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Ookiku Furikabutte

Alternative Titles

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


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


Score: 8.041 (scored by 27,120 users)
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Ranked: #5152
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1407
Members: 65,363
Favorites: 1,520


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! 
report Recommended by IchiroEX
Both are realistic anime based on baseball. Both feature exciting scenes, an unpredictable plot and excellent comedy. As for differences, DnA has a much stronger shounen element to it, with a huge and yet amazing cast, great music and an impressive number of scenes that really get the viewer fired up, while Oofuri is more technical, unique and original, and all in all has a very realistic feel to it.  
report Recommended by VVayfarer
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! 
report Recommended by IchiroEX
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. 
report Recommended by ketall
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.  
report Recommended by otakara-island
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. 
report Recommended by lowell
Still can't get enough of unique characters, a sport anime that requires team work and strategy ? Ookiku Furikabutte is a baseball based anime that will grab your heart. 
report Recommended by Dj_Frog
Baseball's the most popular sport in Japan, so it's no mystery to see several baseball anime/manga making their way around~ Oofuri is a lot more fluffy than Battery, as the main in Battery is abused by his team mates, and is constantly told that he's not good enough. Oofuri has nearly all the characters telling him that he can do it.  
report Recommended by Nyaominyan
Both the main characters from Ookiku Furikabutte and Kimi ni Todoke are high schoolers that appear as outcasts from their classmates. They first show up as shy and sensitive individuals, but with the help of a close knit of friends, both characters begin to develop and mature into more confident individuals. Both animes do a great job at showing the character development and character interaction. Difference wise, Ookiku is a sports anime centered heavily around shounen baseball. Kimi is a lighter, shoujo romance comedy centered around relationships. 
report Recommended by S2VX
The atmosphere of Chihayafuru reminded me of Ookiku Furikabutte. In essence, they are quite different since one is about Karuta and the other is about Baseball but the drive of the characters and the in depth analysis of the sport makes both series similar and equally enjoyable. 
report Recommended by chibiangel_chan
Both about team sports and close friendship, where the plot revolves mostly around characters than plot. Cute feelings and both anime are quite happy and enjoyable, with little touching moments. 
report Recommended by MssZenzy
Both have a good character development. Both anime play emphasis on bond shared by MC and other team members. Both have timid MCs. Both MC started as weak but as the series progresses they gain confidence and through their hard work surprises everyone. Both are looking for an objective in the start.  
report Recommended by DemonKing010
It has the same realistic sport without any special moves, and the person(babysteps)/team(ookiku) on the anime is good not because some illogical elements. And its start from zero.  
report Recommended by dedoyxp
Similar feeling to the flow of the story, similar plot in the sense of strange individuals looking for friends without knowing it 
report Recommended by Volk_Krosh
Both are baseball anime that focus on the relationship of the battery. Also main character having issues with being accepted by others. If you have seen one, it's highly likely that you'll like the other as well. 
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Both are sports anime, they both have a sense of teamwork and they both start off horribly but then rise to be known as a better team 
report Recommended by rpn101
All I can really say is their both baseball animes. So, if you like the sport or just sports animes, Oofuri might be what you're looking for! 
report Recommended by lowell
While the sports themselves couldn't be more different, Oofuri and YoI both feature a protagonist who struggles with anxiety and low self-esteem despite his talent. Their character arcs are about dealing with their anxiety, gaining confidence, and finding support in the people around them. Not only do these shows handle mental illness really well, they also feature healthy, supportive, and positive relationships between the characters - although YoI has overt romance while Oofuri does not. 
report Recommended by Neko-Hoshishima
Oofuri is a sports Anime... It's about Baseball.. While Prince ot Tennis, like the name tells us all, is about Tennis. And as real Prince of Tennis fan I can say that the sense of humor (and especially the gay moments..) in both series are very similiar, sometimes even the same. Ookiku Furikabutte offers lots and lots of awesome characters who develope their personalities over the series and who you learn to love and hate, and so does the Prince of Tennis. In any case, it's both worth watching it! 
report Recommended by Lyz
they are both about baseball!!! ookiku furikabutte is a great anime show!! ENJOY!!!  
report Recommended by Kae
Baseball pitchers. Both pitchers seem harmless at first, nothing special. Slow pitch. But their pitching accuracy and talent soon make people change their minds about these pitchers.  
report Recommended by rackoy
"Sport is amazing." You will get the feling when you watching these two shows.. When many of sport anime/mangas still using shounen approach when a main character will win unrealistically after got owned one second before, these two anime/mangas using realistic but entertaining ( much more entertaining for me ) way to win a sport match.. Not to forget, realistic character developments are at best in these shows.. 
report Recommended by Jim_Heart
