One Outs

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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 lonewolftheblack says...

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 SaiAkuto says...

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 Kyoraku says...

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 MaatiSan says...

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 Anathemus says...

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 gretzky99 says...

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 NimirRa says...

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 xSlayer says...

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

YuriLover666 YuriLover666 says...

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.

ShaneyBoy ShaneyBoy says...

I searched for so long to find something that I would really enjoy as much as death note. I was such a fan of the characters thinking of moves and planning way ahead of each other with surprise twists. One outs did exactly that for me. It is a gret anime full of twists and outside the box thinking. Even if you don't like baseball it really makes you see how in depth baseball can be. If you like death note one outs is great, and if you like one out, you need to watch death note. Simple.

Inu230 Inu230 says...

Yes, one is about killing and one is about baseball but there are several similarities that make them both great psychological mindblowers.

The world is rotten and something must be done before we all die of boredom.

Justice is an interpretation.

Right and wrong depend on viewpoint.

The main protagonists, Light Yagami [Death Note] & Toua Tokuchi [One Outs], are both beyond brilliant individuals who can easily read others, manipulate them and determine the most effective play to put into motion.

Both will do whatever it takes to triumph.

They are strategist and tacticians.

Whenever their opposition comes up with something that gets in their way these two godly geniuses have a plan, a backup plan, a sideways plan and extra reserves of sheer magnificence.

Both awaited something to motivate them and they were not disappointed.

One main antagonist plots to undo the protagonist and never gives up putting obstacles in the protagonists way.

While things might seem like they are going well for the antagonists it’s not long before the protagonist does something that lands him back on top. Even it it means ruining someone else’s life and laughing about it.

The greatest weapons in both these animes are the characters minds.

Explaining things for the inferior characters is an added bonus for the viewers who - lets just be frank  - are just as perplexed by the M.C..

Just when you think you know how things are going to go not one but a whole bunch of surprises and superbly thought-out plot points hit ya [like a foot or a fastball to the face].

Traps are set, sprung, re-set, used as diversions, altered, and adored.

If you think wiretapping can’t be discovered without unless you see them physically, you are wrong. These animes will show you just how to find what’s been cleverly hidden,  then you’ll get to see how the protagonists use the antagonists’ illegal actions for their own benefit.

Mesmerizing yet creepy eyes and sly smiles are a common cut-to that chill and excite.

One move leads to another and everything is connected. There are no missing pieces; everyone has a part to play; everything is accounted for.

It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about the unexpected and how events build upon one another to create something worth seeing, worth talking about, and worth watching again and again.

These animes show that things don’t have to come out of left-field to catch you off guard, they can be sent flying straight at you, head-on.

Both animes have openings that you’ll likely not want to skip, even for a single episode.

The world is rotten and someone has to take responsibility.

Side Juiciness:

  1. There’s at least one Kira in both series. =}
  2. Red Vs. Blue = total eye candy ]=}
  3. Shady hotel meetings, check {X.x}
  4. You will remember the rain. ;}

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 sarwor248 says...

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 TheQi2B says...

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

Juumonji Juumonji says...

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 VickyVicarious says...

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 NinaR says...

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 greenymaco says...

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.

animewh0r3 animewh0r3 says...

Similar in that they both have one crazy player calling the shots...and it works,  I also like the similarity in the animation story lines keep things simple and easy to understand and any age can watch

Kaiji - Ultimate Survivor

Kaiji - Ultimate Survivor

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 JayGee says...

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 Idaemean says...

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 ylk123 says...

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 bananaskates says...

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

Nicknames Nicknames says...

At first glance they seem to be completely different from each other, but actually both of them are quite similar. Unlike any other baseball anime One Outs focus on the psychological aspect of the games and the different tricks they have to pull to be victorious with some gambling thrown inbetween. Needless to say that's exactly what's Kaiji is about with the only exception that they play different gambling games instead of baseball. If you liked one you'll love the other.

FullmetalDragon FullmetalDragon says...

Both series are high stakes games featuring adult characters that really need to go to a gamblers anonymous session or something like damn. 

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 JayGee says...

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 Idaemean says...

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 Szwagier says...

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 NimirRa says...

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.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

At first glance they seem to be completely different from each other, but actually both of them are quite similar. Unlike any other baseball anime One Outs focus on the psychological aspect of the games and the different tricks they have to pull to be victorious with some gambling thrown inbetween. Needless to say that's exactly what's Akagi is about with the only exception that they play Mahjong instead of baseball. If you liked one you'll love the other.

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 chii says...

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 van831kris says...

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 sothis says...

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. 

samyamsamy samyamsamy says...

Giant Killing and One Outs both have the same concept..winning the game by strategyIn one of the anime the male protagonist is an active player and in the other he is a manager (something like a coach)...

both anime has its intense moments

toshiro12 toshiro12 says...

