English: One Outs
Synonyms: ONE OUTS Nobody wins, but I!
Oct 8, 2008 to Apr 1, 2009
23 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisToua Tokuchi is an athlete by profession, but a reckless gambler at heart. On the streets of Okinawa, he uses nothing but his wits and a "fastball" peaking at a mere 134 kmph to somehow achieve 499 wins in the game of "One Outs," a simplified version of baseball between the pitcher and one batter. Amazed by Toua's unique prowess on the mound, veteran slugger Kojima Hiromichi artfully scouts the pitcher for his long unsuccessful team, the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons. Kojima desperately hopes Toua will lead them to the championship; however, Tsuneo Saikawa, the mercenary owner of the Lycaons, sees the vastly talented pitcher as a threat to the income generated by the team. Rising to the challenge of swaying the owner, Toua suggests a one-of-a-kind "One Outs" contract: every out Toua pitches will earn him five million yen, but with every run he gives up, he will lose fifty million yen.
Adapted from the manga by Shinobu Kaitani of Liar Game fame, One Outs documents the intense psychological battles between Toua and those around him. With millions of yen at stake, can a pitcher who has done nothing but gamble in a head-to-head imitation of baseball finally lead a real baseball team to victory?
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Opening Theme"Bury" by Pay money To my pain
Ending Theme"Moment" by Tribal Chair
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One Outs is a perfect combo of pshycological and sports anime...each has equal importance and nothing weighs more in quantity and quality over the other, in other words it genuinely gives importance to both the genres in an intelligent way which makes this anime stand out of other sports anime...
It is a story about a non proffesional baseball player who gets spotted by a lyacons team legend hiromichi who needed a pitcher for his team desperately and getsgreatly inspired by tokuchi toua to a extent that he urges the owner of the team to sign him and thus starts the Mindfucking One Outs...
ART~ everyone in this anime is really well drawn , starting from tokuchi toua whose inspiration is surely taken from hisoka from hunter x hunter but that look is perfect for tokuchi as that surely shows how dangerous he is as a gambler and his captivating personality ...then other players are also well drawn, the stadium,the crowd,the streets..every tit bit is given ample importance...u will like the ART for sure... a 8/10 for me..
SOUND~ the opening is awesome....i really liked it...and the ost track for tokuchi is my favorite... this anime has simple yet spine chilling soundtrack and a super awesome starting track... the soundtrack adds the more captivating and mind playing aura of this anime..it enhances it to a great level... 8/10 for me
Charcter~ every one is given ample time for character development...and variety of characters are also included which not only adds upto the variety in sports genre but also adds upto the increasing level of psychology too...mind games just increase potentially with entry of new characters so is the excitement with their sporting skills...and each character has his aura which will greatly affect u too in a positive manner... tokuchi toua being also my top 10 great admiring characters too...he is on another level , even i felt he surpassed light yagami of death note[just a comparison, even i liked light a lot]
ENJOYMENT~ there isnt a time in this anime where you will get bored, even if you hate baseball or dont know its basics, i am challenging you after seeing this anime you will see baseball in whole new light and you will start watching it..every concept is well explained , even a dummy like me who dint even knew the ABC of baseball understood and enjoyed it to the fullest... the mindgames of tokuchi toua will take ur sheer enjoyment level to a new level and i bet you just cant wait after finishing an episode and will want to know what happens next... every character, every games, every stadium has a different feel and different charisma to it... i am 100% sure you will enjoy it to the fullest.. 9/10 for me in this sector
OVERALL~ I dint expected a lot from this anime as it had baseball as its sports area, but i wanted to see it because it also had psychology genre too...but after watching it i was awestruck and not only became the fanboy of TOKUCHI TOUA but also loved baseball... MINDGAMES are on
a different level ..never expected a SPORTS anime to have so much mindgames and psychology control in it.... IN one word i will say its SUGOYEEEE!!!!
