English: Big Windup!
Synonyms: Oofuri, Ohkiku Furikabutte, Swing Big!
Apr 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
25 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisAfter a falling out with his middle school team, Mihashi enters Nishiura high school with no social skill, a warped opinion of himself, and every intention to quit baseball. The newly formed Nishiura baseball team, however, needs a pitcher, and they welcome him. Most enthusiastic is Abe, a domineering catcher with his own game issues.
And so a battery every bit as complementary as it is dysfunctional is formed. If they can figure out how to work together, they might be the answers to each other's problems-and the team might be able to win.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#1: "Dramatic (ドラマチック)" by Base Ball Bear (eps 1-13)
#2: "Seishun Line (青春ライン)" by Ikimonogakari (eps 14-25)
Ending Theme#1: "Medaka no Mita Niji (メダカの見た虹)" by Kozue Takada (eps 1-13)
#2: "Arigatou (ありがとう)" by SunSet Swish (eps 14-25)
It's been almost a week since I finished Oofuri and it still lingering in my brain. Honestly, I just decided to try because a lot of my favorite seiyuus were in the cast (Fukuyama Jun, Nakamura Yuuichi, Shimono Hiro amongst others). I really wasn't expecting anything awesome but boy was I surprised.
I'm not one to enjoy sports anime much but the beginning of Oofuri was pretty slice-of-life-ish and by the time we got to the actual baseball I loved the characters too much to stop watching. The story is about Mihashi Ren, a first-year whose self-esteem was completely destroyed by the members of his junior-high baseball team. He ends up being "forced" to join the baseball team in highschool and from there starts regaining his confidence.
I have to say that I'm really happy with the animation in this anime. I've never heard of the studio but they really did a good job. Since this was a sports anime I was expecting for surreal effects during the matches but I'm glad I was wrong. Makes me happy how realistic the whole thing was. At first, some of the characters were pretty hard to distinguish but as the show goes on it becomes much easier to tell them apart because of their different personalities. Of course, Mihashi isn't very hard to recognize with how he's always blushing and making chicken faces.
Sadly, I didn't have the opportunity to properly listen to the music but since it didn't strike me that must mean it was horrible to say the least. (I'm still hooked on the second ED "Arigatou" by SunSet Swish, though)
I guess an important element in anime like Oofuri is the characters. Though at first (I'll bet this has been said over 1000000 times) Mihashi can be VERY VERY annoying, as the series goes on you slowly find yourself thinking he's the cutest thing ever. When the self-esteem problem is (more or less) gone, Mihashi's just a really strange kid with strange mannerisms. Hard to hate someone with such cute chicken faces. Even the rest of characters, including the ones in opposing teams, were easy to love. With that kind of cast it's impossible to not like anyone. Personally, I loved all of them tho'.
The best thing about Oofuri is that even if you don't give a crap about baseball you STILL enjoy it. Hell, by the end you might even like baseball (I know I do). Part of the reason is probably the slice-of-life start which gives you time to enjoy the show before getting into the serious matches. The matches themselves, though slow, put me on edge every episode. Luckily I started watching this when all the episodes were out and I didn't need to wait long to see the results. The only downside is how slow the series is (covering two matches in 25 episodes) but the matches were so tense that I barely noticed it took almost 10 episodes to finish the game. However, if your expecting fast-paced baseball action look somewhere else. If your like me and watch an entire series straight without rest then your bound to be a little unsatisfied at the end. I, at least, was sulking and taking it out on friends how I needed "MOAR OOFURI!" ... but once you get pass that you'll think back on the anime and say "Man was that a great anime" (I'm still saying it even one week later) ... Hopefully we'll get another season one day.
