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Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.
Aggresive, stupid, cocky, genius player as main character? Checked. His team geting influenced by his reckless style of playing, while he slowly learns to cooperate with them? Checked. Short-haired tomboyish girl who slowly develops feelings for the idiot? Checked (hell they even look practically the same). Now it all depends if you want it served in Baseball style, or in Soccer style - thats really all the difference.
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.
You should definitely try One Outs next if you really like Major. One Outs has a fantastic protagonist as memorable and engaging as Goro. Except Toua Tokuchi is the complete opposite to Goro in that he's cynical, dark, and totally comfortable using sneaky methods to win. How he does this, though, is just as AWESOME as Goro at his most kick-arse. In short, One Outs is what you would get if you crossed Major with Death Note, and I think that should be recommendation enough.
Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.
So you're watching Major and you think you've tasted the best that sports anime can offer? Think again! If you love Major, then Hajime no Ippo is a must-watch. With inspiring protagonists, tragic backgrounds, and an action-packed plot that never fails to give and is free of filler, you'll find Hajime no Ippo as gratifying (if not more so) as Major.
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.
After loving everything Major did, I cannot believe I almost missed out on Cross Game. Are you still twitching from that Post-Awesome Anime Depression? Miss that RAWR RAWR YEAH YEAH feeling and need a high to replace the one Major gave you? Then watch Cross Game. It's just as brilliant at developing nail-biting baseball games, combining it with heart-wrenching drama and marvellously involving character development for a thoroughly rousing experience.
They were known as the 'Generation of Miracles' – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School's basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.
If you really loved Major, you will enjoy Kuroko's Basketball for its equally consistent thrills. You'll notice that Kuroko's Basketball has less realism than Major, with more liberty taken with the special effects. However, it creates similarly charismatic leads who make you enjoy getting to know their individual personalities and rooting for them.
Coach Kataoka takes the failure to reach nationals upon himself as some shortcoming in himself. With the fall tournament presenting a new chance to reach nationals the team strives to overcome gaps left by the third years absence. As they strive to improve they retainthe hope of making nationals and keeping their treasured coach from retiring. The battle to hold the position of ace between Sawamura, Furuya and Nori continues bringing new strengths to the team
First of all, both animes are about baseball and show the same intensity of baseball in each.
The main characters think of nothing but baseball and both go through intense training in an attempt to not just become the best, but also feel like they are the best. Yes there is a difference. I really like them and would rate them equally. Also, if there were ever a crossover the characters would all get along for the most part. Seriously.
Anyway, the only difference I could even think of between the two is the animation style and animation quality. Major has the same kind of rough style of drawing which adds dramatic lines to the anime, but Ace of the Diamon most certainly has the higher quality animation. I would recommend both to any baseball lover... I also really like Big Windup but I feel like those two animes are on too far of a spectrum from eachother.
Hiro Kunimi loves baseball and was the star pitcher of the youth team until he injured his elbow. Much to the dismay of his friends, Hiro has decided to give up his beloved baseball, even going so far as to burn his glove and enroll in one of the few schools without a baseball club. Hiro then joins the soccer club and decides to throw himself into the sport. One day, in a bid to humiliate the Baseball Fan Club – run by the clumsy Haruka – the Soccer Club challenges them to a match. Disgusted by their arrogance, Hiro decides to quit the Soccer Club halfway through the game and joins the Baseball Fan Club instead! It seems that Hiro’s desire to play baseball and his dream of reaching Koshien are too strong to simply ignore after all.
Three years have passed since the events of the TV series. Tatsuya Uesugi unexpectedly stopped playing baseball since then. Minami and Tatsuya are going to different colleges. She is enjoying a prosperous career in gymnastics while he gets entangled in the life of a girl from his campus. Both notice that they are irrevocably drifting apart.