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''Ōkiku Furikabutte'', also known as ''Big Windup!'' is a {{Seinen}} manga and anime series about HighSchool Baseball by AsaHiguchi, that was animated by Creator/A1Pictures.

The series, often shortened as [[PortmanteauSeriesNickname ''Oofuri'']], follows freshman Ren Mihashi--who despite being the ace pitcher of his team all through middle school, is a [[LovableCoward sniveling]] [[ShrinkingViolet crybaby]] with absolutely no confidence. Partly because of his personality and partly because they believed that he was only the ace because of nepotism, he was bullied for all three years of his middle school baseball career, which has left him even more of a neurotic, emotional wreck than before.

When he finally leaves for Nishiura, he finds himself a new team with no seniors that's only switched to hardball that year. Better yet, he meets Abe, an [[TheStrategist analytical control freak]] of a catcher who actually appreciates his [[WeakButSkilled exceptional command and control]]. There, he rediscovers his love of the sport as he learns what playing on a team's really like and tries to overcome his emotional baggage.

The baseball games depicted in ''Oofuri'' are realistically long, and Mihashi being the type of pitcher that he is, Nishiura relies heavily on strategy to win their games. It's also notable for Asa Higuchi's incredible attention to detail--even the [[OpposingSportsTeam other teams]] have [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters hefty lists]] of named characters, with established relationships, height/weight statistics, and consistent positions in both defense and offense.

The manga series won the prestigious Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for best creative work in 2006. In 2007, it won the Kodansha Manga Award for general manga.

Now has a character sheet which badly needs more contributions.

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!!The series features examples of:

* AbuseMistake: In Season 2 Episode 5, Tajima calls Hanai out for bullying Mihashi, when Hanai was just trying to talk to the poor guy.
* TheAce: Mihashi is the official "ace" of the team, but the real star player is Tajima.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: In the manga, the team's field manager (coach) Maria Momoe looks quite intimidating with her wild, unkempt hair and fierce demeanor. So despite being only a few years older than they are, the reader never wonders why none of the [[HormoneAddledTeenager boys on the team]] seem to [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon think of her as attractive]]. She becomes much prettier in the anime, getting better hair, softer facial expressions, and even an increased cup size.
** The trope also applies to virtually everyone else in the series, since the Oofuri manga art is... not very good, to say the least.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Most of volumes 16-19 of the manga are dedicated to Mushashino Daiichi, as is the DVD-exclusive episode 26 of season 1. Bijoudai Sayama gets their own in the DVD-exclusive episode 12.5 of season two.
* AllMenArePerverts: Revealed later that they all have their fetishes.
* AllThereInTheManual: The manga omakes and jackets have birthdates and weights and family structures, and also explain some things, such as why Tosei sings 'King of Glory' when they score (it's a Christian school) or where Mihashi's 9-zone pitching board came from (he got his dad to make it).
* AlwaysIdenticalTwins: The pitcher-catcher team for Kasukabe High. They cause Mihashi to panic at the opening ceremony when he thinks the No. 1 has been downgraded to a No. 2. Hanai is also shown to have twin sisters named Asuka & Haruka.
* AlwaysInClassOne: Averted. Mihashi is in Class 1-9, and most of his other teammates are in 1-7 and 1-3. The only ones in 1-1 are Sakaeguchi and Suyama.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: It really bugs Hanai that Tajima is better. Coach Momo encourages this feeling because she believes it will make both Hanai and Tajima better.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Part of the reason Abe yells at Mihashi so much is that he's worried he'll injure himself.
* ApologisesALot: Mihashi in the beginning because he believes everything is his fault. Also Daichi of Sakitama.
* AsleepInClass: A deliberate part of Mihashi, Tajima and Izumi's lunchtime routine.
* TheAtoner: Mihashi is determined to make up for monopolizing the mound at Mihoshi by becoming a "real" ace this time.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: How Momoe basically scares Hanai into sticking with the team.
* BadAssBoast: Tajima boasts that he has never seen a pitch he couldn't hit by the end of the game. [[spoiler:So far he's right.]]
