Retro Play: One Outs
Sports anime are considered to be centralized on sports and nothing more; however, that’s not the case with all of them. Specifically, One Outs, an anime that follows baseball but is also about kicking some ass and taking numbers?
The story is about Tokuchi Toa who is one hell of a pitcher. He joins the low ranked Lycaons baseball team due to story based circumstances. His goal becomes to try to make this lowly team into a winning team. The strategy comes from the Takeuchi’s genius mind. The Lycaons are outnumbered by their opponents each time.
The answer to the team’s problem then becomes not of the usual “beat them by practicing hard and working hard.” Nope. Instead it’s about mind tricks and strategies. You play the game by playing “the game.”
Thing get even more interesting with how Tokuchi’s salary works. He gets 5,000,000 yen for each “out” he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen for each point he gives up. The Lycaon’s manager cares more about turning Tokuchi into a money-making machine than actually winning the matches.
The manager therefore tries to botch his every move, so Tokuchi has to try to straddle between winning but also try to not fall into the traps that the manager is laying out. The odds are stacked against him, and this is part of the intriguing premise of the story.
As soon as you think that things are getting too intense, Tokuchi somehow finds a way to get through the problems.
Tokuchi is an interesting character; he is very much your typical badass dude as nothing fazes him, not even when situations get tough. Tokuchi keeps his cool and calculated personality.
One Outs is much more than just a sports anime it’s an interesting seinen that you should definitely binge.