Both shows involve sports and deal with the people behind the sport rather then just the game. The main characters are smarter than most of the other characters and their plans are always interesting to figure out.

Major Season 1

Major Season 1

Goro Honda is a little boy who is obsessed with baseball. As a child, he watches his father, a professional baseball player, be removed from the Blue Oceans’ main team due to a shoulder injury that left him unable to pitch again. However, since his son looks up to him more than anyone else in the world of baseball, Goro's father decides that he can't quit just yet (as pitching is not the only way to be able to play baseball!). With his father's shining example, Goro decides to never give up as well, working his way into the Japanese Little League as a force to be reckoned with!

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

You should definitely try One Outs next if you really like Major. One Outs has a fantastic protagonist as memorable and engaging as Goro. Except Toua Tokuchi is the complete opposite to Goro in that he's cynical, dark, and totally comfortable using sneaky methods to win. How he does this, though, is just as AWESOME as Goro at his most kick-arse. In short, One Outs is what you would get if you crossed Major with Death Note, and I think that should be recommendation enough.

toxics toxics says...

heheh that his title "Don't Challeng A Devil"

and hell ya he is :D

and my fevarot animetion sport i have ever seen in my live

from Gammbling and sport and challengers ^^

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion

In 2010, the Britannian Empire enslaved Japan using powerful mecha known as Knightmares; in the aftermath Japan was renamed Area 11, and its people began a hard and terrible existence. Lelouch, a Britannian student living in Area 11, has grown up hating the Empire and everything it stands for. One day, in the middle of a terrorist attack, Lelouch meets a mysterious girl who grants him the ability to control minds. Can he use his new power to fight for freedom, or will his hatred twist his good intentions into mindless acts of vengeance?

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SaiAkuto SaiAkuto says...

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.

Big Windup!

Big Windup!

Ren Mihashi is a timid pitcher with problems; he has no self esteem or confidence, due to the relentless bullying of his once teammates, and is reluctant to play baseball again. However, at Ren's new school, Nishiura Prefectural High, he finds himself picking up the mitt once more. Along with the help of alumni-turned-coach Maria Momoe, tough but supportive Takaya Abe, and the rest of his teammates, Ren will regain his confidence and show the game of baseball who's the boss yet again!

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Kio Kio says...

Both series are about baseball. Sometimes it’s very funny, sometimes you have to work hard to reach your goal. The action is slow, so you can watch one match during 10 episodes. But it’s always very interesting. And it’s not just the game. It feels like you also take part in the match.

Golgo 13

Golgo 13

Duke Tougou - otherwise known as Golgo 13; he's loved by the ladies, hated by his enemies, is enamored with firepower, and can take out a target from several kilometers away. With an arsenal of weapons at his command, Golgo 13 is hired by a variety of people to take down hijackers and more - but he also must protect himself against those who want to take down the legend himself!

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QQ1234 QQ1234 says...

Calculated, not very emotional, professionnal, I think both of these anime have this in common. I really like One Outs (to my own surprise, as the first time I watched it I didnt think much of it, and baseball was not something I was ever interested in, but you should definitely give this anime a shot!)

Then, after I watched One outs for the third time I really wanted to find something similar. There are many anime where the MC is cold and calculated, but I guess what reminded me of One outs in Golgo 13 was that up to episode 20 (havent seen the rest yet, nor read manga) there is no back story to the character. Though I feel like Golgo 13 is a little "dry", probably even more so than Toua. And, unlike in One outs, all the episodes (so far) are separate...

Every time I think now Golgo will act nice towards that person and say something- he goes off and says nothing, just leaving after the shot is done. Which is a little annoying, but I really respect that the author has kept the MC in one way, that's some dedication.

But, in a sence I prefer One outs, especially the manga, as Toua has a cold but still HEART. But since it is rather rare to find something like One outs I felt I should recommend this one too. (BTW for me one outs would rank as 8.5 over all and Golgo 13 as 5-6, overall, just FYI)

Kaiji - Against All Rules

Kaiji - Against All Rules

Sunk deep in colossal debt, Kaiji must spend the next decades of his life working it off in an underground slave pit, shovelling dirt with other disgraced down-and-outs. But far be it for Kaiji to have learned his lesson from his experiences on the Espoir. Upon discovering that the only fast track out of gambling-induced slavery is to gamble even more in a dice game called chinchirorin, he throws caution – and presumably his senses – to the fickle winds of luck! As well as giving him plenty of reasons to weep, this takes him up against formidable foes like his supervisor, Ohtsuki, whose dirty delight is to ruin the workers psychologically as well as financially. As the saying goes, in a bet there's a fool and a thief, and Kaiji can only hope he will not end up the former.

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duffking56 duffking56 says...

Lots of clever thinking and strategy. I'd write more but you should really delve into the two to experience chess-match like clashes between personalities.