* BarbieDollAnatomy: There are no nipples in the anime. The manga has little round circles.
* BatterUp: While bats are usually used for their intended purpose, Momokan spanks Mihashi with one in episode 1.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame: Reversed example. [[spoiler:Extensive research and counter-strategizing lets Nishiura beat Tosei in the first round. Bijoudai Sayama do the same to beat them in the fifth round.]]
* BerserkButton: Mihashi's sniveling attitude is this to Abe, who is generally calm in other situations.
* BigBrotherBully: Coach Roka of Bijoudai Sayama to Rio.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Tajima to Mihashi, although the latter is technically older. Abe is protective of Mihashi's physical well-being as well, but for more selfish reasons.
* BigEater: Mihashi, Hanai, Tajima, Izumi, and Abe wolf down heaped plates of curry in episode 25, then repeated the feat (sans Hanai and Izumi) with pork cutlets in episode 13 of season 2.
* BigFancyHouse: Ren lives in one of these with his parents.
* BigYes: When Tajima [[spoiler:finally manages a 2-run hit against Tosei.]]
* {{Bishounen}}: Haruna, Junta, Rio arguably count, at least in the Anime due to the aforementioned AdaptationalAttractiveness. In Rio's case, it doesn't help that he shares voice actor with [[MamoruMiyano Tamaki Suoh]].
* BitingTheHandkerchief: Tajima makes do with biting his shirt in Season 2 Episode 13.
* [[spoiler:BitterSweetEnding]]: [[spoiler:Season 2 ends with Nishiura getting knocked out of the Summer Tournament.]]
* BlueWithShock: Mihashi 75% of the time, which causes Abe to go blue too. The other team members have their moments.
* BookDumb: At the start of the series Tajima and Mihashi are in danger of not being allowed to play because of poor grades.
* BonusMaterial: Every volume of the manga comes with several extra strips and explanations that Higuchi couldn't fit into the main series.
* BunnyEarsLawyer
** Ren has an inferiority complex, cries easily and has weak velocity on his throws, but he has incredible control over his pitches.
** Tajima is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} who occasionally says inappropriate things and twice almost strips naked in public, but is the most accurate hitter in the team, and a baseball prodigy.
* ButNotTooForeign: Rio (and Roka by extension) is a three-quarters Japanese ethnically, but is said to be only quarter-Japanese because his father is Japanese-Brazilian and his mother is half-Japanese, half-European.
* CampCook: Coach Roka does all the cooking for Bijoudai Sayama. When Nishiura has a training camp, the boys do their own cooking.
* CanNotSpitItOut: A chronic problem for Mihashi. This cost them a run in the Mihoshi game when he couldn't tell Abe his concerns.
* CatchPhrase: Mihashi declares (to anyone who shows him some basic human decency) that is a [[NiceGuy ''Ii Hito'']]. He also has a tendency to call people "amazing".
* ChallengeSeeker: In the Tosei game Tajima is thrilled at the prospect of getting to hit lots of sinkers.
* CheerfulChild: Abe's little brother Shun.
* TheCheerleader: Several, male and female, over the course of the series. Portrayed more positively than most examples.
* TheChessmaster: Momoe, so much. She deftly combines her deep knowledge of baseball with an incredible level of empathy that borders on mind-reading. Whether it's to motivate her own players or put the pressure on the opposition, she almost always knows exactly what to say or do.
** The very first thing she does in the series is to literally drag Mihashi[[note]]who only came to see what the baseball team was like[[/note]] onto the field and enlist him as a player, correctly deducing that despite his protests, the fact that he was there at all meant he would be interested.
** Hanai, one of the players, at first doesn't want to play for her because he doesn't think a female coach can do the job properly. Instead of saying anything to the contrary, she simply picks up a bat and ball, executes a perfect catcher fly [[note]]which Hanai didn't think ''anyone'' could do, much less a woman[[/note]] and then offers him some juice -- which she makes on the spot by crushing fresh amanatsu[[note]](a Japanese variety of citrus)[[/note]] with her bare hands.
