Japanese: メジャー (第1シリーズ)
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 13, 2004 to May 21, 2005
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.491 (scored by 10506 users)
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SynopsisHonda Shigeharu is a Major League batter on the rise. His son Goro is a Little League pitcher who one day hopes to follow in his father's footsteps. Hoshino Momoko is Goro's schoolteacher, and the first woman Shigeharu has been interested in since the death of Goro's mother. The destines of these three individuals will become intertwined as father and son experience both heartbreak and triumph on the baseball diamond. But when an unspeakable tragedy visits the family, it will take everything they have to pick up the pieces and reclaim their dreams.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Major
Sequel: Major S2, Major: Yuujou no Ikkyuu
Characters & Voice Actors
I'll keep this short and simple.
Major is the definition of the word underrated. It is very unfortunate that people often overlook this series simply because it falls under the sports category. It is SO much more than that. I have recommended this anime to people countless times and will continue doing so because not only do I love it, but I believe it has the power to inspire.
The main character of the story is named Honda Goro (changed to Honda Shigeno after a tragic event). He is gifted in pitching and is absolutely in love with baseball. He has the tendency to bring out the best in other people simply because of his passion and attitude for the sport. People seemingly gather around him for this reason. No matter how grim a situation may look, he never gives up. The most impressive part about this anime (besides the storyline of course) is the character development. As the series progresses you will witness the characters grow physically and mentally. It is also very easy to get attached to the characters since they are all unique within their own right.
All I have to say is that the first season starts off REALLY strong. Take your time with this anime. It is really easy to get addicted with Major. A person can literally fly through the episodes because of how engaging it is.
Honestly, the real fun begins when you get past the first season. read more
Before you read this review, I would like to say that before watching Major I have never watched or played in a baseball game before. (My country has no baseball love >_>) Despite that, I knew some of the basics from a few video games I've tried a little of before. I cannot vouch for those who are already familiar with baseball as I will be reviewing from the point of view of a newbie.
This is actually pretty typical. Boy strives to become the best in something, which in this case is baseball. Honda Goro tries to take after his father as a pitcher who plays in the pro league in Japan. That's basically all you're gonna get. They play baseball to try to get to the next "level", fighting stronger opponents as they go on.
However there are various plot advances as well as drama thrown into the mix, so don't go in thinking this is just a tournament-after-tournament anime.
Art is very solid and pleasing although the animation does get a little sloppy at certain times. However, it is well done during important parts, especially during games. I won't go so far as to say this is any ground-breaking animation, but it serves its purpose. After all, this is a baseball anime, not something that has flashy explosions.
I absolutely loved the soundtrack. Very few songs used in the background actually are able to make me find myself humming them unconsciously later onward. There are quite a few notable pieces used throughout the series and they all carry out their duty in helping to further emote scenes.
This is where the series shines for me. I enjoyed the character development that Major had. As baseball is a team sport, there is also a lot of focus on developing relationships within the team, and how problems arise and are solved amongst one another. The characters are all very likable (well, with a few exceptions), and its fun to watch them interact with one another.
The show also focuses quite moderately on family relationships. There are a few issues which come up within Goro's family and it shows how he as a child, handles them. I found certain scenes to be quite touching also.
Uh, I enjoyed this. A lot. It's my favorite sports anime. Although it isn't without its flaws, I found it a great watch. If you enjoy seeing a character "grow", then you will like this. Not too sure about those who are familiar with baseball though, as it helped as a device to pique my interest.
Amongst all the seasons, I found this one to be the strongest. (Though this is not to say the other seasons are vastly inferior.) You should give at least this first season a try, even if you don't like baseball, as the character relations are great to watch no matter what sport they are playing. read more
they're both über addictive and the stories both have substance. coO_Oolness!!!
Sports are entertainting.
Major S1, 2, 3 ,4 and PoT are all sports related anime. Like PoT's Echizen Ryoma, Major has an arrogant but likable male lead Honda Goro. Hence you don't have to suffer through those sports anime with depressing and low self esteem lead characters. Furthermore, the matches in both anime are interesting and shows character development. Both of these are on the top of my sports anime list.
Both are sports where the main character is already super powerful. They both focus on the team rather than just the protagonist. They have the same kind of feel and both series have a lot of episodes
ryoma echizen ---> sato toshiya
Tezuka ---> honda goro
beacuse echizen admire tezuka sam as toshi admire goro and same time admit as rival
This is actually a recommendation to the entire Major series
-both animes are long shonen sport animes, PoT has 178 episodes with 26 ep national tourney ova, as well as asecond season with 12 eps. Major on the other hand has like 6 seasons with around 24 episodes long. Each anime also has its own set of ovas and movies so it'll keep you busy.
-Similar main characters, goro and ryoma, both are prodigies at the sport they play, tennis and baseball, Both act cocky and loves to challenge stronger opponents. Madamada dane
-In prince of tennis, they fight to win the national tourney, while in Major, they fight to play at the koshien(s2 and 3) or win the major leagues(s6, minorleague s.4)
-At one point in the series, main characters join a camp to represent their country, japan, and their main rival is america.
Both have unique speciall moves ex.( Cool drive, Gyro Fork
Well both are about baseball and they have several other similarities; however, i don't want to give anything away so you'll just have to watch to find out!! ^_^
Both baseball animes in which the main characters are determined to advance in baseball because of some emotional event experienced in their lives.
A similar event occurs early on in both shows. The male main characters are power pitchers. Both shows have a baseball loving female main character.
Both about baseball, though Cross Game a little "lighter" and Major is more of a serious anime.
Same kind of chars and similiar story
Baseball, Romance, Tragedy, Friends, HardWork
Both of them are similar because they both love baseball and improve. The main characters are alike. The anime shows little bit of romance, childhood, and both characters been through a death of someone they love and cared for. So if you love cross game then you will love major or if you love major then you will love cross game.
Opening Theme"Kokoro e" by Road of Major
Ending Theme#1: "Step'' by Beni Arashiro (eps 1-16)
#2: "Faraway" by Paradise GO!! GO!! (eps 17-25)
#3: "Kokoro e" by Road of Major (ep 26)
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