Koshien is the ultimate dream of every high school baseball team in Japan. Witness the birth of the Nishiura High School Baseball Team and its ace in the stage play adaptation of manga series Ookiku Furikabutte, or Big Windup! in English, in February 2018!
— 吉田英成 (@onigirikun55) October 3, 2017
Often shortened to Oofuri, Big Windup! is an ongoing baseball manga series by Asa Higuchi. It is serialized in Kodansha’s monthly seinen magazine, “Afternoon.” Since its first publication in 2003, the series has also been published in tankobon format and currently has 28 volumes.
Oofuri is an award-winning manga which received the grand prize in the 31st Kodansha Manga Award in 2007 and the New Hope Award from the 10th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2006. It is also a recommended work by the Japan Media Arts Festival.
The manga was adapted as an animated series by A-1 Pictures which aired from April to September 2007 with a total of 25 episodes for the first season. A second season aired from April to June 2010 with a total of 13 episodes.
Ren Mihashi transfers to Nishiura High School from Mihoshi Academy, which is owned by his grandfather, where he used to play baseball as a pitcher. However, while he loved pitching, his three-year experience in middle school being ostracized by his teammates, who believed he was only made pitcher as a favor, made him leave the school entirely.
Seeking a fresh start at Nishiura, Mihashi stumbles upon the baseball team and hesitantly stands on the mound once more as a pitcher. He earns new friends in his teammates and gains confidence in his skill as they train and play baseball. Together, Mihashi and the Nishiura Baseball Team aim for the national tournament at Koshien.
— コミックナタリー (@comic_natalie) November 8, 2017
Japanese actor and model Shun Nishime stars the play as ace pitcher Ren Mihashi. He is also known for playing the lead role in the tokusatsu television series, Kamen Rider Ghost.
Actor Hiroki Ino completes the battery as catcher Takaya Abe. He has held supporting roles both on stage and on television as Koshi Sugawara in Hyper Projection Play “Haikyu!!” in 2015, as Byakuya Kuchiki in Rock Musical Bleach in 2016, and as Takuya Terauchi in the live-action series adaptation of Scum’s Wish in early 2017.
Additional cast playing members of the Nishiura Baseball Team include Koharu Kusumi as Coach Maria Momoe, Atsushi Shiramata as Team Captain Azusa Hanai, Takeru Naya as Cleanup Hitter Yuichiro Tajima, Junpei Yasukawa as Kosuke Izumi, Yuta Takehana as Yuto Sakaeguchi, Kenichi Yumoto as Fumiki Mizutani, Kenji Kamei as Shintaro Nishihiro, Shota Sekine as Kazutoshi Oki, Ryo Motoki as Shoji Suyama, Miki Sawada as Team Manager Chiyo Shino’oka, and Shunsaku Tsutsui as Team Advisor Tsuyoshi Shiga. Key characters from rival baseball teams of Mihoshi, Musashino, and Tosei will also make an appearance.
The Oofuri Stage Play is directed by Yutaka Narui who also penned the script.
— 舞台『おおきく振りかぶって』公式 (@oofuri_stage) October 13, 2017
Feel the team spirit as you wear the official jersey uniforms from Oofuri! There are sets for Nishiura, Mihoshi, Musashino, and Tosei. Shirts are sold at 9,612 yen, baseball caps at 5,400 yen, and uniform numbers at 2,700 yen. The jersey uniforms and baseball caps are available in various sizes. These official goods will only be sold in advance so reserve them early!
The Oofuri Stage Play premieres on February 2, 2018, and will run until February 12, 2018, at the Sunshine Theatre in Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
Tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis at 9,000 yen for a prime seat with an event-limited benefit and 7,500 yen for a regular seat (both prices are inclusive of tax). Tickets can be purchased online through Ticket Pia (Japanese only), Confetti and Lawson HMV (Japanese only).
There will be performances on February 2, 6, 8, and 9 at 7:00 PM, February 3, 10, and 11 at 12:00 PM and 5:00 PM, February 4 and 7 at 2:00 PM, and February 12 at 12:00 PM. Gates open 30 minutes prior to each show.
Don’t miss the limited run of this stage play adaptation! Discover what makes a team and the excitement of high school baseball in Oofuri!
Oofuri Stage Play Website *Japanese only