Ranked #122

Major S1

Alternative Titles

Japanese: メジャー (第1シリーズ)


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 13, 2004 to May 21, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Hibari
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.451 (scored by 18,713 users)
Ranked: #1222
Popularity: #1265
Members: 33,207
Favorites: 592
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Honda Shigeharu is a Major League batter on the rise. His son Gorou is a Little League pitcher who one day hopes to follow in his father's footsteps. Hoshino Momoko is Gorou's school teacher, and the first woman Shigeharu has been interested in since the death of Gorou'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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Honda, Gorou
Honda, Gorou
Kumai, Motoko
Kumai, Motoko
Shimizu, Kaoru
Shimizu, Kaoru
Sasamoto, Yuuko
Sasamoto, Yuuko
Komori, Daisuke
Komori, Daisuke
Kugimiya, Rie
Kugimiya, Rie
Sawamura, Ryouta
Sawamura, Ryouta
Sasajima, Kaoru
Sasajima, Kaoru


Kasai, Kenichi
Kasai, Kenichi
Director, Storyboard
Takakuwa, Hajime
Takakuwa, Hajime
Sound Director
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshida, Reiko
Yoshioka, Takao
Yoshioka, Takao

More episodes Episodes(26/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 Goro's Dream and Daddy's Dream
Gorou no Yume, Otosan no Yume (吾郎の夢, おとさんの夢)
Nov 13, 2004
2 Their Friendship
Futatsu no Yuujyou (二つの友情)
Nov 20, 2004
3 I Hate You, Daddy!
Otosan Nante Kirai Da! (おとさんなんてキライだ!)
Nov 27, 2004
4 A Birthday One Day Late
Ichinichi Okure no Tanjyoubi (一日遅れの誕生日)
Dec 4, 2004
5 The Man From the Majors
Major no Otoko (メジャーの男)
Dec 11, 2004

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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Feb 13, 2010
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 read more
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Mar 28, 2012
Major, 154 episodes, 3 OVA and 1 movie long series. Normally it takes more than a month for me to watch series this long. Usually I get bored before the ending and start new random series so in the end it can easily take like a year for me to complete all of it. How long did it take from me to go trough all of Major then? 6 fucking days.

Review is to whole Major as you might have guessed. Spoiler free.

The story of Major is pretty bromaculous and manly, but all in all simple. Goro, our MC, is 4 year-old guy who likes baseball read more
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May 18, 2008
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 read more
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Apr 23, 2008
I started watching Major with the expectation that it would be your stereotypical sports anime. And if you boil it down to its bones, it sort of is. But it's the meat of the story, the actual conflicts and the actual relationships and the actual characters makes this a really entertaining series to watch.

Story: The story focuses on Honda Goro, who is in kindergarten when the show starts. The first quarter or so of the series focuses on Goro in kindergarten and just establishing his personality, life and family and friends. The rest of the series jumps ahead to when read more
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Anime: Cross Game
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!! ^_^ 
reportRecommended by arialee
Anime: Diamond no Ace
Both main heros have similar traits and pitch straight balls only.
Both shows have a good humour. 
reportRecommended by janusik5
Anime: Prince of Tennis
Sports are entertainting. 
reportRecommended by tshina17
Anime: Ookiku Furikabutte
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
Anime: Hajime no Ippo
Enjoy watching people play a sport and get better and better at it? Hajime no Ippo and Major (all seasons) both give you exactly this.

While Goro (Major) is more on the "genius" side, and Ippo is more on the "hard working" side, they both strive toward their goals with extreme passion. If you enjoyed one, you'll definitely enjoy the other. 
reportRecommended by Xinil
Anime: Touch
Actually, the only thing both series have in common are the protagonists, who both play baseball by throwing nothing but fastballs.

The most obvious difference is, that Major was pretty much only about some overly cheery guy, who is the best anyway, gathers some friends and gets them into his hobby - and everyone's performances increases. Touch, which is way older anime, also many of these elements, yet hasn't a story that is as unsurprising as Major. Apart from the romance part, which still is kind of cute.

So if you're looking for another baseball anime, (which, imo, surpasses Major by  read more 
reportRecommended by Axelander2

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