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Big Windup is a comedy series that deals with the sport of baseball. It was created by Asa Higuchi. It was a series that began in 2003 and premiered in Japan on the station known as TBS. The show premiered in the international market on Animax in both English language networks and Asian Animax Asia networks as well. This series won numerous awards including the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for best creative work in 2006. It also wan the Kodansha Manga Award for general Manga.

This particular show is set in a city known as Saitama and follows the events in the life of Ren Mihashi. Ren was an ace pitcher on his middle school baseball team. However it is known that he got the opportunity due to his grandfather owning the school. Despite being the best pitcher on his team, his teammates disliked him very much. Unfortunately for Ren and his team they lost all of their games. Due to the lack of success by his team, Mihashi begins to believe that he is a below average pitcher and graduates middle school with a low self esteem. However in reality he is not lousy at baseball and is actually an excellent one. The reason why his team lost was due to a lack of communication which included not planning an effective strategy to defeat their opponents. Ren transfers to Nishiura High School and contemplates quitting baseball due to believing that he isn't good enough to be a legitimate contributor. While looking to quit baseball, he is convinced by Nishiura's baseball team coach to play for the team. While playing on the team Ren gets taller, gains more confidence, develops better skills and therefore helps his team succeed with his superior abilities.

The show was made by Asa Higuchi as he grew up in Saitama and therefore learned about baseball. She was inspired by a high school baseball team and therefore came up with the idea to make a show about the sport. After some time she began to come up with characters and develop a story about a baseball pitcher. Her experiences and knowledge of the sport and her own local high school baseball competition allowed her to come up with her show's plot.

Funimation
1 Season, 26 Episodes - Ended
April 12, 2007
Animation & Cartoons
8.0/10
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Big Windup Full Episode Guide

  • Abe wasn't a fan of Haruna, but there's a lot to like about the guy. He's tall, good-looking, has a one-in-a-million arm, and he wants to win no matter what.

  • While his teammates celebrate their amazing and unexpected victory, poor Mihashi can only sleep and sleep and sleep some more.

  • Heading into the bottom of the ninth, Nishiura clings to a one run lead, and Mihashi and Abe are ready to bring the victory home!

  • As the final inning begins, things look bleak for Nishiura. They've fought and clawed and left everything they've got on the field, but Tosei leads by a run.

  • Tied 3-3 in the last of the eighth, Tosei will do anything to avoid losing to a bunch of first years - even they have to bunt their way home.

  • Tosei rallies to take the lead, but Tajima comes to the plate determined to put his team back on top.

  • When a pitcher doesn't have great stuff, he has to be crafty. But even with Abe's game plan, the momentum shifts to Tosei in the bottom of the seventh.

  • Tosei put some serious pressure on Mihashi in the bottom of the fourth, but stingy defense and Tajima's instincts help them escape without allowing a run.

  • A close game quickly becomes a chess match with both coaches anticipating the other's next move. Mihashi's hitting his spots, but the opposing team's strategy leads to crowded base paths.

  • Despite a base-running blunder, Nishiura draws first blood! Staked to a one run lead, Mihashi just has to keep the other team in check.

  • A Nishiura rally in the second puts runners in scoring position, but it means Mihashi's gonna have to step into the batter's box - the one place Abe can't help him.

  • Play ball! The game starts with a surprise as Nishiura gets the lead-off hitter on base against their talented opponents.

  • The summer baseball tournament is about to begin, and the players are itching to get on the field. Now, if only Mihashi can just stay cool.

  • They may be facing the toughest game of their lives, but the Nishiura nine aren't gonna roll over and die. This team has plenty of fight left in it!

  • Team Nishiura is stoked about playing in the prestigious summer tournament, but there's a catch - they have to play Tosei, the defending champs, in the first round.

  • When Coach Momoe and Abe discuss the need for a second pitcher, Mihashi sees his dreams - and his special day - going up in flames.

  • When the Nishiura nine attend a tournament, Mihashi gets a chance to see Abe's old pitcher light up the radar gun.

  • Mihashi should be fired up about beating his old team, but instead he's obsessing over Haruna - the star pitcher at Abe's old school.

  • Mihashi's mowing down batters until an error by the left fielder gives his old team new life. With their lead cut in half, the Nishiura players start to tense up.

  • The game is scoreless through three innings, and Mihashi's locked in a pitcher's duel with his old backup. As usual, Abe is at the center of all the action.

  • Mihashi takes the mound, but he's shaking in his stirrups. His old teammates weren't his biggest fans, and they can't wait to take some vicious cuts against him.

  • Mihashi still doubts himself, and Abe always has to be the boss. If the Nishiura nine want to beat Mihashi's old team, pitcher and catcher must learn to trust each other.

  • Mihashi wants to be an ace, but he's got no confidence. That's where Abe comes in. Every pitcher needs a good catcher, and Mihashi's new teammate is magic behind the plate.

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