List of Big Windup! episodes
This is a list episodes for the Japanese anime series, Big Windup!. The English titles for the first season are according to the names used by Funimation Entertainment. English titles in the other seasons are not official.
The first season, produced in 2007, was entitled Ōkiku Furikabutte (おおきく振りかぶって?). It was produced by the Japanese animation studio A-1 Pictures and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. It was released in English by Funimation under the title Big Windup! – Oofuri. The series contains 25 episodes which aired between April 12 and September 27 on a number of Japanese television networks including TBS, MBS, BS-i, and CBC. An additional special episode based on the one shot "The Basic of Basics" was only included in the 9th volume of the DVD's.
The story follows the story of Ren Mihashi, a pitcher who was blamed by his middle school team for their string of losses, and as a result suffers from low self-esteem and transfers to a different high school. There, the school's first baseball team is being formed and Mihashi reluctantly joins as their Ace Pitcher. 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. There are two opening and ending theme songs for the series. The first is "Dramatic" (ドラマチック Doramachikku?), sung by Base Ball Bear, and the second is "Seishun Line" (青春ライン), by Ikimonogakari. "Medaka no Mita Niji" (メダカの見た虹), performed by Kozue Takada, is the first ending theme, and the second is "Arigatō" (ありがとう), by SunSet Swish.
A second season was announced in the 13th volume of the manga. It began in 2010 and was entitled Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ (おおきく振りかぶって ～夏の大会編～?). It was produced by the same team as the first season and contains thirteen episodes which aired between April 1 and June 24 on several Japanese television networks, such as TBS and MBS.
The story picks up where the first season left off, as the Nishiura High School baseball team continues to compete in the High School Baseball Invitational Tournament with the aim of playing in the finals at legendary Hanshin Kōshien Stadium. The opening theme is "Natsuzora" (夏空?), performed by Galileo Galilei, and the ending theme is "Shisō Densha" (思想電?), by CureaL.
In 2011, an additional episode taking place between 12 and 13 (in season 2) was included in the last OVA, bringing the total of episodes in season 2 to 14, and the total for the entire anime series to 40.
Ōkiku Furikabutte (2007)
|#||Title||Original air date|
|01||"The Real Ace"
"Hontō no Esu" (ホントのエース)
|April 12, 2007|
|Mihashi is a freshman in high school, and has just transferred to Nishiura High School, a school not known for its baseball. However, after he is forced into joining the team by its new female coach, he befriends the catcher Abe, who becomes his main supporter in the future.|
|02||"The Catcher's Role"
"Kyāchā no Yakuwari" (キャッチャーの役割)
|April 19, 2007|
|The baseball team at Nishiura High School heads out to a training camp. As everyone is preparing for their first practice match against Mihashi's old school, Mihoshi High School, Abe realizes that the catcher's role is not just on the field but is also to encourage and to protect the pitcher and his well being.|
|03||"The Practice Match"
"Renshū Shiai" (練習試合)
|April 26, 2007|
|The practice game between Nishiura High and Mihoshi, Mihashi's old school, is about to start. However, before the game starts Mihashi loses his confidence and runs behind the club building. Hatake, the catcher from Mihoshi, followed him and begins to harass him to the point of threatening to break his arm for the lost games in middle school. It becomes apparent that Mihashi's lack of confidence stems from the constant bullying and scorn of his former teammates. Abe rescues Mihashi, he also convinced him to play and thus the game begins.|
|May 3, 2007|
|Mihashi is pitching nicely, outing all of Mihoshi’s batters so far. At the top of the 2nd inning, Tajima easily hits Kanō’s forkball. Hanai tries to compete with Tajima and do the same, but strikes out instead. Momoe then stresses the importance of the team to work together, because Tajima needs the help of his team mates in order to score runs since he is too small to hit home runs on his own. During the bottom of the 2nd, Kanō explains to Oda the secret behind Mihashi’s fastball, saying that it is "faster than a slow fastball", which is why it is hard to hit.|
