part of volume 67. Take that into consideration with the current volume out (75) and many questions start to arise.
Furthermore, I looked over wikipedia and also found titles of other chapters similar to the first five episodes (thus revealed titles from the official website) and strangely, it does suggest that Major may just be coming to an end. How so? Let me show you once again:
01. スーパールーキー (Super Rookie)
02. 鮮烈デビュー！ (Battle Line Début!)
03. 逃げ場なきピンチ (No Escape Pinch)
04. 悩めるサウスポー (Beleaguered Southpaw)
05. 治療の成果 (Outcome of Treatment)
Above are the anime titles and my translation (without any visual context) of the first five episodes. Below are the titles of the manga chapters that relate with a number of those episodes.
623. 鮮烈デビュー (Battle Line Début) - Volume 66
629. 逃げ場なきピンチ (No Escape Pinch) - Volume 67
633. 悩めるサウスポー (Beleaguered Southpaw) - Volume 67
637. 治療の成果 (Outcome of Treatment) - Volume 67
As you can see, four out of the five episode titles are the exact same as the respected manga chapter from volume 66 and 67, with the exception of the first episode, Super Rookie which is just an episode to tie in S5 and S6. Chapter 637 was the last chapter for volume 67, so episode six and onwards could be for a chapter from volume 68 or maybe something from 69+. I don't know yet. I may post again to update on this.
And so... In conclusion, I believe this may be the last Season of Major, even though I thought the same for S5. With a proposed 25 episode series, it doesn't look too well for Major to continue for more that the current season and even if it did, S7 would be stuck waiting for more volumes of the manga to be out and no one likes fillers, especially if it doesn't relate with the current arc (cough, Bleach, cough). Personally, I want the anime to end and a new baseball anime (not Ookiku) similar to Major arrive. I want really want to subtitle that anime too, if it has a good story similar to S1 of Major. Cross Game was a great example of this, but unfortunately, Adachi only makes unique manga and no one even dares to compete with his work, so unless Adachi retires, I don't think we'll be seeing a new manga similar to S1 of Major and Cross Game, or an anime adaptation of that.
What is your opinion on the gist of this post?