Being a yaoi fangirl, part of the reason I started this reason was because I kept on hearing about it from other BL fans. Really, you don't need an eye for slash to see the homo undertones in this anime. If you know about a certain scene in episode three then you know what I'm talking about. The slash is quiet so it won't bother anyone who doesn't like BL (which I am guessing is a good thing)
Despite being anime I wasn't expecting much from, Oofuri has ended in my favorite list. I don't know what to hate about this anime because there's everything to love. The tension after every episode makes up for the its slow pace and since Mihashi become a loveable little chicken I'll let the fact that he was annoying at first past. I highly recommend this anime. Really. read more
A True Ace in the Dugout
I will admit that this show pretty much came out of nowhere for me. I was just surfing Nico Nico Douga and just happened to find an episode uploaded, 3 to be exact, and watched it out of pure curiosity. I happened to wind up watching the most famous scene in Ookiku Furikabutte, which is something you should see for yourself. Needless to say, I unintentionally laughed hard. I also mistook Mihashi for a girl because of his demeanor and voice. I actually started to pick up this show because I thought it would be a train wreck, and everyone loves to look, and maybe laugh, at train wrecks. Boy is my face red now. Ookiku Furikabutte turned out to be my surprise hit of the 2007 spring anime season, and one of my favorite anime from last year.
Story - The story focuses on Ren Mihashi, a young man with such low self-esteem he makes Shinji Ikari look like Kenshiro, him joining the Nishiura baseball team as their pitcher, and his development as a person. The story also focuses on the newly formed and inexperienced Nishiura team members and their development into a true team as the show goes on. The story is simple enough that it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out, but also entertaining enough to keep people glued to the screen.
Art - The animation quality is pretty good. The art was done by a relatively new animation studio called A-1 Pictures Inc. , and I have to say they did a good job. They animated it without any noticeable screw ups and the art style is very pleasing and cute. They even added the tiny details to distinguish characters because it can be, quite honestly, hard to keep track of who's who in the show when you first begin because the character design is a bit on the plain side.
Sound - The music is pretty good. The beginning 13 episodes of the show, with its more slice of life-ish tone, has calm music that fits the mood. The second half, which is more focused on the baseball, has suspenseful music and the cheer squad's songs are also very good and references some theme songs in anime, like the Lupin the Third theme or the Battle Ship Yamato theme. The voice actors did a fine job voicing the cast and truly brought the characters to life, especially Tsubasa Yonaga (VA for Mihashi). Yonaga has the perfect voice for Mihashi. Whether it's Mihashi's cry baby side, his nervous side, or his confident side, Yonaga manages to potray Mihashi masterfully.
Character - This is the real heart of Ookiku Furikabutte. The characters are some of the best developed I've seen in anime. By the end of the show, I felt like I had a sort of bond between each character, including the opposing teams. It's really something when you root for both Nishiura and the rival team to win, even if there can only be one victor. Obviously, the biggest character development occurs in Mihashi. At first, you may hate him (Read: 90% chance of hating his guts) for his crybaby and no self esteem attitude, even if he does explain why he is like that. But as the show goes on you see changes, big and small, in his character and then he truly becomes a lovable dope. Also, we can't forgot the other characters. From the well endowed Momoe, the coach of Nishiura with the amazing power to crush pomelos with her bare hands and be devilishly sly, to Abe, the catcher with a chip on his back,the wiles of a weasel, and nothing to lose; to Tajima, the vocal lovable clean up hitter and a genius in baseball but not much else. You will find someone you like in this anime. I 99.99999% guarantee it. Another charm is that no one character in Nishiura is overpowered. Mihashi has pretty much godly control of his pitches but they are painfully slow. Tajima may also be a clean up hitter, but his stature prevents him from batting home runs. All the members of Nishiura pretty much have to work together to win games and it shows.
Enjoyment - Ookiku Furikabutte is really just a fun watch. The first half charmed me with its slice of life comedy elements. The second half kept me on the edge of my seat at every minute because despite the team having an excellent bond with each other, they're still just normal players, especially considering the fact that they're a new team and only consists of first year high school students, while the rival team is an experienced team you wouldn't want to go up with, especially in the first round. Also for baseball fans, Higuchi Asa, the author of the manga, pretty much did her homework in Baseball 101 and Sports Psychology. This is one of the most realistic baseball anime series you will see. Even for those who don't know jack squat about baseball, like me, will be able to understand the baseball terms considering that they explain quite well. Heck, you might even be motivated by this anime to try out baseball.
Cons - For starters, most of you will be put off by beginning Mihashi at the get go. I know I was. He might irritate the living beejesus out of you, but he does get much better later on. Heck, he even became one of my favorite characters in the show by the end. Another thing is that the show is slow paced. If you're looking for fast paced action, the action anime section is about two floors up from here. Even for a sports show, it's slow. The slowness helps in the development of the characters though. Also, if you happen to hate every character in the show, which is very very unlikely, you will hate it.
