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Japanese: ROOKIES


Type: Manga
Volumes: 24
Chapters: 233
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 3, 1998 to Aug 25, 2003
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life, Sports Sports
Themes: Delinquents Delinquents, School School, Team Sports Team Sports
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Morita, Masanori (Story & Art)


Score: 8.211 (scored by 48584,858 users)
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Ranked: #3702
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #832
Members: 17,924
Favorites: 417

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Professor Kawato is the new Japanese teacher in the ill-famed Futagotamaga high shool, whose baseball club is composed by thugs and bullies who have been suspended for a year from all school competitions for causing a brawl during an official match. Now that the suspension is over, the only club's members left are interested only in women, smoking and doing nothing until, under professor Kawato's guidance, they discover a new dream called Koushien. The road to Koushien is far from easy, as they have to get back in shape, to learn how to play baseball and to win everyone else mistrust, including the principal's and other professor's one, with only a few months available. Sweating and fighting, the baseball club will find his determination and strength, as they proceed towards their dreams, while Kawato's enthusiastic and non-conventional ways slowly change the attitude of everyone near them.

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Mar 22, 2014
XaniaVentra (All reviews)
I have to say this manga really surprised me. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I can't count the number of times I actually laughed out loud.

Story - The story was one of the better point of this manga. I could never predict what would happen. I would think one thing would happen, but I would end up being completely wrong. The only thing that drove me crazy was how many chapters it took for one game. I also felt the last chapter was a little rushed.

Art - I would have to read more
Aug 17, 2016
Keatle (All reviews)
Some spoilers for the first 40 chapters of the manga:

Manga comes in many forms, from a realistic slice-to-life to the wildest fantasy, but the sports genre is the one that most frequently treads a path between the real and the fantastical. At first glance, Rookies seems to be an example of the first kind of sports manga, except it actually isn't, as it is a "sports manga that isn't a sports manga".

Rookies is a "sports" and drama manga written and drawn by Masanori Morita between 1998 and 2003. It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump and ran for 24 volumes, that is, about 230 chapters. read more
Feb 21, 2019
mobrine (All reviews)
"Flutter into your dreams, glitter into tomorrow" by Kawato Koichi

Warnings : - If you don't like bloody comedy this isn't the manga suited for you...
- Sorry if you found some errors in my review

This manga is one of the best baseball stories you could wish for, it's a little bit old but it won't make you feel disappointed after ending it but you will wish for more, what impressed me more in the story that there isn't something you can't dream of, at least what Kawato-sensei's thinks

The read more
Jun 30, 2021
kagsdaks (All reviews)
One of the most underrated shonen sports manga ever.

"The way to forge a new path is with confidence and courage."

*may contain slight spoilers!*

- A raw and inspiring story about a teacher who saw potential in a group of highschool delinquent mischiefs and believed in them when no one else would. Through his passionate love for them, incredible trust and unyielding belief, they were able to become better people.

I was actually rating diamond no ace on MAL when i saw rookies being recommended below it! having check out the description, I decided to give it a try, as i was craving for some read more

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