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1[[quoteright:350:]] ²A manga by Shinobu Kaitani (also the author of ''Manga/LiarGame'') ''One Outs'' presents itself quite differently from others in its genre. While most sports series are focused on the importance of training, determination and teamwork (more often than not featuring high-school-age players), ''One Outs'' is mainly concerned with loads of money and incredible mind games in a pro baseball setting. ²²Batter Kojima Hiromichi, nearing retirement, is determined to lead his baseball team, the Lycaons, out of the bottom rank of the league. After a trip to a training camp in Okinawa, he stumbles upon a game of "One Outs" - a gambling variant of baseball - where he is defeated by pitcher Tokuchi Toua, who is claimed to have never been beaten. Realizing the missing factor of his team, he makes another wager with Tokuchi, winning and recruiting the latter into the Lycaons.²²It was adapted into a 25-episode anime series by Creator/{{Madhouse}} in 2008. The anime was produced by the team responsible for ''Manga/{{Akagi}}'' and ''Manga/{{Kaiji}}''; the protagonist is voiced by the seiyuu of the eponymous characters from those two series.²----²!!Tropes:²* AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Sets the series in motion when Kojima wagers his career against Tokuchi's right hand.²* AccidentalAthlete: Kojima discovers Toua Tokuchi largely by chance.²* ArtifactTitle: At around two-thirds of the way into the manga [[spoiler: Tokuchi ends up sinking Saikawa once and for all after a major rate raise. Once Saikawa was removed the One Outs Contract was no longer in effect thus taking away the main connection the title had to the series. There are still plots to deal with, but none related to One Outs itself.]]²* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There's no other explanation for how people are able to clearly overhear each other from hundreds of feet away. The announcers can always hear every single word Tokuchi says on the pitch, for example.²* BadAssBoast: Toua, yet again. When he says he's going to strike someone out in three pitches, he means it.²* BarbieDollAnatomy: Tokuchi is shirtless in the opening animation, but he has no nipples.²* BatmanGambit: Tokuchi makes quite a habit out of pulling these.²* {{Bishounen}}: Takami Itsuki of the Chiba Mariners stands out among a cast of average-to-ugly characters.²* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Lycaons finally becomes a strong team that can even compete in the championship. All thanks to Toua's planning. But Toua himself disappears during the finals and is never seen again by the team, as he considered that the gamble he made with Kojima in Okinawa, which is to make the Lycaons a strong team that could compete in the championsip, is now over.]]²* BoringInvincibleHero: Toua, for the most part, always recovers his losses and makes out like a bandit at the end of each game or string of games. ²* BrutalHonesty: Toua does not hesitate to tell anyone exactly what he thinks of them.²* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler: In the finale, after finally managing to make the Lycaons a team strong enough to compete in the championships, Toua disappears during the finals and is never is seen again by the team]]²* ButtMonkey: Arai. If anyone's going to look utterly stupid, it's usually him.²* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Averted. Tokuchi spots players on a rival team cheating by stealing the Lycaons' signals. Does he call them on it? Not a chance. He mounts a man-in-the-middle attack and makes them lose face utterly.²* CharacterDevelopment: By the end of the series Toua is actually going out for drinks with the other members and taking part in pre-match meetings (for his own reasons, but still.)²* CheatersNeverProsper: Played straight in the second and third matches against the [[spoiler: Kobe Blue Mars]] -- though Toua's own methods for ensuring their victory were far from honest and by-the-book...²** Inverted in the third match against the Mariners where, in order to win, both teams have to intentionally and obviously cheat as much as possible.²* TheChessmaster: Toua²* CombatCommentator: Obviously, since this is a sports series.²* TheDogBitesBack: Happens to Saikawa a few times.²* DownToTheLastPlay: Quite a few matches are only won in the final inning.²* DreadlockRasta: Dennis Johnson's hairstyle.²* EvilGloating: Saikawa delights in this.²* FlawExploitation: Toua almost entirely relies on this to score his victories.²* FrameUp: One of the many, many methods Saikawa uses to try to reduce his debt to Tokuchi.²* FromNobodyToNightmare: The Lycaons themselves. They go from a team that was historically bad to one of the most feared teams in Japan, eventually even WITHOUT Tokuchi.²* GagLips: Manager Mihara, whose nickname among his team is "Fat Lips."²* GratuitousEnglish: "Big Mama", and Brooklyn's entire character.²** And the series' title and subtitle, with their questionable grammar.²* GambitRoulette: Quite a few times -- but the most notable example was during the third match against the Chiba Mariners.²* GoldenSnitch: The Lycaons' owner, Saikawa, occasionally makes certain games worth ''20 times'' more than others in terms of Toua's wages as well as the amount deducted from his annual salary, should he give up any runs. [[spoiler: Tokuchi wins every time - with only one exception - moving his annual wage from several million to several ''billion'' yen.]]²** Taken to an absurd extreme when it appears that Tokuchi had gotten injured in a game (which of course Saikawa ordered because he's a {{Jerkass}}). [[spoiler: When Tokuchi announces that he's going to start in the next game, Saikawa ups the rate to 200 TIMES trying to finish off Tokuchi once and for all. But of course, Tokuchi being TheChessmaster , he had set a trap using a WoundedGazelleGambit. He wasn't injured at all and he proceeded to pitch a Perfect Game to hammer the point home. Saikawa is ruined and is marginalized out of the manga shortly thereafter.]]²* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: Toua, in his last game against the Mariners, pitches all 9 innings, giving up 36 runs and many more hits, on purpose, just to mess up with all the Mariners batters' form, and thus giving the other Lycaons pitchers a chance in the following games]].²* HoistByHisOwnPetard: What happens to the [[spoiler: cheating Blue Mars team and its manager (and mastermind behind the entire process) once Toua turns their rule-breaking into their greatest weakness.]]²** Saikawa frequently suffers from this during his attempts to out-gamble Tokuchi.²*** Saikawa actually had Tokuchi dead to rights halfway through the manga but screwed himself out of it due to this. [[spoiler: He, wisely, figured that if he couldn't take care of Tokuchi on the field he'd have to catch him napping off of it. So he arranges for someone to deliberately drive into Tokuchi's car after a road game and cause an accident, ruining his reputation and getting him suspended for many games (due to a clause on the One Outs Contract, any missed games due to this sort of thing would come with a hefty fine. A long suspension would ruin him). He just made one small error. He paid the guy too little, allowing Tokuchi to find him and simply pay him more to reveal the deception. Had he not been so obsessed with keeping money his plan would've succeeded.]]²* HyperAwareness: Tokuchi's greatest strength is his super-awareness of everything going on around him.²* IdealHero: Kojima²* TheLancer: Ideguchi²* LikeAGodToMe: Manager Mihara says this to Tokuchi in one episode when he's trying to butter him up.²* MundaneMadeAwesome: Really, actual baseball (even in the pro leagues) isn't even one thousandth as interesting as this anime manages to make it seem.²* {{Narrator}}²* NominalHero: A particularly good example of this, as he could just as easily have been the villain had ''One Outs'' been a more true-to-type sports manga.²* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught - The mentality of the Blue Mars team. Subverted in an episode where Tokuchi and the Mariners cheat blatantly and obviously because they ''want'' to get caught.²* ObfuscatingStupidity: Toua pulls this off a couple of times, despite having a face that looks anything but stupid. Mostly used in the matches against the Bugaboos, during which he [[spoiler: pretends to be weak at fielding to lull the other team's manager into a false sense of security.]]²* OhCrap: Used by the Blue Mars when they realize the trick ball makes it impossible to pick Toua off at base.²* OrderedToCheat: The Blue Mars' standard MO, though unusually for the trope they have no objections to doing so.²* ThePlan: It's quite difficult to tell sometimes what kind of plan Toua is using but they often work.²* PornStache: Okabe of the Eagles has a classic one.²* PoseOfSupplication: Tokuchi forces a Blue Mars player into one on national TV after a FrameUp backfires.²* PutMeInCoach: Inverted. Tokuchi is too good at what he does, and the executive who manages the team deliberately sends him in only when he believes that Tokuchi will make a mistake.²* TheReveal: Lengthy ones after every trick.²* RuleOfSeven: Toua's jersey number is 77.²** LuckySeven²* {{Seinen}}²* ShirtlessScene: The opening animation shows Tokuchi shirtless.²* SirSwearsalot: Brooklyn and most foreign players.²* SlowClap: Tokuchi does this to Ideguchi in a later episode.²* SmokingIsCool: Toua smokes like a chimney -- especially in the manga.²* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Not as blatantly overused as in other sports series -- but there's still no way the umpires would allow players and managers to talk to each other so frequently and long-windedly during a game (without even calling for time-outs). Still, it's understandable - since most of the mind-play is so complicated that few viewers would be able to figure out what was going on unless it was explained in detail.²* ThisCannotBe: Frequently uttered by Tokuchi's opponents.²* TrashTalk: Usually started by the enemy, but Tokuchi gives as good as he gets.²* UnderdogsNeverLose: The Lycaons are a pretty mediocre team, but they start winning matches like wildfire after Toua joins.²** Averted when Toua points out that the reason they've always been underdogs is not due to a glaringly obvious lack of skill -- but strategically weak game plans, bad coaching, thoughtless management, low self-esteem and a great deal of misconceptions regarding what a baseball game is all about.²* WebcomicTime: In the author's comment to volume 16 (released 2006) Kaitani notes that even though the series is entering its 8th year, in-universe it's still 1999.²* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kojima's spectacled lackey disappears completely after episode 4, save for a brief cameo in episode 25.²* WhyDontYaJustShootHim: More like "Why don't ya just hire him properly?" Saikawa's henchman points out he could save a lot of money by just signing Tokuchi to a normal player's contract, but he refuses.²* WorthyOpponent: Tokuchi states he has been looking for one.²* [[spoiler: WoundedGazelleWarcry: Toua sacrificed himself, but in doing so, gave the Lycaons a serious chance at beating the Mariners, as they all worked together as the perfect team, over the more talented Mariners.]]²* XanatosSpeedChess: Again, plenty of times; especially during the second and third matches against the Blue Mars.²* YouAreNotAlone: The difference between baseball and One Outs.²----


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