Ōkiku Furikabutte (おおきく振りかぶって, Ōkiku Furikabutte? Big Windup), often shortened to just Ōfuri (おお振り, Ōfuri?), is a baseball manga series by Asa Higuchi, serialized in the monthly seinen Afternoon magazine since 2003. It has been adapted into a TV anime series, animated by A-1 Pictures, which premiered in Japan on TBS. It received its international television premiere on Animax's English language networks in Asia, Animax Asia.
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.
Sakaeguchi is a very friendly person, who often tries to set Mihashi at ease. When Abe and Mihashi have trouble understanding each other (due to Abe's short temper and loud manner of speaking, and Mihashi's stammering and nervousness) Sakaeguchi generally attempts to mediate, being able to understand both of their mannerisms. He attended the same middle school as Takaya Abe, and they both played in the Seniors league, although they weren't friendly at this time as they were in different classes and on different baseball teams. Under stress, Sakaeguchi is known to get diarrhea, a trait revealed to everyone by Abe, who noticed it during their high school entrance exams. As a batter, Sakaeguchi is exceptionally good at bunting and usually bats in the leadoff position.