** In another episode she plays on Tajima's desire to be challenged to [[strike:sucker]] convince him to take backup catcher as his other position. Still later she persuades him to be the lead-off batter and first baseman because of his injury. The other players even take note of how skillfully she maneuvered him into it.
* CircumcisionAngst: [[spoiler:Mihashi]] is revealed to be embarrassed about this.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The aforementioned Yuichiro Tajima is slightly hyper, and picked the school just because it was closest to his home. [[spoiler:This is because of an incident where his great grandfather was hospitalised, and his family left for the hospital without him because he didn't get home in time; he doesn't want to experience the feeling of being forgotten again.]]
* CoolLoser: Hamada. Was held back a year for "stupidity" and gets no respect from his classmates, but he's the leader of the cheer team.
* CoolTeacher: Shiga-po. Doubles as a HippieTeacher with his far-out meditation methods.
* CompressedVice: Hanai ''starts'' with this, in the form of blatant misogyny. It disappears after episode 1 and is never referred to.
* CreatorThumbprint: Asa Higuchi majored in sports psychology and was a member of her high school's softball team. Nishiura's baseball team has a female coach[[note]]very unusual in Japan[[/note]] who not only [[TheStrategist understands the intricacies of baseball strategy]], but also has an uncanny ability to gauge the mental state of a player and [[TheChessmaster say exactly the right thing to get them to perform better (if he's on her team) or adjust their tactics to exploit a discovered weakness (if he's on the other team).]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow Hmm.]]
* ControlFreak: Abe when it comes to Mihashi. Doubles as his FatalFlaw.
* CrowdChant: Several during the Tousei game, mainly Mi-ha-shi, Mi-zuta-ni and Ta-ji-ma. A [[spoiler:heartbreaking]] one for Nishihiro in Season 2 Episode 12.
* CurbStompBattle: Nishiura against [[spoiler:Sakitama]] and Nishiura against [[spoiler:Bijoudai Sayama]] to a lesser extent. [[spoiler:The latter match has them on the receiving end.]]
* CuteSportsClubManager
** Chiyo Shino'oka for Nishiura.
** Suzune Miyashita for the Musashino team.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Nishiura High is a new team playing their first official game with only 10 members. Tousei is the previous year's prefectural champion with over 100 members.
* DeathGlare: Accidentally invoked on Tosei third base runners by Mihashi.
* [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Did He Just Say That Aloud]]: Happens to his teammates often when Tajima talks about certain...[[ADateWithRosiePalms habits.]]
* {{Dojikko}}: Mihashi is a male example who regularly trips and falls over nothing.
* DownToTheLastPlay: Nishiura's matches against Mihoshi and Tousei are decided in the final inning. Their other games are more cleancut.
* DullEyesofUnhappiness: Hanai gets these in episode 2 of season two when he compares himself to Tajima.
* DumbJock: Daichi on the Sakitama team. Averted by Kawai of Tosei and Nishihiro of Nishiura, who are respectively the smartest guys on their teams.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Hanai's first name is Azusa, which is more common as a girl's name. He hates it so much that he makes ''his own mother'' call him by their family name instead.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Mihashi's cousin Ruri calls him Ren-Ren. When his team mates find out, HilarityEnsues.
* ExtremeDoormat: Both seasons of the show are one long lead-up to Mihashi learning that it's okay to say no to the catcher's signs sometimes.
* FakeBoobs: Tajima + 2 melons = Momokan...?
* FanBoy: In-story, the reason Abe knows so much about Tajima from the start is because Abe's younger brother Shun is a Tajima fanboy.
* {{Fetish}}: The Nishiura boys discuss their sexual fantasies at one point. [[HotForTeacher Teachers]], [[NaughtyNurseOutfit Nurses]], [[{{Miko}} Shrine Maidens]], Western girls Halle Berry and [[WhereDaWhiteWomenAt otherwise]]. And that's the printable stuff.