+ Smooth animation
+ Good music
+ Endearing characters
+ A simple yet effective story
+ Quite funny at times
+ Very engaging
- Beginning Mihashi
- The slow pacing may bore you
Overall, a true hidden ace from the Spring 2007 anime season. Make sure to watch it! The subs for the show are a bit slow, but Central Anime is doing an OK job with it. read more
I've only seen 10 episodes so far as I'm writing this (edit: originally), but I couldn't hold back. I love this show.
Basically, it's a baseball anime that focuses on the battery between Abe (the jaded catcher) and Mihashi (the pitcher with absolutely NO self-confidence) and their new and inexperienced team. It seems like we're going to see the team grow over the course of the show... as well as, hopefully, Mihashi's confidence and social skills.
The art has it's ups and downs. The ups: Mihashi's exaggerated expressions and boneless postures really amuse me -- he's more of an anime muppet than an actual human being. And the color palette of the show is gorgeous and perfectly captures the spirit of the show and the sharp brightness of spring. The downs: I'm having some trouble telling some people apart. If they were background crowd characters it would be fine, but some of the people are on Mihashi's team, which can be confusing.
I normally don't spend a lot of time paying attention to the songs during the credits: here, I have to say that I actively hate the song at the end credits. Hearing the first line makes me cringe and I always skip to the next chapter immediately. That's probably just my own taste though.
On the other hand, I can't say enough good things about the character of Mihashi and the actor who voices him. Despite the fact that Mihashi cries and stutters and collapses more often than anyone should or could, he's somehow still sweet enough and endearing enough to make me really root for him. To be honest, I have no idea why I don't find him too irritating to watch -- it's just the magic of the show's chemistry or something! ;)
[Edit after episode 16: Mihashi is just funny and entertaining and endearing; he's a tremendous balance of pitiful, funny, pathetic and heroic. And, on another level, the character of Mihashi is a beautifully crafted look into one kind of angst/alienation. He exemplifies how perception and experience influence new relationships in life and how context can change everything: he's the same pitcher when it comes to technique and skill in high school that he was in middle school but the difference lies in the team, in the leadership and their attitudes.]
Abe grew on me more slowly, but as his character grows so did my affection for him. He's the rigid, straight man to the pliable Mihashi. And the cast is nicely rounded out by a few colorful teammates (almost everything Tajima does makes me laugh) and the slightly frightening manager.
If you can't tell by the fact that I couldn't hold back my gushing for longer than 10 episodes, I really do enjoy this show a lot. Some people might find it slow, especially if you need an action beat every 10 minutes or so, but I think the tension and the excitement of the games more than makes up for the relaxed pace of the story. And it's so interesting to see such a cerebral perspective on baseball -- the level of strategy and awareness comes closer to the level you see in a show like Akagi (mah jong) than what you normally see in a stereotypical sports anime.
[Edit after episode 16: I am so ridiculously charmed and delighted by and enamored with this show that it completely amazes me that more people here aren't watching it. The manga won the 2007 Kodansha Manga Award, grand prize, general category. It also won the Tezuka Cultural Awards New Hope Award for for showing new possibilities of expression in baseball manga. According to Yahoo Japan, Oofuri came in #4 in a favorite anime of 2007 poll by Vsist (over 2 million people in Japan participated in the poll). And while I'm not telling you to watch it just because it's getting some acclaim in Japan, I figure those opinions might carry more weight than mine (after all, who the heck am I? ;) ) But I am saying: watch Ookiku Furikabutte because it is a damn good show. XD]
It's the polar opposite of Major (another anime about baseball) in a way -- or rather Mihashi is the polar opposite of Honda/Shigeno in personality. I think one big plus for Oofuri is that it spends more time on the fact that baseball is really a TEAM sport -- unlike Major -- and how crucial it is that everyone plays their role and supports each other and balances out each other's strengths and weaknesses.
[Edit: P.S. Interesting note? According to a manga review here on MAL, the mangaka studied sports psychology -- which totally shows in the anime.]
