The series was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and produced by A-1 Pictures. The first season of the series was aired in Japan from April to September 2007, having the total of 25 episodes. An unaired OVA was included in the release of DVD and in Funimation's official website and youtube channel. Episode 1 - 13 has "Dramatic (ドラマチック)" by Base Ball Bear as its opening theme and "Medaka no Mita Niji (メダカの見た虹)" by Kozue Takada as its ending theme. For episodes 14 - 25 and OVA, "Seishun Line (青春ライン)" by Ikimonogakari and "Arigatou (ありがとう)" by SunSet Swish were the opening theme and ending theme, respectively. [1] The second season was entitled Ookiku Furikabutte: The Summer Tournament Chapter (おおきく振りかぶって ~夏の大会編~ Ōkiku Furikabutte ~Natsu no Taikai-hen~) and was aired from April to June 2010 with 13 episodes + 1 unaired OVA. "Natsuzora" (夏空) by Galileo Galilei is the second season's opening theme while "Shisō Densha" (思想電車) by CureaL is the ending theme. [2]

Funimation acquired the North American license of the first season under the name Big Windup! and made its debut on March 14, 2011 on the Funimation Channel. Funimation announced that they do not have any plans to acquire the license for the second season. [3]

However, Nozomi Entertainment announced at Anime Expo that they will release the second season. Nozomi will release it with Japanese audio, English subtitles, and on-screen translations. [4]

