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Asada Hirofumi
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Seidou High School
Pitcher
Bats: Throws: Left
Kanji 浅田 浩文
Characteristics
Gender Male
Age 15-16
Status
Education 1st Year High School
Skills Curveball
First Appearance
Manga Act II - Chapter 12
Cast
Make yourself more appealing.
Sawamura to Asada

Asada Hirofumi is a first year student of Seidou High School. He is a pitcher and shares a room with Kuramochi and Sawamura.

AppearanceEdit

Asada is a tall and very lanky player. He has rather plain looks, wears round glasses and has short brown hair.

CharacterEdit

Asada is quiet and introverted. He can be easily intimidated and always tries to stay in the background. The first impression of him appears to be "wimpy". He is seen slouching more than once.

HistoryEdit

He went to Mutou Middle School.

Act IIEdit

Being assigned to the same room as Kuramochi and Sawamura, Asada was subjected to the room's welcome tradition. Because of this, he feels that his high school life has ended before even starting.[1]

Spring TournamentEdit

In the third round of the tournament, Asada watches from the bleachers and is quite impressed with Sawamura's pitching.[2] Moreover, his first impression of Sawamura being a annimated person who's all talk also changes.

Along with Okumura, Asada also has a hard time finishing the required meals at the dorm. When Sawamura offered him to take along for pitching practice once he declined the kind offer immediately - regretting it because it was out of habit too adamantly.[3] Sawamura wasn't angry about the refusal, which surprised Asada. Soon, Asada have a hard time adjusting to the lifestyle of being in the dorm, resulting to him seemingly avoiding his roommates. Sawamura starts to worry and announces that he'll be the one to cheer Asada up.[4]

Asada gets encouraged by Sawamura one time during meals which irritated Okumura. Asada swiftly finishes his meal and asks Sawamura can go play catch to cut off quarrel. They didn't get to play catch however, since an annoyed Sawamura went on to Kanemaru's room to complain about what happened in the dining hall, leaving the freshman behind.[5]

Asada tagged along with Sawamura after the Quarterfinal to watch his replay and was surprised that Sawamura would be so critical of himself despite such a good performance in the game. Asada became curious about how many pitches Sawamrua is able to throw, and the later explains that it's not about the type of pitches but the number of grips. This made Asada wants to see Sawamura's pitches up close so he invited Sawamura to finally play catch with him.[6]

Relationship with other charactersEdit

Sawamura EijunEdit

Asadas first impression of Sawamura is that of a high-spirited person who is all talk.[2] But Sawamura's performance during the match against Eigen High told him otherwise.[2] Sawamura also cares for his kouhai, encouraging him to finish up his meals and always inviting Asada to play catchball.

Kuramochi YouichiEdit

After Asada becomes the victim of their prank, he is a bit afraid of him. He describes him as a demonic upperclassman. Kuramochi doesn't take long to notice that he seemingly avoids them. Because of Asada's apparently lack of enthusiasm and motivation Kuramochi calls him "kinda listless".

SkillsEdit

CurveballEdit

Asada is able to throw a slow, loopy Curveball that has very big drop. A Breaking pitch that has too much of a pronounced break is usually considered to be not very effective. However, due to Asada's height and the fact that he is a South Paw pitcher, make the pitch seems as if it was going to hit a left-handed batter on the head, forcing them to dodge the pitch, only for it to drop down and back into the zone. These characteristics result in a pitch that is very unique to Asada.

  • Asada also applies pitching from the set position (or from stretch) most of the time even when there is no runner on base. Because he was told in middle school that tall and big players tends to have very noticeable movements making it easy for runners to steal from them, he apply this technique to help him reduce the risk of base stealing as he realized as a pitcher without special qualities, he will have to face a lot of runners. It is unclear at this moment whether this may be the cause of Asada's slow pitch velocity.

TriviaEdit

  • He is no good at dealing with practical jokes.[1]
  • He is a morning person and a light sleeper.[7]
  • Because he and Okumura Koushuu are the ones who are struggling with the amount of food the most, Okumura calls them "the slowpoke squad."[4]

QuotesEdit

  • "Make yourself more appealing!" - Sawamura[1]
  • "This person is sleep talking crazy things again!"
  • "He's getting the batters out one after another like nobody's business." - about Sawamura[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Act II - Chapter 12
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Act II - Chapter 14
  3. Act II - Chapter 23
  4. 4.0 4.1 Act II - Chapter 25
  5. Act II - Chapter 26
  6. Act II - Chapter 32
  7. Act II Chapter 24

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