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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.8 c.63 by Major Momo Scans 5 months ago
v.8 c.62 by Major Momo Scans 6 months ago
v.8 c.61 by Major Momo Scans 8 months 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)

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (150 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.39 / 10.0
 55% (82 votes)
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 10% (15 votes)
 7% (11 votes)
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 5% (8 votes)

Last Updated
October 24th 2018, 4:44pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Manga One (Shogakukan)
Shuukan Shounen Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #448 increased(+196)
Monthly Pos #1323 increased(+143)
3 Month Pos #1829 increased(+496)
6 Month Pos #2694 decreased(-325)
Year Pos #2769 decreased(-338)

List Stats
On 564 reading lists
On 473 wish lists
On 138 completed lists
On 25 unfinished lists
On 182 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Baseball Manga Major to Resume After 5-Year Hiatus over 3 years ago
Takuya Mitsuda's Major Baseball Manga Nears Its End over 8 years ago

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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: N/A
by liquidsin
July 31st, 2012, 1:35pm
Nothing's like a fastball... unless it's another fastball.
And if a fastball doesn't work... then throw another fastball.

Now that's how you play mind games. Pretty soon all the other kids are gonna be on edge wondering why the **** he never threw a curve.

... Last updated on July 31st, 2012, 1:39pm
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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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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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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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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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Read it, read it not?   
Rating: N/A
by fieryeagle1
April 18th, 2008, 2:40pm
From the look of it, this manga must be continuously progressive so I wonder if I should read it while leaving such a big gap between volume 2 and 33? If it is very good, that is even more the reason not to.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2008, 2:42pm
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Hey, a MAJOR skip?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by palabasa
March 8th, 2008, 12:13pm
it really got me interested seeing the latest release have reached around volume 47..and reading the great comments about it, i was prepared for a long interesting read..

but guess what? after volume 2 it skipped to volume 33? what was that all about? do i have to watch the anime to be able to fill-up the Major gap?

well i 've read a few chapters and it seems quite promising, i guess it wouldn't reach volume 66 for nothing..

... Last updated on March 8th, 2008, 12:16pm
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