[Edit after episode 25: Just fyi, my opinion hasn't changed. ^.^] read more
this sports anime is not based on a shounen manga, but on seinen, and it shows by having far more nuance than your average shounen. so far this is my favourite feel-good anime of the year (2013 in which i am watching this). and i learned some baseball from it -- now i wish every real game i watch had a sound track with the players' and coaches' thoughts for me, *wry grin*.
it's hard for me to judge whether a person who is not interested in baseball would enjoy this show as much because i do like baseball, and in specific, i like precisely what this show offers: detailed analysis, strategy, and tactics. Oofuri excels at that, and does it better than any other baseball anime i've seen (and i've seen a whole lot of them). but if i were to wager a guess, then i'd bet that especially viewers who normally prefer to watch shoujo would like this show despite the concentration on baseball, because while it is technical, there is also so much character interaction and development that it never becomes boring. people who normally love shounen for the braggadocio action heroism might not enjoy it as much.
the premise of the story is nothing innovative: a newly formed high school baseball team works to develop skills so they can win against other teams in a series of tournaments (ultimately leading to Koushien, because that's what high school baseball in Japan does). Oofuri then goes to prove that a talented writer can take any shop-worn premise and create solid gold from it, a finely polished gem that's unique among its peers. the pacing is very, very slow which makes the development seem really organic and realistic; the show starts with some back story and the formation of the team, and we don't get to see any games until later. there is no filler here, every episode plays a role. overall the theme is predictable, but since everything that matters lies in the details here, it is always fresh. the games are highly interesting and suspenseful, despite not featuring high-faluting shounen action and special effects.
the characters are what makes this show so appealing far beyond its baseball know-how. they're all well-defined (even if we do not get to know all of them equally well (yet)), with their own strengths and weaknesses, and with one exception they're quite realistic. the exception is Mihashi, the pitcher and main character. Mihashi is pathologically shy and insecure, but he is also used as the main comic relief for the show, and that creates a strange mixture with which i wasn't immediately comfortable. there will be people who don't care for Mihashi at all because he is so exaggeratedly pitiful. i expect a lot of epithets to be thrown at him, such as sissy, loser, pussy, wimp, wuss, weakling. listen up: those are words used by bullies and people who enable them. pathologically shy people exist. deeply insecure people exist. people whose self-esteem has taken a beating, or who never got to develop any to start with, exist. people who have been hurt so badly during their formative years that they have a hard time coping with other people, they exist. and they've usually done nothing to deserve their lot. they're not "sissies"; they have to work much harder than the average person just to face the world. watch how very hard Mihashi works for every sentence he has to squeeze out past the stuttering. nobody who works that hard is weak.
Mihashi is actually a much better pitcher than his previous team thought, and than he gives himself credit for, and he works extremely hard at that as well and is adorkably eager to please. he is just difficult to deal with for anyone who's used to the much more rough-and-tumble interaction of normal high school boys. and while his new team quickly realises that he isn't as bad a pitcher as he says he is, they are frustrated by their difficulties in communicating with him. Abe, the catcher, a somewhat gruff boy with a large chip on his shoulder, has the most problems with it. i am quite in awe of the mangaka, because by also making Mihashi the comic relief, she's given us an immediate vent for our own irritation with him. and watching how the trust grows between Mihashi and Abe, how their communication gets slowly better, how the team learns to cope, is worth every bit of that irritation.
i enjoyed the entire cast, and i want to see much, much more of them, but i intend to highlight one person in specific, the coach. coaches always get short shrift in baseball anime; they're usually portrayed as strict drill sergeants who might even be abusive (but it's ok because abuse that doesn't kill you makes you allegedly a better player, *sigh*). we don't get any insight into what good coaches actually do for players, which is, frankly, ridiculous. here we get to see a real coach -- Momoe is not abusive, and she doesn't need to humiliate anyone to "motivate" them -- because she knows sports psychology, and her deft handling of these green kids to encourage them to grow and conquer their weaknesses is a beautiful thing to watch.
the other thing i love about the characterisation is that there are no antagonists. yes, there are other teams, and other players who're rivals, and they all want to win as well, but there are no villains. we get to know those teams and players a little too, enough to make us empathise with them, feel their triumphs and sorrows. this mangaka knows that the conflict between good and good is much more nuanced and interesting than the conflict between good and evil.
