Ookiku Furikabutte isn’t just a baseball manga. It’s the story of a timid young man who was made an ace pitcher in middle school because of family connections. Now he’s in high school and it’s his time to shine as an ace in his own right. Reading this story will get your blood boiling, heart pumping, and tears flowing. It has been popular since it was serialized, a true Japanese high school baseball manga! 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.