As a sports fan, I am always looking for sports-related TV shows to watch. The Japanese show “Baseball Brainiacs” (Yowakutemo Katemasu), translates to something along the lines of even if we are weak, we can still win. Baseball Brainiacs was a perfect TV show for me because it combined baseball, Japanese language, Arashi (it stars one of Arashi’s group members, Ninomiya), and comedy all into one show.
Baseball Brainiacs is about a high school baseball team; the high school is very well known for its academic prowess, but not as much for its athletics. At the beginning of the show, the team does not even have enough players to play an actual game, and they have to recruit more players to join. Everyone on the team except for one player has no experience playing, and they are absolutely terrible. To make the situation even more difficult, the team can only practice for a limited amount of time per week compared to other teams in their region.
The baseball team has so many factors working against them, but the players do have determination and passion for learning the game. Baseball Brainiacs is about how the team uses unorthodox training methods and techniques to try to outthink their opponents, rather than outplay them. There are so many funny scenes throughout Baseball Brainiacs as a result of the players trying these new techniques.
Even though it is a Japanese show, Baseball Brainiacs follows a traditional sports move path. It is similar to American movies such as Rudy and Facing the Giants, in which a scrappy underdog is able to persevere and beat better teams.
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!