FOR PEOPLE WHO READ MANGA ~ as it has the anime already, just watch the one outs anime first , its 25 epsiodes will cover the 82 chapters of the anime in a beautiful way.. you all can start reading manga after seeing the anime from chapter- 83... the 2nd half of one outs is even more thrilling and more captivating with new contract than the first one... PLS I URGE YOU ALL TO READ THE MANGA FROM CH-83 AFTER SEEING THE ANIME...
I AM DESPERATELY WAITING FOR 2ND SEASON FROM MADHOUSE...I KNOW WAITING FOR 2ND SEASON FROM MADHOUSE IS LIKE WAITING FOR RAIN IN A DESERT WHERE IT HASNT RAINED FOR MANY YEARS :P
HAVE A FUN RIDE WATCHING THIS ANIME... ARIGATO MINNA read more
"Winner takes all. This is the universal rule of battle." - Toua Tokuchi.
One Outs, for the most part, only caught my attention after I was looking for similar titles to the recent sports anime, Diamond no Ace. After taking a look at the synopsis I considered it and put it in plan-to-watch only to start and end it months later but in a rather very quick time.
The story sets off in the island of Okinawa, where the pinch-hitter of the struggling and fictional Lycaons team, Kojima Hiromichi, heads off to form a training camp in hopes of reclaiming the ultimate prize that is the Japanese Baseball Championship. When a minor league pitcher who trains with Kojima gets injured, him and Kojima's trainer are forced to look for a replacement, but this is when they run into a group of people who seem to play a shady game of gambling related to Baseball, named "One Outs". It's apparently a one-on-one between the batter and the pitcher but with money on the line. After completely losing out to a mysterious pitcher named Toua Tokuchi, Kojima arrives at the scene next day to avenge his teammates and find this mysterious pitcher and defeat him. Things don't go as planned for him though as even he is completely beaten by Tokuchi and is forced to conceal himself from the people for a week. After some days, though, Kojima finally returns and seeks a rematch with Tokuchi Toua once again. This time though, he urges Tokuchi that he'd retire from professional Baseball at once if he loses, but then tells Tokuchi that if he wins he'd take an arm off Tokuchi in order to make sure he never gambles on Baseball again. Tokuchi promptly agrees to the deal and faces off with Kojima once again. Circumstances make Tokuchi lose his first ever "One Outs" game and readily offers his arms to Kojima, but he tells that he never said he'd "break" his arm but simply "take it" as he grasps Tokuchi's right arm. Kojima urges Tokuchi, who has exceptional potential in Baseball, to join his team Lycaons and help them to win the Championship. Thus beginning his first step towards professional Baseball. Not long after he meets the Owner of the Lycaons, who refuses to give up any significant amount of salary to Tokuchi for his yet unknown abilities, Tokuchi then proposes an unusual ordeal, he tells that for every out he pitches, he'd get 5,000,000 yen but loses 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up.
Regarding the artwork of the series as we move on, I have come across a few criticism's that it's pretty poor and not aesthetically pleasing. I, however, believe it's the opposite of that where the art actually stands out on top. I'm not an avid reader of Manga's and haven't read the One Outs manga either, but I can say that the art is top-notch throughout the series. It was indeed the striking poster of Tokuchi Toua that got me interested in it, and it isn't any different in the anime either, full marks for that. And I'm not comparing the two by any means but if you see the artwork of Death Note, a similar and much popular psychologically-hit anime and One Outs, you could say that it's Death Note that lacked a bit in art. This is just my opinion though, anyway.
Moving on to the Opening and Ending themes of One Outs as well as the soundtrack, which are pretty okay in comparison to the whole anime. They both practically just do the standard work of an opening and an ending theme, that's pretty much how I'd put it. The ending theme however was pretty good and made me search for the full version on Youtube and it was pretty nice.
The show is fully centered around our mastermind Tokuchi Toua, and the Owner being the antagonist. In terms of enjoyment, One Outs never disappoints and it kept me in the edge of my seat throughout the entire series. Game after game you are left astounded by the various shrewd and astute tactics by Tokuchi Toua.
