Ranked #361

Ookiku Furikabutte

Alternative Titles

English: Big Windup!
Synonyms: Oofuri, Ohkiku Furikabutte, Swing Big!
Japanese: おおきく振りかぶって

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 13, 2007 to Sep 28, 2007
Premiered: Spring 2007
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Sports
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

Statistics

Score: 8.151 (scored by 18,288 users)
Ranked: #3612
Popularity: #1076
Members: 41,240
Favorites: 1,206
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Synopsis

After 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

Mihashi, Ren
Mihashi, Ren
Main
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Japanese
Yonaga, Tsubasa
Abe, Takaya
Abe, Takaya
Main
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Japanese
Nakamura, Yuuichi
Tajima, Yuuichirou
Tajima, Yuuichirou
Supporting
Shimono, Hiro
Japanese
Shimono, Hiro
Hanai, Azusa
Hanai, Azusa
Supporting
Taniyama, Kishou
Japanese
Taniyama, Kishou

Staff

Cook, Justin
Cook, Justin
Producer
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Mizushima, Tsutomu
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Screenplay
Kikuta, Hiromi
Kikuta, Hiromi
Sound Director
Ikezoe, Takahiro
Ikezoe, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(1/25)

Episode Title Aired
1 The Real Ace
Honto no Ace (ホントのエース)
Apr 13, 2007

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)



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saimaisama
May 6, 2008
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.

Story:
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 read more
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Suika
Jan 5, 2008
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 read more
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lowell
Sep 28, 2007
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 read more
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pleochroic
Jun 4, 2013
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 read more
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Recommendations

Anime: Haikyuu!!
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! 
reportRecommended by IchiroEX
Anime: Diamond no Ace
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. 
reportRecommended by Nana-tan
Anime: Kuroko no Basket
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! 
reportRecommended by IchiroEX
Anime: Eyeshield 21
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.
 
reportRecommended by otakara-island
Anime: Cross Game
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. 
reportRecommended by ketall
Anime: Major S1
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. 
reportRecommended by lowell

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