|05||"Don’t Cut Corners"
"Te wo Mekuna" (手を抜くな)
|May 10, 2007|
|With nice team work, Nishiura is able to score two consecutive runs easily. Meanwhile, tension is rising between Kanō and the rest of his team. They end up having an argument, but eventually cooled down and resolved to win the game against Nishiura to prove once and for all that Kanō is the better pitcher. Witnessing from the sidelines, Mihashi seems to be longing to join back with his old team, but Abe decides to do his best to get Mihashi to acknowledge him and Nishiura as the team in which Mihashi belongs to.|
|06||"Requirements for Pitchers"
"Tōshu no Jyōken" (投手の条件)
|May 17, 2007|
|Going into the bottom of the 7th inning, Kanō finally goes into detail about how great Mihashi’s control really is, and Mihoshi’s substitute coach comes up with a plan. Abe tried to aim for a perfect game (not letting any opposing players to get onto base), but because Mizutani missed the ball, the perfect game was lost. Abe then was determined to have a no hit and no run game, but since Oda followed the coach’s plan, Oda was able to assist his teammate to run home. To make matters worse, Hatake was able to rally by hitting a home run, placing Mihoshi in the lead. However, despite the devastation, Mihashi still has the will to keep on pitching.|
|07||"I Want to Play Baseball!"
"Yakyū Shitai" (野球したい)
|May 24, 2007|
|Through good teamwork, Nishiura was able to rally and gain back the lead. After winning the game, Mihashi’s old teammates finally acknowledge their mistakes and ask for his forgiveness and to come back. Mihashi declines, but he says that he liked getting the chance to play a proper game of baseball with everyone. After returning to their training camp, Mihashi finally is able to fall asleep.|
|08||"An Amazing Pitcher"
"Sugoi Tōshu" (スゴイ投手?)
|May 31, 2007|
|On the way to practice, Mihashi meets Sakaeguchi and learns about the Senior League, Abe was teamed up with an "amazing pitcher". During practice, Shiga-sensei teaches all of the players how to meditate, saying that it will help them build a relaxing reflex that they can use when they are in a pinch. Thus, the team starts to perform a 5-minute daily routine of meditating before practice. After a bit of practice, Momoe takes the team to go see a prefecture tournament game, Urawa Composite vs. Musashino First. There it turns out that the "amazing pitcher", Haruna, pitches for Musashino.|
|June 7, 2007|
|Abe’s past relationship with Haruna is revealed, showing the circumstances that led Abe to consider Haruna to be the worst pitcher instead of one of the best. However, instead of easing his worries after Abe’s explanation, Mihashi is still extremely intimidated by Haruna because he sees how much of an impact Haruna has been in Abe’s life.|
|10||"Bit by Bit"
"Chaku chaku To" (ちゃくちゃくと)
|June 14, 2007|
|In order to be able to play two practice games, everyone on the team must be able to play at least two different positions. At first, Mihashi is against the idea, but after being reassured that he is the ace of the team and that Abe will always be his catcher, Mihashi accepts the circumstances. Thus, Hanai and Oki have the role of substitute pitchers, while the substitute catcher is Tajima. At the end of practice, the team unanimously voted for Hanai to become captain, and Abe and Sakaeguchi become vice-captains. With finals coming up, the team decides to study altogether to make sure that everyone passes. Taking this opportunity in the guise of studying, Mihashi invites everyone to come to his house on his birthday. The team ends up celebrating not only Mihashi’s birthday, but also the birthdays of Hanai and Suyama, whose birthdays had already passed. After eating, Abe shows the rest of the team how truly amazing Mihashi’s control truly is by having Mihashi pitch at his target.|
|11||"The Summer Starts"
"Natsu ga Hajimaru" (夏がはじまる)
|June 21, 2007|