It was only long after since I actually came across this anime for the first time that I started watching. And I managed to finish it off in a week but was left astounded as to what a great gem of a show this is. Compared to its various psychological thriller hits, it's highly underrated and mostly overlooked just because it's based on the concept of Baseball and not many people are aware of the game. That being said I can guarantee you that you don't need to have a deep knowledge of the sport.
Diamond no Ace is the only other Baseball anime that I've watched so far and before that and I should say that STILL I have not a very complex idea on how Baseball works. Though I have learnt a fair amount of things. If you seek a mind-bending anime with a sharp-witted and easily likeable character with godly skills, One Outs is definitely worth checking out. If it turns out the way as it did for me, you'll love it for sure.
“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
One Outs was a baseball manga written by Kaitani Shinobu. It was adapted into an anime by our old friends at Madhouse, who brought us such classics as Black Lagoon, Petshop of Horrors and Rideback. Unfortunately, they've also been behind some of the worst anime I've ever seen such as Highschool of the Dead and Devil Hunter Yohko. I'm honestly not predicting their best work this time around, although a lot of that is more to do with the subject matter than anything else. I am not a person who cares about sports in the slightest. So, let's look at One Outs and see if it holds up in spite of my own apathy towards the material.
Our story opens with some minor league players at a training camp. After an injury destroys their pitcher's ability to throw balls at a guy with a stick, two of them go on a search for a new one. At this point they get lured to a gambling arena where people bet on whether or not a guy can hit a ball with a stick. The two lose a large amount of money and their friend, Kojima, who has won a bunch of awards with names that are meaningless to me, returns to challenge the pitcher who beat them, Tokuchi. He loses, but returns for a rematch, if he loses he'll retire, if he wins he'll take Tokuchi's hand so that he can never gamble using baseball again. Because a game that requires people to hit a ball with a stick and run in a square is serious business and not some kind of game.
In spite of a rather serious hand injury, Kojima wins, but instead of inflicting violence to take Tokuchi's hand, he recruits him as a pitcher to help his team, the Lycaons, win the championship. So, the basic plot is that a low ranking team aims for the championship? I haven't seen that plot since... every piece of sports media ever made, I think. To be fair, One Outs isn't typical in its execution. It uses Tokuchi's unusual contract with the game's owner as the primary source of tension instead of whether or not the team will win the big game. It also puts the focus, not on whether or not the Lycaons will win since basic pattern recognition gives it away, but on how they're going to win. Which is more interesting than it sounds since Tokuchi uses a lot of psychological manipulation and has to think of ways to outsmart his opponents while thwarting the owner's attempts to sabotage him.
The strategic aspects are pretty well handled in this anime, in spite of the rather trite plot. The series is also good at keeping the viewer's attention with various new elements and twists as well. However, the story telling isn't perfect. The biggest problem is the narrator. His entire job seems to be to give exposition. Which isn't so bad when it's used as a tool to skip through the boring bits, but it's also pretty unnecessary. You could cut out the dialogue for almost all of these scenes and lose nothing. There's also the issue of the plot itself. Even if the execution is unique, just about everyone knows exactly where it's going to go which does limit how much tension the series can have.
The characters of One Outs are mixed. Tokuchi is a pretty interesting “magnificent bastard” type of character. The Lycaons' owner makes for a compelling antagonist as well. Ideguchi and Kojima are two-dimensional characters. They get some personality and develop a bit, but not a whole lot. The rest of the characters are pretty one-note. They're around and you might remember their names, but there isn't anything that really makes them unique or compelling. They're just “that guy who runs fast” or “that guy with glasses.”
One thing of note is that a lot of the antagonistic teams that Tokuchi and the Lycaons have to face are shown to have foreigners as their big guns. I'm not sure whether it's a demonstration of Xenophobia in which the great all-Japanese team has to face off against those foreign players who came from some unspecified location or it's just a coincidence. That being said, they do make it a point to bring the foreign players to the viewer's attention so the former seems more likely.
