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Major: Message

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4.319 out of 5 from 578 votes
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Having flown high in the Major Leagues for many years, Goro is suddenly struck with an injury that destroys his pitching arm. Life has always thrown him curveballs, but this time there’s more at stake than just fame and glory – namely, the respect of Goro's kids and their love of baseball. With the hopes of his family weighing on his shoulders and memories of his dead father clearer than ever in his mind, Goro decides on an unusual route back into professional baseball. But is he right to push for an unlikely dream when it compromises his fatherhood, or should Japan’s greatest pitcher admit defeat and finally hang up his glove?

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Major Season 1 TV 2004 Same Franchise
Major Season 2 TV 2005 Same Franchise
Major Season 3 TV 2007 Same Franchise
Major Season 4 TV 2008 Same Franchise
Gekijouban Major Movie 2008 TBD
Major Season 5 TV 2009 Same Franchise
Major Season 6 TV 2010 Prequel
Major: World Series OVA 2011 TBD

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Major 1994 TBD
Name Role
Kenichi OHNUKI Character Design
Toshinori FUKUSHIMA Director
Takuya MITSUDA Original Manga Creator

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