Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Lycaons, heads to Okinawa to train and bring himself out of a slump. There, he meets Toua Tokuchi, a 134 km/h (83 mph) pitcher and the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball called "One Outs". At Kojima's urging, Tokuchi signs up with the Lycaons. His contract, the 'One Outs contract', differs from the usual, though, in that he gets 5,000,000 yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up.
Anime [25 Episodes]
It's interesting to note that the opening theme song is in English. Maybe it's because Baseball originated in the United States? Perhaps it's to make it stand out from the rest of the shows during that season? I'm not entirely sure why they did this, but it took me by surprised.
This anime provides the basics of Baseball with a twist of psychological warfare in its extreme form. Here we have Toua Tokuchi, a nobody who loves playing high stake games. He's an expert at psyching out his opponents, but when he enters the professional league of baseball his skills are put to the test.
What great visuals! The show is animated very well and does an excellent job displaying the scenes that have to do with the characters being psyched out by another character. It has bright colors, but isn't drawn childishly like most of the newer bright colored anime series are.
The one thing I didn't care for in the show is the ending. It's not bad, but it felt rushed. Everything was going fine until they get to the championship. After he pitches the ball, the show ends and that's it. I was pretty disappointing, because I thought they would do something special for the championship. Perhaps they'll do a movie that covers it or maybe they'll release an OVA? We can only wait and see if they decide to do anything or not.