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One Outs  
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Description
Kojima Hiromichi is the ace batter of the Lycaons - a notoriously weak baseball team that is often ranked at the bottom of the league. Determined to lead the team to victory prior to his retirement, Kojima takes a trip to a training camp in Okinawa, hoping to discover what factors the Lycaons lack.

Here, he happens upon a game dubbed "One Outs" - a gambling derivative of baseball - and is soundly defeated by a blond pitcher named Tokuchi Toua, who is claimed to have never allowed a hit in any of the 499 games he has played.

Kojima realizes that he has found the 'missing factor' and makes a wager with Tokuchi. Little does anyone know that the outcome of this gamble will dictate the fates of the Lycaons and all those connected to the team.

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Manga

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Associated Names
ワンナウツ

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Latest Release(s)
v.20 c.168.1-168.7 by Vendetta Scans (418d ago)
v.19 c.160-168 by Vendetta Scans (482d ago)
v.18 c.155-159 by Vendetta Scans (501d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 82

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (279 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.66 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 15th 2015, 1:34pm PST

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Year
1998

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Serialized In (magazine)
Business Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #820 decreased(-527)
Monthly Pos #492 increased(+122)
3 Month Pos #812 increased(+440)
6 Month Pos #1127 increased(+54)

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On 874 reading lists
On 607 wish lists
On 325 completed lists
On 37 unfinished lists
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Completely Scanlated? 416 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes ago
One Outs manga/anime? 493 days, 4 hours, 35 minutes ago
About the Giant Gap 1124 days, 4 hours, 15 minutes ago

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An interesting combination of sports and mind-play   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by calstine
November 3rd, 2010, 12:51pm
One Outs is not a manga that concerns itself with the rules / techniques of baseball or a particular player's rise from being the disadvantaged underdog to a famous prodigy. This is more of a story about gambling and psychological play with the baseball diamond as its stage.

Certain readers complain about Toua Tokuchi's "unnatural brilliance." While I don't deny that his unparalleled genius is somewhat lacking in realism, it's rather enjoyable to come across a protagonist who's full of confidence and is not floundering in a sea of conflicting emotions or unnecessary worries; a man who knows exactly what he wants and has the mental capabilities to achieve those goals. Anyone who appreciates calm, ruthless, intelligent characters will doubtless enjoy following Tokuchi's tactical manoeuvres throughout the story. The question is never: "Will Tokuchi win?" but rather: How will Tokuchi (and the Lycaons) win?" (And more often than not, your guesses will be completely wrong!)

"Lack of character development" is the other primary complaint of the critics. But in my opinion, it's not necessary for a protagonist to have a tragic past, a complicated family background, or a dead lover in order to be realistic and relateable. These are adult men and professional baseball players. For them, the time of doubt, emotional turmoil and romantic entanglements is long gone. If that's what you're looking for, I'd recommend trying something like Major or H2 instead.

That being said, character development of a type entirely different from the norm is actually present, as becomes especially apparent in the latter half of the series. The evolution of the Lycaons players' willpower, confidence, tactical prowess, and team spirit (which, unlike in typical sports series, has nothing to do with friendship and more to do with pride and professionalism) is carefully laid out over the 20 volumes, and is a pretty interesting thing to watch out for.

The anime adaptation's very good -- actually even more exciting than the manga since the animation is able to convey the high-speed actions on the playing field far more effectively than static pictures (regardless of how skilfully drawn they may be) can. Either way, it's necessary to watch the anime before reading volume 10 of the manga, in order to bridge the gap in the scanlations.

Overall, a very interesting story. Even those who don't normally fancy sports themes might like to attempt this, as the psychological aspect is more fascinating and prominent than the actual game.

... Last updated on February 2nd, 2015, 2:23pm
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Amazing   
Rating: N/A
by Chibiheaven
November 22nd, 2011, 12:38am
This blew me away. It is most definitely focused on baseball, but psychology plays a larger part. It's just so good, I find myself suddenly laughing out loud at some outrageous occurrence or when I'm finally filled in on what new psychological attack Toua has come up with.

Unfortunately, there is a huge 53 chapter gap in the translations.
Although I have only read up to chapter 31 at this point (which was sadly left on a huge cliffhanger...), I am now turning to the anime to fill me in.