The art is pretty good, overall. The character designs are distinctive. The backgrounds are nicely detailed as well. That being said, there are some questionable art decisions. There are some ridiculously exaggerated expressions. For example, a “shocked” character might just open their mouth so wide they could fit their own head in there. Tokuchi also has an absurd hairstyle that makes him look like he's gone half super saiyan. I know, an anime with silly hair what an original concept.
The acting in this is okay. It doesn't stand out in any way, but it's passable. The music is really effective when it comes to atmosphere. The tense moments have a score that perfectly emphasises the tension as do the victorious moments.
There is none in this series. 1/10.
In some ways, One Outs is a typical piece of sports media. Underdog team pushing for victory. In others, it's not at all typical. The battle of wits aspect works pretty effectively and the main protagonist is an interesting character, even if most of the side characters are really flat. Still, it has quite a bit of intrigue and I do recommend checking it out for the battle of wits, if you don't mind watching grown men act like hitting a ball with a stick is a pastime of dire importance or a predictable plot arc. Final rating, 6/10. Next week I'll look at Shining Tears x Wind. read more
If you've ever found yourself wondering about what would happen if Light Yagami was a pitcher in a baseball series, instead of attempting to become a God using his notebook of death, then the answer is simple: One Outs. It was made by the same studio, Madhouse, and every aspect of the show - ranging from the dull colour choice and realistic art style to internalised thought emphasis - highlight this fact. It's impossible for anyone aware of Death Note to watch One Outs without thinking 'DEATH NOTE!'. Both the series itself and the way it was adapted are just too similar. Even the vibe the opening and ending give off just screams DARK PSYCHOLOGICAL, as opposed to baseball anime.
What you have to understand about One Outs is that it isn't a sports anime. Baseball, taken to absurd extremes for entertainment purposes, is just for decoration. What One Outs is is a psychological warfare series. Every pitch becomes a life-or-death mental battle. This is because, rather than just winning matches, Toua (the lead of One Outs) bets everything on not giving up even one run. By the end he has to deal with sabotage from his own team, in addition to the opposing team, due to his Light Yagami-esque genius resulting in his 'no outs' contract bonuses costing his team so much money. The series is actually more enjoyable if you don't know anything about baseball and can overlook the baseball rule absurdity.
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.
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.
I know, that OO is a sporty type and DN is an action, but the way Tokuchi (OO) resolves problems in the game is similar to the way L does. I think OO has awesome OST, while DN has interesting plot. I think both titles shouldn't be compared, but both are worth to watch. I recommend them.
Both shows use suspense to attract the audience. Both shows have an extremely intelligent main character.
While both shows may seem very different, (gambling in baseball, and killing people) they are similar in how they attract the audience!
If you liked Death Note, you will also like One Outs!
Both have many mind games between the main character and his opponent. Both are very thrilling and fun to watch. One Outs is more on the baseball strategies side whereas Death Note focuses on crime and mystery a bit more, but both have the same feeling when you watch them and are recommended.
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 characters of both TV series are one in a billion if you are up against them its better to die rather than have a face off with them .
In One Outs tokochi goes out to conquer the world of baseball meanwhile Light is on a conquest to become god of this world
they face many trails but get out of them by using thier brains and nothing else
Though of entirely different genres, both anime's protagonists engage in psychological battles with different situations they face, not to mention how similar Tokuchi seems to Light and similar art styles when their reasoning.
Surely, One Outs is the sports version of DeathNote. Both main characters have badass brain and strategy. When you watch the first episode, I am sure you can not be helped to stop watching again and again till the final episode :D
Despite the very different themes, (OO's story driver: baseball politics; DN's story driver: power of death) both MCs are portrayed in similar respects. Both have high aptitude for critical thinking and an arrogance to match their "one-step ahead" thought process. They seem to always have the answers to unsettling and problematic circumstances. They each thrive on rivalry; (a noteworthy aspect in DN, to a lesser extent for OO)
One Outs is very similar to Death note in the fact the both could've turned out to be a classic sports and mystery respectively, but both chose the psychological route. But unlike Death Note, in One Outs it is not 2 geniuses dueling it out in a psychological game, but instead merely one man who controls all in the game like they were pawns. Both series were animated by Madhouse as well.
