One Outs (ワンナウツ Wannautsu?) is a Japanese baseball manga series by Shinobu Kaitani originally serialized in the seinen manga magazine Business Jump from 1998 to 2006. It was relaunched in Business Jump on October 1, 2008.[1] An anime adaptation by Madhouse began airing on October 7, 2008.[2][3]


Hiromichi Kojima, the star batter of the Lycaons, heads to Okinawa to train and bring himself out of a slump. There, he meets Toua Tokuchi, a 134 km/h (83 mph) pitcher and the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball called "One Outs". At Kojima's urging, Tokuchi signs up with the Lycaons. His contract, the 'One Outs contract', differs from the usual, though, in that he gets 5,000,000 yen for every out he pitches, but loses 50,000,000 yen for every run he gives up.


Primary characters

Toua Tokuchi (渡久地 東亜 Tokuchi Tōa?)
Voiced by: Masato Hagiwara
Toua is a successful gambler and a pitcher in the game called "One Outs". After losing a game of One Outs for the first time ever to Kojima, he joins the Lycaons with an odd contract, the One Outs contract, that decides Toua's pay based on his performance. As the Lycaons' famed star pitcher, he can pitch entire games without giving up a single hit.
Hiromichi Kojima (児島 弘道 Kojima Hiromichi?)
Voiced by: Tsutomu Isobe
Kojima is the cleanup batter for the professional baseball team, Saikyou Saitama Lycaons. He is defeated by Toua during his time at the training camp after challenging Toua to avenge his relief pitcher, Nakane. After his defeat, he goes into the forest to train himself mentally against Toua but as he trained he injured his wrist. Even with the injury, he decides to challenges Toua to a rematch with the bet that if he wins, he would take Toua's hand. With the One Outs game ending in a do or die pitch, Kojima resolves that he couldn't lose, getting in the way of the ball and making the pitch count as a deadball. He wins the match because of this, albeit not without contention. Toua admits defeat and Kojima makes Toua join the Lycaons, effectively taking Toua's hand and disabling him from gambling ever again in a One Outs game.

Other characters

Tsuneo Saikawa (彩川 恒雄 Saikawa Tsuneo?)
Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi
The owner of the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons team. He is more interested in gaining money than getting the Lycaons to win. He forms the One Outs contract with Toua Tokuchi but later on as he realises he is still losing money to Toua he adds more conditions to the contract. He has a few members of the team under his control as pawns that will do his bidding, few of them are the secretary, sales, scouts, scorekeepers and even the manager of the team. He blackmails the Lycaons shortstop, Yoshida, to sabotage the game for Toua, but after Yoshida sees the Lycaons players manage to stop the Eagles by 8 players he decides to neglect what the owner and contributes in scoring the 12th run from the winning against the Eagles which causes the owner to get angry.
Yuuzaburou Mihara (三原 雄三郎 Mihara Yuuzaburou?)
The manager of the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons; Obediently obeys every order given to him by the owner until anime episode 15. In episode 15 he is likened to a dog for his unwavering obedience to the owner.
Satoshi Ideguchi (出口 智志 Ideguchi Satoshi?)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
He is the catcher of the Saikyou Saitama Lycaons and he also notices Toua's talents as he catches Toua's pitches.
Jun'ichi Kawanaka (河中 純一 Kawanaka Jun'ichi?)
Voiced by: Takuma Terashima
The Fingers' starting pitcher and the Rookie of Year for the year before. He also notices how terrifying Toua is when he pitches, he urges the team to try and take a hit, but the result is still the same and his team loses the match.

The Chiba Mariners

The strongest team in Japan for the last 3 years. This team goes against the Lycaons with 3 consecutive games, with their strongest cleanup crew comprising Takami Itsuki, Thomas and Brooklyn.
Itsuki Takami (高見 樹 Takami Itsuki?)
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze
One of the cleanup batters in the team "Chiba Mariners", he is known to be a prodigy in baseball and his eyes have the best in motion vision in the baseball world. He is the best player in the team and is able to think of counters against Tokuchi's fastballs, until he is outwitted and his team loses.


Opening Song
"Bury" by Pay money To my Pain
Ending Song
"Moment" by Tribal Chair


# Title Original air date
1 The Mysterious Man
"Mayo no Otoko" (迷の男)
October 7, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Kojima is in his last year in the major league and has never won a championship. He and a few teammates go on a training camp to practice. Their only pitcher injures his finger and can no longer pitch to Kojima. The remaining teammates feel bad and begin to search for a new pitcher quickly. Who they find and where they find this new pitcher is not where they had expected.
2 Gambler
"Shoubushi" (勝負師)
October 14, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
3 One-Outs Contract
"Wannautsu keiyaku" (ワンナウツ契約)
October 21, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
4 The Qualification of Nine
"Nain no shikaku" (ナインの資格)
October 28, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
5 Hope
"Kibou" (希望)
November 4, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
6 Low Spinning Ball
"Teikaiten sutoreeto (straight)" (低回転ストレート)
November 11, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
7 Trick and Trap
"Trick and Trap" ()
November 18, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
8 Foul Play
"Hansoku kassen" (反則合戦)
November 25, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
9 Settlement
"Kecchaku" (決着)
December 2, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 Strategist VS. Gambler
"Kishou VS Shoubushi" (知将VS勝負師)
December 9, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 The World's Fastest Man
"Sekaisaikou no Otoko" (世界最速の男)
December 16, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Invincible Pitching Style
"Hissatsu Tou Hou" (必殺投法)
December 23, 2008 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 Sealed Legs
"Fuuin Sareta Ashi" (封印された足)
January 6, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 9-Person Infield
"9 Nin Naiya" (9人内野)
January 13, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 1 Player Infield
"1 Nin Naiya" (1人内野)
January 20, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Game 3 in a 3 game series between the Lycaons and the Bugaboos has entered extra innings with the score tied 0-0. Tokuchi uses the manager Mihara Yuuzaburou's desire to win this game to break the owner's hold over the manager. With the manager no longer obeying every order that is given to him by the owner, Tokuchi is free to pitch the remainder of the game against the order of the owner. Tokuchi uses the rest of the game to break down every aspect of Johnson's game showing that nothing about him is to be feared, not his batting ability or his speed. The Lycaons go on to win the game 1-0 thus winning the series against the Bugaboos, 2-1.
16 Trick Stadium
"Torikku Sutajiamu" (トリック スタジアム)
January 27, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
17 The Deceiving Knuckleball
"Inchi Kinakkuru" (インチキナックル)
February 3, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 Stolen Sign
"Nusuma Reta Sain" (盗まれたサイン)
February 10, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 Shady Signal
"Yami Shingou" (ヤミ信号)
February 17, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
20 Ridicule
"Honrou" (翻弄)
February 25, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 Disclosure
"Rouei" (漏洩)
March 3, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
22 Wiretapped
"Touchou" (盗聴)
March 10, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
23 Capture
"Koryaku" (攻略)
March 17, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
24 Conspiracy
"Inbou" (陰謀)
March 24, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 Beyond the Triumph...
"Shouri no Sakini..." (勝利の先に...)
March 31, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The other team's attempt to sabotage Tokuchi is turned against them when Tokuchi and Ideguchi place the planted evidence on the batter instead. Forced to kneel down and apologize to Tokuchi to avoid exposing the team's cheating, the Lycaons are able to continue and win the game. However, the victory is just another step to achieve Kojima and the Lycaons' goal to win the championship.


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