Tsubasa Ozora is a young man with soccer on the mind. Though he just joined Nankatsu Elementary’s team, Tsubasa wants nothing more than one thing: to someday be in the World Cup! But the road there will not be easy, and plenty of challengers and obstacles stand in his way. With the help of the skilled Captain Roberto, fierce rivals and fellow friends, Tsubasa must work hard and never give up reaching his ultimate goal. World Cup, here we come!
Asunaro is a new student at a school with three baseball teams; the first is renowned as being one of the best in the prefecture, but the third, Asunaro’s team, is filled with the rejects and unskilled of the baseball world. As the baseball instructor deems them to be nothing but trash, he informs the team that they will be disbanded in one month – that is, until one of the players begs him to let them play a single game. They’ll be up against the first team, and if they win, they’ll get to take over the title and even work their way towards playing at Koshien Stadium. With the help of Kaido, an ex-member of the first team, Asunaro and his friends will do whatever it takes to show they’re more than meets the eye!
Ren Mihashi is a timid pitcher with problems; he has no self esteem or confidence, due to the relentless bullying of his once teammates, and is reluctant to play baseball again. However, at Ren's new school, Nishiura Prefectural High, he finds himself picking up the mitt once more. Along with the help of alumni-turned-coach Maria Momoe, tough but supportive Yuuto Sakaeguchi, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!
Though there are a lot of sports anime out there, Captain Tsubasa and Ookiku seem to fit especially well together. Ren in Ookiku is far more obnoxious than most characters ever, but in general the tone of both is similar: a group must rise against all odds to win their goals. Many episodes focus solely on team building and discussion of moves and such. If you liked one, try out the other.