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Gurazeni Baseball Manga Gets TV Anime in 2018

posted on by Egan Loo
Yūji Moritaka, Keiji Adachi's story of southpaw pitcher's survival on strict team

This year's 17th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation of Yūji Moritaka and Keiji Adachi's baseball manga Gurazeni has been green-lit for next year. SKY PerfecTV! will run the manga's first anime on its BS SkyPer! channel. Among other offerings, SKY PerfecTV! televises sports such as professional baseball in Japan.

The "baseball money survival" story focuses on a baseball team that operates as a highly-stratified society, where the player's performance determines his annual salary. The story follows an eight-year relief pitcher with an odd left-handed side-arm throw as he fights to survive under the team's strict system.

Writer Moritaka and artist Adachi began serializing the series in 2010. The manga won the best general manga award in the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2013. It also ranked #2 on the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook's 2012 list, and earned a nomination in the 5th Manga Taisho Awards. The manga series then ended in 2014, but the creators launched the Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome-hen sequel manga that same year.

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