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Kojima is a baseball legend. As the superstar cleanup hitter for the Lycaons, he won himself many awards including rookie of the year seven times; but there's one title he never acquired: champion. In an attempt to find that special something Kojima feels he's missing inside, he opens a training camp in Okinawa. There, through a series of events, Kojima is introduced to a high stakes game dominated by the talented Toua Tokuchi, and subsequently loses a fortune. However, Kojima finally defeats Toua and due to their agreement, he enlists him to join the now poorly-ranked Lycaons - but Toua demands a high price: instead of a salary, he will receive five million yen for each out, and lose fifty million yen for each point lost. With a bad attitude and prodigal skills, Toua will help transform the Lycaons into winners once more.

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
One Outs 1998 TBD
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Takahiro UMEHARA Character Design
Yuzo SATO Director
Akihiko MATSUMOTO Music
Shinobu KAITANI Original Manga Creator

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One Outs VivisQueen 6.5/10 Jun 22, 2009

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One Outs vivafruit 7/10 Oct 11, 2009
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Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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lonewolftheblack

If you like a series were the main character is always one step ahead of everyone else and still manage to to have a backup plan. then these two are series I whould highly recommmend for on anuther.

Both Tokuchi and Light have a very mindsets and personalities though Tokuchi is a little more sane the Light.

SaiAkuto

Both are about a great strategists who are able to foresee the actions of their rivals. Both make you want to watch the second episode immediately.

Kyoraku

I know baseball and this don't really seem obvious, but One Outs has the similar sort of mind games and mental one-upsmanship as death note, but just without the fatal consquences.

MaatiSan

The stakes aren't as high in One Outs as in death note, but both animes contain a protagonist with a genius intellect that can lose it all with a single mistake.  Base ball is actually my most hated sports yet I was able to thoroughly enjoy One Outs due to the gambling aspect thrown in, and I am a huge fan of death note.  Art style is relatively similar as well although brighter colors are used in one outs, you don't get the character dept in One Outs, but you get a sense of dept to the game of base ball which is interesting even if you dislike the sport.

Anathemus

There is without a doubt a very similar flow on both shows in the way their main characters (Kira and Tokuchi) foresee their rivals actions, they are both incredible strategists. If you enjoy mind games and cliffhangers, go ahead and try One Outs and Death Note, you won't regret it.

gretzky99

Toua Tokuchi and Light Yagami are always a step ahead of their enemies. Their surroundings are completely different, but in their own world there are no match for them. Although they are different at the same time: Toua does not show any character development, while Light's personality goes through severe changes in the story.

NimirRa

One Outs and Death Note are two psychological cat-and-mouse style stories with very different circumstances. Despite that, they have a similar feel, because of the constant mind games the characters play and their determination to unravel the enemy's next move. If you liked one of these shows give the other a try.

xSlayer

Its very similar in the case of the psychology of the main characters~ real huge fan of this genre

YuriLover666

If you liked One Outs you would definitely like Death Note and vice versa. Both are about mind games, psycology, and trying to outwit your opponent. After you start one episode you can't stop 'till your done.

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Eyeshield 21

Eyeshield 21

Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...

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sarwor248

Two of the main characters in these anime have a unique approach to sports: it is all about crushing your oppenent with mind games. Both of these anime show a lot of strategy and psychological tactics while playing. If you like Toua, you will like Hiruma (and vice versa). 

TheQi2B

Takuchi = HirumaSame basic devilish character, and both great at reading people and winning gambles... 

Juumonji

One Outs is a baseball form of Eyeshield 21 shown from Hiruma's (or Tokichi's) point of view.  If you liked the mind games in Eyesheild 21, I guarantee you'll LOVE One Outs, and visa versa.

VickyVicarious

Takuchi and Hiruma are virtually the same character, though Takuchi is much more serious and a tad less openly demonic. Still, the way they both analyze everything, have everything planned out and emerge victorious over everyone in the end is exactly the same. And heck, they even LOOK similar, with the sharp features and gravity-defying blond hair. And their jobs - throwing the ball - are pretty much as close as they can get in both sports.

I've thought more than once that Takushi is like an AU grown-up Hiruma. And as long as you're both amazed and fascinated and awed by either one's intense (and devilish and sadistic) strategies, you'll like both of these series.

NinaR

Eyeshield 21 is more light-hearted and One Outs is more mature and serious, but Hiruma and Tokuchi are like the same character reborn! I saw Eyeshield 21 first, then One Outs... so I kept referring to Tokuchi as Hiruma... that's how similar they are!

And of course, I massively enjoyed the storyline in both anime, so I think you will too!

greenymaco

One Outs and Eyeshield 21 both use tactics to win games. They plots are so similar is freaky. A team searching for a member and happens to find a talented player (Sena:Toua) Hiruma and Toua are very alike. Spiky blonde hair, devilish ways, and secretly planing tactics that slowly unravel. They both go from a poor losing team to being one of the best. If you enjoy One Outs I GUARANTEE you will like Eyeshield 21 and vis versa.

