Alright! Another review!
Let’s do this!
(Eng) Big Windup!
Often shortened down to ‘Ōfuri’.
Our shy and hardworking protagonist, Mihashi Ren, loves baseball to the core of his being, especially pitching, to the point where he will not play any other position. In middle school he was the ace pitcher of his team, but all the players hated him because he seemed to have gotten that position because his grandfather owned the school. They refuse to cooperate with Mihashi and, as a result, lose many games.
Fast forward to the present. Mihashi is now in high school and is the pitcher for Nishiura High School’s first baseball team. Mihashi is visibly nervous about this, but he soon realises that his team are more than willing to include and assist him, especially catcher Abe Takaya. With Abe’s guidance and expertise, and Mihashi’s precision and persistence, these two make a powerful battery that pushes their team towards victory.
What’s To Like?
One thing I particularly like about this anime is the good balance of focus on the game and the relationships between the teammates. In my opinion, a good sports anime has a nice bromance going on between the characters.
Like most sport’s anime, there’s a good deal of analysis of the games as they are in action and it actually got me really into baseball for a while. I still like the game actually and I normally hate watching sport.
There are loads of characters that you get to love. I think other than Mihashi and Abe, I really like Tajima who’s a really funny and energetic character. I also like Coach Momoe who’s strong, hardworking and likes to tease.
Because I like BL, obviously I’ve picked on the fluffy bromance between Mihashi and Abe. Abe can be a little harsh sometimes and make Mihashi cry, but you can really see their relationship grow and it’s nice to see them interact with each other and work well to overcome obstacles.
One thing I should add is that games often last for one or more episodes, so a lot of the episodes are them playing and strategising, and not some much school life. I guess if you’re used to anime like this, you probably know this, but this is a little heads up for those who aren’t. It’s not as bad as anime that have battles for like 10 episodes (I’m looking at you, Naruto). Still, although matches can be long, they’re never boring- it keeps you on edge as you wonder what’s going to happen next, whether the team can overcome this obstacle or technique of the other players.
All in all, I love the anime. The sheer enthusiasm and energy from all the characters is enough to make your day. If you want to start watching sports anime, then I’d definitely suggest starting with this or Kuroko no Basket.
Here are some clips to give you a taste of the anime
And finally, have a listen to the second ending of the anime. It’s a beautiful song that I tend to repeat and sing along to over and over and over and…
This is ‘Arigatou’ by Sunset Swish. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do (and maybe sing along? – the romaji is in the video), and I’ll see you next week for my next weekly post.