|Season 1, Episode 45|
|Air date||August 24, 2014|
|Written by||Takeshi Konuta|
|Directed by||Mitsuyuki Masuhara|
Pitching of Despair
Fantasy (Yume Monogatari, 夢物語) is Episode 45 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode follows the storyline from chapter 134 to 136 of the manga.
Inashiro and Sakurazawa's match-up begin. Early in the game, Inashiro's batters have a hard time hitting Akira Nagao's knuckleball pitch and, Narumiya in turn strike out Sakurazawa's batters with his relentless pitching.
The Seidou players go to watch Inashiro and Sakurazawa's matchup for the winner will be their opponent at the finals. The key players for Inashiro are named and they have a little chat about Narumiya who is mainly cheered by the crowd. On the other side, Sakurazawa is the only public school that's left in the tournament, that surprisingly reached the semifinals.
The match begin and Inashiro is having a hard time hitting Akira Nagao's pitch, to the confusion of Sawamura and Furuya, for the pitch is slow. Chris and Miyuki notice that the pitch is a knuckleball. At Inashiro's defense Narumiya returns the favor by similarly striking out Sakurazawa's 1-2-3 batters. On top of the second, at-bat is Harada who manage to hit the knuckleball, but with the ball going to a different direction from the last, the ball doesn't get far and he doesn't get on base. Narumiya is next who says will avenge Harada, annoying the latter. At-bat, Narumiya gets a little annoyed seeing a calm Akira on the mound and though Kunitomo instructed Narumiya to swing compactly, Narumiya swings and miss, and strikes out.
Sakurazawa cheers but Narumiya shuts them again with his pitching, while thinking that he won't lose a pitching game.