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!
What i loved about both of this shows is the bromance that you see while watching these anime. They are both similar in a way that main characters create a team where they try to bring best out of each other and it is so nice to see.
Also fun part is that in Haikyuu the relationship between main characters is kind of rivalish: both know how to talk back to eachother, while in Ookiku the relationship is more supportive, at least in the beginning. Also, did i mention that the main characters are visually similar? It's so fun to see visually similar characters act totally opposite in different anime.  read more
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! read more
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. read more
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. read more
- Both pull you into enjoying a sport through the use of very dedicated amatuer players, their evolution as players, and their relationships with the characters around them in a school setting.
- Haikyuu!! and Ookiku Furikabutte (Big Windup)'s main characters share the sadness of being wildly dedicated to a team sport without having a proper team.
- They also share a similar appearance.
Both anime have one main character with enormous potential but no skill that wants to be the ace of the team and another that is a genius of the sport. The genuis tells the ace what to do allowing them to complete each other making them the greatest duo anyone has even seen. The only difference is the main characters of Haikyuu show more development allowing them to be good individually and the main ace character is a little more confident than the one in Ookiku Furikabutte. The story of Haikyuu is also a little more realistic and I ended up becoming more invested in it even though both are great series.  read more
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.
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.
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 baseball anime, with pitchers as main characters, both baseball team struggling to reach koushien, both had a good balance in both everyday life of the players and gameplay, though personally I believe Ookiku focus a bit more on the former.
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. :) read more
I recommend this because both are based off the sport of baseball and both main characters are lovable pitchers.
I feel like the only differences are that the both of the main character's personalities are very different and that Ookiku Furikabutte gives off a more slower-paced, realistic feel to it's characters and episodes, compared to Diamond no Ace's shounen-like, easily-adaptive characters.
Of course, I definitely enjoyed both shows and highly recommend Diamond no Ace.
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.
They both have a protagonist who seems weak, but in fact has an exceptional abilities. Both of these anime focus on the strategy to win by analyzing opponents and finding their weak points. Also in both cases there is a team that is considered weak and often underestimated, but they manage to overcome many of the obstacles thanks to strategy and hard work. The relationship between the two main characters is also similar - one of them helps the other one to become the best, but they soon realize that they need to be independent in order to overcome their limitations. Both Kuroko no Basket and Ookiku Furikabutte share a message that you shouldn't give up just because the opponent seems much stronger, because you never know whether or not you're going to win unless you try. read more
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.
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.
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.
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 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),
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.
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.
Looking for characters with social anxieties? Interestingly enough, that's what these two shows are similar for. However, Ookiku is about sports bromance shounen and Kimi ni Todoke is more romance oriented shojo anime. Both shows kind of leave you want to cheer for the main character to get better or do their best.
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.
Different sports, same atmosphere. Both focus on character development, giving equal screentime to all characters whether they're opponents or main characters and also give you the feels. 99% guaranteed to make you cry. Only differences are that Oofuri has a lot of bromance, boys being boys moments, and has much longer games and that Chihayafuru has some romance, more comedic moments and is more about childhood friends than making new ones.
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.
- sports anime
- close bond and friendship of the main characters
- main character is hardworking; striving to be the best most especially to be helpful to his partner
- purely talent and perseverance, no superpowers
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.
Both series are very similar in a way of building battery (pitcher + catcher) but I admit that Major have better animations and it's somehow looks that Ookiku Furikabutte have lower budget.
- sports rivalry
- character developments
Both series are rather light and airy in their approach to baseball in comparison to other series. Both are rather fluffy and sweet. I probably wouldn't say they're for the 'serious' sport's anime fans.
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.
1) Both are masters at dealing with the technical side of the sports: throwing positions, adapting play style depending on the opponent for B.W (baseball) and the types of ice skating moves and attaining high scores for Y.o.I (ice skating).
2) Mihashi and Yuri are protagonists in a show that demonstrates and deals with anxiety issues.
3) Both have realistic scenarios in the sense that people across different teams are focused on and anything can happen. Unlike a movie where everything works out magically, sometimes you win; sometimes you fumble just like in real life.
4) Both Victor and Abe share something special with the protagonists of each, and take steps to help them overcome their troubles. Abe is a good reader of Mihashi and gradually knows how to calm him, same with Victor and Yuri, who are romantically involved.
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!
"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..
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!
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" :)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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')
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.
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!
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 preferred the way either series approached their subject matter, than the other will be unlikely to disappoint.  read more