Posted by psgels on 30 April 2010 with categories: Ookiku Furikabutte



And so the first match that did not have Mihashi at the centre has ended, and even though it’s mostly been used as building and warming up, it still was a fun and interesting game to start off the second season with. Mihashi works surprisingly well as a side-character (which I guess is a trait that a lot of lead characters have: refreshing when they aren’t the ones in the spotlights), as the entire team works hard to get a called game.

Looking back, the opposing team probably has the least amount of depth out of all the teams that the lead characters have faced so far, but they still have their charms, and they’re much, much better than what you’d usually see with those unimportant matches. The one thing that was interesting though was that it did very much break a stereotype that you often see in baseball series: the fact that awesome hitters are solely responsible for victory. This episode showed that even though you have probably one of the best hitters out there, you can still lose without scoring a point on a called game.

It’s interesting: I’m a big fan of baseball series, but before, I never watched them because of their baseball. I loved Cross Game for its slice of life, Touch rocked due to the character-development, One Outs kicked ass because of the mind games and Princess Nine had its atmosphere. Ookiku Furikabutte is really the first that really is awesome because of how much time it puts into its baseball.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. tanukichan says:

    Sometimes I wish you put more thoughts and insights about the actual episode instead of some general stuff like this. Oh well. I guess series like this doesn’t usually have much to say about anyway.

    About this ep, I really love the way Tajima cares for Mihashi like a big brother. One more plus point to Tajima. That guy has such a great personality!

  2. Kim says:

    I think I like Mihashi better as a side character, lol.

    Although out of baseball series Cross Game is my favorite I do agree that Oofuri has the best baseball matches. Although I have not seen a lot of other baseball series to compare.

  3. p-kun says:

    I love opposing teams in Oofuri. They have the warmth and camaraderie comparable to our home team. While the opposing teams get less spotlight, they get enough spotlight for viewers to warm up to them. I actually cried last season when Tousei lost and I know many other people who cried as well.

    Unlike many other sports animes that often make the opposing teams antagonistic, opposing teams that viewers can care about are one of the charms of Oofuri, I think.

  4. Alec says:

    i agree with u there…i even researched baseball so that i can FULLY understand what the heck theyre talking about…

  5. inkka says:

    All of Opposite team in Oofuri was very charming.You will feel sad when see them lost although they’re the opposite team.Mainly because we see many emotion and interaction from them. Ahh.. this is one thing that I really like in Oofuri too.

    Look like you guys totally forgot how good that Hanai get his character development.In the first season.I didn’t concern too much when see him as captain position.But with this ep. When he gets some development. I can love him more too.

  6. Joojoobees says:

    Yeah, it was really good to see development in other characters like Hanai.

    This is an incredibly impressive show, though I wonder, at this pace, what the season’s finale will tackle.

    Finally, I completely agree about the baseball really being a compelling part of the show, instead of just a setting.

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  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:19 PM)
    There’s plenty of in battle explaining. I don’t think there’s been a battle without in battle explaining. You got the first time villain that ends up a good guy. You got powerups and levels of quinques. There’s a ton of shounen elements.
    Just because something has gore does not make it seinien. Deadman wonderland is Shounen and it has just as much gore and torture.
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 02:52 PM)
    @Emma: ah, yes.
    @Aidan: How so? A variety of weapons and abilities does not turn something into a shounen battle manga.
    I’d need a lot more random in-battle explaining secret powers to your opponent, and a lot more mercy to not consider it seinen.
    Also, torture, balls and limbs being chopped off as a sick joke, slicing people in half without warning, breaking half their bones…
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:44 PM)
    I felt that the story became too shounen battle manga When at first it was portrayed as seinien. Especially with the quineqes and such.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 12:06 PM)
    @Raggers: His past with the old lady ghoul where he was castrated =<
  • Raggers
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:48 AM)
    @Emma: which moment is that?
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:26 AM)
    @Raggers : And in one moment, a rather disturbing development.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:24 AM)
    @Raggers: Actually, thinking it over you’ve got a point there, As I had said I’ve been marathoning re and come to think of it, it is more enjoyable to do so that way.

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