If you liked the Ookiku Furikabutte anime, the Anime-Planet community thinks you'd like:
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!
Nana Komatsu is on her way to Tokyo; now she can finally be with her boyfriend after a year of dating long-distance! On the train there, Nana Komatsu meets Nana Osaki – a girl who shares her name but seems to be everything Nana Komatsu is not; cool, street-wise, and a punk rocker. The two hit it off and spend the entire journey getting to know each other, but when they get to Tokyo, circumstance separates them seemingly forever. However, fate is not finished with these two. Whilst hunting for a place to live the two Nanas again cross paths. They decide to share a flat and become best friends in no time. Nana K. must learn to be independent and mature, while Nana O. works on becoming famous with her band; but together, they will learn about love and loss, and the growth that comes with it.
Okay this is a pretty bizarre recommendation but just read this… if you like the combination of an innocent, lovely yet naïve character who befriends with an strong, and dominant character these are for you..! in nana two unknown woman became best friends as well in Big Windup two unknown teenagers became best friends.
Kojima is a baseball legend. As the superstar cleanup hitter for the Lycaons, he won himself many awards including rookie of the year seven times; but there's one title he never acquired: champion. In an attempt to find that special something Kojima feels he's missing inside, he opens a training camp in Okinawa. There, through a series of events, Kojima is introduced to a high stakes game dominated by the talented Toua Tokuchi, and subsequently loses a fortune. However, Kojima finally defeats Toua and due to their agreement, he enlists him to join the now poorly-ranked Lycaons - but Toua demands a high price: instead of a salary, he will receive five million yen for each out, and lose fifty million yen for each point lost. With a bad attitude and prodigal skills, Toua will help transform the Lycaons into winners once more.
Both series are about baseball. Sometimes it’s very funny, sometimes you have to work hard to reach your goal. The action is slow, so you can watch one match during 10 episodes. But it’s always very interesting. And it’s not just the game. It feels like you also take part in the match.
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!
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?
Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!