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.
The main character of both is similar, cold blooded, cunning, is a genius. And both are about games.
One Outs is Akagi but with Baseball instead of mahjong. psychological thrillers and mind games.
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.
While One Outs lacks most of the good things (interesting characters/ dark atmosphere/..) found in Akagi, it does have a very intriguing main character who is similar to Akagi just enough to make One Outs the most entertaining sports anime.
Gambling and stakes on the line, both One Outs and Akagi brings out the psychological twist to gaming. The main male protagonists from both series are intelligent and often stay ahead of the game.
Madhouse is also involved with the production of these two anime so expect some similar artwork. There is smart logic to the games that these two anime tries to convey. With that, there are intensity and thriller-like endings to many episodes that keep viewers at the edge of their seats.
In both animes, we have a Mind Fuck main character that could be called prodigies in the game they play and like to Gamble a lot.
Both One outs and Touhai Densetsu Akagi contain high stakes bets based on psychological cues. Skill and strategy will determine the fate of the main characters in each show. Baseball or mahjong could end up with life or death situations.
Both anime feature gambling.Akagi is about mahjong and One Outs is about baseball.They are both psychological seinen mindgames with intense scenes and big plot twists.Their protagonists are very similar too.Both are cold-blooded and badass characters who put on purpose their lives at risk and they are extremely smart outsmarting each opponent that stands in their way.They are also voiced by the same voice actor.They have the same feeling so if you like the one then you will definetely like the other.
Pretty much the same aura around both of these animes. OneOuts is about baseball gambling with alot of money on the line. Both of them use there wits to outsmart the opponent but there is always someone with money they can try to scam...
Same director, Same kind of psychological Seinen. Both anime are similar in a lot of way. While One outs is about baseball, what really stand out is the way he outsmart his oppenents. If you liked Kaiji, then you will most likely like One Outs.
Both anime revolve around gambling and psychology. Both of these anime have amazing cliffhangers.
Kaiji and One Outs focus around gambling, with a very similar presentation style and analysis. Overall, very interesting psychoanalytically and just in terms of suspense.
Two stories where the logic is applied in different situations.
Very good, either. It's worth watching.
*Both are seinen and about games.
*There's money in it.
*Both psychology, strategy.
One Outs about baseball and Kaiji a thriller about survive but they have much in common.
Both anime series involves the same director: Yuzo Sato. In fact, the main protagonist from both series has the same voice actor. Both series' main male protagonist has an intellectual mind and is not afraid of taking risks.
Both series has a theme of gambling (with game elements) involving psychological factors with suspense and intensity.
Both series also has similar artwork as well as the way they are presented involving money.
Kaiji and One-Outs are both similar in animation, due to both being done by Madhouse, as well as their basic concepts. Kaiji uses normal gambling and uses that as a base for psychological games, while on the other hand One Outs uses Baseball as a base for gambling which leads to psychological games.
Although One Outs is less intense and thrilling and significantly less brutal, both animes are quite similar in the sense that they feature protagonists that use gambles and play with the minds of others to accomplish their goals. Both feature a rich, evil and unlikable antagonist who tries to mess with the protagonist.
A difference though is that Kaiji is a lot less levelheaded and "overpowered" than Tokuchi but both are geniuses in their own respective way and come up with incredible solutions to the problems they face. If you're trying to find an anime as thrilling as GB Kaiji, One Outs may not be your best bet as has a much calmer atmosphere but if you liked Kaiji for the mindgames and outwits, you should definetly give One Outs a try!
Also, both have the same voice actor which has a fitting voice for those roles.
Both main characters are brilliant at mindgames and deceiving. If you liked that in either one of these shows you will find the satisfactory in the other, too.
