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Review of MAJOR: The Ball of Friendship

 

Warning: This post may contain spoilers for the movie.


MAJOR is a popular anime and manga series in Japan detailing the life of a Japanese kid, Goro Shigeno baseball life, from being the son of a Japanese ballplayer, to eventually reaching the major leagues himself. There are currently 5 seasons of the anime series, and the movie takes place between season one and two detailing Goro's last year of little leauge baseball career.

The film puts a heavy traditionalist view of baseball, arguing that a person's will or sprit can carry you through a baseball game, and that a natural leader can pull a team together such as the main protagainst Goro is. It also gives some insight to the NPB, specially the mentaility of pitching in Japan. Hiroki Kuroda mentioned that in Japanese baseball, pitchers look to throw a complete game on the first day, and the film shows that by having Goro's father, A Japanese professional pitcher throw 3 complete games to start the season.

Another aspect that is worth worthy is the pitching scenes. Something that is always hard to film in live action as actors simply cannot pitch as fast as real baseball players. Take the film, Sugar for example. Sugar was a story of a pitcher trying move up the minor leauges, yet its pitching scenes were not up to snuff.

In Major, they do a very good job of capturing the action. One could say its actually very over the top, as special effects are drawn to give intense action to the ball, as extreme zoom ups to show a batter striking out. Still, for now watching a pitching scene in animation actually captures pitching better than live action, and while that might seem odd, there's a realization that with animation, there is no physical limitation imposed on anyone, allowing a pitcher to 'throw' better than humanly possible for a regular person.

The movie itself is fun to watch, with a bitter sweet ending that I won't spoil. However, the epilogue should put a smile on your face.

 

I reccomend watching it if you're into anime, or like baseball movies.

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