|The Summer National Senior High School Baseball Championship Saitama Tournament is about to start. Overall, 170 schools in the area gathered together in order to draw lots to determine whom they would be playing against. Unfortunately, for Nishiura, Hanai’s bad luck with lottery picking landed them against Tōsei for their first game. In order to prepare, Momoe makes the team start practice at 5 in the morning since Nishiura’s field doesn’t have any lighting for the team to practice late. After coming back from the tournament meeting, Hamada comes to greet the team and officially reunites with his childhood friend Mihashi. In addition, Hamada asks permission to start a cheer squad on behalf of the baseball team.|
|12||"The Cheering Squad"
|June 28, 2007|
|During practice, the team, with the addition of Hamada, continues to meditate, but this time start to actively train their relaxing reflex to trigger with the presence of a third base runner. Momoe and Shiga stress to Hamada the importance of the cheer squad, because the mood of the audience can make a break the team’s moral and ability to play.|
|13||"The Summer Tournament Begins"
"Natsutai Kaishi" (夏大開始)
|July 5, 2007|
|The team has been working hard to prepare for the game against Tōsei, to the point that even the team manager, Shinōka collapses from exhaustion because she had pulled an all-nighter writing a detailed report on Tōsei’s battery and batters. Everyone is being worked up about the game, including all of the boys’ mothers and the other members of the cheer squad and audience (over 200 other students) that Hamada was able to recruit.|
|July 12, 2007|
|The first game of the summer tournament begins. Everyone is present, including the big crowd that Hamada recruited has to come to the game. Mihashi and the team are starting well; unfortunately, Tajima could not connect with any of the break balls thrown at him and gets struck out.|
|15||"The First Run of the Game"
|July 19, 2007|
|The Tōsei batters are getting perplexed by Mihashi’s pitching since the balls appear to be easy, but are hard to connect. During Nishiura’s at bat, Tajima is able to steal (figure out) Takase’s pitching motion, so he was able to guide Hanai into stealing second base. However, with two out, Tōsei tried to pick Mihashi out, since he was too far away from first base. It’s a race to see whether Tōsei can out Mihashi, or if Hanai can reach home first.|
|July 26, 2007|
|Tōsei still does not know what to make of Mihashi’s pitches, and Nishiura is still hanging on. Nishiura had a chance to get another run in, but the Tōsei battery once again made Tajima strike out. During the bottom of the 3rd, Mihashi’s female cousin, Ruri, arrived at the stadium to cheer for Mihashi.|
|17||"The Third Runner"
"Sādo Rannā" (サードランナー)
|August 2, 2007|
|Tōsei comes back with a counter attack plan, playing to the basics and hitting grounders. Though Nishiura is still hanging onto their lead, they are playing hard defence. In addition, the team is starting to use their relaxing reflex, since there is a "third-base runner".|
|August 9, 2007|
|After getting on base because of a dead ball caused by the rain, Mihashi and the rest of his team work hard in order to get one more run before the inning ends.|
|19||"Tōsei’s Real Power"
"Tōsei no Jitsuryoku" (桐青の実力)
|August 16, 2007|
|Tōsei continues with their attack plan, concentrating on hitting Mihashi’s curveball, and manage to get in one run. Nishiura gets into a little mishap, because Mihashi gets a nose bleed, making Abe worry about Mihashi’s condition and whether or not he can pitch. However, it was lucky that this didn’t happen until after the 5th inning, so Mihashi was able to rest for a bit while the field underwent maintenance. The 6th inning doesn’t progress much better for Nishiura, as Tōsei ties the score.|
|20||"Turning the Tables"
|August 23, 2007|
|Though Nishiura is playing a good defence, the lucky breaks that Tōsei keep on having make the members of Nishiura seem clumsy. The mound becomes slipper as the rain pours down harder, causing Mihashi to lose his footing and throw a wild pitch, giving Tōsei the opportunity to steal another run. To make matters worse, Mihashi’s fever is rising, but after Ruri tells him that Kanō and Mihoshi won their game, "Ren-Ren" has renewed strength and will to pitch the rest of the game.|
