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Ace of Diamond act II Episode 8 — Camphor was an episode that felt more-or-less like “necessary” filler. Nothing really happened that was of significance importance; we saw a brief recap and the aftermath of the Inashiro Industrial vs Yakushi High School game, and we got to see some of the First Year students who joined Seido’s baseball team in action.
I feel that this episode was more so centered around the fact that there is only going to be 20 players that make up the roster at Seido High School at any given time. If you remember from Ace of Diamond’s first season, Sawamura managed to join the team with the #20 number, yet he only made it because they needed more pitchers in rotation. This is focusing on the fact that there is a possibility that some Second and Third Year students may not make the cut to the final roster due to the new blood joining that may overshadow their talents.
Foreshadowing episodes says some may not make the cut, so we are probably going to see rigorous training and comparisons of the new characters versus the current roster. I look forward to an episode that shows the aspirations of the First Years who pitch, I want to see how their skill stacks up to Furuya and Sawamura. I see lots of improvement, heartbreak, as well as the changing of team dynamics since new blood is being added to the roster.