Ten years have passed. Following an injury that put Gorou's career as a pitcher into a standstill, he prepares to restart his baseball career as a fielder. His family struggles with his decisions, especially his daughter Izumi, who doesn't know enough about her father to understand why he is so absent from their lives. Gorou will stop at nothing until he's in the game once again; everything is now for the sake of the only gift he has to offer his children: Baseball.
Major does not have a recurring family team before Major: Message came. Although a sports anime, Major: Message is a wonderful family drama. I am gonna evaluate this anime as a special because it functions as one so my evaluation will be different
Major is all about struggles. But Message is a different one, a family struggle. Unlike those generic sports anime, Major portrays real life responsibilities. Responsibilities between two things: work and family. In Major: Message, Goro's responsibilities are his kids and Shimizu and baseball. Those two are the main conflicts in the story that generate drama. And I found this actually compelling for a special. Its fleshes out characters, it develops Goro from a stubborn boy into a adult. Eh, Major cannot be more amazing than this though.
Story - 8
Art - 9
Sound - 10
Character - 10
Enjoyment - 10
Overall - 10 (I considered this 10 as its function as a special, so it means being 10 does not put it as one of the best but just a compelling special.)
Easily one of the most inspirational and heart-warming OVA out there. The plot is basically a follow-up on what happened during Goro Shigeno's career in the Major League. The reason why this OVA is inspirational because of Goro;s struggle and the way that he fought against it. HE changed his destiny and found a new path that. In addition to this, there is also a teeny-bit of love, compassion, and idolization going on in here( I won't go over the details since i don't want to spoil anything). In Conclusion( even though this review is pretty short) This OVA is a MUST watch, BUT ONLY and ONLY watch it after you have watched all six seasons of Major. now, Go Forth! Go Watch! read more
As an OVA, Major: Message's point is just to bring the entire series to a close. Gorou, who has faced many many struggles so far, but have always received support from his friends and family, becomes the one to support his family, with his only gift he can give to his kids, baseball.
Throughout all seasons of Major, we've seen Gorou grow from a talented reckless kid, to a championship-winning professional in Major League Baseball in USA, while retaining his recklessness. But the biggest influence he's had is arguably from his dad. So now that Gorou has become the father, he sought to be the role model to his kids, the way his father became his. And the only way he could do that after his injury, being the reckless that he is, is to show his kids, Izumi and Daigo, the result of his hard works; to show them that an obstacle is just another challenge to help them grow.
I know there won't be another season of Major, but if there ever is, this time it'll be the story of Izumi, the way that Major was the story about Gorou.read more