if you come from shoujo, don't expect hetero romance here. there is none. not even a little. there is the requisite female manager, but she does not join the team because she has the hots for one of the boys, yay. there's loads of bromance, however, and if you have the fertile gutter mind of a fujoushi, you might love all the subtext. but the show can be watched without letting your mind delve into BL; that's what good subtext does. i'm happy that the subtext is not played for superficial jokes either.
the art is pleasant overall, the colours are bright and happy. the character design is pretty but could be a little better -- it's sometimes difficult to tell certain characters apart when they're wearing hats/helmets. but the facial expressions are wonderful (especially on Mihashi). the animation isn't top-notch, but it's smooth and makes the show feel alive. the BGM fits the show very well, OPs and EDs are jrocky fun. the voice acting is superb, especially regarding Mihashi's seiyuu Yonaga Tsubasa, who did an excellent job with a difficult character.
the only thing i don't like about this show is that it is too short, and it's not fair to blame it for that. after having just crawled through 101 episodes of Touch i wish Oofuri got those episodes instead. i'm happy that there is a second season waiting for me, albeit a short one. and after that i'll probably watch it all over again. a definite buy and recommendation to my friends. read more
Oofuri and Haikyuu both have main characters who have unique abilities that can surprise opponents despite their silly and weak appearances.
There's also a bond between the two teammates that develops overtime through compromise and overcoming each other's strengths & weakness. (Like Mihashi & Abe's battery, and Hinata & Kageyama's Setter and Spiker teamplay) If you enjoy a light hearted sports anime then you'll love both of these!
They are both sports animes.
Ookiku Furikabutte (Oofuri) is about baseball and Haikyuu!! is about volleyball.
Shouyou from Haikyuu reminds me a bit of Mihashi from Oofuri.
They both trained a lot to get better and they also both have a huge handicap. for Shou it's his small height and for Mihashi his low self-esteem.
Still these boys are eager to win for sure and refuse to give up!
Only have watched the first aired episode of Haikyuu but I can already feel that I will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed watching Oofuri.
And I think it's totally worth checking out both if you like sports anime and if you like adorable dorks with their own abilities!
The teamplay between the two main characters is very similar, as well as the attitude of Kageyama and Abe towards Hinata and Mihashi.
Plus, the animation is also similar.
I have no clue why KnB and DnA have more recommendations than this because Oofuri is actually the closest thing to HQ!!. Very similar main characters as well as side...
Abe/Kageyama, Mihashi/Hinata, Tajima/Nishinoya, Hanai/Suga (and Asahi) and many more.
What else can I say? Cute boys doing sports and bonding as a team. High doses of character development and adrenaline in each match to get you hyped up for your favourite teams.
Both are sports anime. Both give off a feeling of happiness, and a love for the sport they are playing.
Both have a main character who is good at what they do, but amazing when put with a pitcher/setter.
If you liked Haikyuu/Oofuri pretty sure you will enjoy this anime as much as you enjoyed Haikyuu/Oofuri.
Both are anime sports in the secondary school.
In Haikyuu is not just volleyball, is also training, working the relationship with teammates and some enjoyable moments. This is what makes you feel the flavour of victory or defeat even if you haven´t played the match, even if is something fictional.
In Ookiku Furikabutte is pretty much the same.
In both animes they don´t simply focus on the main team, also in rivals. Strategy is something overriding. Also every single character has their own personality.
So if you liked Haikyuu/Oofuri give this anime a try, even if you dislike baseball/volleyball.
They're both similar in terms of content and entertainment value. Both are anime about sports, Haikyuu!! being about Volleyball and Ookiku Furikabutte being about Baseball.
The main characters are both cute boys with unique abilities that makes them stand out and take their opponents by surprise.
If you enjoyed one, you will surely enjoy the other. I personally have a preference for Haikyuu!! however, even tho they're both great anime.
**For people that have watched/are watching Ookiku Furikabutte already and are considering other sports anime:
If you were able to find an pretty old and hidden gem like Ookiku Furikabutte (Oofuri) out of the many sports animes out there, you have probably already heard of some of the very popular sports animes, such as Free!, Haikyuu, Kuroko no Basket, Daiya no Ace, Baby Steps, and etc.