|21||"One More Run"
"Mō Itten" (もう一点)
|August 30, 2007|
|Tajima once again strikes out, but is able to help his team mates successfully steal bases once he enters the coaching box again. With a nice hit from Mizutani, Suyama gains another point for Nishiura. Hanai also tries to steal another run on the same play, but is stopped by Kawai. Tajima feels down because he hasn’t been able to contribute any runs, but the other guys cheer him up by saying that they will get him another chance to bat once more.|
|September 6, 2007|
|Tōsei takes several gamble plays and is able to get one more run in to take the lead once again. On the second attempt at a run, Mihashi paused briefly before throwing the ball back home, for he was afraid that Abe would be injured. Abe got angry with Mihashi but assured him that he would keep his promise not to be injured.|
"Genmitsu ni" (ゲンミツに)
|September 13, 2007|
|Nishiura is desperate now to get their batters onto the plates in order to have a chance at winning. The team hangs in the game long enough for Tajima to have one more at bat chance, with two runners on third and second base, and two outs. Tajima is finally able to hit Takase’s sinker, thus allowing Nishiura to take back the lead with two runs.|
|24||"The End of the Game"
|September 20, 2007|
|Now that they have the lead, Nishiura must make sure that they don’t allow any more runs. Abe wants Mihashi to keep pitching his fastball, but Mihashi feels insecure, and is practically out of gas. Even still, Mihashi does not want to get off the mount and sticks in there until the very end. After losing the game, Tōsei is devastated but manage to congratulate Nishiura. Mihashi falls into a deep sleep after the game. Tōsei's back up cather runs into Tajima and asks for his email address because he is in such awe of him|
|25||"After One Win"
"Hitotsu Katte" (ひとつ勝って)
|September 27, 2007|
|Taking place one day after the big game, Mihashi is still sick and is ignoring Abe's text messages thinking he is mad at him for not giving up the mound. However, Tajima reveals that he and Izumi and going to Mihashi's for curry and Hanai and Abe tag along. Abe begins to mull over why Mihashi is ignoring him and concludes that perhaps Mihashi hates him. When they arrive at the house, Mihashi reveals he has lost 3kg making Abe furious and he begins to yell at Mihashi but stops and changes tactics which confuses Mihashi more. Tajima also reveals that he hurt his hand during his last at bat. As the boys eat, they reveal the reasons they all chose Nishiura and watch the recap of the games. Mihashi apologizes for not giving up the mound and Abe tells him that it was a lie, he never wanted him to give up the mound. Hanai shows Mihashi notes from the team meeting and the notes reveal how everyone praises Mihashi's pitching and he is shocked that they think so highly of him. Later, Mihashi calls Kanō and reports their win.|
|OVA||"The Basics of Basics"
"Kihon no Kihon" (基本のキホン)
|Unaired (DVD Only) or (Funimation's Official Website & YouTube Channel)|
|(One year before the beginning of the story) Kaguyama feels intimidated by Haruna’s presence on the baseball team for he feels that his positioned as the ace pitcher is threatened. Kaguyama wants to quit, but Haruna talks him out of it after telling Kaguyama about his own past.|
Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~ (2010)
|#||Title||Original air date|
"Tsugi Wa?" (次は？)
|April 1, 2010|
The episode begins with a combo play by Tajima and Mihashi in a gym period soccer game. Meanwhile, Shinooka is approached by her friends to become cheerleaders for the clubs ouendan. During lunch break Mihashi, Izumi, Hanada and Tajima discuss the eventuality of making it into the news when Hanada brings up Momoe-san in the conversation over food. The team later attends a match between two schools, where the winner is scheduled to be Nishiura'a next opponent.Momoe-san also reveals the positions for the next game and displays her persuasive skills in convincing the injured Tajima to give up the cleanup hitter spot
|April 8, 2010|