HIGHLY Recommended. (:
This coming from someone who doesn't usually pick up these sports manga, much less anything regarding psychology. This has definitely opened my eyes. (:
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Awesome manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by YukikoKudo
October 23rd, 2012, 10:03pm
I thoroughly enjoyed the manga, the description doesn't quite do the manga justice... it doesn't show how brilliant of a character Tokuchi is. If you've read Eyeshield 21, Hiruma would be the equivalent of Tokuchi. Except in this case, the story is centred around Tokuchi, rather than a weak character who develops into an amazing player. Tokuchi starts out as a genius and never gets to be any more or less so of a genius.

Evidently, I'm a complete fan of Tokuchi. His antics never cease to amuse me. The story is great, albeit much of it is still untranslated.

It's similar to H2 in the sense that Kunimi Hiro started off as a star player and never stopped being one. He only messes up because of luck or factors outside of his control. However, the focus of One Outs is psychological tactics rather than simply improving skills. There's also no romantic subtext.
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Must read for everyone   
Rating: N/A
by Superfreak
June 28th, 2012, 4:05pm
I'm not a person whose really into sports but I am totally in love with this manga. It's not a baseball manga about being the greatest baseball player/team but rather it's a baseball manga where the players try to out smart eachother. I think this manga has everything it has psychological elements, sports, gambling and a badass male lead.
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I can not read adachi after this   
Rating: N/A
by niteshbhasin
June 16th, 2009, 3:20am
I m one of those rare people who have somehow read Shinbu kaitani's Liar game and One Outs before venturing into shonen baseball like Adachi or Major. And now I CANT READ ADACHI AT ALL. coz this was so fulfilling and complete story tht u ca seperate boys from men. It would be like reading dragonball after gantz /berserk or POT after happy!.

Thank you Mr. kaitani i was saved by evil adachi for i will never be able to read shonen baseball anymore.
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Best psychologycal baseball manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cleodux
October 13th, 2009, 10:20am
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Come on we can not help it since the available scanlations is only around 3vol and all, moreover it is not available in our country. We can not help but watch the anime to get our fix, but i believe the manga is so much better.

I am also one of the very rare people who somehow bump to One Outs before trying to read Mitsuru Adachi manga, after i read it is about slice of life i knew immediately that is not my type of manga >.< i am struggling to find another manga that can ease my -one outs- withdrawal.

Toua is such a sadist. He reigns there at the top of my fav sadistic hero >.< together with Neuro. I really like the mind game. It reminds me a lot of Kaiji but his style looks similar with Liar Game which i have just found out it is from the same author!!

... Last updated on October 13th, 2009, 10:21am
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Brilliant   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by sujinj523
August 29th, 2013, 11:48pm
Tokuchi is an amazing character even to the end. Although his baseball skills are average he's the extremely evil super genius whose power to decipher and controls everyone's actions allows him to become a threat to every team that plays against him. Amazing character, suspenseful plotline that keeps you guessing and most of all, a very satisfying ending. I think the extra sequel volume is unnecessary but it's quite good as well, so it's worth reading. Highly recommend this to anyone who likes psychological warfare. Ah, only minor issue is the mangaka writes One Outs assuming you know something about baseball so not everything is explained in detail which made me a tad confused since I know nothing about baseball bigrazz
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good and incomplete   
Rating: N/A
by Lucifel
November 11th, 2011, 1:51am
There's a massive gap in the scans so can't really say but I liked the start so I guess I would recommend it if you happen to enjoy watching tv shows after skipping several seasons.
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A psychological baseball manga!   
Rating: N/A
by tsuto
February 23rd, 2009, 4:18pm
Well, I'm not sure it's about baseball yet, but at least it's related. The combination is well done, and as a result, it's an enjoyable seinen/psychological/sport manga. Check it out!
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too short :(   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chueisha
June 29th, 2014, 3:23pm
Manga blew my mind. I watched the anime to get through the first 10 vols without reading and it's mad beautiful animation despite having released a couple of years ago. Then the manga is amazing 'cause Tokuchi is so badass you start rooting for him to win even though he's pretty much cheating. Obviously

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Kojima's existence becomes secondary :( but he was still viable regardless


You know that feeling of great loss after finishing an amazing manga? I felt like crying after finishing One Outs sad
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