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!
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!
Play Ball and Meimon are very similar; both are deifnitely aimed at kids and follow a group of often deformed-looking baseball players as they try to transform their teams from zeroes to heroes.
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!
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?