* FlawExploitation: [[spoiler:Bijoudai Sayama mercilessly exploits Nishiura's flaws, especially Abe's control-freakness, to win in the fifth round.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Although everyone on the Nishiura team eventually gets their turn to shine, the story tends to focus on the four members in the page image. [[CloudCuckoolander Tajima]] is sanguine, [[TheCaptain Hanai]] is choleric, [[TheStrategist Abe]] is melancholic, and [[FragileFlower Mihashi]] is Supine. Even before watching the series, you could almost tell just by looking at their expressions in the picture.
* FragileFlower: Ren is at first [[ShrinkingViolet extremely shy]], often at the point of tears, and stammers, although not naturally but from bullying. Getting comfortable enough to make eye contact again is actually CharacterDevelopment for him. Although he finds it annoying, Abe at first thinks it means Ren [[ExtremeDoormat won't argue with him]] like other pitchers.
--> '''Abe''': And stop sniveling, it looks like I'm bullying you!
* FriendlyTickleTorture: The Nishiura 9 perform this on each other to relax before stepping up to the plate.
* GameBreakingInjury: Abe sustains one in the match against [[spoiler:Bijoudai Sayama, which contributes to Nishiura's loss.]]
* TheGenericGuy: Probably Suyama. Not remarkable for anything at all.
* GeniusDitz: Daichi on the Sakitama team is a complete idiot at everything except when it comes to batting, where he regularly hits them out of the park.
* GettingHotInHere: The only problem is that Tajima takes the clothes off without entering the dugout.
* TheGift: Largely subverted in that while there are naturally-talented players like Haruna and Tajima, they are shown to train just as hard, if not harder, than everyone else.
* GroinAttack: [[http://www.mangapanda.com/750-35064-59/ookiku-furikabutte/chapter-5.html You were wearing a cup, right?]]
* GuiltComplex: The show follows Mihashi as he slowly grows out of this.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Averted. Mihashi's phenomenal pitching ability is only the result of him practicing far beyond anyone else's expectations. In fact, he keeps doing extra training after being specifically warned ''not'' to. Similarly, it's strongly implied that Hanai and Abe's superior skills relative to most of the team have more to do with experience and diligent practice rather than inborn ability. Even Tajima's [[TheGift talent]] is shown to be surpassed by his dedication.
* HeavySleeper: Mihashi sleeps like the dead after the Tousei match.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Mihashi. Even after he helps the team advance in the Tosei match all he he can think about is how selfish he is.
* HighSchool
* HopeSpot: In Season 2, [[spoiler:Sakitama ]]gets one against [[spoiler: Nishiura when Daichi finally gets to bat... only to go out.]] Later on [[spoiler:Nishiura]] gets one against [[spoiler: Bijoudai Sayama in the 5th inning when they score 2 runs and look set to tie soon.]]
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Largely averted, but occasionally played straight by Tajima.
* HuddlePower
* HuddleShot: Happens a few times, common in promotional material.
* HumbleHero: Mihashi is willing to give credit to just about anyone except himself.
* HypocriticalHumor: At one point in the manga Tajima gets the others involved in a heated discussion about [[spoiler:sexual fantasies, only to be shown a few pages later standing off to the side commenting on how perverted they are.]]
* ICanStillFight: Abe has to be talked out of returning to action too soon.
* ImOkay: A [[BlatantLies blatant lie]] from Abe when he insist he can still play with his bad leg.
* IneffectualLoner: Abe starts out thinking that he can personally ensure victory simply by imposing his own will on the insecure Mihashi and essentially having him pitch like a puppet under his command. Momoe sets him on the path to learning that a catcher and pitcher [[ThePowerOfFriendship are dependent upon and receive support from each other]], and he grows to realize that the bond he forms with Mihashi is the key to the true strength of the team. [[spoiler: They lose the Summer Tournament in the fifth round because Abe fails to learn this lesson in time.]]
* InnocentCohabitation: Mihashi's relatives don't believe in this, so if he had stayed at Mihoshi Academy he would have moved into the dorms.
* [[ItsAllMyFault It's All My Fault]]: Abe repeatedly has to reassure Mihashi that it's not.
