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ChiisaiObake



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:17 pm Reply with quote
I have wished for this day for so long!

And it's FUNimation, no less! What more could I possibly ask for?

You all just made my day. Smile So much love.
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Monsieur Pink



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:20 pm Reply with quote
Is that the baseball series Bateszi was raving about? Colored me interested.
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HellKorn



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:25 pm Reply with quote
My thoughts:

Wow.

Them licensing this and Shigurui has given me infinite hope for Mononoke.

I'm definitely buying this. Sure, it's overtly open to the yaoi fangirls and has its share of melodrama, but bottom line it's also very good with its respect to baseball, characterization that isn't shallow and rather high production values.
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vojozo



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:36 pm Reply with quote
Surprised really didn't see this one coming..... great to hear though *been wanting to check this series out* and its about baseball!
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wanderingwilbur



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 6:51 pm Reply with quote
I stumbled across this series a short while ago and i love it. Even with the high praise it has received i never ever thought a baseball anime/manga would be licensed here. Im in on this one. Tajima is awesome!
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Teriyaki Terrier



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:07 pm Reply with quote
Although I'll probably rent this on Netflix when released, I heard the main character is similar to Shinji Ikari from Eva. Is this true?

Because I really don't think I can watch a series with a character like Shinji.
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the_seventh_l



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:12 pm Reply with quote
AWESOME! Very Happy Thank you Funi!
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Hagaren_Otaku726



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:21 pm Reply with quote
Usually I'm not too interested in sports anime/manga, but Oofuri caught my eye when it got a spot in an issue of Newtype USA a while back.
I think it's worth a look; it seems to be pretty good from what I've heard. It's another license I really didn't see coming (But Dokuro-chan from Media Blasters still takes the cake several times over)
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kyokun703
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:24 pm Reply with quote
HellKorn wrote:
Sure, it's overtly open to the yaoi fangirls and has its share of melodrama, but bottom line it's also very good with its respect to baseball, characterization that isn't shallow and rather high production values.

How does this pander to the yaoi fangirls? Just because it's a large male cast?

I'm interested by the high outpouring of admiration from is thread and AoDVD; I'm curious what exactly everyone likes about this series other than just, "This is awesome!"

Also would a non-baseball fan like this? I reluctantly veered away from Hajime no Ippo even though it got rave reviews because I simply detest boxing. However, I have no strong aversion to baseball; the sport itself I just find uninteresting for the most part.
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GATSU



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:27 pm Reply with quote
I guess that means Del Rey's releasing the manga here.
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calimike



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:49 pm Reply with quote
I did watch ep 1 & 2 and become interesting in series. I want to buy them since no one license big windup! I was happy after ANN report Fun get Big Windup!. I wonder Fun is plan to release volume or setbox (whole or separate part 1,2 and 3 etc...)
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HellKorn



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:09 pm Reply with quote
kyokun703 wrote:
How does this pander to the yaoi fangirls? Just because it's a large male cast?


There are archetypes that are ripped right out of shoujo with a yaoi bent, along with lines and relationships that have an obvious homosexual bent.

It also apparently gives a lot of material to the yaoi doujinshi market.

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I'm curious what exactly everyone likes about this series other than just, "This is awesome!"


Very likable characters (Mihashi may not have the depth of Shinji Ikari and is actualyl a cry baby, but he grows on ya), good direction, very, very consistent and high production values, great respect to the sport, nice focus on the elements of playing as a team as opposed to individual performances, etc.

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Also would a non-baseball fan like this? I reluctantly veered away from Hajime no Ippo even though it got rave reviews because I simply detest boxing.


Yes. I'd also say that someone who dislikes boxing (I do myself) would like Hajime no Ippo, as well.
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ManSlayer07



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 8:44 pm Reply with quote
Basically, Hellkorn summarizes Oofuri perfectly, it's a pretty good show (although I stopped watching after the first nine episodes). This a very surprising announcement even though I always had a feeling that it'd get licensed too. Razz
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posterior_praiser



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:02 pm Reply with quote
I approve! Very Happy
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omoikane



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 9:07 pm Reply with quote
Oofuri captures what makes baseball captivating to watch, IMHO. I don't normally watch, let alone buy sports anime but this is on my short list to get already.
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