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.
Highly recommended I started with this story watching the anime, which leaves questions since it only takes half of the story that is shown in the manga. I didn't expect to end up so satisfied with a story about sports. Toua Tokuchi makes you see the world of baseball as a gamble, his sharp mind allows him to read his opponents and predict their actions, it looks like if he controlled them with strings. Using many of his mind games he manages to transform the worst team, The Lycaons, into one that can play equally against the strongest team in the league, giving them the confidence they needed and revealing their true strength.
I also started with the anime. It only takes half of the story that is shown in the manga. If you decide to watch, you can continue the manga from chapter 82 (which shows the end of the game last seen in the anime) onwards. I've watched several shows based on high-stakes games or sports as the theme. None of them have impressed me to the same degree as this series. If this manga was offered in Canada, I would probably buy it. I have always loved watching baseball more than almost any other sport. The ridiculous gambling bets and the battles of wits are a bit of a thrill ride at times. Others they can be very predictable and you find you're observing more for the tactician aspect. Predictability isn't necessarily bad, it's how it's written and I think the author writes in such a way that even something you can predict is still enjoyable to read (at least in my opinion). Overall, if you're a baseball fan and enjoy a good battle of wits read, I highly recommend this.
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