English: One Outs
Synonyms: ONE OUTS Nobody wins, but I!
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2008 to Apr 1, 2009
23 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisThe 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.
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“Nobody wins, but I!”, the subtitle of the series, couldn’t be more accurate.
One Outs is the story of the extremist gambler Toua Tokuchi, his battle to completely crush his opponents in the Japanese Pacific Baseball League and, perhaps less importantly to the pitcher, earn a beefy salary while doing so. While advantageous, and likely to increase one's enjoyment of the series, a deep knowledge of the sport of Baseball is not required. Make no mistake; the series is first and foremost about the character, rather than the vehicle used to display his feats.
The story begins in the island of Okinawa, with the star player of the Lycaons, Kojima Hiromichi, training for the upcoming season in the hopes of leading the dismal team to the championships. It is here the title game is revealed to be a betting competition between batter and pitcher, with both sides attempting to overwhelm and suppress the other respectively. Tokuchi is revealed to be the undisputed king of the game, and through multiple matches with Lycaons members and Kojima himself, Tokuchi loses his first contest yet and agrees to join the Lycaons at the behest of Kojima, who believes he can lead the team to victory.
It is here that the primary antagonist is revealed, and the driving gamble of the series is set. The Lycaons team owner, Saikawa, is only concerned with money and the return he can get on stadium seating compared to his losses from expenses such as the players salary. As an all-too-intriguing prospect to Tokuchi and Saikawa, the One Outs contract is formed, granting Tokuchi 5,000,000 yen for every out he acquires as pitcher, but a deduction of 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up. Thus the stage is set for a battle between the two, whilst Tokuchi also has to deal with the other teams in the league and the various methods he must dispel to win the game with a profit. A fun and smart little addition to the series is the revealed sum of Tokuchi’s current salary, usually given after every few games, to give the viewer an idea of just how much the strategist is escaping with.
Toua Tokuchi (And his very black & white view of winning & losing) is very much the star here, with even the over-lording antagonist being delegated to a role of being completely outwitted and shocked at each loss. In this sense, the series is very much like another oft-compared Madhouse anime, Akagi (In fact, both characters share the same voice actor, Masato Hagiwara). The spotlight is always on the overly-confident, cold-blooded genius, and you seldom if ever really feel like he’s going to lose, no matter what the predicament. If this isn’t your type of thing, One Outs might not be right for you, and another Madhouse gambling series, Kaiji, is likely more up your alley. Secondary characters such as Kojima and the catcher, Satoshi Ideguchi, essentially act as reasons for Tokuchi to explain his plans, though they occasional prove useful on their own, and the owner is always most concerned with ways to recoup his losses on the games with Tokuchi.
The rival teams all have various methods for victory, from star players to expert strategy to outright cheating, and watching these plans be revealed, falter, and be destroyed in kind by Tokuchi’s insight never gets tiring. The extents of the wild gambler’s methods are seen to truly reach their peak during the team’s third match with most powerful squad in the league, the Mariners. As if controlling puppets on a string, he turns the game into a farce just barely within the rules, with both teams striving for errors and various other foul plays in a race against time. Another example has him practicing the principles of “an eye for an eye”, responding to an intentional pitch thrown to injure him with throwing the bat at the pitcher during his swing. As all the teams have multi-layered paths to their own victory, the three-game series’ are never over too quickly, as both sides continually adjust in an attempt to corner the other. Many of the “tricks” aren’t easy to discern by oneself, and will paste a smile on your face or have you laughing manically upon the eventual reveal and Tokuchi subsequently using it against the opponents.
The series artwork is fairly realistic, with exception of characters like the Manager and Assistant Manager who are drawn in the fashion of comic relief. The series makes use of a few foreign (Essentially American) players as well, and draw then is somewhat stereotypical fashion, but still utilizing good designs. It seems Madhouse also wanted to appeal to female otaku in the series as well, with the OP housing continual shots of Tokuchi shirtless and looking aloof.
The audio work in One Outs is fitting, but the musical side never really rises above. It all fits great in the series and never feels out of place, but it’s also not really a soundtrack you would listen to outside of the anime. The voice acting is done really well, with Tokuchi’s voice actor, Masato Hagiwara, easily stealing the show thanks to his familiarity in the role (And gambling anime in general) thanks to his previous work as the title characters in Akagi and Kaiji. The Lycaons manager also performs admirably in his efforts at comic relief, making it a bit hard not to chuckle every time he calls for a “safety bunt-o”.