Season 1[5][6]Edit

Volume 1
# Title Air Date
1 OofuriS1E01 The Real Ace
Hontō no Esu (ホントのエース)
April 12, 2007
Nishiura's formation and meeting with the coach, Maria Momoe, and advisor, Tsuyoshi Shida. Abe is challenging Hanai in a three-at-bat game while making Mihashi gains some confidence. At the end of the game, Momoe confronts Mihashi to change his personality if he wants to become the ace of the team.
2 OofuriS1E02 The Catcher's Role
Kyāchā no Yakuwari (キャッチャーの役割)
April 19, 2007
The team is going to Gunma Prefecture for the training camp and the game against Mihoshi Academy. Abe and Mihashi are tasked to improve the power of Mihashi's "fastball". Before dinner, Shiga-sensei taught of improving concentration through eating. While the team is busy on the pillow fight, Momoe talks to Abe and believes that Abe will manage to understand the role of the catcher.
Volume 2
# Title Air Date
3 OofuriS1E03 The Practice Match
Renshū Shiai (練習試合)
April 26, 2007
After meal, Momoe had the activity of improving peripheral vision and instant recognition. At the day of the game, Hatake approaches Mihashi but was stopped by Abe. Abe manages to regain Mihashi's confidence on pitching. Nishiura's first offence ends with three players struck out and Mihoshi's first offence is about to start.
4 OofuriS1E04 The Play
Purei (プレイ)
May 3, 2007
Mihashi manages to strike out the batters at Mihoshi's offence. At second inning, Tajima hits while Hanai is struck out because he tries to compete with Tajima but swears to do better to advance the runner. At Oda's at-bat, Abe collects some data and learns that someone from Mihoshi knows about Mihashi's pitch. After at-bat, Kanou explains Mihashi's pitch to Oda. When Kanou learns that Oda is not serious on the game, he confronts Oda that he does not want to lose to Mihashi.
5 OofuriS1E05 Don’t Cut Corners
Te wo Mekuna (手を抜くな)
May 10, 2007
Nishiura manages to score two runs while tension is increasing on Mihoshi. After cooling down, Mihoshi resolves to beat Nishiura in order to prove that Kanou is the better pitcher. From the sidelines, Mihashi is longing to go back to his former teammates while Abe wants to prove that Nishiura needs him more than his former teammates.
Volume 3
# Title Air Date
6 OofuriS1E06 Requirements for Pitchers
Tōshu no Jyōken (投手の条件)
May 17, 2007
After Kanou explains to team about Mihashi's control, the substitute coach gives a plan on how they may able to hit Mihashi's pitches. Abe fails to have a perfect game due to Mizutani's missed catch. Due to Oda's hit and Hatake's homerun, Mihoshi manages to overtake Nishiura in the game. In spite of this, Mihashi has not lose his confidence to pitch.
7 OofuriS1E07 I Want to Play Baseball
Yakyū Shitai (野球したい)
May 24, 2007
At their offence, Nishiura manages to regain their lead. Mihoshi tries to regain the momentum but fails. As Nishiura readies to leave, Mihashi is approached by his former teammates and asks for his apology and returns to his old team. Mihashi declines, telling them that he is already happy with Nishiura and he manages to play with his old team. At the training site, Mihashi finally manages to sleep - with Momoe telling Abe that Mihashi trusts Abe as Abe gives Mihashi his trust.
8 OofuriS1E08 An Amazing Pitcher
Sugoi Tōshu (スゴイ投手?)
May 31, 2007
While going to school for practice, Sakaeguchi talks about Abe being teamed up with an "amazing pitcher" in the Seniors League. During practice, Shiga gives a discussion about meditation. After the lessons and some batting practice, the team goes to the stadium to watch the game between Urawa Sogo and Musashino where Abe meets Haruna, his former partner - the "amazing pitcher".
Volume 4
# Title Air Date
9 OofuriS1E09 The Past
Kako (過去)
June 7, 2007
Abe shares his past with Haruna to Mihashi and Sakaeguchi - the reason he calls Haruna the "worst pitcher". Abe admits that Haruna is an "amazing pitcher" but he is the worst as the team's ace. For Mihashi, he believes that Abe only wanted to have a good battery with Haruna. After the game, Haruna failed to talk to Abe as Nishiura has already left the stands. Akimaru recalls how bad Haruna's personality back in middle school, and due to Abe, Haruna managed to return to normal.
10 OofuriS1E10 Bit by Bit
Chaku chaku To (ちゃくちゃくと)
June 14, 2007
Mihashi is against the idea of having another pitcher and catcher but the team reassures that he is the ace and Abe as his catcher. After practice, Hanai is chosen as the team captain via unanimous vote and Abe and Sakaeguchi are chosen as vice-captains.The team decides to study altogether as the exams are fast approaching and due to their coach's demands. Mihashi invites the team for his birthday celebration in guise of group study. After the celebration, Abe shows to everyone Mihashi's pitching control using the 3x3-section strike zone. Mihashi starts to gain some courage and wants to go to Koushien as well, together with the team.
11 OofuriS1E11 The Summer Starts
Natsu ga Hajimaru (夏がはじまる)
June 21, 2007
The Saitama Tournament is about to start, so the baseball teams all gather together to draw lots to see which teams they will be playing against. The captains all go up to pick out a ticket, and Hanai ends up picking Tosei, the previous champions. After the lottery, Mihashi reunites with Hamada, his childhood friend, who later asks if he can start a cheer squad.
Volume 5
# Title Air Date
12 OofuriS1E12 The Cheering Squad
Ōendan (応援団)
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 morale and ability to play.
13 OofuriS1E13 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.
14 OofuriS1E14 Challenge
Idome! (挑め!)
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.
Volume 6
# Title Air Date
15 OofuriS1E15 The First Run of the Game
Senshuten (先取点)
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.
16 OofuriS1E16 Don't Underestimate
Anadoruna (あなどるな)
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 OofuriS1E17 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".
Volume 7
# Title Air Date
18 OofuriS1E18 Another Score
Tsuikaden (追加点)
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 OofuriS1E19 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 OofuriS1E20 Turning the Tables
Gyakuten (逆転)
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.
Volume 8
# Title Air Date
21 OofuriS1E21 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.
22 OofuriS1E22 Defense!
Fusege! (防げ)
September 6, 2007
T ōsei 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.
23 OofuriS1E23 Precisely
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.
Volume 9
# Title Air Date
24 OofuriS1E24 The End of the Game
Ketchaku (決着)
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 OofuriS1E25 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 OofuriS1SP The Basics of the 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.

Season 2 [7][8]Edit

Volume 1
# Title Air Date
1 OofuriS2E01 What's Next?
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 clean up hitter spot.

2 OofuriS2E02 Sakitama
Sakitama (崎玉)
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 game, scoring 0-2.
Volume 2
# Title Air Date
3 OofuriS2E03 Third Match
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 clean up, 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! The score was 0-2, respectively 0-1.
4 OofuriS2E04 Baseball Is Hard
Yakyuu Shindoi (野球シンドイ)
April 22, 2010
Volume 3
# Title Air Date
5 OofuriS2E05 (EP5) I Want to Play Baseball (Anime)
Yakyuu Yaritai (野球やりたい)
April 29, 2010
Nishiura wins against Sakitama in a called game 8-0.
6 OofuriS2E06 Important
Daiji (大事)
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.
Volume 4
# Title Air Date
7 OofuriS2E07 Slow Change
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.
8 OofuriS2E08 Fifth Match
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).
Volume 5
# Title Air Date
9 OofuriS2E09 Doing Research
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 OofuriS2E10 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)
Volume 6
# Title Air Date
11 OofuriS2E11 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).
12 OofuriS2E12 9th Inning
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.
Volume 7
# Title Air Date
12.5 (OVA) OofuriS2E12.5 Goal
Mokuhyō (目標)
January 2011
An extra included in the last DVD collection that takes place before the last episode.
13 OofuriS2E13 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.