The episode continues where the last one left off, i.e. with the Nishiura team watching the Sakitama match and is set off with the arrival of Mrs. Hanai and Mrs. Abe (Captain Hanai and catcher Abe's moms). They speak with Momoe-san about the game recording as well as little bit about Momoe's past , where it is revealed that she was the baseball club's manager in the past. The Nishiura team discusses Sakitama's catcher who is a first year but has a 100 batting average, while Abe checks on Mihashi and discovers that his loud voice is what stops him getting through to Mihashi. Finally after seeing Sakura Daiichi's homerun hit...Abe decides giving him a walk is the safest meanwhile Hanada is warned against skipping school in order to support Nishiura during the match in the end under Abe's initiation, the team as a whole decides to aim for a called gamescore: 0-2
"3 Kaisen" (3回戦)
|April 15, 2010|
The episode begins with catching practice among the players of Nishiura, where through Sakaeguchi's speculations, the reason for Mihashi's obsession with the pitcher's mound is revealed! Just before the game begins,with Sakitama having chosen offence, Momoe-san tells Hanai that he can be the hero today, a statement which slightly throws him off. The game begins and Hanai does a squeeze play as cleanup, however Tajima asks him not to be content with just this and Hanai is at a loss for how to react. During defense Mihashi and Abe give Sakura a walk as planned, and Mihashi handles the jeering from the crowds. While during offence Abe steals a base as catcher Daichi Sakura misinterprets a sacrificial bunt and Mihashin shows his conviction to help with the called game by trying to hit the ball!score: 0-2, 0-1
|04||"Baseball Is Hard"
"Yakyuu Shindoi" (野球シンドイ)
|April 22, 2010|
|05||"I Want to Play Baseball"
"Yakyuu Yaritai" (野球やりたい)
|April 29, 2010|
|Nishiura wins against Sakitama in a called game 8-0.|
|May 6, 2010|
|Nishiura meets the baseball members of Sakitama in the train and are asked for practice games. Abe tells Mihashi to stop practicing his pitches since there will be consecutive games after their third game. The 'cheer girls' prepare their cheering outfits now that the team has won their second game. Nishiura arrives at the stadium, and sits in the bleachers.|
"Yuruyaka na Henka" (ゆるやかな変化)
|May 13, 2010|
|Nishiura's third game against Kounan starts. Bijou's coaches observe the game, and deduce that the catcher is deciding all of the pitches, and that Nishiura's pitcher has perfect control. Nishiura wins 6-3. Mihashi is approached by Abe's father, who asks him if he is scared of Abe. Mihashi says yes. Mihashi returns home, where his father is waiting. At home, Abe is questioned by his father about his relationship with Mihashi. Shimizu, a female reporter, finally gets the clear to cover Nishiura. Nishiura is about to start their next game with Bijoudai-Sayama.|
"5 Kaisen" (5 回戦)
|May 20, 2010|
|Nishiura's game against Bijoudai-Sayama starts. Knowing that Abe carefully considers each player's pitch preferences, the opposing team quickly gains runs. Mihashi questions why the opposing team seems to only swing on pitches that seem to be the opposite of what they like, and Momoe and Abe realise that Bijou must have gathered a lot of data on Nishiura. Momoe notices that even the defense against them is skewed toward Nishiura's tendencies. Abe and Mihashi create a sign for a fake refusal of a sign to throw off Bijou. First inning (3-0), second inning (1-0).|
"Kenkyuu Sareteru" (研究されてる)
|May 27, 2010|
|Although Nishiura has discovered the extent of Bijou's planning against them, Abe decides to simulate ignorance to turn their information to Nishiura's advantage. Third inning (0-1). Suspicious, the senior captain that gave information about Nishiura to Bijou questions Bijou's coach Roka about Bijou's regular catcher's frequent glances at Roka, and decides to stay sitting next him to stop him from giving out signs from the benches and making the game unfair. Fourth inning (0-1). Although Bijou starts wondering if Nishiura has caught on to their strategy, they aren't quite sure.|
|10||"Bottom Of The 5th, 2-5"
"5 kai ura, 2 tai 5" (5回裏, 2対5)
