Ookiku Furikabutte

Alt titles: Big Windup!

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Captain Tsubasa - Road to 2002

Captain Tsubasa - Road to 2002

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!

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sothis sothis says...

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.

Play Ball

Play Ball

Takao Taniguchi, pitcher extraordinaire, helped his middle school's team win the baseball championship. However, tragedy struck when he hurt his index finger, taking him out of the game for good. Now that Takao is in high school, he finds himself wistfully staring at the baseball field each day, unable to get back in the game he loves. However, after joining the soccer team and excelling at the sport, the team's captain, Aiki, urges Takao to return to baseball once more. With fierce opponents at every turn and newfound friends at his side, Takao will help transform his team from average to amazing!

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sothis sothis says...

It's true that both Ookiku and Play Ball are about baseball; but beyond that similarity, there is one important thing the two have in common: the absolutely godawful character designs. In Ookiku, it's the triangle bird-like mouth face; in Play Ball, it's the mushy melted candle face with stunted bodies that look flat out strange. Neither is pretty to look at, but both are about baseball... so try this rec out?

Major Season 3

Major Season 3

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...

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jurexplay jurexplay says...

Well, both anime are about baseball, although the main characters are almost complete opposite the series themselves are quite similiar. They work hard but in reallity don’t achieve anything much. Ehh that’s what pisses me off the most in every Major season but oh well life’s not always fair is it now? Still, it’s a really good and enjoying watch for any sport anime fan.

Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

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...

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Szwagier Szwagier says...

Both titles are sports animes, featuring a weak and bullied kid as main character. This hopeless protagonist, due to countless years of training has mastered a single skill (Running in Eyeshield 21 case and perfect pitching control in case of Ookiku Furikabutte). Even though he lacks confidence in himself he is forced to join a sports club, at which his talent suddenly makes him a star player. As the time goes he slowly builds more confidence, all while defeating different oponents, and training with friends.

Meimon! Daisan Yakyuubu

Meimon! Daisan Yakyuubu

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!

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sothis sothis says...

Ookiku and Meimon are about two underdog sports teams that must prove themselves to be the best. Ookiku has much more up to date animation but both do have similar hideous character designs.