Anime – One Outs Review

DISCLAIMER : This review is just based on my personal opinion on an anime as an anime fan myself..It’s totally based on my own amateur knowledge which I’ve accumulated by watching most of the anime that I owned, check HERE..

One Outs, outlined with the game of baseball in the Japanese league of sort, is filled with the essence of mind-reading, gambling, and also the very tactical strategies used on the pitch..

Quote from ANN and/or Wiki,

Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Lycaons, heads to Okinawa to train and bring himself out of a slump. There, he meets Toua Tokuchi, a 134 km/h (83 mph) pitcher and the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball called “One Outs”.

At Kojima’s urging, Tokuchi signs up with the Lycaons. His contract, the ‘One Outs contract’, differs from the usual, though, in that he gets 5,000,000 yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up.

*Taken from Google Images*

The protagonist, Toua Tokuchi, a self-declared professional gambler, caught the eyes of Hiromichi Kojima of the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons baseball team to invite Tokuchi to become the pitcher..

The owner of the Lycoans, Tsuneo Saikawa (often called as Saikawa Owner), isn’t impressed at all because Tokuchi is not a professional player..So Saikawa offered Tokuchi a contract called “One Outs contract”..

*Taken from Google Images*

The contract didn’t offer Tokuchi any basic salary of sorts but he gets 5-mil yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50-mil yen for every run he gives..

So the story sets in from there and Tokuchi fast became the ace pitcher for the Lycoans, leading the Lycoans to neck-to-neck wins and also draining millions of yen from the Lycoans’ owner..

Tokuchi is portrayed as a somewhat self-centered, laid back person whenever he’s on the pitch but at the same time he’s doing all the assumptions, calculations and mind-reading game when playing with other teams..

*Taken from Google Images*

Indirectly, Tokuchi somewhat plays the manager-role in the Lycoans team as well and led them to wins..

Saikawa Owner is pretty much the constant antagonist in this anime, alongside with some other characters from other playing teams..

One Outs is very interesting because for one, baseball is already pretty exciting itself, together with the mind-reading and the counter-measures taken by an amateur player in the context of the professionals, it’s pretty much sexciting that makes you ask for more..

One Outs, originally a manga series by Shinobu Kaitani for the Business Jump from 1998 to 2006..

The anime adaptation by Madhouse Studios began airing on 7th October 2008 in Japan, aired almost every week for 25 episodes until 20th January 2009..

If you are not an avid follower of anime, you might not know that Madhouse has a good reputation in providing good quality anime, namely Death Note, Trigun, Summer Wars, Sakura Wars, and Card Captor Sakura, just to name a few..

Toua Tokuchi, voiced by Masato Hagiwara, who also did the voiceover for Bae Yong-joon in “Winter Sonata” in the Japanese dub..

Interestingly, the voice behind Saikawa Owner, Kenji Utsumi, is the voice behind ShenLong in the Dragonball series..

It’s opening song (OP) is “Bury” by Pay Money to My Pain..The ending song (ED) is “Moment” by Tribal Chair..

*Taken from Google Images*

Based on ANN’s rating, 88 out of 254 voted ‘excellent’ and it gave One Outs a median rating of excellent as well..

Although the rating is not something to be fully depended on but it’s a good reference if you are not familiar with anime titles or which are the recommended ones..

As for my rating, I would give it a mind-blowing 9/10 for its excellent tactical baseball and it’s something that one have to repeat some scenes few times to really get to understand its essence..

Definitely recommended if you wan something out of the norm and not just only normal boring sports anime..This anime is totally win!

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