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One Outs Baseball Manga to Get TV Anime This October

posted on by Egan Loo
Akagi/Kaiji staffers animate gambling pitcher who makes the big leagues

The September issue (on sale on August 10) of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine will announce that Shinobu Kaitani's ONE OUTS baseball manga is being animated for television this October. Kaitani (Liar Game, Sommelier) drew the manga in Shueisha's Business Jump magazine from 1998 to 2006, and 19 compiled volumes have been published.

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.

The Madhouse animation studio has assembled a team of veterans from Akagi and Kaiji — two other anime about gambling men — for the project. The staffers include director Yūzō Satō (Akagi, Kaiji, BioHunter), series script supervisor Hideo Takayashiki (Akagi, Kaiji, Maison Ikkoku), and character designer Takahiro Umehara (Akagi, Beyblade, Claymore).

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