“Domu-kun (نصف بطل) is an anime series based on a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori, which follows the adventures of Dome Shinjo, a 10 years old boy who is son of a deceased legendary player of the Yomiuri Giants. From his father he inherited the love for baseball and his great abilities for such sport, although his mother and his older sister try to avoid that he practices it. In fact, his father, before dying, had time to teach him a magical shoot. Dome, after his mother gave him the glove his father used, he makes that shot in a training session of the Giants and is contracted immediately. With the support of the veteran players of the team, this young player will, from this very moment, make the Giants become unbeatable at home and none of the main batters of the Japanese professional league manages to end with his magical shot. Although that does not apply to the games played away, as Dome is just allowed to play at home, in the Tokyo Dome in which his father was consacrated (and the place by which he did chose such name for his son). When the veteran captain of the Dragons manages to bat his shot, it seems that the young boy is finally and definitely defeated, but then he invents another magical shot. New rivals, but also friends (such as Melody Norman, an American girl who disguises herself as a boy because women can’t play baseball), will appear in scene, until the arrival of the mysterious Don Carlos, a Spanish ex-bullfighter who plays for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and had an old rivalry with his father.” – Wikipedia
The first time I’ve watched this anime was in early-mid 90s. Ever since I’ve learned and liked baseball but unfortunately baseball is not a popular game here in Kuwait. In other words, no one plays it! I had to buy bats, balls and gloves from Europe. Fortunately, a friend of mine and my younger brother were also interested in playing the game. The way we played it was more like a practice rather than an actual game! Had fun though. The other story that’s associated with (نصف بطل) is the laserball, a ball that captures the speed that the ball was thrown at. In one of the episodes Domu’s friend buys him a laserball as a gift and it was my first time to hear/know about sucha ball. First I was like this laserball doesn’t exist in reality, but later and for some reason I had a
doubt hope that it does exist and I must at least search for it. Searched in London and Japan, but couldn’t find it! Many years later, I’ve found the ball being sold in KUWAIT!!!!!
If you have watched the anime and would like to know my team, I’m Hanshin Tigers, Ganbare Taigasu~