I will tell you right off the bat that I 10/10 reccomend Haikyuu above all other sports animes if you like Oofuri and want more of the same kind of sports anime experience.
"But why not DAIYA NO ACE? Isn't DAIYA NO ACE (dna) a baseball anime like Oofuri?"
I can almost guarantee that if you like Oofuri you won't like dna. While Oofuri focuses on the dorkiness, adorableness, and friendships of the characters that can come with sports anime, dna mostly focuses on the shounen and classic anime aspects that can come with sports anime. Judging by Haikyuu's popularity, if Oofuri had come out at the same time as dna, just when sports animes were getting popular, then Oofuri would definitely be more popular than dna. Only because Oofuri was revolutionary and came out before its time did its popularity die down, causing it to currently be less popular than the other sports animes.
Haikyuu and Oofuri both have the exact same kind of dorky characters and cute friendships while still focusing on the mechanics of the sport and making the games themselves very interesting. The two main characters of each anime almost have the identical kind of symbiotic relationship. In Oofuri, Abe uses his strategetic thinking to the fullest to make use of Mihashi's abnormally slow, and what would usually be considered bad and easy to hit, fastball pitches, and turn them into one of the hardest pitches to hit. In Haikyuu, Kageyama's accurate and presise setting make up for Hinata's lack of experience with volleyball while making great use of Hinata's amazing jumping skills.
If you're not looking for dorkiness and just want another baseball anime, then go ahead. But if you are looking for a sports anime with the same kind of adorableness and dorkiness and cute friendships as Oofuri, don't go watch daiya no ace and expect to find the same dorkiness you found from Oofuri just because it's the same sport.
**For people that have watched/are watching Haikyuu already and are looking to delve deeper into the sports anime abyss:
I can't believe that there are more recs for Kuroko no Basket and Daiya no Ace than Ookiku Furikabutte. Wow. Anyways...
Here are the main points, because this is a long rec:
-Dorky and adorable
-Main focus on friendships and mechanics of sport, and put more of a focus on competition itself rather than competetiveness or rivalry
-Cute and nice art style, easy to understand what is going on during games, no long yaoi faces and weird yaoi-like proportions like Kuroko no Basket
-Same kind of symbiotic relationship between the two main characters of both shows
-Ookiku Furikabutte side characters have less impact than Haikyuu side characters, but that is only because Haikyuu does the most amazing job out of any anime ever at making all of the side characters exteremly loveable. There is a place in my heart for every single character in Haikyuu, no matter how insignificant, and no other anime has even gotten close to competing with this
-Really dorky, cute, and relatable characters
-Volleyball is usually viewed as more entertaining than baseball, but Ookiku Furikabutte makes watching anime baseball just as interesting as Haikyuu makes watching anime voleyball interesting
-If Ookiku Furikabutte hadn't come out before the rise in popularity of sports animes, it would definitely be on the same popularity level as Haikyuu, and would DEFINITELY be more popular than Daiya no Ace, the other baseball anime which somehow has more recs than Ookiku Furikabutte
-Super dorky and adorable, I can not emphasize this any more
Here's the long and more detailed version:
While Daiya no Ace (dna) and Kuroko no Basket (knb) are at the same popularity level as Haikyuu in terms of sports animes, besides being sports animes and having all of the basic traits of sports animes, they aren't very similar to Haikyuu.
Ookiku Furikabutte (Oofuri) is a baseball anime, while Haikyuu is a volleyball anime. They both take place in high school, and the manga for both of these are still ongoing if you finish the show. (Although Oofuri doesn't update as much due to lack of translators)
Oofuri emphasizes on the dorkiness and adorableness of the characters and the bonding between them while still paying attention to and highlighting the mechanics of the games in the same way as Haikyuu. The way that they focus on the friendships between the characters is unique compared to the other sports animes, and the way that they balance this focus on dorky people and their dorky friendships well with the actual sport and mechanics of the sport make the two anime a perfect pair.
In both Oofuri and Haikyuu, the two main characters rely on each other symbiotically, and by working together, they enhance each other's skills to create better potential for their team. In Haikyuu, Kageyama's accurate and presise setting make up for Hinata's lack of experience with volleyball while making great use of Hinata's amazing jumping skills. In Oofuri, Abe uses his strategetic thinking to the fullest to make use of Mihashi's abnormally slow, and what would usually be considered bad and easy to hit, fastball pitches, and turn them into one of the hardest pitches to hit.
