Over Drive - Recommendations

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Big Windup!

Big Windup!

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 Takaya Abe, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!

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seasong seasong says...

These are both about boys who are a bit weird, and have inferiorty complexes at the beginning of the series. They grow and find themselves through sports and the people they meet playing sports.

LaughOnceInARedMoon LaughOnceInARedMoon says...

Both series have a shy main character who starts to gain confidence once he joins a sport club at his school. If you enjoyed on you will enjoy the other.

poetax poetax says...

Not only do both anime fit into the sports genre, Over Drive and Ookiku Furikabutte both have very similar main characters.  Mihashi, and Shinozaki are both timid, unconfidant, and get picked on for being week.  But, they both work hard to become the best they can be even when they have setbacks.  Both anime are so similar you are garinteed to like one if you like the other.

Szwagier Szwagier says...

Both animes are about a weak, wimpy boy, who for one reason or another is joins a sports club. On the course of the anime he gradually gains more confidence in his skills and in himself.

Kyoraku Kyoraku says...

Both about timid guys, who find courage through a sport they love.

Both funny at times, and both emotionally involving.

shinigamidono shinigamidono says...

Both series have main characters that seem to be complete losers other than the fact that they are good at a sport (baseball in one case, biking in the other)

Yowamushi Pedal

Yowamushi Pedal

Sakamichi is a die-hard otaku; he loves anime and manga, and rides his clunky bicycle over 90 kilometers to Akihabara each week for the latest toys and games. Upon entering high school, Sakamichi is thrilled to meet others that share his passion, but soon discovers that the anime club is defunct and in need of members. Meanwhile, a skilled cyclist and fellow classmate Shunsuke has his eye on the boy, having seen his incredible speed, even while riding such a heavy "mom cycle." Now, Sakamichi must decide if he wants to stick with his would-be anime club, or join Shunsuke and other new friends for the ride of his life in the Competitive Cycling Club, where fierce races and other adventures await them!

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DLMP DLMP says...

Both anime have almost same story and characters. Over Drive had 26 episodes, second half of the anime focus lot on the bicycle race to the end. I couldn't believe I watched 13 episodes of bicycle racing. But it was good.

GuardianEnzo GuardianEnzo says...

Cycling FTW.  There just isn't much manga or anime about this sport, and both these shows attack it with some realism and a quirky sense of humor.  Yowapeda is better, but if you like one I think you'll like both.

magano magano says...

Both are about cycling and sports anime are becoming better and better :Dboth have a talented character and teach a lot about the sport 

chris2g chris2g says...

Young boys fighting the senpais for victory. Both gave amazing feelings. The romance in overdrive made it better in my opinion(just because I like romance lol) Wish there would be a season 2 :/ Both animes show teamwork and I guess they want to show, you can always be good at something. You only need to find that something and work hard. Well, there is not much more to say than to recommend people to watch this. Made my day!

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Sakuragi has hit an all-time low. During his last year of junior high school, fifty different girls rejected him, the last one choosing a basketball player instead. Thus it’s no surprise that in high school, Sakuragi beats up anyone who dares utter the name of the sport. However, it’s not long until he meets Haruko, a beautiful basketball enthusiast, and is determined to make her fall in love with him – even signing up for the school team to accomplish his goal. However, winning Haruko’s heart won’t be easy, as her brother is the strict and protective captain of the basketball team and Haruko’s eyes are focused on Sakuragi’s rival, the talented Rukawa. Can Sakuragi give up his delinquent ways to help get the team to Nationals, or will his temper get him kicked out before he can learn to dribble the ball?

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Harbin Harbin says...

If you liked Over Drive's elements of romance, striving to be the best in the world, and comedic moments, you should definitely give Slam Dunk a try. Though both of them talk about a different sport that is quite unpopular in Japan, the main character from each series is driven by their secret admiration of the main female character into doing a sport where they could have the talent for, but their gift is not fully developed yet. However, the comic relief of these two series shows how "retarded" guys can be, which makes them more of a casual everyday person. I'm certain that if you like Over Drive, you will also like Slam Dunk, but be aware that friendship plays a bigger role in Slam Dunk than Over Drive.

Geon Geon says...

Both are about rather timid characters  who fall in love with a girl who then sets them up for the main topic of the anime. Also in both the captain of both clubs is the older brother of both female love interests. Even without watching the show I could instantly tell the similarities.

Kogoruhn Kogoruhn says...

In both Slam Dunk and Over Drive the main character picks up a sport that he does not like initially in order to impress a girl before learning to love the sport itself.

Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

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...

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eppie eppie says...

Most sports anime have a bit of comedy mixed in as well. However, with Eyeshield & Over-Drive the comedy comes up a lot more often. They are definitely a combination of sports and comedy anime, not just sports anime. Eyeshield is about American football & Over-Drive is about bicycle racing (bicycles as in the Tour de France, not motorcycles). Both have serious stories about a talentless guy who no one takes seriously, and who, by accident, discovers sports he enjoys. They also have excellent slap-stick humor that pops up constantly, are great to watch, and are well worth your time and attention.  

xated xated says...

1. Both are sports related

2. Both are about perseverance

3. The styling is similar

athleticnerd athleticnerd says...

Both main characters are basically wimps. They've literally been bullied their whole lives, and they have very little friends. Almost by accident they are forcefully pulled into sports in which soon after they show a talent for. Finding something to finally work hard for and put all their dreams, hopes, and wishes in, these two find themselves in a world and full of feelings they never knew before. They finally found something they truly love and can go through pain, sorrow, and hard work for. It's fun to see how hard these guys work and it makes you want to work hard too. So watch them and enjoy two boys living the man's dream!

