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Big Windup: The Complete Series S.A.V.E (2010)

Greg Ayres , Aaron Dismuke , Christopher Bevins  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Ayres, Aaron Dismuke, Sean Michael Teague
  • Directors: Christopher Bevins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 625 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE8B6U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,944 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Windup: The Complete Series S.A.V.E" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Most guys can’t wait for baseball to start. But not Mihashi. For this kid, the crack of the bat is the sound of failure. Every summer he gets caught in a pickle between wanting to stay on the mound and watching his pitches get blasted out of the park. But each spring brings a fresh start, and this year, Mihashi’s at a new school with teammates that don’t know how bad he used to be. Most importantly, he’s got Abe – a real superstar behind the plate. If Mihashi can learn to trust his new catcher, this could be the year he falls in love with the game all over again.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teamwork Fundamentals August 19, 2010
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming, Hilarious, Exciting! October 6, 2010
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Windup is Super Special Awesome! March 20, 2011
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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!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute and Likable Plot and Characters! April 6, 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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, great price
When I first came across this anime years ago, I was a little skeptical. I like sport animes so I thought I would give it a try. Am I glad I did! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars This show though!
i'm so happy i got this show, as a baseball loving girl i dont find much interest in watching it live on tv but finding this gem of an anime to add to my collection is a treasure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah K
3.0 out of 5 stars eh..
Okay, I love Oofuri, it's one of my favorite animes, so of course I jumped on this. The thing is the DVD case was damaged and by that I mean there were cracks on the case and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Autumn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy!
I really enjoy these show more than I should. The dub is very good and I'm gonna watch it English and Japanese. I wised funimation continued onto the second season.
Published 4 months ago by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice series combining sports and anime
I'm a fan of anime and a sports fan... it's hard to find those two combinations in America. Although this series is about a JV high school baseball team, it really focuses on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
this was a great movie and I think it would make a great gift to give to some one and I would recommend it to some one
Published 11 months ago by animie
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! Great price.
This is a great series! For people who don't really like cheesy bro ships , this can come off as being a little "gay" but I loved the friendships among them. Read more
Published 12 months ago by janette zavala
5.0 out of 5 stars S.A.V.E DVDs
There's not much fancy on these DVDs, but getting a full series for so cheap isn't something I can complain about. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun show
The animation, art style, and story were above average, though only playing a few games over twenty-plus episodes is a little slow for pacing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Craig L. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't have to understand baseball to watch this anime, you'll...
This anime has to be my number one favorite anime out there, I have watched the series at least 3-4 times and I have started the second season twice! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Grace
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