Tag Archive: Hayato Ichihara

Sep 06 2015

Rookies – Episode 11 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 11 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team has reached the semi-finals, and the dugout is filled with a feeling of dread and insecurity. Mikoshiba (Kiesuke Koide) speaks to his team with the full authority of his position as captain, urging them to keep fighting for the sake of their teammates and …

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Aug 08 2015

Rookies – Episode 10 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 10 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY As the Nikogaku team rises in the qualifying rounds for Koshien, rumors begin to spread about the team, and coach Kawato (Ryuta Sato) earns the attention of the horse-racing obsessed sports writer Yoshida (Atsuro Watabe). Is it possible that the violent kids and their violent teacher are …

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Mar 10 2015

Rookies – Episode 8 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 8 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team faces off against their old nemesis Enatsu (Yusuke Kamiji), the instigator of the brawl that disbanded the team and crushed the dreams of the young players. Kawato (Ryuta Sato) states it outright at the start of the episode, proclaiming that the boys are facing …

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Jan 17 2015

Rookies – Episode 7 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 7 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Enraged by the sight of Enatsu (Yusuke Kamiji) and his thugs holding a beaten and bloody Hiyama (Yosuke Kawamura), Aniya and his team rush in to defend him, but Hiyama stops the fight before it can begin, reminding his teammates that fighting will end their journey toward …

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Sep 11 2014

Rookies – Episode 6 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 6 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY 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 …

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Mar 17 2014

Rookies – Episode 5 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 5 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The first practice game begins, giving the Nikogaku team a chance to show the results of all their hard work. The boys still lament Shinjo’s (Yuu Shirota) absence, and their excitement to get started makes them a bit too hyped up to control their tempers. They fight …

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Feb 02 2014

Rookies – Episode 4 (Review)

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ROOKIES Episode 4 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Now that the baseball club has achieved 9 members, the team’s positions are decided. As the boys argue for the superstar potion of pitcher, Aniya (Hayato Ichihara) stakes his claim beyond argument with his 135km/hr fastball. Kawato (Ryuta Sato) assigns hot-headed Wakana (Sousuke Takaoka) to the catcher …

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Nov 05 2013

Rookies – Episode 3 (Review)

ROOKIES Episode 3 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Harassment of the baseball club escalates as their clubhouse and classroom are vandalized by unknown enemies. Shinjo (Yu Shirota) tracks down the culprits and challenges the gang to a fight. Shinjo’s friends aren’t about to let their friend defend their honor alone, and they rush to his …

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