Swing With All Your Might! Courage, Loss, and Renewal in Ookiku Furikabutte

At the end of the first season of Oofuri, we left Coach Momoe and the ten boys on her Nishiura High baseball team savoring a hard-won victory against a stronger team in their first summer tournament. But rather than sharing responsibilities jointly with his battery-mate, Abe the catcher is more or less using Mihashi the… Read More Swing With All Your Might! Courage, Loss, and Renewal in Ookiku Furikabutte

Pitch To Contact! Teammates and Character Transformation in Ookiku Furikabutte

Higuchi Asa, the creator of Oofuri aka “Big Windup,” studied high school baseball in Japan for ten years, and it shows. Baseball playing itself fills most of the anime, with some games lasting several episodes. Many critics have also commented on the attention to detail in this show, which highlights the raw emotion and psychology… Read More Pitch To Contact! Teammates and Character Transformation in Ookiku Furikabutte

Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Big Dreams and the Unknown God in “Major”

We Americans think of baseball as our “national pastime,” and perhaps rightfully so. But it would be equally true to say that the Japanese have adopted baseball wholeheartedly, and made it their own. I know of no other Western sport with an authentic Japanese name, written in kanji (野球 yakyuu, or if you will, “plains ball”),… Read More Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Big Dreams and the Unknown God in “Major”