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Big Windup: Part 2

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FOQXWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Windup: Part 2" on IMDb

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Spring training is over, and it’s time for the real fun to start. Mihashi’s confidence got a huge boost from beating his old school, and now he’s more determined than ever to become his team’s ace. With Abe calling the pitches, the once shell-shocked hurler feels like he can strike out the world. But things won’t be easy for the Nishiura nine in the big summer tournament. They play the defending champs in the first round, and Mihashi comes down with a bad case of fastball envy when he bumps into Abe’s old pitcher. Playing for fun is fine, but now that the games count – it’s time to win!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
In Japan, sports-based anime have been quite popular. From series such as the basketball anime "Slam Dunk", soccer anime such as "Captain Tsubasa", football anime such as "Eyeshield 21' and tennis anime "Prince of Tennis", comes an anime baseball series that is just fun and enjoyable.

In Japan, baseball is a big part of Japanese culture. Aside from soccer and sumo wrestling, Japanese baseball has been covered in manga and anime series such as the popular series "Touch" as well as"H2', "Princess Nine" and "Idol Ace", to name a few.

In 2003, Asa Higuchi began a manga series which is serialized in the monthly seinen magazine "Afternoon" since 2003. The series has won an award such as the "Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize" and the "Kodansha Manga Award" and eventually was made into a 26-episode anime series in 2007.

Animation was done by A-1 Pictures (A studio from the Sony's anime production division, Aniplex) and shown on TBS and Animax Asia. What many people don't know is that Higuchi has researched and collected data on Japanese high school baseball for ten years before she started on the manga series.

With the first 13 episodes released in August, the second and final part of "Big Windup!" (also known as "Okiku Furikabutte" aka Ofuri) will be released in the US courtesy of FUNimation Entertainment.

The series is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima ("xxxHolic", "Genshiken" and "Kujibiki Unbalance), written by Yousuke Kuroda ("Gungrave", "Infinite Ryvius", "Mobile Suit Gundam 00', etc.), character designs by Takahiko Yoshida (who has worked on "Honey and Clover", "Gad Guard" and "Welcome to the NHK") and music by Shiroh Hamaguchi ("Ah! My Goddess", "One Piece", "Sakura Wars" and "Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children").
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Windup!'s Conclusion Arrives September 15, 2009
Much to the dismay of many critics, I likened The Big Windup to one of the better Shonen (fighting-based) anime series out there only rather than an ongoing tournament, the sport of baseball acts as the catalyst to tie together all of the teenage (and older) characters.

I'm sticking by that claim because quite frankly, the show retains all of the best aspects of a shonen piece with a healthy dose of believability.

Previously released only as an online video-stream, Big Windup! was a Geneon property picked up by Funimation that's finally come to dvd format for those of us who prefer to enjoy our anime on the 42 inch plasma with surround sound (rather than in our media players through two tinny speakers that came with the computer monitor).

Coming at a total runtime of 315 minutes, Big Windup! Part 2 (Oofuri) consists of episodes 14-26 spread across 2 discs packaged within a standard-size dvd case. The show wears an appropriate, if not slightly conservative TV 14 rating (no violence, nudity or foul language).

Extras are limited here to textless songs and a nice assortment of Funimation trailers on the second disc.

As is standard fair with sub & dub anime, the language options consist of the original Japanese dialog track (in stereo) and an English language dub presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround with the option of English subtitles available under either choice.

The story picks up with young student Ren Mihashi's baseball endeavors coupled to his life as a regular high school student.

Whereas the first edition established Ren's desire to play ball even if bot hhe and his team's skill left a bit to be desired, this installment starts out right at the end of spring training.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than Part 1 December 7, 2010
By Steve
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I was disappointed with BW Part 1, because the protagonist was soo wimpy that it took away from the baseball. Having watched Part 2, all I can say is, releasing BW into the US in two separate increments is the marketing equivalent of crimes against humanity. The second half of the season is everything the first half was, and wasn't. What's changed is that the characters have settled down, and the wimpy hero, Mihashi, becomes incredibly less wimpy, as he starts to grow into his role as ace pitcher for the team. He even gets a girl.

OK, the girl is his cousin, and he still has bouts of anime-face, but those are fewer and fewer as the season goes on.

What hasn't changed is the baseball. The entire last half of the season centers around a game between Nishiura high and last season's champions, T'sei high. Even more than the first half of the season, this is a pitch by pitch breakdown of the game, with the POV jumping from the catcher to the batter to the pitcher to the coach. If that sounds boring, then you are not a baseball person. To anyone who loves the game, it is riveting.

Nishiura battles the opposing team, their own weaknesses and the weather, and the game comes down to one final run.

Bottom line: If you like baseball, or if you have a young relative who likes baseball, BUY THIS!! I give the season four fannish stars overall. If they had released the entire season in one package, it would have been as big a hit here as it is in Japan, and the US franchise would have been picked up for the second season.
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