--> '''Abe''': You're a hell of a pitcher!\\
'''Mihashi''': No, I suck!\\
'''Abe''': No, you're good!\\
'''Mihashi''': You're lyyyiiinnnngggg!\\
'''Abe''': LISTEN TO ME, YOU ROCK!\\
'''Mihashi''' [in tears]: LLIIAARRR!
* JapaneseSchoolClub: The Nishiura baseball team is technically a club activity.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Hatake and the rest of Mihoshi may have been cold to Mihashi, but they're completely right about him becoming pitcher through nepotism.
* JerkJock: Haruna, especially in his middle school days. Hatake as well, at first.
* KansaiRegionalAccent: Oda on the Mihoshi team has this.
* LiteralAssKicking: From Kaguyama to Haruna. With cleats on.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in the fact that this ''is'' baseball, and baseball clubs in Japanese high school (as pointed out by one character) can have more than one hundred members who didn't get a number. Considering that, the author lets us off easy with just ten players on the main team.
* LoveBubbles: Usually by Mihashi, although never romantically.
* LovableCoward: Although you're supposed to find Ren's backstory sympathetic and serious, his [[FaceFault nervous tics]] are mostly played for laughs.
* LuminescentBlush: Every character is blushing at least a little bit all the time.
** More traditionally, several characters also turn bright red at times, sometimes including LoveBubbles.
* ManHug: Between Abe and Mihashi [[spoiler:at the end of the Bijoudai Sayama game in episode 12 of season 2.]]
* MartialArtsHeadband: The cheer squad has these, handmade by Hamada.
* MundaneUtility: The other characters comment on this when Tajima only uses his remarkable memory to remember baseball scores.
* MeetCute: Subverted -- Ren and Chiyo CrashIntoHello, really build up the tension ... and have other things to do. Apparently, [[ChasteHero they're not old enough yet.]]
* MenDontCry: "[[Film/ALeagueOfTheirOwn There's no crying in baseball!]]" [[SandInMyEyes I just have sweat in my eyes!]].
** Averted by most teams when they lose. When [[spoiler: Tosei]] loses, for example, almost all the team seems to be crying after getting eliminated from the Saitama Summer Tournament.
* {{Nepotism}}: Part of the reason why Mihashi got to be pitcher at Mihoshi Academy. Deliberately averted by Roka of Bijoudai Sayama, who refuses to recruit his younger brother because he doesn't think Rio is good enough.
* NervousWreck: Mihashi is this by default. The rest of the team has moments like these, and a big part of their training is trying to avoid this.
* NeverMyFault: The perceived nepotism from Mihashi's previous team was only partially true. More precisely, Ren's talents weren't obvious things like speed or form, but only become apparent with team support, which they wouldn't give him because they thought he didn't deserve his position as ace pitcher. Thus, they lost every game while shifting the blame to him.
* NoExportForYou: Season 1 didn't sell as well as FUNimation had expected, so they decided not to license Season 2.
* {{Nosebleed}}: Mihashi gets a rare (for anime, anyway) non-sexual one in the Tosei game.
* NuclearFamily: Everyone comes from a stable two-parent family except Sakaeguchi (dead mother) and Tajima (extended family instead).
* OddFriendship: Mihashi and Tajima are as different as night and day personality-wise, but get along great.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Tajima's mom looks pretty young for a 57-58 year old.
* OneGenderSchool: Mihoshi Academy and Bijoudai Sayama are both boys' school.
* OnlySixFaces: In the manga. When they have helmets on, most characters are indistinguishable from one another. According to the Japanese OtherWiki, the author has outright admitted that several characters have the same face model, e.g. Haruna and Coach Momo.
* OnlySaneMan: Izumi arguably counts.
* OpposingSportsTeam: Averted. Nishiura have faced Mihoshi, Tousei, Sakitama, Bijoudai Sayama and Musashino (ongoing in the manga) so far, but none of them have fit the usual villainous characteristics of this trope.
* ParalysisByAnalysis: Nishiura trains themselves to avert it though meditation.
* ParentalFavoritism: Abe's mother prefers his younger brother Shun and will always go to Shun's games if her two sons have a game on the same day.