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Akagi

Akagi

One stormy night, a desperate man finds himself playing Mahjong with yakuza thugs; the prize is his life. He is losing, and death seems certain, until a teenage boy stumbles out of the darkness into the Mahjong parlor, drenched in rain. Allowed to watch, the boy soon offers to play in place of the marked man, and that night, a legend is born. After his first taste for Mahjong, Akagi Shigeru finds himself entangled in the dark underworld of Mahjong gambling: for money, reputation, and lives.

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JayGee

Both One Outs and Akagi are both brought to us by director Yuzo Sato, and they both are quite similar series as they both have to do with gambling in a way.  Not only that, but both are dripping with the same badass style that Sato is superb  at bringing forth in his series.  If you've seen one series, you'll quickly pick up on the similar sylistic elements (panning, camera angles, ominous sound effects and music, facial expressions, etc.) and if you enjoy said elements, then there's no question that if you liked one series, you'll definitely like the other.  You may also notice that the main character is voiced by the same actor in both series!

Idaemean

One Outs and Akagi both deal with gambling in a way (although Akagi is probably a little more concentrated on that subject) . They also have quite similar graphics and style, the same seiyuu for the main hero and the same intensive and quite tense aura.

Szwagier

Scheming to the extreme. If you like fearless and crazy mahjong player Akagi you can't dislike genius pitcher Tokuchi.   Both of them make use of their oponents minds, provoking them and making them play just the way they want to.

NimirRa

Both these shows take a mature look at their respective games and the way they're played. By uncovering cheating opponents and outwitting the other team- both Akagi and Tokuchi try to stay one step ahead of the game. With these kinds stakes... losing is not an option.

Kaiji

Kaiji

Kaiji Ito is as pathetic a person as they come; a man who gambles his days away, only winning enough to lose significantly more. He hates himself, is riddled with envy for others, but is ultimately too weak to think of a way out of his massive debts. Then one day he is approached by a strange man who offers him what seems the solution of a lifetime – to take a short journey on a ship called Espoir, during which time he will be given the chance to win more cash than he can dream of in a card game like no other. Ever the desperate, Kaiji takes the gamble of his life; however, the game turns out to be far darker than he expected and the hard lessons pile on thick and fast. Now stuck in a closed world of unsavory characters willing to do anything to destroy him, can Kaiji gather enough courage to outwit them all?

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JayGee

Both One Outs and Kaiji are both brought to us by director Yuzo Sato, and they both are quite similar series as they both have to do with gambling in a way.  Not only that, but both are dripping with the same badass style that Sato is superb  at bringing forth in his series.  If you've seen one series, you'll quickly pick up on the similar sylistic elements (panning, camera angles, ominous sound effects and music, facial expressions, etc.) and if you enjoy said elements, then there's no question that if you liked one series, you'll definitely like the other.  You may also notice that the main character is voiced by the same actor in both series!

Idaemean

One Outs and Kaiji have quite similar graphics and character design, and - in a way - theme. Both series deal with gambling, and have rather psychological approach to that subject. Also the story protagonist in both anime is voiced by the same seyiuu. Moreover, One Outs and Kaiji will give you probably the same feeling.

ylk123

Both Kaiji and One Outs are directed by the same director. The protaganists are voiced by the same person. Also both animes have a phsycological aspect, so if you enjoyed Kaiji, you would love One Outs.

bananaskates

Both series have the same pacing, using the gambling elements to create the high-suspense atmosphere that makes these two highly enjoyable.

Giant Killing

Giant Killing

Years ago, the East Tokyo United soccer team was a force to be reckoned with, captained by the talented and charismatic Takeshi Tatsumi. But after leaving suddenly to join an amateur team in England, ETU's record and morale quickly plummeted, their meager status kept afloat only by the efforts of new captain Murakoshi. Now, several years have passed and Takeshi is in town once more, this time to bring the team back to victory. But with fans resentful of the man's former departure, clashing personalities on the team and Takeshi's unorthodox and lackadaisical coaching style, ETU's rise to fame won't be easy...

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chii

Both anime have men working as hard as they can to win a game. One Outs is about baseball and takes on a lot of thinking about the game instead of playing it where Giant Killing is about soccer and building a team back up from the ground. But both have similar animation styles and very clever characters. Check one out if you liked the other.

van831kris

both have very smart and cunning lead characters who are both fun to watch especially when they trick the enemy to win the match even if they're underdogs. I think that this kind of characters (takeshi from giant killing, tokuchi from one outs, and hiruma from eyeshield to name a few) makes sports genre anime very interesting and fun to watch.

sothis

Giant Killing and One Outs show an unlikely character take control of a poorly-ranked team and bring it back to victory. One Outs feels a lot darker than Giant Killing, but they are each a refreshing look at the sports genre.