I bought this super huge 1000 page comic book of “Star of the Giants”. It’s one of the most famous comics in Japanese, starting the popular trend in sports manga back in the 1960’s. It has influenced every sports manga since then. The story is about Hyuma Hoshi and his struggle to become a professional baseball player. His father devises all kinds of torturous methods of improving his baseball game. One of them is hitting flaming baseballs at him to improve his dodging and catching technique. This is not a serious manga about baseball, it’s almost a fantasy version. The ridiculousness hits incredible highs. You can see some of it in the clips below, including the dangerous jumping spin base slide. Enjoy!