* PerformanceAnxiety: Most of the players have suffered from this at one time or another. The saddest example is probably [[spoiler:poor Nishihiro at the end of Season 2.]]
* PoolScene: The Nishiuras get to use the pool in their training camp right after the summer tournament.
* PornStash: The first thing Tajima looks for when he enters Mihashi's room. He later lends Mihashi a mag from his brother's collection.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Despite frequent reassurances, Mihashi's three years on a team where all the other players blamed him for their losses [[note]](meaning all their games, basically)[[/note]] lead to him believing that every setback during Nishiura's games is [[ItsAllMyFault always his fault.]] His long road to discovering TeamSpirit and finding out that the other players trust him (and learning to trust them in return) is one of the primary themes of the series.
* PutMeInCoach: Subverted in Season 2. [[spoiler:Nishihiro]] shows exactly what really happens when a newbie who wasn't expecting to play is suddenly thrown into a game halfway through.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure - Pretty much every adult in the show except Haruna's middle school teacher (referenced in episode 26).
* RefusalOfTheCall: In a more mundane example of the trope, Haruna and Tajima and several other players apparently refused to be scouted by Bijoudai Sayama.
* Retcon: In the early manga and anime (eps 1 and 2), Tajima is said to have been on a Little League Seniors team. In Season 2 this is retconned to make him part of a Boys' baseball team (Japan-only youth league). Presumably this was done to explain why other characters like Haruna and Sakaeguchi didn't know him.
* TheRival: Tajima, to Hanai. And vice-versa, but only because it's more fun for Tajima that way. Mihashi also expresses the fear that he won't be able to beat Tajima if the latter ever takes up pitching for real, but fortunately Tajima is only interested in batting.
* SayItWithHearts: Only in ep 13 of Season 2.
* SchoolFestival: Nishiura High has one in chapter 86 of the manga.
* SempaiKohai: Averted by Nishiura High because the whole team is made up of freshmen. Played straight elsewhere, and Abe and Izumi are called cheeky for not respecting their sempais Haruna and Hamada respectively.
* SeriesHiatus: Asa Higuchi took a 1 year maternity break from 2010 to 2011.
* SeriousBusiness: High school baseball. There are war movies that portray the job of a fighter pilot or a front line sniper as dull compared to the excitement generated by some of the plays. It's understandable, [[JustifiedTrope the setting is Japan, after all.]]
* ShoutOut: In the Tosei game, one of the songs played by the Nishiura cheer squad/band is the theme song of ''Music/LupinIII''. The Tosei band plays the march from ''SpaceBattleshipYamato''.
** In the match-drawing episode, Rio wishes for a player named Kazu to get hit by a car and die right before the big game. This is the same way and same timing for Uesugi Kazuya's death in ''Touch''.
*** Junta's internal monologue before pitching to Tajima in the 9th inning also mirrors Uesugi Tatsuya's internal monologue before throwing the final pitch of the game in the second ''Touch'' movie.
* ShownTheirWork: Higuchi's knowledge of baseball and player psychology is impressive. So is her ability to balance the presentation such that [[GeniusBonus baseball fans will appreciate the nuances]] yet total newcomers aren't left wondering what's going on. If you don't know anything about baseball or sports psychology, you will after you watch this series.
* ShirtlessScene: Players change their undershirts frequently, so there are a few of these every match.
* SiblingRivalry: Consciously averted by Abe's parents, who make him and his brother Shun play in different Little Leagues.
* SiblingTeam: The pitcher-catcher team of Kasukabe High.
* SpikyHair: A significant portion of the cast
* SpitTake: Mihashi in season 2 when Tajima imitates Momokan...using two watermelons.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Volumes 16-19 (approx) of the manga dealt mainly with Musashino High, and they're back again in the most recent chapters.
* {{Squee}}: Ruri and Hanai's twin sisters have this effect on the boys' mothers, most of whom have only sons.
* TheStrategist
** Abe is a master of reading an opposing batter's body language to learn their strengths, weaknesses and tendencies. By the late stages of the game he is able to play lesser-skilled opponents like a violin, knowing exactly how they will react to whatever pitch he tells Mihashi to throw.
