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Baseball, Koushien, and Peter Drucker

Posted on: February 1, 2011

Last year, the book “Moshi Koukou Yakyuu no Joshi Manager ga Drucker no ‘Management’ wo Yondara” (“What if a high school baseball team’s trainer read Drucker’s ‘Management’?”) became a surprise hit in the business book world. The heartwarming story of a girl who takes over as trainer (called “manager” in Japanese) for her sick friend and decides to use Peter Drucker’s business management techniques to take the team to the national high school baseball championship, “Moshidora” has sold over a million copies.

And now, just in time for the spring invitational Koushien tournament, it is becoming an anime. NHK (which airs the baseball tournament on TV in Japan) released the promotional video yesterday.

Hikasa Youko (aka Mio in K-on!) plays Minami, the girl who applies the lessons of the business world to high school baseball. Hanazawa Kana (aka Tenshi in Angel Beats!) plays her sickly friend whose dream is to go to Koushien, the national high school baseball tournament. How does marketing apply to high school baseball? I guess we’ll have to watch and find out.

Maeda Atsuko will star in live-action Moshidora, coming this summer.

There’s also a live-action version in the works featuring AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko. That’s coming out in June,  which is just about when teams are getting ready for the summer Koushien tournament in August.

I guess I’m enough of a baseball nut that I’ll watch it, but I can’t say I’m totally looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll be a pleasant surprise. What do you think?

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