One Out [Anime Review]
One Out is a Japanese baseball manga series by Shinobu Kaitani. Originally serialized in Business Jump from 1998 to 2006, it was relaunched on October 1, 2008. An anime adaptation by Madhouse began airing on October 7, 2008.
Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing!
Saitama Lycaons are the weakest team in the Japanese league. Hiromichi Kojima, the Lycaons’ star batter, forms a training camp in Okinawa to try for his last attempt at a championship. When the pitcher training with Kojima becomes injured, they go to look for a replacement.
Toua Tokuchi is an athlete by profession, but a reckless gambler at heart. On the streets of Okinawa, he uses nothing but his wits and his “fastball” to achieve 499 wins in the game of “One Out,” a battle between the pitcher and batter. He ends up joining the Lycaons and uses his wits to take the Lycaons to the championship.
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One Out is pretty old so you can tell that the character designs are dated in comparison to recent ones. The soundtrack is from that era also. The animation wasn’t bad, it was smoothly done. The baseball scenes were well executed, the choreography was extensively done.
The story and the characters are really where this anime shines. Tokuchi is a bad-ass of a character and he’s more in line with my personality so I can relate. At first, he reminded me of Hiruma from Eyeshield 21 (character design) but as the 1st episode continued, they are completely different. Hiruma is more extroverted and Tokuchi is introverted but they still take you out with their wits.
The story isn’t groundbreaking, it’s pretty much a team going for the championships. The difference is the sheer amount of mental games played, this anime completely focused on the strategy and tactics. A lot of misdirection, legal and illegal moves were played.
Tokuchi was playing chess with baseball, he was always 2-3 steps ahead of his opponents.
I enjoyed this anime thoroughly and I couldn’t believe I never heard of it. To be honest, the only reason I watched this was because of my Youtube Feed (secret anime baseball fan at heart).
The psychological games and deception between Tokuchi vs what seemed like the world were thrilling and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I knew Tokuchi was going to win eventually but I didn’t know how – what was going to be his next move.
In the end, I’m glad the anti-hero won. I give this anime 4/5 stars!
Thanks for reading and let me know what you thought of this anime or will you even watch this.