** Momoe qualifies to [[TheChessmaster an even greater extent.]] Abe strategizes to win a game; she plans ahead to win the entire tournament. She's an [[AuthorAvatar expert in sports psychology]] and is more aware of what her players are capable of than even the players themselves - which means she pushes them just the slightest bit beyond their comfort zone so that they keep getting better, but never so much that they crack from the pressure.
* TanLines: Shinooka shows hers off at the Tosei game.
* {{Tareme}}: Abe and Shun, Abe's little brother. Rio and Oda.
* TheTell: Allows Hatake to hit Mihashi's fastball and Tajima to tell the difference between Junta's pitches and pickoffs.
* TeamMom: Hanai for Nishiura.
* TeamDad: Abe for Nishiura, Kazuki for Tousei and Oyama for Sakitama are the most notable examples.
* TeamSpirit: The point of the show is to demonstrate how Nishiura slowly builds this up.
* TearsOfFear: Common for Mihashi, usually when Abe is yelling at him or Coach Momo has a scary idea.
* TeensAreShort: Averted. Momoe points out that Mihashi is actually slightly taller than her, around 5'4".
* TemptingFate: Abe promises not to get sick or injured for the next three years. Uh-oh...
** Before the first match, one of the Tosei players remarks: [[spoiler:"Just looking at [Nishiura], it doesn't feel like we could lose this game in a million years, right?"]]
** A minor one later in the same match: [[spoiler: "Well, it's not like they can steal third."]]
* ThemeNaming: Rio and Roka are named after places (Rio de Janeiro and Cabo da Roca respectively)
* ThereAreNoTherapists: In a normal world Mihashi would get professional help for his crippling issues. In the anime his parents don't even seem to notice.
* ThePromise: Abe promises Mihashi that he won't get injured during their three years together. See TemptingFate.
* ThousandOrigamiCranes: the cheer team for Tosei made 1000 Origami cranes to wish their team good luck in the tournament. [[spoiler:After they lose, they give the cranes to the Nishiura team.]]
* TooMuchInformation: Tajima. His teammates physically jump him at least once for this.
* TrainingFromHell: After Nishiura is immediately matched up with the previous year's champion in the summer tournament, Momoe states that the chief difference between good teams and great teams isn't just the quality of their practice, but also the quantity. Therefore, to win, they have to train like their opponents do. Because their home field has no lighting, the only way to increase their practice time is by tacking on extra hours in the early morning and having the players be at school as soon as the sun rises. This routine quickly drives everyone to exhaustion[[note]]to the point where they spend most of their lunch break sleeping[[/note]] day after day until the time of the tournament arrives.
* TrainingMontage: Before the Tosei match.
* TsurimeEyes: Momoe, Haruna, Kanou.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Averted. [[spoiler:Nishiura loses badly to Bijoudai Sayama in season 2.]]
* UnusualEyebrows: Mihashi and Momoe both sport squiggly eyebrows.
* WaterWorks: Mihashi cries normally most of the time, but he can produce some real gushers. Also Daichi of Sakitama's usual crying method.
* WeakButSkilled
** Invoked by Momoe when she points out that although Tajima is supernaturally accurate, he just doesn't have the build to be a power hitter. In one episode he also plays soccer and the irrelevance of upper body strength in the other sport makes him a very good player.
** Same goes for Mihashi. Mihashi's pitches are considered slow compared to other pitchers in the tournament, but his strong control and variety of breaking balls make up for it.
* WhoNeedsOvertime: The match against [[spoiler:Tosei]].
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: In the manga Mihashi is revealed to be scared of dogs.
* {{Workaholic}}: Mihashi makes up for his lack of talent with a LOT of hard work, even when told not to.
* WorthIt: Tajima injured two fingers hitting the final ball in the Tosei game, which he describes as "seriously sweet."
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: And he uses it ''strictly''.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Abe is actually one of the youngest guys on the team. Only Mizutani and Nishihiro are younger. Coach Roka is only 20 years old.
* YouthfulFreckles: Tajima and Izumi (his are actually pimples).
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