Hiro Kunimi loves baseball and was the star pitcher of the youth team until he injured his elbow. Much to the dismay of his friends, Hiro has decided to give up his beloved baseball, even going so far as to burn his glove and enroll in one of the few schools without a baseball club. Hiro then joins the soccer club and decides to throw himself into the sport. One day, in a bid to humiliate the Baseball Fan Club – run by the clumsy Haruka – the Soccer Club challenges them to a match. Disgusted by their arrogance, Hiro decides to quite the Soccer Club halfway through the game and joins the Baseball Fan Club instead! It seems that Hiro’s desire to play baseball and his dream of reaching Koshien are too strong to simply ignore after all.
When Koh was eleven years old, he lived a quiet and peaceful life, delivering sporting goods for his family's store and batting frequently at the Tsukishima Batting Center. Though Koh had no interest in baseball, he started the play the sport anyways after a series of events, much to the delight of his best friend, the beautiful Wakaba Tsukishima. However, soon life dealt Koh a tragic turn, changing him forever. Now, years later, Koh attends Seishuu Academy and is soon pulled back into the world of baseball. Alongside Wakaba's talented sister, Aoba; old friend and fighter Nakanishi; and plenty of new teammates and companions, Koh will once more pick up the pitcher's mitt and see if he has what it takes to be a champion.
similar character designs as well as both series revolve around a pitcher wanting to make it to koshien and their struggle along the way
Both series are the work of the brilliant Adachi, Mitsuru. Both shows revolve around high school baseball and involve both elements of romance and sports. The characters and their relationships also have a similar feel.
Having turned down a place as Kaido’s ace, Egashira Edawara, Kaido’s agent, still hasn’t forgiven Goro, and his dirty politics deal our hero a devastating blow! Refused entry into every school with a baseball team, Goro joins Seishuu High where baseball has no place and the girls outnumber the boys 452 to 38. Never one to balk at a challenge, Goro decides to set up a new team of his own to use to defeat Kaido; but first he must persuade the few unwilling boys at his disposal to join him before even thinking about how he will train them up to be good enough. Things at home aren’t easy either as his father struggles with the last days of his baseball career. As Goro enters the grown-up world of baseball where being an ace alone is of little use, he must learn to take responsibility not just for his own training but for those of the entire team...
Twins Kazuya and Tatsuya, and their neighbor Minami have played together since they were children and built an unbreakable bond. But with puberty, the twins realized something: Minami is a girl, and three is a crowd. As the trio tries to preserve their relationship, Kazuya's pledge to make Minami's dream come true by taking her to Koshien with his baseball pitching skills makes the slackerish Tatsuya wonder about himself, and his own goals. But Minami has another dream she wants fulfilled, and as the twins continue to push themselves, with Minami in the middle, a life-changing tragedy leads one twin down a path he once never would've considered...
Both are the works of Adachi Mitsuru. Both series revolve around High School baseball and the dreams of reaching Koushien stadium which hosts the national high school baseball tournaments in Japan. The characters have a very similar feel and there are plenty of rich romantic and non-romantic relationships between the characters in both series. The art and animation styles, the voice acting, and the music and sounds are also quite similar in these series.