FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Big Windup! from Kodansha Ltd.

Flower Mound, TX – June 17, 2008 – FUNimation® Entertainment today officially announces that it has acquired rights to the 26 -episode competition anime series Big Windup! (known in Japan as Ookiku Furikabutte) from Kodansha Ltd.

The Big Windup! anime storyline is adapted from the manga "Ookiku Furikabutte" by Asa Higuchi. The manga won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for best creative work in 2006 and the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 2007. In order to create Ookiku Furikabutte, Higuchi collected data for 10 years on high school baseball!

The anime was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima (xxxHOLiC series, movie, and OVA) and produced by A-1 Pictures, Inc. (a subsidiary of Aniplex). The music composer, Shiroh Hamaguchi, also composed the music for One Piece, Kiddy Grade, and Ah! My Goddess TV series and movie. He also did the music arrangement for Final Fantasy VII Advent Children.

About Big Windup!
Ren Mihashi was the pitcher for his middle school baseball team and could never win a game. After being bullied by his teammates, who believed the only reason Ren was allowed to continue to pitch was because his grandfather ran the school, he quits baseball and transfers to Nishiura High School. Ren reluctantly takes the mound again when forced to join his new high school ball club. With the help of catcher, Abe Takaya, and his teammates, maybe Ren can regain his self-confidence and lead the team to victory.

© Asa Higuchi • KODANSHA / Oofuri Project. All Rights Reserved. Based on the manga "Ookiku Furikabutte" by Asa Higuchi originally serialized in the monthly AFTERNOON MAGAZINE published by KODANSHA LTD.

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