Major Season 1

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Cross Game

Cross Game

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.

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

Both are about really talented pitchers, whose main power is really fast straight.

In both cases there's tragedy at the beginning of the anime, concerning a very important person to main character. Death of that person strongly influence hero through out the whole course of series, and  makes them more focused on baseball.

Also in both animes there is tomboyish heroine, who also plays baseball and who slowly becomes attracted to main hero.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

After loving everything Major did, I cannot believe I almost missed out on Cross Game. I'm sure it works the other way around. Are you still twitching from that Post-Awesome Anime Depression? Miss that RAWR RAWR YEAH YEAH feeling and need a high to replace the one Cross Game or Major gave you? Then watch the other. Both are equally brilliant at developing nail-biting baseball games, combining it with heart-wrenching drama, and marvellously involving character development. If you watched one, you absolutely can't miss out on the other.

mmag13 mmag13 says...

The obvious reccomendation here.  Both series follow a young boy as he grows and strives to make it big in baseball.  The main characters personalities are a bit different, Goro from Major being a hothead, and Ko from Cross Game being more laid back.  But they both have the passion burning within them for baseball, fueled by tragedies that happened in their early childhoods.  If you liked one, give the other a shot.

Kai777 Kai777 says...

Both of these series are about the main character being a star baseball player, as they are both trying to reach the Koshien.

Ookiku Furikabutte

Ookiku Furikabutte

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 Takaya Abe, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!

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MontyHall MontyHall says...

Ookiku Fuikabutte and Major 1 both focus on personal growth through the medium of baseball. Both series emphasize the benefits of teamwork over cultivating prima donnas. When people, regardless of their starting abilities, are respected and valued, they come through in a pinch, and life for all becomes fun instead of stressful.

The two baseball series deal with the topic of overcoming mental barriers to performance, with Ookiku Furikabutte more deeply involved with this than Major 1. Major 1 delves into the special problems of single-parent families, and connections with departed loved ones.

When I started watching Ookiku Furikabutte, I hated baseball, and took up the series for its psychological focus. However, the notion of the "battery"--the pitcher/catcher entity fascinated me. This relationship, expanded to the larger fielding organism, has actually made live-action baseball games interesting to me. Major 1 reinforced what I learned about baseball in the other series.

It's been years since I've pulled an all-nighter not able to stop watching a series, but both of these got me hooked.

I ***HIGHLY*** recommend these series as windows into team-building, personal- and team-growth, baseball, and overall GREAT entertainment!

Takeru916 Takeru916 says...

While both obviously are related in that they are both baseball anime, both delve into the psycological effects within a team. Psycological effects like building a team, training/hard work, instilling confidence within your peers, and problems outside the team.

Both do differ slightly in that Major Season 1 (as well as all it's other seasons) is faster paced compared to Ookiku Furikabutte. In a time frame of 26 episodes, Major has gone through quite a few games, while Ookiku Furikabutte has only gone through two.

I recommend that one who watches Major Season 1 would also like watching Ookiku Furikabutte.

Meekish Meekish says...

It's just something about baseball animes that I really love... Big Windup is definitely one of my favorite animes of all time, and if you love the teamwork aspect you'll love it too. As well as in Major.

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.

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kokkie1 kokkie1 says...

Hajime no ippo and major have a kind of the same main character, they are both energetic and they have both the same desire to win. Together with the mix of comedy and action it get's realy fun to watch.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

So you've tasted sports anime greatness and want more? Check out either Major S1 or Hajime no Ippo depending on which you came across first. With inspiring protagonists, tragic backgrounds, and an action-packed plot that never fails to give and is free of filler, you'll find one as gratifying as the other.

isak0044 isak0044 says...

both animes have a hot headed main char, and they are both willing to do everything to reach they're goal. "dedication" is another thing they share, they are a lot alike if you like either ippo or Goro you are going to like the other char and surely also the anime.

Touch

Touch

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...

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Icey Icey says...

Touch was the highest rated anime in it's day and one of the best written shows I have come across. With this in mind I stumbled upon Major. The dominant theme in both shows is clearly baseball but beyond that the similarities are striking. Both feature the strong drive to achieve a dream whilst overcoming hardship and tradegy. Touch also brought romance into the mix which, although present in Major, it is very much in the background. For anyone who has enjoyed either show I definitely recommend you try the other.

kenikki kenikki says...

Both the baseball stars in these shows have similarities like being very stubborn and proud and with a connonball of a throwing arm. And while Touch focuses more on a love story and Major on the hardships of Goro's life they also use similar elements in both shows.

Hikaru no Go

Hikaru no Go

While examining an old Go board in his grandfather's basement, twelve-year-old Shindo Hikaru is possessed by the restless spirit of Sai, an ancient Go master who has waited for over one thousand years to play the Hand of God: the perfect move. Sai convinces Hikaru to act as a vessel for making his moves, but it is soon clear that Hikaru also enjoys Go and wants to play his own games. Moreover, the rules of Go have changed since Sai's time, and Go players from all over the world are now much stronger, having had the benefit of hundreds of years of evolution and experimentation by the masters before them. Can this unlikely pair form a successful partnership and rise to the top of Japan's Go community, and can Sai finally play the Hand of God and find some peace?

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sorgesol sorgesol says...

It is the combination of triumph over one´s own limitations and the sometimes deep emotional drama that makes both these series so good. Where Honda Goro had a clear path ahead of him that he traveled without hesitation, Hikaru was pulled rather reluctantly towards his destiny. In the end it is the quality of their opponents that spurs them on to become the best of their feild.

therik therik says...

The games they play are different, but Major's Goro Honda and Hikaru no Go's Hikaru Shindou are similar shounen heroes. Both of them wish to excel at what they do, and both have the enthusiasm and drive to forge their own path and make friends and rivals along the way. With casts of likeable side characters and non-patronising competetive action in both, the similarities between these two are more than skin deep.