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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  • joesan
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:39 AM)
    Glad ps is back. Hope he keeps his motivation up. Reading his previews really helps me sort out whats new each season.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:14 AM)
    @Emma: Are you talking about the Charles Burns Black Hole or the anime?
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:10 AM)
    Are you guys familiar with the Ayakashi offshoot Mononoke directed by Kenji Nakamura? If not then I highly recommend this creepy miniseries, but it is better to watch the Bakeneko arc of Ayakashi 1st so you become familiarized with the badass simply known as The Medicine Seller.
  • Raggers
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:53 AM)
    @Emma: I know the name only because I ran into it while dling Bakemono (early in my anime life) and thought they may be related. It’s been in my archives for ages.
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    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:40 AM)
    @Ninja: Flay I believe was meant to be antagonized, specially pass the 2nd act. As for Makoto, I never had the displeasure of watching School Days.
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    Does any one remember Utauwerumono on here? I can recall some of its arcs were quite watchable, had an actually intelligent, adult male lead. Animation could have been alot better if I recall correctly, ending was a mess however.
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    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:50 AM)
    @Emma: ooooh Velvet Glove looks trippy! Will do, thx.
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    @Bam: Try Black hole and Like a velvet glove cast in iron.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:12 AM)
    @Realist: I believe so yes as far as I remember she hated the co-ordinators, she was pretty much an outright racist and representative of that theme in the show.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:48 PM)
    @Emma But do you think Flay was intended to be hated?

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