A newly formed sports team and coach. Both anime feel "realistic" and do not rely amazing plays (the kind you see professionals do). And the scores are realistic (Yes, they lose points).They use tactics, and the strategies are explained in a way that don't bore you. These two anime make you want more! 
report Recommended by Mirorin
even though its comparing BASEBALL & SOCCER,they are both similar because mihashi and kakeru are not CONFIDENT,but they both posess "skill" some of their teammates have the same persnalities,both touching stories,their both after the same thing............i know thier not exactly to the point similar ,but i think if you enjoy area no kishi "knight in the area",you will also realy enjoy watching ookiku Furikabutte"the big wingup" :) 
report Recommended by Avato-chan
Cute teenage boys doing awkward but cute things. Both are quite slow-paced, colours are of a pale palette and have matching acoustic music. Similar characters: Tajima / Chizuru, Abe(and Hanai) / Kaname, Mihashi / Shun. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
Both of the main characters are really good at their sport but because of their troubled past they are reluctant to join a new team but eventually learn how to make friends and enjoy the sport again. 
report Recommended by LittleKitty24
It's very general sort of similarity, but they're both baseball animes. ;) And if you like baseball animes, you should watch Oofuri! 
report Recommended by lowell
The main character in both are quite self critical, but eventually realize through hardship and friendship that they are unique in their own way, in Hitman Reborn although he's less timid but he still ends up getting scared and beaten up (in a funny way) quite frequently similar to Mihashi  
report Recommended by Neonfun
I'm seeing lots of sports-related anime being recced here, so I'd like to change it up a little. Mihashi from Ookiku Furikabutte shares many character traits with Sunako from Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, i.e. have trouble getting out full sentences, frequently exist in strange anime-form (the chicken face?) while everyone around them is in normal form, still dealing with the effects of past trauma which results in severely low self-esteem despite having unusual abilities. And both these characters’ stories are presented in a sympathetic and amusing light.  
report Recommended by shadowfireflame
Both are about baseball and about life. The sport is more of like a medium and the main focus is character development, although big wind up is a bit more detailed on the sport. 
report Recommended by kahren
these two are the same becauae it talks about baseball and the main characters are both pitchers their "ladies" are their child hood friend and they have friends cheering them on and its about some insane love and passion for baseball. 
report Recommended by isabeladj
Both animes deal with athletes with potential who end up leaving one school system to join another because they feel like their not good enough to stay and their journey to build their confidence and hone their skills in a new environment. Whistle is about middle school soccer and Oofuri is high school baseball, but their elements of team play, effort vs. talent, etc. in both. 
report Recommended by lowell
Here's another one where the main character is not the best in his team. The only difference is that one is damn arrogant and the other is damn whimppy 
report Recommended by Vin-nii
Both anime revolve around the pitcher. 'Ookiku Furikabutte' follows a hard working kid with no talent, and 'Touch' follows a kid with major talent but no work ethic (at first anyway). 
report Recommended by acelenoir
Both series showcases children with big dreams with sports. Teamwork, leadership and a strong bond between the rivals and teammates are seen in both. Even though we see a lot of differences in terms of realism, since Inazuma Eleven IS under a super power genre, both has a lot thing in common. (Watch especially if you have a tendency to ship/slash these adorable guys due to their 'bond' and 'relationship') 
report Recommended by Nia9001
The main Character in both animes is clumsy and under confident. They both think that their not good at anything. 
report Recommended by lawliet5
Both are sports anime that involves having 2 characters trying to accomplish to reach their goal to be one of the best and hard-working sports player. Trying to pursue a career for both takes a lot of patience for both main characters in each anime, so definitely both animes are very magnifying to see each characters trying to attain their goal. 
report Recommended by MysticStrider
It's all about baseball too and the players are also teenagers like in Big Windup but the difference is that the players are girls. 
report Recommended by Mwu
Believe it or not both series are quite similar in the beginning in terms of how main character acts and feels. In both series the main character at the start of the anime is looked down upon and they were bullied in the past which makes them bit awkward, yet adorable in a sense. After that there is character development in which they gain self confidence. For me it's one of the reasons I like both of these series very much and you might, too!  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Both heartwarming anime with baseball in it. Altough Gin no Saji has baseball as a side story. These two share a similar feel so if you liked one you could give another one a try as well.  
report Recommended by Lylaaz
Believe me, the massive differences between the two series subject matter (Ookiku: Baseball, Kaiji: Extreme gambling) and characters (Ookiku: High-school boys, Kaiji: Mature gamblers and typical seedy fair) are not lost upon me. That being said, I couldn't help but think of Kaiji while watching the way Ookiku's games unfold. Both series do a fantastic job of making their subject matter become interesting and dramatic without feeling forced or unbelievable. Both cause you to watch each and every second while feeling totally engrossed, nearly forcing one to cheer when the protagonist(s) succeed(s), and despair when they falter. This recommendation isn't for everyone, but if you  read more 
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