This is the story of Natsunosuke Honda, a pro baseball player—a relief pitcher who has been playing pro in a team called Spiders for 8 years. The team operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player's performance determines his annual salary. Natsunosuke is one of the highest paid players in the game. He measures how good players are by how much money they make, and he intends to be on top and stay there, and as such is always looking for players to challenge and does everything to insure that he is better than they are.
Being a seinen (so far) focusing on professiona baseball field in Japan, the setting of Gurazeni seems more cut out for a live-action drama than an anime, especially when designs of main characters are qutie simplistic, and do not fall within the current sense of "hot husbando".
That being said, Gurazeni is still an enjoyable slice of life comedy involving realistic concerns such as salaries, and the difference between high school baseball team life and career as a professional baseball player, which is quite different from the passion of shounen genre.
It also gives the audience an insight into profesional baseball field, such as explaining baseball player
statistics, for those interested to learn, and concerns of baseball team management board behind the glamour of keeping a star player.
Overall, while Gurazeni is not made out for typical anime audience, it is still enjoyable as a light-hearted sneak peek into the professional sports field in Japan.
Side note: the Ending Theme is really cute, hope to hear its full version. The girls in the OP and ED have so far not yet presented themselves, most likely as family members/ acquaintances. I hope they can still keep the comedic pace.
It's all I was looking for in a sports anime, no scandalous and super optimistic characters chasing their dreams typical of the spook naruto, this is the most real thing that can exist and goes beyond baseball that I personally do not like but in terms of environment, the schools, the press and directive this anime puts it as it is and I compare it to football that practically is handled in the same way.
This anime is amazing and it is a big surprise for me since it is separated from everything I have seen.
PD: Sorry for the google translator.