Bonda Natsunosuke (26, single), is a left-handed relief pitcher for the professional baseball team, the Jingu Spiders. He became a pro right after high school and now in his 8th year makes 18 million yen a year, and is not what you'd call a "first rate player." "I don't know how many years I've got left to play after 30." "Only a few can become coaches or commentators after they retire." "Pro baseball players need to make their money while before they retire!" Despite the harsh realities, Bonda always repeats the same phrase: "There's money buried in the grounds."
My Workplace / Spot Starter
Tendency / Buddies
Railroad to Retirement / The Man Who Couldn't Make Pro
Safe Bets, Risky Bets
A Minor League Player in the Majors
The Commute to the Stadium
Teacher or Cautionary Tale?
High School Recruit, College Recruit
No Pitch to Throw
The Lonely Gourmet
The problem with Gurazeni is that it’s a story you feel like you’ve already seen before, even if its subject matter – pro baseball, salary figures, fights for roster spots – should have been interesting enough for the average baseball fan. As a main character, relief pitcher Bonda Natsunosuke should have been a relatable guy you could have gotten behind. He’s 26 years old, a role... read more
Gurazeni: Money Pitch 2nd Season