The series provides everything a viewer could want in a series based on mental and/or gambling, and the use of baseball allows all 25 episodes to remain fresh thanks to the numerous ways the rules can be warped and the loopholes that can be exploited. Anyone looking for series revolving around plans, schemes, and overall mental talent will certainly not be disappointed. read more
So, One Outs is an anime about sports, right? Hell no! Its about Tokuchi owning everyone and kicking their asses! Its very similar to Akagi, so if you enjoyed that the chances are VERY slim that you wont enjoy this one as well!
Well, the story itself isnt really anything special, Its about Tokuchi Toua who is a genius pitcher. He kinda gets forced to join the lowly ranked Lycaons baseball team. Of course his goal is to make their team start winning their matches. So the basic story is pretty ordinary as you can see, but there are two things that makes the whole thing a lot more interesting. The first is how the matches are played. The Lycaons opponents always have better players overall, or some kind of ace up their sleeve and one team is even cheating. Now its Tokuchis job to destroy these opponents using his brilliant mind. Thats right, One Outs is actually more about strategies and mind games than actuall baseball.
The second twist is that Tokuchi gets 5 000 000 yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50 000 000 yen for every point he gives up. And the Lycaons manager cares more about making money out of Tokuchi than winning the actuall games, so he tries to make his own team lose! So outsmarting the other teams is not enough for Tokuchi, he has to fight on two fronts also preventing the manager from ruining the games with his interference. This puts Tokuchi in all kinds of impossible situations, but he always succeeds in coming up with a counter-strategy, and watching this is a blast! The best part is that all of Tokuchis strategies makes perfect sense after they are explained! You never feel like the creators are cheating and leaving out unexplained or logically invalid bits and pieces.
Not a particularly interesting point. Its good, it does the job, it doesnt bother you.
Not that this matters or affects the score in anyway, but Ill still say it: The OP was pretty good, I actually watched it which I often dont. But of course the important stuff is the bgm and the voices. And well, I have no complaints, they were both very good. The music fit in great with the intense and exciting atmosphere.
Ok, Tokuchi himself is awesome. He is one of the most badass characters ever. Nothing ever fazes him. Even if the situation is looking extremely bad he still remains cold and calculating, soon to be delivering his new plan that will eliminate all his obstacles. The thing is that the other characters are not even half as interesting. They are either tools for him to use, or obstacles for him to completely destroy, using these tools. And thats pretty much it. Of course it doesnt really matter seeing how the point of the show is watching when Tokuchi kicks ass.
This show never really gets boring. You know Tokuchi is always going to win, but it doesnt matter, because seeing him in action is just too freakin awesome. Also, finding out HOW he will to get out of all the imossible situations and what kind of strategies he comes up with, is another important part. The only complaint here is that it is a bit slow sometimes, but you get so caught up in it that it doesnt really matter at all.
So, One Outs is a show about mind games and tricks more than baseball, and if you like that kind of stuff you must try this one. And yeah, if you like badass characters owning everyone then thats another reason to watch this. Even if you dont give it a try, because its awesome! read more
They don't rely on action but tension and suspense created from an ensuing battle of the wits.
You could say that the Pitcher is to Kira as the Batter is to L or vice versa.
Death Note and One Outs both are the same "type" of show in that the approach to each episode's plot is the same: using psychology to try to outwit your opponent.
The style of this anime makes me feel like i'm watching Light play baseball. I wasn't expecting much out of this anime at first, but it really drew me in. If you liked Death Note, you will definitely enjoy this anime.
Both are about a great strategists who are able to foresee the actions of their rivals. Both make you want to watch the second episode immediately.
They don't rely on action but tension and suspense created from an ensuing battle of the wits.
At a glance, they may not seem related. One is about baseball, the other mass murder. However, both series share a striking similarity. That is, they have excellent battles of wits and mind games. If you liked the things L did at the beginning to pinpoint Kira, or your mind was blown by the epic climaxes of Light's actions(Potato Chip scene for example), then you will probably like One Outs as well. Just as in the first half of Death Note, the pacing is excellent, and there is loads of tension as each scenario builds to a climax. Truly an excellent series for viewers who like being surprised.
