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Shigeharu Honda is a Japanese League batter on the rise. His son Goro is a Little League pitcher who one day hopes to follow in his father's footsteps. Momoko Hoshino, Goro's schoolteacher, is the first woman Shigeharu has been interested in since the death of Goro's mother. The destinies of these three individuals will become intertwined as father and son experience both heartbreak and triumph on the baseball diamond. But when an unspeakable tragedy visits the family, it will take everything they have to pick up the pieces and reclaim their dreams.

Note: Won the 41st Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen category in 1996.


Related Series
Major 2nd (Sequel)
Major: Yuujou no Ikkyuu (Side Story)

Associated Names
Major Dramatic Baseball Comic

Groups Scanlating
Eien Scans
Endless Abyss
Flying Cow

Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.53 by Eien Scans & The Fire Sky (22d ago)
v.7 c.52 by Eien Scans & The Fire Sky (66d ago)
v.7 c.51 by Eien Scans & The Fire Sky (75d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
78 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 78, Chap 747 (OVA 1)

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (140 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.46 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 2nd 2015, 8:44am PST



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Manga One (Shogakukan)
Shuukan Shounen Sunday (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #688 increased(+336)
Monthly Pos #1323 increased(+13)
3 Month Pos #1497 increased(+208)
6 Month Pos #1868 increased(+213)

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On 537 reading lists
On 442 wish lists
On 116 completed lists
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Baseball Manga Major to Resume After 5-Year Hiatus 446 days, 11 hours, 42 minutes ago
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Watch the anime!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
May 29th, 2009, 1:24pm
Yeah... there are huge gaps in the manga scanlation, but don't let that make you miss out on this great story. For the missing volumes, I recommend you watching the anime to make up for it. There are 5 seasons out already. The anime is just as addicting as the manga, and it follows the manga closely. So, you don't have to miss out on this manga, and don't have to skip volumes either.

Anyway, this manga is one of the best sports manga out there. It follows the life of one character from childhood to early adulthood. You'll really fall in love with the characters here, as they are all very relatable. The story itself is very well-written. There are tear-jerking moments, and moments that fills you with excitement. There's romance and rivalry, and competition...all the elements that make up a great story. I honestly can't think of any reason why anyone would not like this.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2009, 1:26pm
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Rating: N/A
by kinchin123
January 25th, 2008, 10:59pm
Major the coolest sports anime ever...
[edit by mod, Don't ask for downloads or how to read online, read the rules]
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Top 1 Baseball Drama.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Green Mylle
November 29th, 2014, 11:37pm
The series that made me love sports manga/anime and freaking BASEBALL.
Not that it's my first, Slam Dunk/Hajime no Ippo was probably my first Sports anime.

But good heavens, as been said a lot, the anime one was really good.

One of a kind on it's own. DRAMA + SPORTS = MAJOR.
Friendship, Teamwork, and Dreams that was always depicted in the story. It's all same in every season but you just can't get enough of it.

The Main Character Goro may seem typical as he is the usual stubborn kid with a huge passion for baseball, but to heck it blends well with the story. This sh!t had me crying from the beginning.
The process of Goro growing to be a Man of his dreams, A Major leaguer.

This is my weakness, Stories that has Friendship and Dreams as the main point.

While Oofuri, Daiyou no Ace, Cross game One Outs are all good, Major will forever be 1.
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Watch the Anime!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
March 15th, 2013, 6:12am
The manga chapters are missing translations so go watch the anime because i think this is one of the Best adapted Manga-to-Anime i have ever seen

We get to see the whole Goro going from a Small Kid to a fully accomplished brute man spanning 6 seasons of Drama, Comedy , Tragedy and Romance as a sub plot

after watching those Final moments i shed manly tears, what a great journey it was, i think this ranks high up among all the great Shonen Sports out there Slam Dunk, Eyeshield 21 and One Outs Truly one of the best

if you can bare with the First season i assure you great things await you a truly fulfilling journey which only Few Animes can achieve

NOTE: This rating and Review was for the ANIME Version

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
November 24th, 2009, 12:19am
So exciting! <3 I read all the manga scanalations of the first volumes that were out but since there was a giant gap, I decided to watch the anime until I got caught up. I must say, where in talent-manga/achieving-your-dreams manga are concerned, this one is freakin' top of the line. Its up there with Glass Mask and Skip Beat. Not to mention the sports aspect is good within itself, although I don't really know much about baseball.

A definite read/watch!
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Okay man   
Rating: N/A
by kaloo
October 29th, 2009, 7:34pm
Let's be straight here. Major - Dramatic Baseball Manga is half Soap Opera, half baseball and half shounen manga. It is a blend that shouldn't work but totally does. I mean it's got the generic Soap Opera Plots laced into the baseball which is led by the protagonist's Hot-blooded anime personality. It's awesome.

It's a shame you need to cut to the anime because of the gaps but even then it still shines.
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Great Manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tsunade666
April 28th, 2009, 1:13pm
The anime is cool and all but the manga is better though to sad no translation. Just looking at the raws its pretty much entertaining and with the aniem to back some up its good. But the manga is better its just to long sometimes and the anime is fast but in a good pace.
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A good read/watch   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by torrentchan
May 29th, 2010, 11:22am
The anime hooked me in. Amazingly it still continues. Yhe story is kind of epic, but Goro's undying motivation attracts many viewers, like myself. People, give this story a try! Not too bad art, good storyline, good baseball, good character development, good motivation, good heart pullers (pull you heart in some scenes) and isnt like those romance gooey gooey things--- there is some romance but it concentrates on the other important things---which is a PLUS PLUS for me!!!
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It's alright...   
Rating: N/A
by Cyborg31
July 10th, 2007, 5:02pm
Doesn't make much sense though, since vol 3 through vol 32 is missing.
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best sports manga ever...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by [4gy5ky]
May 18th, 2007, 4:35am
[edit by mod, Warning: Possible spoiler]
forget captain tsubasa, touch, slam dunk, hajime no ippo and any other sporsts manga, cause major is the best overall sports manga you can ever find. This is one manga where they focus on character growth, not only physically but mentally. Starting from the age of 6 until 20s, you travel with the main character as he goes through turbulent and emotional moments throughout his journey to become a pro baseball player. In the much much later parts of the manga, you'll even see him going to America to play in the majors.
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