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Big Windup: Complete Series [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Greg Ayres , Anthony Bowling , Terri Doty , Tsutomu Mizushima    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Greg Ayres, Anthony Bowling, Chris Burnett, Chris Cason, Cynthia Cranz
  • Directors: Terri Doty, Tsutomu Mizushima
  • Writers: Asa Higuchi, Ysuke Kuroda
  • Producers: G Tanaka, Hideo Katsumata, Hir Maruyama, Kozue Kaneniwa
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE8B6U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, too bad about the packaging 14 July 2013
By Yammin
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Great series, so much more realistic than other sports anime. I'm sure you know this though so let's go onto the product itself:

As for extras there's only trailers - though you get about 6 of them and Clean OP/ED.

The packaging is quite flimsy, DVD case chipped after only one day. The big green S.A.V.E spine is an eye sore. Although there is a reversible cover I wouldn't really call it reversible as all it is is a group art of the characters with the episode list and no spine design/title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 16 July 2012
By Someone
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Funimation's Youtube channel offers the show for free, but I liked it so much I bought the DVD anyway. I barely had a clue about baseball when I started... and I still didn't quite get it by the end of the show, so I did some reading and studying and then watched it AGAIN. You don't need to know baseball to enjoy this, which is very much a story of character-development, friendship and teamwork, but it really helps. You won't appreciate just how "broken" Mihashi's alleged 9-divisions are until you learn more about pitching, for example.

But really, it's all about the characters. You either like them, or you don't. Some people can't stand Mihashi because of his whinyness or Abe because of his bossiness, but I liked both guys, and liked seeing them work together. The best part of the show is the side characters, though, especially Tajima (Tajima is boss), Izumi and Sakaeguchi.

I strongly recommend it for anyone who likes: Sports. Friendship. High school stories. Slow-paced series. Bromance.
I strongly recommend it for anyone who hates: Overpowered, unrealistic moves in sports shows. Superpowered protagonists/protagonist teams.
I do not recommend it for anyone who likes: Lots of girls. Romance.
I do not recommend it for anyone who hates: Male friendship. Crying. Weak characters. Matches that take 10 episodes to conclude.

Here's hoping some company licenses Season 2 one day.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teamwork Fundamentals 20 Aug 2010
By DC_Fan_52 - Published on
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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, Hilarious, Exciting! 6 Oct 2010
By D. L. Wise - Published on
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First of all let me say when it comes to sports I know next to nada. However, if asked what sport I most enjoy watching I'd definitely answer baseball so Big Windup: The Complete Series S.A.V.E had that advantage from the start. Other than that, I really knew nothing about this series, save for the manufacturer description and the opinion of 1 reviewer. For those in the same boat, let me give you another opinion. This is one great anime.

When I first started watching, given the ace pitcher, Mihashi's, personality, I wasn't sure if I should laugh or be annoyed and maybe it was a little bit of both, but the kid really grew on me. Here's someone so shy and so tramatized by his previous experiences as a pitcher you'd think the last thing he'd want to do would be to continue the agony into his high school years, but that's just what he does. Why? Because he loves baseball and most especially he loves to pitch. Fortunately a transfer of schools and becoming part of a team whose members, most especially the catcher, Abe, recognize Mihashi's talents, makes all the difference. Ever so slowly, Mihashi begins to believe in himself. It's a joy to watch.

The previous reviewer made mention of someone possibly thinking some of the boy's actions might be considered gay. Why is it when two persons of the male persuasion so much as touch, such a thing even comes to mind? It's stupid (and no DC Fan 52, I don't mean you <grin>). Not that I would mind in the least, but there are no gay/bl overtones here. What we get in this anime is a healthy, touching dose of comraderie and friendship that's expressed not only by words but by the touching of hands. Sure the guys cheeks pink up a little now and again and Mihashi certainly cries readily enough but hey, when expressing the deeper emotions don't we all get a little embarrassed and sometimes teary-eyed? And not that it's all that important, but might I just add that the touching of hands the boys do is actually part of the mental/meditation training they recieve.

Anyway, the most important thing to remember here is the story and the characters and let me just simply say they're both fantastic. The boys are shown to be not only a team but individuals, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. It was a real pleasure to watch as they learned about each other and supported each other when those weaknesses threatened to overwhelm an individual member of the team. As for the story, again wonderful. I knew on a certain level that some analysis of the opposing team was done when playing a game but I didn't realize the extent of it and how complex it all is. It's amazing, as is the actual game play. Talk about a nail biter. I'd get so engrossed I was watching episode after episode and the only thing that made me stop was becoming bleary-eyed and realizing it was 3 o'clock in the morning!

As far as anime production values etc etc, again I know nada. All I can tell you is it looked good to me. So, to sum it up, great story, engaging characters, heartwarming, exciting, funny, touching. What more do you need? To save money? Buy the S.A.V.E. edition. I did, and it's worth every penny.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Windup is Super Special Awesome! 20 Mar 2011
By DShisler - Published on
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I just fell in love with this anime, especially considering that I have played fastpitch softball since I was young, and even though baseball and softball are very different, I found a lot of things that I could apply to softball. The plot is awesome, I love the competitive and intense strategy that is portrayed in the show, and above all, to say that the cast for this show is awesome would be an understatement. I just stayed up all night watching the second season in Jap. subs, and the whole time I was saying to myself, "I so want to hear this with that awesome English cast!" Especially considering the dramatic character development that goes on in the second season. Funimation: PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE dub the second season!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute and Likable Plot and Characters! 7 April 2011
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I have always wanted to see an anime like this! It was so unexpected that I'd end up loving this anime so much! (Im not a big fan of sports manga or anime)The animation is what caught me at first and the summary got me curious, so I bought it. And like I said I never expected it to be such a lovely story! You end up liking all the characters and its plot. They all support eachother and their loyalty to their team is heartwarming.The animation is beautiful, you'll laugh, you'll cheer, you'll bite your nails, you'll cry- I know I did! You really get attached to Mihashi. He's so cute. I watched it twice with my sisters! Now we're all baseball fans! LOL You won't regret buying this anime at all! I'm rooting for Funimation to dub the second season of this anime! If they do, count me in to be the first to buy it!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show 12 Dec 2010
By Andrew Nevo - Published on
This is a pretty decent run of the mill baseball anime. For any fan of the genre, I highly suggest watching it. I just want to point out to people that this is the Complete Series of ONLY the first season of the show. There is a second season that finished airing in Japan not too long ago, so it should hopefully be getting its American release some point in the near future.
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