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Ookiku Furikabutte

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A manga and anime about friendship, trust, and baseballOokiku Furikabutte

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Summary
The series, set in Saitama, follows the story of Ren Mihashi. Mihashi was the previous ace pitcher in his middle school's baseball team, but it seems that he only got the position because his grandfather was the owner of the school. His teammates (especially the team's catcher) hated him, and they always lost their games. Mihashi is thoroughly convinced that he is a lousy baseball pitcher and he graduates to high school with extremely low self-esteem. He then transfers to Nishiura high school with plans of quitting baseball, because he does not believe he is good enough to succeed at baseball. However, he is dragged into Nishiura's baseball team by their coach. Assisted by his new teammates (and especially the catcher, Takaya Abe, he grows in stature, confidence and skill, helping his team excel with his own abilities.

Manga
Download:
http://stoptazmo.com/manga-series/ookiku_furikabutte/
http://community.livejournal.com/raep_time/64317.html
http://community.livejournal.com/nice_pitching/tag/release

Read:
http://www.mangafox.com/manga/ookiku_furikabutte/

Raw:
http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=ff6c578...356617b1a65e239

Anime
Watch online and download:

Season 1
http://www.animecrazy.net/ookiku-furikabutte-anime/

Season 2
http://www.animecrazy.net/ookiku-furikabutte-season-2-anime/

American version:
http://www.hulu.com/big-windup

Other Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Windup!
http://community.livejournal.com/oofuri
http://community.livejournal.com/oofuri_etc

Ookiku Furikabutte, nicknamed Oofuri by fans, is an anime and manga about Mihashi Ren, the pitcher of Nishuira High. Mihashi has no self esteem what so ever and is not confident in his abilities although he has amazing control of his pitches and has an irrevocable love for baseball. His catcher, Takaya Abe, sometimes has no patience for Mihashi's wimpy-ness, but he sees the potential in Mihashi and helps him get the confidence he needs. It's a story about trust and friendship. The development of all the characters is really well done and by the end you'll love all their quirks. This is the first year Nishuira has a baseball team so all the team members are freshman! It's a really touching and hilarious series. Check it out! You won't be disappointed. =)

Note, this series is also a favorite of yaoi fangirls due to the questionable actions of some of the team members although the series is officially not yaoi in any way! image

Volumes: 22 (Ongoing) http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=1800Anime Episodes: 1st Season: 26 + 2nd Season: 14
Pictures:
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The team

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The infamous scene

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You'll get used to this

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And this too =)

The Team

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Ren Mihashi
Number 1
Pitcher

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Abe Takaya
Number 2
Catcher and Co-Captain

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Kōsuke Izumi
Number 3
Center field

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Yūto Sakaeguchi
Number 4
Second Baseman and Co-captain of the outfield

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Yūichirō Tajima
Number 5
Third baseman

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Shōji Suyama
Number 6
Shortstop

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Fumiki Mizutani
Number 7
Left Field

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Kazutoshi Oki
Number 8
First base

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Azusa Hanai
Number 9
Captain and right field

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Shintarō Nishihiro
Number 10
Newbie baseball player, Outfield

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Chiyo Shino'oka
Team Manager

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Maria Momoe
Coach

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Tsuyoshi Shiga
Teacher Advisor

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Yoshiro Hamada
Leader of the Cheering Squad

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The parents

It is said that you are an official fan of Oofuri once you can tell Oki, Suyama, and Nishihiro apart! image

And if your still not convinced, watch the first opening sequence!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULkZ018JKAU

Watch it! You won't regret it! image

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OH MY GOD

This is one of my most favorite series ever. I stopped reading it awhile back because the chapters were being released to slow, though (but I'm happy that they were translated and released XD). This thread has tempted me to re-read all the chapters~

Mihashi's attitude kind of annoyed me after awhile, but I still like how his character develops, no matter how slow it is.

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^

Lmao~ yes! Mihashi can get a little impossible sometimes, in a good way, lol. He makes me laugh a lot.

I was really frustrated when they wouldn't come out with any scanlations too! Then I found out that raep_time was dropping Ookiku and I was like, that's it, I'm reading all the spoilers I can find. And I found them. =) Well, not all of them, but some major stuff.

Anyways, now nice_pitching picked up Oofuri and they have released a chapter already and are halfway through chapter 21.

However, there is a super nice girl on livejournal who is making actual detailed scripts of the manga! Word for word. Panel by panel. (http://community.livejournal.com/oofuri) She's already by Chapter 27. (It's labeled Chapter 47 because she's using the magazine release numeration which is different from the manga volume ones. But just add 20 and your good)

Also, some spoilers here:

http://aflyingteapot.livejournal.com/62680.html?view=793560

You can ask this girl questions. She made the thread just so she can answer any Oofuri questions.

Well, that's if you want spoilers. ^^

Later in the series, we see whole different sides of everyone's characters. Esp. Abe and Mihashi. As far as character development goes, Ookiku Furikabutte is the best manga I've ever read. Period. I've watched the whole anime twice and several favorite episodes a bunch of times. And I reread the manga when I was getting scanlation withdrawals. ^^

Anyways, glad to hear you like it!! Do you have any favorites? I loove Mihashi, Abe, and Tajima. (How can you not?) But my personal fave is Izumi. ^^

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ahhh i LOVE this anime!

this show is just so quirky and cute

mihashi/abe my OTP ~

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i love the freaken ANIME!!!

omg...im soo glad there is a second season..

i waited soo long hoping there will be a second season.

Is second season going to be only 13 ep?

cause on animenewsnetwork it seem like there is only going to be 13ep.

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this anime is freakin cute ^^

baseball is my least favorite sport, but i do love sport animes,

and i can't get enough of mihashi and abe! & tajima and hanai XD

i just caught up to everything in one day of watching haha

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i love the freaken ANIME!!!

omg...im soo glad there is a second season..

i waited soo long hoping there will be a second season.

Is second season going to be only 13 ep?

cause on animenewsnetwork it seem like there is only going to be 13ep.

Thank you for alerting me about this. I thought it was going to be 25 like the last season but I guess it really is only 13 episodes. It's going to end with the game against Bijou since this is technically 'the summer tournament' season. But they will probably come out with more seasons at this rate. Oofuri is pretty popular in Japan. :)

this anime is freakin cute ^^

baseball is my least favorite sport, but i do love sport animes,

and i can't get enough of mihashi and abe! & tajima and hanai XD

i just caught up to everything in one day of watching haha

I know! It's the absolute cutest! Thanks to this anime I know baseball pretty well now. :)

I also love the battery duo and Tajima. <3 My other favorite is the semi cynical Izumi. X) But I really love them all.

I'm glad you caught up. :) This anime is so addicting. I can't wait to see Episode 9. :3

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Funny... I was JUST about to watch this anime and I just happened to stumble upon this thread.

Having read many positive reviews, I'm going to give this anime a shot!!

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Funny... I was JUST about to watch this anime and I just happened to stumble upon this thread.

Having read many positive reviews, I'm going to give this anime a shot!!

Yay! I hope you like it! :) Even if you don't~ please tell me what you thought about it.

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