Also, even though the art style of Oofuri isn't as incredible as Haikyuu, they still manage to illustrate the actual sport playing very well. Even if you don't know anything about baseball going into this anime (like me when I started watching Oofuri) you will be able to catch on pretty quickly. (And hey, at least they don't have long yaoi faces like knb or look bland like dna)
The only reason one might not like Oofuri as much as Haikyuu (besides that a lot of people don't like baseball as much as volleyball) is that side characters aren't as loved as much in Oofuri, at least compared to Haikyuu. When watching Haikyuu, it doesn't matter how much screen time a side character gets, or whether they are on a team opposing the main characters, you will still completely fall in love with them, along with literally every single other character in the entire show. Even the score keeping high schoolers which flash by only a few times in the show will have a special place in your heart. As for Oofuri, the side characters sometimes dont stick in your head as much, mainly because a lot of them look the same and don't have many varying traits. Although many of the side characters find a place in your heart as you watch the show, many just don't make a big enough impact compared to Haikyuu, where every single character is precious.
The main reason Oofuri doesn't get as much attention as Haikyuu is that Oofuri came out before sports anime became super popular like they are now. If Oofuri had come out more recently, it would surely be as popular as Haikyuu. (And definitely more popular than dna, which is only more popular and reccomended than Oofuri because it came out more recently and is the only recent baseball anime)
But seriously, the dorkiness and adorableness of Haikyuu and Oofuri can't even compare to dna and knb. If you love dorky sports boys, please watch Oofuri.
They both are sports with all boys. The main characters from each have similar relationships with each other such as one boy is loud and comes off as mean evn thought they get along really well.
They're both baseball anime with the main character being a pitcher, who's pitching got a certain quirk due to never receiving proper coaching. They're different in that Oofuri's Mihashi is the ace of a new established team and lacks self-confidence, while DnA's Sawamura joins a high school baseball elite school and is overconfident despite being no where near the ability of the regular members of the team.
They're both anime about baseball with the main characters being the pitcher and the catcher.
Both are a story of pitchers coming from humble beginnings. While DnA has a more intense art style and longer episode length than Oofuri, oofuri is still an extremely cute and quirky show that shows teamwork much like DnA. Oofuri is honestly one of my favorite shows based on the main character alone.
Both revolve about baseball, the main characters struggle to work with new team mates. While both have opposite personalities, they still learn the true meaning of baseball, hardship, and friebdship throughout their journey as a pitcher.
Both are comedy, sports anime centred around high school baseball. Both main characters (Mihashi from Ookiku and Eijun from Daiya no A) are pitchers. The catchers for both Ookiku and Daiya no A are pretty smart and they also get a lot of screen time. Ookiku has more detailed baseball rules explanations; Daiya no A is more light on the explanations and focuses a lot on creating tension, cliffhangers and comedy parts.
1. Ookiku has a more laid-back and slice-of-life feel to it; both the art and the soundtrack. In this regard, Daiya no A has a kick-ass soundtrack and sound effects (a ball hitting the mitt, the batting sound, etc) are really stressed (adds tension to the scene and really makes it come alive!)
2. Ookiku's team is a newly-formed team with only 10 members, while Daiya no A's team is from a prestigious baseball high school. The supporting cast members are all great. You'll find at least 3 or 4 you'll like (and will bet that Tetsu captain will be one of them :p)
3. Daiya no A's pitcher is the opposite of Mihashi: loud, brash and confident. They do share one thing: both love to pitch and don't want to leave the mound. :)
Both shows are about baseball, both shows are mainly about the pitcher, and both shows are pretty great.
Both are character drive baseball animes that focus on team dynamics and don't feature overpowered MCs. While Diamond no Ace is more intense and "shounen" than Ookikute Furikabutte, both are heartwarming animes that you will find yourself binge watching episode after episode;
-Rivalry between teammates
-First year players
-Trust between the battery
Besides the obvious sport difference, both have perceptively weak but strongly skilled main characters (Kuroko and Mihashi), both have female managers(Aida & Momoe), teammates that aspire to be the best in Japan, and a lot of comedic moments!
