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!