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.
So after reading the synopsis you must be thinking “Wow it’s a baseball anime, I love sports anime”. Well It’s definetely not what you think this anime does have baseball but it is mainly about psychological wars between the players. During the first few episodes it was even confusing to watch but around the 5th episode or so I got the hang of it.
“Nobody wins, but I!”, the subtitle of the series, couldn’t be more accurate. It is always fun seeing how he faces the other team’s strategies, whereas those other teams might use superstar players or downright cheat. Seeing Tokuchi’s thought process, which is full of high intellect and observational skills, is always a blast when he’s on the field.
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.
I feel that the anime did exactly what it intended to do. Show the high intensity of the game, the psyching out of player to player and expose the cheats in the system. It mimics the level of the game and how easy a game can go in anothers favor.
“A low possibility doesn’t mean it’s zero”- Tokuchi toua
If you do get a chance to watch this i would highly recommend doing so. It was suggested to me and i am glad that i watched it. It has introduced me to sport anime and now i feel that it won’t be my last.
I recommend this to those who have a deeper understanding of baseball, since you’ll enjoy how these unlikely loopholes in the baseball rules are taken advantage of, although you don’t need to know a single thing about baseball in order to enjoy this anime.
I hope you will enjoy this anime as much as I did.