Goro Honda is a little boy who is obsessed with baseball. As a child, he watches his father, a professional baseball player, be removed from the Blue Oceans’ main team due to a shoulder injury that left him unable to pitch again. However, since his son looks up to him more than anyone else in the world of baseball, Goro's father decides that he can't quit just yet (as pitching is not the only way to be able to play baseball!). With his father's shining example, Goro decides to never give up as well, working his way into the Japanese Little League as a force to be reckoned with!
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!
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...
Both are great quality sports anime with great effects and special talents like high-speed running in Eyeshield 21 and high-speed pitching with Major. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.
Failure has a new name: the "never-winning" Kickers. Having lost every match and scored zero goals, the downtrodden soccer team can’t find a single team to play against them. With low spirits, the Kickers are on the verge of breaking up – that is, until the high-spirited and energetic Daichi joins the team! Determined and filled with hope, Daichi organizes a match against the Devils – the strongest team around – in an attempt to revitalize the Kickers and stop the breakup; and thus, the Kickers take their first steps towards a better future. For their friends, for love, for joy, and for the ball!
In both anime shows there is boy who loves a certain sport. Daichi who loves soccer and Honda Goro who loves baseball. Both main characters are high-spirited persons who are giving their best, they are really stubborn too.
Beside the main charachters there are the "team mades" and frends who are supporting our heroes. More depth to the shows are giving the personal stories from the characters.
Daichi and Goro are fighting through some difficulties but never loosing "the spirit" and they are doing some progress :)
Simply put ;D when you like Ganbare! Kickers you will like Major Season 1 :) and when you liked Major Season 1 you will want to watch Ganbare! Kickers :D
Enjoy watching ^.^ Cheers :)
Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.
Both are great quality sports anime with great effects and special talents like incredible striking power in Hungry Heart - Wild Striker and high-speed pitching in Major. If you liked one, you'd surely like the other.