Kuroko's Basketball and Big Windup are similar, not because of the sports they each portray but that each series has a pair of boys that team work is revolved around. In Kuroko's Basketball, the pair is Kuroko and Kagami and in Big Windup (baseball) it is Abe (Catcher) and Mihashi (Pitcher). Both Mihashi and Kuroko have similar personalities where they are not very confident in their skills at first but their dominant partners(kagami/abe) bring out their qualities for the good of the team and sports in general.
If you like one, im positive you'd like the other as they are both brilliant! XD
After falling out with his middle school team, the protagonist enters high school hoping for a fresh start. Physically weak, and not all that valuable as a player individually, he's gifted when it comes to the technical aspects of the sport, and functions best when conspiring with another player to bring out the best in each other.
both are sports anime and both of their main characters seem average but in reality have a special trick that make them vital parts of their sports team. They also have a certain feel to them when they win or lose. they didnt portray most of the teams as evil or anything, just another team trying their best.
Both series is about sports (one is baseball the other is basketball)
Both series involves 2 main characters.
Both series have one main character help the other become better
The series main protagonist comes from another school sports team that ended on a bad note.
This is also a sports anime, that has an ace player that seems to fear the world, while working to overcome it all and become what everyone else already sees in him. While I would love to say, there are obvious undertones, there aren't really, BUT, as with any fandom that has a mostly male cast, there's plenty of personal undertones to be drawn.
Despite Eyeshield 21 involving people with super human powers and abilities it links closely with Oofuri. Both series involving teamwork and trust in one another along with having a timid main character who becomes more assure of himself. And both series have a good enough amount of character development as well despite Oofuri being much shorter then Eyeshield.
And of course both series involve sports. Oofuri being about baseball and Eyeshield being about football.
This two animes HAVE ALOT in common if you ask me. Sena and Mihashi are just two useless sport players, but if you use them right, . . . . BAMM!!. . . . they are the BEST, PERFECT and so on cool stuff !!
Sena is REALLY COOL specially the last ep.
Mihashi is REALLY CUTE, *but sturbon sometimes* cuz he looks like a kitty and at the same time a kid whom you can make happy with just candy. XDDD
Well what i found most interesting with both Ookiku and Eyeshield was their main character and their evolution as a person and as one in the team. The team dynamic and the person evolving was what drove me to enjoy these kind of anime.
Sure i had not interest in baseball nor american football before, but these anime taught me a whole lot about the sport. :) Also I liked how the main character started to get more and more confident in their ability and their team. :)
Both are sports anime with lots of hilarious and serious movement.The main charecters of both the anime(sena from eyeshield and ren from ookiku furikabutte) are similar to each other.They both were bullied frequently and lacked self confidence.
Both deal with baseball and character development in a slice-of-life kind of way, though Cross Game has an added romantic plot and Ookiku is more techinical driven.
Aside from obviously both being about baseball, they are both oriented around pitching aces and teamwork. If you like baseball anime, this one is a great watch too.
Both are great baseball anime, have great characters, and both pretty enjoyable to watch. Although cross game have more romance and slice of life plot, and ookiku more focused on baseball game itself (teamwork, strategy, technic,etc) i'm pretty sure if you like cross game you'll probably like Ookiku Furikabutte too.
Which is better? A fast pitch or a slow one ? It's up for you to decide. But it's sure that you'll enjoy both anime.
The main characters study as hard as possible on their skills as a pitcher. This one is just as heartwarming though.
Okay, the only real similarity is that they're both about pitchers in baseball. Honda (Major) is the very antithesis of Mihashi (Oofuri), but if you like baseball -- or sports animes in general -- they are both good/great shows in their own way.
Both baseball shows, and both have appealing characters that are easy to root for.
Both of these provide great baseball action. Although the main pitchers are different types with one of them having no confidence while the other is a gifted genius of the game. Both shows provide insight on what it is to be on team and use hard work to achieve.
If you liked major you most definately like to watch Ookikiu Furikabutte. This anime would be great to watch after watching the Major series. (Ookiku Furikabutte should be watched in english dubb just because its more funny that way and will make it more enjoyable to watch),
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