The way the teams are tryin' to make a fool out of each others is quite similar to L and Light.
One outs is similar with Death Note But One Outs is About sport. The way of figuiring out the problems from Death Note is almost the same as in One Outs but even Better
Both of these animes tantalize your brains. you will be wowed at the ingenious plans. In These two animes that are seemingly worlds apart (shinigamis and baseball), are really as similar as two animes can get. The key ingredient is the smartness, as some typically refer to as "brain-f***"
Although delivered in different circumstances, both series have psychological tendencies that shares a similar feeling and maintaining a sense of mind games between the characters.
The main character in both series are intelligent, cunning, and always uses strategies to solve their conflicts. Mistakes can cost them big time but they always try to stay ahead of their adversaries.
The main protagonists also has similar personalities and throughout the series demonstrates their intellect in various mind games.
In both animes the main person(s) (Yagami Light, Ryuzaki - Tokuchi) is very clever. They make you wonder about what will they do next.
Although you wouldn't expect it, the feel of this anime is very similar. It's full of intense psychological battles and mind games - battles of wits. One Outs has the good qualities of death note with out the brutality. People who liked Death Note should give One Outs a try :)
Basically, imagine Light as being a less paranoid, gambling baseball pitcher.
Different genres, but they're really similar! Both anime series are about power of intellect. You can know nothing about baseball, but you'll do justice to Toa's tricky plans!
Two genius's's (genii?).
Masters of intelligence. One in murder. One in... Baseball?
Many of you found the best thing about death note was Light outsmarting people when it appeared as though he had lost.
The same thing happens in One outs with the same level of intelligence from Tokuchi.
In fact, in one episode Tokuchi's inteligence in outwitting his enemies was literally jaw dropping.
Some of you will be sceptical about a baseball anime.
Dont be. This is Death note (in baseball).
Would love to see Yagami and Tokuchi play some time.
The main character of One Outs is said to be created under the influence from Akagi. Both are similar in their extreme, cold-bloodied ability to win by mind-f*cking their enemies.
One gambling man, one game, and large sums of money. Those are essentially the three things that link these two anime together, both made by MADHOUSE studios. Both of these rely heavily on suspense and tension to draw the viewer in, you'll also find many other similarities such as art style and character personalities. To an extent it's a case of 'you like one, then you'll like the other'.
It's Akagi with baseballs, so cash.
Akagi is another anime about gambling men although it involves the game of mahjongg while One Outs is about baseball. The character design of Tōa Tokuchi is similar to Akagi's character, but then again the Madhouse animation studio has assembled a team of veterans from Akagi for the series. I will make more recommendations as the show progresses.
If you liked how Akagi took something boring like majhong and somehow made it exciting suspense mindgame action then One Outs delivers
except without the noses (Hey I liked the noses but most didnt...) and now its baseball.
both animes are based on how well they can use their minds. both main characters are similar in how badass they are compared to evreyone else in the anime
Both revolve around gamblers with amazing talent of analyzing/ reading their opponents mind and using it to win the games they play. Both Akagi and Toua are very calm and seem to not care about the results of the games but in reality their calmness comes from their high level of confidence in their abilities. The main characters are both very realistic and act based on logic.
both about super badass main character who destroy enemies with his scientific genius and temporarily control his opponent's actions
One Outs can be described as Akagi with baseball instead of mahjong.
Because that's what it is. The main character Tokuchi Toua is essentially the same person as Akagi. A cold-blooded genius who beats his enemies with mind games, emotional manipulation and wits.
Another thing is that One Outs and Touas tricks are much easier to understand than what Akagi is doing, even if you don't know the rules.
If you couldn't really get into Akagi because of a lack of knowledge about mahjong, you might want to try this anime instead.
Akagi plays mahjong. Toua Tokuchi plays baseball. Apart from that, they are nearly the same character, including having the same seiyuu. The author of the One Outs manga drew heavily upon Akagi for inspiration, and both series are created by the same studio and director.
Toua resembles Akagi in almost everything, Akagi is about Mahjong while One Outs is about Baseball, both of the MCs love challenges, and are legends in their field.
Opening Theme"Bury" by Pay money To my pain
Ending Theme"Moment" by Tribal Chair
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