|June 3, 2010|
|Momoe is infuriated to learn that Mihashi has never shaken off a pitch call from Abe, but decides not to scold Mihashi until after the game to preserve Mihashi's focus on the game. Takenouchi, Bijou's first pitcher, is replaced by Kashima as pitcher. Takenouchi replaces Kitamura as left fielder. Kashima's pitches are faster than Nishiura is used to by players and they have difficulty hitting. To avoid stepping on Kurata's arm in a successful dive toward home, Abe sprains his left knee. Tajima replaces Abe as catcher. Nishihiro plays left field and Mizutani plays third. Mihashi and the team resolves to do their best to make up for Abe's absence. Fifth inning (1-2), sixth inning (0-0), seventh inning (1-x)|
|11||"Because I'm The Ace"
"Eusu Dakara" (エースだから)
|June 10, 2010|
|At the bottom of the seventh, the Tajima-Mihashi battery gives up two runs. Bijou figures out that Momoe is calling out strikes or balls. After Mihashi easily acquiesces to Abe's order to listen to Tajima's calls, Abe starts to feel guilty about Mihashi's absolute obedience to him and resolves to apologize after the game. Mihashi feels guilty that Abe is the only one to strategize and has to look after him. Eighth inning (0-1).|
"9 Kaisen" (9 回)
|June 17, 2010|
|Mihashi goes past his 100th pitch. Momoe realises Bijou has decoded Nishiura's signs. Momoe tells Tajima to decide pitches with Mihashi. After a three-run homer, Mihashi is badly shaken up and ends up giving up a walk to the next batter, unable to locate his pitches. Mihashi sees the importance of a pitcher's decision to follow the catcher's signs. Mihashi manages to strike-out the next batter, Kurata, the catcher, in that mindset. Bijou's Kashima is replaced by Takenouchi as pitcher. Moriya replaces Takenouchi in left field. Nishihiro, the reserve player, gets the last at-bat with two outs, but strikes out and the game ends with the ninth inning (4-1). Nishiura loses 11-6. Although they've lost, Momoe tells them to look forward to the Newcomers Tournament and the Fall Tournament.|
|13||"We Start Again"
"Mata Hajimaru" (また始まる)
|June 24, 2010|
|The newcomers tournament begins in two weeks. Captain Hanai suggests the team set goals for themselves. Everyone desires to go to Koushien, but the team lacks a consensus on how far they aim to go in the tournament. Only Mihashi and Tajima wrote winning the championship because the rest of the team lacked the resolve after losing their last game. Hanai asks Mihashi to explain what he wrote but Mihashi felt insecure about his reasoning, and says he didn't give it much thought. Abe sends Mihashi a text after practice is over to reply immediately so they could talk. The manager admits to Mihashi that she saw his text, and suggests visiting Abe instead. Tajima and another teammate offer to go with Mihashi. Abe's little brother greets them, excited to recognize Tajima. Abe believes his knee will just barely recover in time for the newcomers tournament. Waiting for their food to arrive, Abe's little brother drags Tajima off to have him teach him some pointers. Abe apologizes to Mihashi when they are alone for getting injured and breaking his promise to catch all his games, and for telling him in the beginning to never shake off his signs. Mihashi tells Abe about his happiness at feeling like he was relied on by Tajima in his last game when he shook off a sign for the first time, because he felt as if he was being relied on. He asks Abe to rely on him as well, and Abe agrees. Mihashi smiles, which shocks Abe, who hadn't seen Mihashi smile yet. Mihashi hands over the practice notes to Abe, who is surprised at Mihashi's goal of "Koushien Champions." Abe states he will state the same goal. After they eat, Mihashi and Tajima leave. On the way back, Mihashi gets a text from Kanou stating Mihoshi lost their game. Mihashi is fired up, and firmly states to Tajima that he wants to accomplish a national conquest at Koushien.|
|An extra included in the last DVD collection that takes place before the last episode.|
- "Official website listing of TV episodes from Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~" (in Japanese). A-1 Pictures. Retrieved 2011-01-21.