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I Hate It, But ...
Season 1, Episode 18
Air date February 9, 2014
Written by Takeshi Konuta
Directed by Mitsuyuki Masuhara
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I Hate It, But ... (Mukatsuku kedo, ムカつくけど) is Episode 18 of the Diamond no Ace Anime series. The Episode was aired on February 9, 2014.


The scrimmage against Osaka Kiryu almost comes to a close. Will Sawamura be able to meet Miyuki's expectations?


Sawamura's pitch is hit, but is saved by Shirasu Kenjirou(Sawamura's sempai whom the first year is not familiar with). At the of Seidou's defense, Kiryu is held scoreless. Rei wonders what Kataoka thinks of Sawamura's pitching while, Matsumoto figures out Sawamura's moving fastball. He wonders if Sawamura is the real secret weapon of Seidou.

Bottom of the sixth, on the bench, Miyuki points out Sawamura's weaknesses,

Sawamura struck out swinging.

much to Sawamura's annoyance. Yuuki steps into the box and Taichi walks him. Masuko's next but ends with a fly to first. The next at-bat is Miyuki. Yuuki successfully steals a base. Miyuki hasn’t made a hit yet, but he pulls a fastball to the outside with single to right field. Yuuki makes it to home and, at Shirasu's at-bat Miyuki advances to third. With two outs and a runner on third, Sawamura’s up but is struck out.

Top of the seventh. The first batter stands at the very front of the batter’s box. Miyuki wonders if Kiryu has figured out Sawamura's pitch. The first pitch goes straight into Masuko’s gut and manages to get the out. Kiryu's 3-4-5 batters are up. The third-hole makes it to first. Sawamura strikes Tachi out.

Kiryu wins the game. Tachi tells Sawamura, Haruichi and Furuya that watching them play reminded him of his old days, then tells them to work hard; quickly closing his window

"I'll lie if I have to, and make myself hated if I have to."

before Sawamura could say his thanks. The two coaches shake hands, before Kiryu leaves. Tachi flashes his smile once more at Seidou's freshmen trio. In the evening Sawamura sees Furuya running around the field with the tire he uses to practice, and they end up arguing as to who owns the right to use the tire. Miyuki and Kuramochi watch from a distance. Kuramochi talks to Miyuki about Tanba's dislike of the catcher but Miyuki replies that he'll do whatever is best to make the pitcher shine.


Characters in italic are only seen briefly and have yet to make a proper appearance.


Episode 18 follows the storyline from chapter 51 to 53.