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|Published by||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original Run||1994 – 2010|
|Director|| Ken'ichi Kasai (Seasons 1, 2)|
Toshinori Fukushima (Seasons 3-6)
|Studio|| Studio Hibari (ep. 1 - 78)|
SynergySP (ep79 - 154)
|Original Run||November 13, 2004 - (Season 1)|
|Episodes||154 (total), 3 OVAs, 1 film|
MAJOR, otherwise subtitled as the Dramatic Baseball Comic or MAJOR DREAM is a sports manga series by Takuya Mitsuda. It has been serialized in Shōnen Sunday and has been collected in 78 tankōbon volumes. In 1996, it received the Shogakukan Manga Award for the best shōnen manga.
The manga series concluded in the 32nd issue of Shōnen Sunday for 2010, with the 78th and final volume of the manga series released in the middle of December 2010 together with a special original video animation (OVA).
The series has been adapted into an anime series produced by NHK and Studio Hibari. The first episode of the series, aired on November 13, 2004, running for six seasons with the final episode aired on September 25, 2010. An animated film titled MAJOR: The Winning Shot of Friendship tells the in-between story of the first and second seasons released on December 13, 2008. Two OVAs were released on December 16, 2011, and January 18, 2012, dealing with the Major League Arc which was skipped in the TV series.
The story follows the life of Goro Honda. From childhood to adulthood, he aims to be the best professional baseball player, seeking and challenging tremendous adversities.
- Goro Honda is the main protagonist of the series. Now renamed as Goro Shigeno after his new mother married his father's best friend.
- Toshiya Sato is the deuteragonist of the series. He is Goro's best friend since childhood and baseball rival in the pro-league.
- Kaoru Shimizu is the heroine of the series. She has a crush on Goro since they first met in elementary, a trait that continues through the story till they get married and have 2 children in the epilogue.
- Joe Gibson is Goro's major rival in the series. Heis the man responsible for the death of Goro's biological father, and carries on the heavy cross to be the best MLB pitchers Honda ever faced to atone for Honda's son.
- Joe Gibson Jr. is Goro's rival and the son of Joe Gibson. He antagonizes Goro and his father for the downfall of his family.
- Shigeharu Honda Goro's biological father who tragically died after the match with Gibson.
- Momoko Hoshino Goro's kindergarten teacher who becomes engaged with Shigeharu. She later marries her fiance's best friend becoming Momoko Shigeno, bearing 2 children.
- Hideki Shigeno is Shigeharu's teammate and former ace of their baseball team. After the tragedy, he bears the responsibility for his best friend's death by marrying Momoko and raising Goro as his own son.
Manga & Anime Differences
- Team Names
- The "Yokohama Marine Stars" in the manga became "Yokohama Blue Oceans" in the anime.
- The "Tokyo Giants" in the manga became "Tokyo Warriors" in the anime.
- Many violent scenes (mostly physical fighting) in the manga were either greatly toned down, or completely removed in the anime.
- The match between the Kaido Junior Varsity and Varsity teams
- (Manga) Toshiya's home run in the 7th inning was worth 2 runs, placing the JV team in the lead. The 8th and 9th innings quickly ended without incident or anyone scoring. Mayumura was never on the field.
- (Anime) Toshiya's home run was only a solo run. Goro gave up the run in the 8th inning, but hit a 2-run home run off the Varsity team's ace pitcher and took back the lead. The 9th inning ended without either team scoring. Mayamura appears and made a hit in the 8th inning, testing if Shigeno has the ability to follow up with a game-winning home run, instead of having to rely on Sato in the 9th inning.
- Chiharu Shigeno's birth and Hideki Shigeno's retirement
- (Anime) Both events happened a few years later than the manga timeline.
- Ryoko Kawase
- (Anime) Ryoko's appearances in Season 2 and 3 were not present in the original manga. In the manga, she was never mentioned after the little league match.
- Ayane Suzuki
- (Manga) When Goro moved back to Mifune and was asking directions to Mifune East, the person who gave the wrong directions in the manga was Yamane (intentionally). But in the anime, it was Ayane (unintentionally).
- (Anime, Season 3) Ayane's plot were not present in the original manga. In the manga, she was never mentioned after Goro and Toshiya began school in Kaido.
- Main article: MAJOR Music
- Main article: Category:Games
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