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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 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.
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!
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.
Because these two series are about baseball, it might bbe easy to just say that if you liked one you will like the other, but it is not so simple. In fact, there are some powerful differences between the two. Touch is a very romance/slice of life focused series, where the baseball is not as important as the other two. Ookiku Furikabutte on the other hand uses the whole baseball team as a vehicle to develop its characters. +70% of the series is about baseball. However, and this is very important, both series got a very strong coming of age, maturing and character development theme, which is where they connect (other than the baseball).
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.