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi

Shirahama "weak legs" Kenichi is a typical high school student with typical problems: he's frequently bullied and tends to run away in the face of his enemies. Things change when Kenichi meets Furinji Miu, whose grandfather runs a dojo; and not knowing what he's getting himself into, he signs up to become a disciple. As Kenichi's life-threatening training continues and he becomes more and more powerful, he inadvertently becomes the target of the deadly gang called Ragnarok. With mental and physical challenges ahead, can Kenichi survive his encounters with Ragnarok, or will the masters of his dojo get to him first?

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Aganoth Aganoth says...

Kenichi and Overdrive are strongly related by the main characters. Both are men who live by the credo, 'Do Your Best,' and amaze others by just how far they will push themselves. Both also share a common plot between the male main character and the female love-interest, which is revealed in the most sincere ways.

Hikaru Hikaru says...

In both series of History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi and Over Drive we have the protagonistwho both bullied by classmates, forced to run errands, good hearted and WEAK. At the start the course of the both series at the hands of both what appears to be shady and/or dark characters (Master(s) in Kenichi and Yousuki in OverDrive) experience hardships from training.But both endure their training and find their strengths. The protagonist(s) have what appears to be an undefined will and/or strength that is not explained, however use that to endure.Anime i both are good, with background adapations to explain the characters and statements. Both are of different genre (sports and martial arts), both have character develpment and see the growth of both.

REBORN!

REBORN!

Middle school student Tsuna has always gone through life in last place; but when he learns that he is getting a tutor to help him raise his game, he had no idea that his benefactor would turn out to be... an infant and a mafia hitman?! As if things can’t get much stranger, Tsuna then discovers that the powerful Vongola family has chosen him to be its next successor – a position that has control over all mafia families. Joined by friends Tsuna unwillingly starts out on his path to becoming a mafia boss – if he can survive the training!

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streakofvengeance streakofvengeance says...

Both animes have protagontists who are "weak" initially and then though a whole "journey", find their true power and together with their comrades reach their goal. Kinda cliche but it works.

Kogoruhn Kogoruhn says...

Both Over Drive and KHR focus on a male who slowly learns to fulfill his potential. The main characters are required to look inwards along with relying on the support of his friends to reach his full potential.

Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002

Captain Tsubasa: Road to 2002

Tsubasa Ozora is a young man with soccer on the mind. Though he just joined Nankatsu Elementary’s team, Tsubasa wants nothing more than one thing: to someday be in the World Cup! But the road there will not be easy, and plenty of challengers and obstacles stand in his way. With the help of the skilled Captain Roberto, fierce rivals and fellow friends, Tsubasa must work hard and never give up reaching his ultimate goal. World Cup, here we come!

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algelic algelic says...

In both "Captain Tsubasa" and "OverDrive" the main theme is sports. They both tell the story of a boy who decides to give it all and become the best at that sport, and all of the difficulties that he faces along the way.

Suzuka

Suzuka

Yamato Akitsuki has recently moved to Tokyo, and in order to maintain his less than wealthy lifestyle, he currently works at his aunt's bathhouse. While walking by the school one evening he sees a girl by the name of Suzuka practicing the high jump, and is instantly in love. Even better is the realization that Suzuka lives next door! Determined to prove himself worthy of her affections, Yamato decides to join the school's track team and show her what he’s got, but things won’t be so easy; for Suzuka has a love interest of her own, and it isn’t Yamato...

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Fuma Fuma says...

Suzuka and Over Drive have a unique love story and characters who have the will to move forward. Both male characters rise to the challenge of joining clubs they have no skills in for the women they love. They also have a twist for why the characters are the best. I'm sure you'd love to unravel these great stories and see how they rise on the glorious road of victory, in more ways than one!

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

Hajime no Ippo: The Fighting!

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.

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iloveanime777 iloveanime777 says...

Like a kid with who gets picked on and has a hidden talent for a specific sport, and a story with lots of humor? You'd love Overdrive and Hajime no Ippo! If you found one even remotely funny, you'll definitely find the other to be the same. They're both "sports comedies" you'll never want to stop watching. In both of these series watch and laugh as each of the main characters works toward achieving their goals/dreams.

Nasu: Summer in Andalusia

Nasu: Summer in Andalusia

It is the Andalusian section of the 'Vuelta a España' bicycle race around Spain, and Pepe Benengeli is in trouble. As his brother is getting married to Pepe's former girlfriend, Pepe faces a grueling ride in burning hot weather, through his hometown. In the sunbaked hills of his native Andalusia, Pepe launches a make-or-break effort to win the day. At stake is Pepe's career and, more importantly, his self-respect. All of this, against the backdrop of the majestic beauty of Andalusia's arid terrain... and pickled eggplants.

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Dax Dax says...

Both series are focused on cycling, wich is a not-so common sport, and especially is not common for the anime world. Plus, both series express very well the feelings of the racers, their efforts, their sufferings, their satisfactions, etc. The characters' profiles are different, same for the animation; even so, they both emphasize on the same stuffs. Nasu, as a more realistic approach, since Over Drive reminds a bit of Captain Tsubasa's impossible events (here, instead of not-really-realistic shots, there are some improbable comebacks) but still, they both make a great work on conveying to the watcher the great aspects of this wonderful sport.