-both have superb mind games that just leave the opponent speechless
-both have cocky but smart main characters
Both about the main characters completely outsmarting and dominating the other characters. Both incredibly amazing and addictive!
If you want a series of thrilling gambles with a lot in stake and a protagonist that seems to have everything planned out and almost always wins flawlessly with unmatched intellect and skill just like in No Game No Life, these are all in One Outs. Though One Outs is only about baseball, it is still a suspenseful watch.
Both MC's Will do ANYTHING to win and use strategic and psychological warfare to their advantage!
Both protagonists have uncanny abilities to read their opponents and make for a great psychological battle.
no game no life is basically one outs without the sports and with ecchi.
-both have extremely cocky but intelligent main protagonists
-both involve gambling or betting as a major part of the story.
-both involve mind games and trickery
Different in settings only. But they share many similarities
-Winning gambles is the main objective.
-Both MCs own high intelligence
-Use deceiving tricks to win
-Both MCs are unbeatable
-People around them do not have faith in them for the first time, but after several games, they are shocked and amazed
-Produced by the same company
Uh, is quite simple actually:
- One Outs and Giant Killing are quite similar because first of all they are both seinen with a main focus on the sports genre.
- moreover, both deal with a professional sports: not the usual sports played by teenagers as you usually see in anime the most of times.
- having adult characters overall both of the series, they also have a different way to tell the story, making it quite interesting as they both show you sides of the professional sports that you rarely see in anime.
- still, both main characters give to their serie an overall quite strong psychological theme, because they rely everything on strategy and on the teamwork. Despite Tatsumi (for GK) doesn't play on the court, as you would normally expect it from a sports anime, while Tokuchi (for One Outs) is a player of the team, they still can have brilliant minds and somewhat similar personality anyway.
Psychological anime can be addicting because you are always looking for the next strategy of the main chara in order to aim to the victory.. and well, with both series you might probably get this feeling!
Both recommended! They are quite unique sports-genre series!
Both are about sport and the main characters are very similar. The plot is pretty similar too, although Tatsumi (Giant Killing) is not actually playing on the field.
Both anime show the strategic approach towards sports. However One outs is all about strategy while Giant Killing is a mix of all aspects of the sport.
both animes consider a psychological side beside the sports main side.
great stories and similar attractive characters.
Giant Killing is like One Outs, because, both of them tell the story of very inteligent and presumptuous, and devilish men. And .. both of them are about of sports.
Anime about sports of masses
Both main characters are kind of genius in their respective sport, even though Tatsumi is not as "agressive" as Tokuchi could be.
Both main characters also greatly enjoy defeating their opponent xD
Both anime don’t consider sports only, but great part of psychology.
Tatsumi has another goal than Toua, his intrigues don’t suit his own ends only, but the means used by main characters are very similar.
They are both about sport and about a person that can drag the team to victory by coahing or playing.
Both are sport anime, extremely exciting. One of the main characters in Eyeshield 21 is kinda similar to the main character of One Ones by looks (and a bit by character).
thoses two are about sport,
and one unknown [really great] person enter in the team.[Tokuchi Toua for One outs and Kobayakawa Sena for Eyeshield]
But One outs is pretty most mature than Eyeshield !
What to say? they both are quite "unusual" series and somewhat similar to eachother:
- both are sports genres
- both have the main character (Hiruma for e21 and Tokuchi for One Outs) that look a lot alike and are very smart. They are the big minds behind every victory and every very well planned strategy. At some point of the story they both are compared (if not hinted to be one) to the Devil.
- both can be very addicting
If you liked one of them, you might probably end up liking the another as well, as they both worth the try!
Adult version of Hiruma Youchi plays baseball instead of american football. One Outs' protagonist Toua resembles Hiruma very much: a physically average player wins because he outwits his opponents. Eyeshield 21 is more humorous and there is more main characters, but if you enjoy tactic and mind games, I recommend these both.
They both are sports and action anime. They both have "poker face" characters that make the anime more interesting and in the games, there are mental tricks to fool the opponent.
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