Name: One Outs
Genre: Sports, Drama, Psychological, Seinen
Director: Yuzo Sato
Studio: Madhouse, VAP
Original Airtime: October 8, 2008 – April 1, 2009
Kojima Hiromichi, the star batter of the baseball team Lycaons, heads to Southern Japan to train. There he meets Tokuchi Toua, the undisputed ruler of a gambling form of baseball known as “One Outs”. Kojima, after hearing about such a player, challenges him to a one outs game. The bet was if Kojima wins he would take the arm of Tokuchi and if Tokuchi wins Kojima will permanently retire from professional baseball. Tokuchi loses to Kojima however Kojima asks Tokuchi to join his team. He said Tokuchi should put his talent to a better use rather than gambling. Thus is the premise of the anime.
The story of One Outs is pretty good and has great pacing. The most intriguing thing about the story is that most of the episode ends with a cliffhanger and it’s just too difficult to predict what will happen next. The fast pace and uncertainty greatly enhances the overall quality of the anime and keeps the viewer glued to the screen for more. Thus it is a perfect anime for binge watching.
The set of characters in this anime is very small and nothing flashy. Most of the characters don’t really get much development or back story. However, the protagonist alone is enough to make up for it. The tagline “No one wins but I” tells more about him than one could explain in words. Cocky, arrogant, audacious are three words aptly define Tokuchi. I personally believe that his intelligence and deduction ability is on the same level as Light, L or Lelouch. He is always three steps ahead of his opponent. The guy is a lethal weapon who at the same time is a talented pitcher and an insane gambler. I would rank him alongside Sesshomaru, Gilgamesh, Mustang, Hiei as one of the most badass characters I have seen.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
The visuals, art and animation of One Outs is decent. It’s quite standard considering it was animated in 2008. Nothing special to point out here. It gets the job done. Nothing more, nothing less.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
Matsumoto Akihiko did an exceptional job with the soundtracks. They are diverse, especially the opening and ending tracks. The opening theme carries one type of ambiance while on the other hand the ending track is completely different. The background tracks were really catchy and went well with the scenes and added to the overall enjoyment of the show.
If One Outs doesn’t entertain you I don’t what will. For all the Kuroko no Basuke lovers I will say Tokuchi is another Aomine only difference is Tokuchi has blonde hair and some serious intelligence. It is a highly exciting and well paced anime and Tokuchi is its main attraction. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
If you want a sports anime with a charismatic protagonist one outs is definitely the one you should go for. Rather than anything else, the protagonist is the main attraction of the anime. He is not a typical good guy protagonist. He has attitude issues, lacks humility, cocky and cold blooded. May be that’s why I like him. If you cheat in a match he won’t complain to the official about it. He is gonna cheat you back. This is produced by Madhouse. We all know how good madhouse is when it comes to making psychological anime. Sadly One Outs is a highly underrated anime even though it deserves more credit. I highly recommend this anime to everyone.