I've written two reviews for Big Windup before, and since this is a repackaging of the previous two sets, I feel compelled to write a third.
Big Windup is a baseball anime centering around Mihashi, a highschool student with a crippling shyness and the dream of becoming his new team's star pitcher. This is not a shonen series. This is seinen, aimed at a slightly older, more intelligent audience. If you're looking for the Heart of the Bat, Anything Goes Baseball Martial Arts, or the State of Self Actualization, you're looking at the wrong DVD. The series focuses on real teamwork, not a once-in-a-lifetime, special homerun hitter. Oofuri (as it's called in Japanese) derives it's tension from an in-dept analysis of baseball strategy. I'm not a baseball fan, and I can say that by paying close attention, you'll rarely be overwhelmed.
Besides the baseball action, Big Windup focuses on personal growth for the Nishiura Team. Mihashi takes babysteps to overcome his crippling shyness, he slowly feels better accepted by the rest of the team. The Nishiura Nine will really grow on you. They're not like shonen characters, they don't leave a strong impression at first, but their personality trains will shine on through on and off the field. I grew to love Mihashi, Abe, Tajima, Hanai, Izumi, Sakeguchi, Oki, Suyama and... and... and... those two other guys. (Almost got it.)
Production wise, A-1 Pictures produced some great animation. It looks great when they're out on the field, definitely looks sunny, and there's some good rain effects in the later half of the season. The original Japanese voice cast is excellent, that should go without saying. But, Funimation really hit it out of the park with the English voice cast. Everyone is excellent, except for Mihashi, the main character. Sad truth is Mihashi has a voice that's hard to fill. In Japanese, his voice is "not manly," and they play it as wimpy in the English Dub. But, everyone else is great, and Mihashi pulls it together when he's up on the mound.
Okay, some people might call this series "kinda Gay." Rest assured, it never gets stranger than holding hands and crying in episode three. But, any type of male bonding gets labeled "GAAAYYY!!!" So, if you can't handle two teammates leaning on each other, then you're better off giving this a pass.
Lastly, bad news is there are very few Extras on the DVDs, just trailers and clean openings and endings.
Big Windup is a good series, character focused, with great animation and an excellent dub. You don't have to be a baseball fan to find something to enjoy.