November 16, 2010
Big Windup! Special
Since the special is a prequel, it doesn't require you to have any previous knowledge of the series. It is essentially a side story explaining the hard work and training that Haruna has gone through to get to his goal of playing professional baseball.
Many of the same underlying themes of self-confidence are touched on in this short 25 minute OVA. The entire story is focused around the concept of building self-confidence through hard work and acceptance of who you are as a person.
This OVA made for a good short side-story. It is worth the 25 minutes to watch and hits on some really important issues about self impressions.