One Outs

If you haven’t noticed yet I watch/read a lot of psychological genre anime or manga. This anime falls into that genre as well. The suspense of a good battle of wits mixed in with exciting battles of skills in sports–in this case baseball–as well as the thrill of gambling. How can this anime be not interesting? Or is it maybe just my preference? I doubt it though because I’ve suggested this manga to a bunch of people before and they liked, so let me try to convince you too.

SERIES INFORMATION

Type: Series
Genre: Psychological, Sports, Seinen

Episodes: 25
Aired: Oct 8, 2008 to Apr 1, 2009
Status: Finished Airing

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SYNOPSIS

The story begins when Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the fictional Lycaons in Japan’s Pacific League, heads to the southern Japanese island of Okinawa to train and bring himself out of a slump. There, he meet Tōa Tokuchi, a 134-kmph (83 miles per hour) pitcher and the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball called “One Out.” At Kojima’s urging, Tokuchi signs up with the Lycaons under an unusual contract: he gets 5,000,000 yen (about US$46,000) for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen (US$460,000) for every point he gives up. (Source: ANN)

Story

Okay, let me first mention that this anime was adapted from the manga of the same name. The title One Outs comes from a one-on-one betting game between pitcher and batter. Toa Tokuchi is an extremist gambler and is the undefeated king–a pitcher to be exact–in this street game with 499 wins. After losing his first game against Hiromichi Kojima, the ace batter of a professional Japanese team called Lycaons, Tokuchi is dragged into playing as a pitcher in Kojima’s team.

Tokuchi, being an irregular recruit to the team and having no previous records of playing baseball except his 499 wins and 1 loss in one outs, won’t be given a contract salary by Tsuneo Saikawa the owner of the Lycaons. Now this is where things gets interesting. Tokuchi being an extreme gambler challenges Saikawa to pay him 5 mil. yen for every out he pitches but in exchange he will pay 50 mil. yen for every point he gives up while he is playing on the court. You can clearly see that this is a very high-risk gamble. Saikawa, the owner, is an arrogant and greedy son of a bitch. He doesn’t care whether the team wins or loses, he only cares about money. Obviously, he accepts Tokuchi’s gamble. So basically in addition to playing baseball and trying to win games Tokuchi also has to worry about this gamble or this contract. The ‘One Outs’ contract as they call it.

Tokuchi although is not without skill. He cleanly strikes out every single batter of the opposing team using his keen wits on judging and targeting the opponents weaknesses. As a result, the owner pushes the stakes higher putting Tokuchi in even more disadvantages situations. For example, increasing the money in the original agreement, making him play consecutive games in order to tire him out, using him as a relief pitcher on difficult situations and also bribing other teams to cheat and injure him.

THE ART

There’s not much I can say about the art really. The animation isn’t the best considering the action is only whenever they’re playing the game and it’s realistic in a way that it’s not exaggerated so it’s really nothing special. I’m not trying to be picky or anything it’s just that it looks good but it isn’t amazing either.

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Remarks

Okay, just like I said at the beginning this anime is really interesting. It’s exciting and it’s thrilling. The only complaint I can probably make is that it’s not very shounen–well considering it really isn’t of that genre this is probably a stupid to complain about. I’m just saying that, for a sports anime, it lacks the basic “I’m not gonna give up!” or “I won’t let my friends/teammates down!” sort of feeling. The title’s tag line “Nobody win’s but I!” really sums up the whole feeling of the anime.

The excitement is more on the fact that Tokuchi is stuck in multiple risky situations. Considering that these situations just keep getting worse for him, you’re drawn to keep watching the anime for the suspense and curiosity of ‘Oh man he’s fucked, what’s he going to do in this situation now?
So yeah, I give this anime my thumbs up, it entertained me a whole lot and hopefully it entertains you by a whole lot too.

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  1. […] a funny coincidence, it wasn’t really that funny, since I just did a review of  the anime One Outs which was also roughly about gambling. I didn’t really pay much attention to what I was […]



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