Review by David Cirone
Episode 6 of the series is where Rookies goes from good great, when so many traditional “happy-ending” elements don’t come true. Picking up mere seconds after the last episode, Shinjo (Yu Shirota) steps to the plate in the ninth inning with two outs and a runner on base. Strike 1… Strike 2…
Shinjo cracks the ball straight into the outfield for an easy base hit, but Sekikawa (Akiyoshi Nakao) lets his excitement get the better of him and tries to score the winning run. He slides into home plate in a cloud of dirt as all his friends watch in freeze frame. Will their dreams come true? Will they find honor and respect in this victory? Everything come into clear focus when the dust clears and Sekikawa is tagged out. Game over.