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Short introduction to One Outs:
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.
10. Diamond no Ace (Ace of Diamond)
Description: I want to pitch to that mitt again… A meeting with catcher Kazuya Miyuki changed the 15-year-old Eijun Sawamura’s life. He said goodbye to all his friends and knocked upon the door of Seidou, a prestigious baseball school, intent on testing his own strength. There, he met many proud baseball players who were betting everything on the sport! A classic tale, yet new and fresh.
Number of Episodes: 178
Release Year: 2015 – 2020
Anime about baseball just focusing more on growing stronger, while One Outs focus on strategy and psychology. Diamond no Ace shows what would happened if you are not the strongest from start.
9. Kuroko no Basket (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Description: They were known as the ‘Generation of Miracles’ – five basketball prodigies who helped lead Teiko Middle School’s basketball team to glory, defeating anyone who got in their way. But a mysterious rumor tells of a sixth, a phantom player who the five prodigies respected greatly. That boy is Tetsuya Kuroko, a freshman at Seirin High and the newest member of the basketball club. Alongside strong teammates such as Taiga Kagami, Kuroko will use his unique skills on the court to help the team defeat old rivals and make their way to the championships.
Number of Episodes: 75 + Movie
Release Year: 2012 – 2017
Both highlight the intensity of their respective sports. They also both feature good and smart characters that come up with unique strategies to win. The differences is that with One Outs, it is more about corruption and more focus is put on the psychological battles of each game. With Kuroko no Basketball it is more about the team and how they must adapt to each game as a new challenge and use their skills to win.
Description: Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you’re the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it’s not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. It’s reading your opponent, the art of the deal. What better way to hone those skills than with a rigorous curriculum of gambling? At Hyakkaou Private Academy, the winners live like kings, and the losers are put through the wringer. But when Yumeko Jabami enrolls, she’s gonna teach these kids what a high roller really looks like!
Number of Episodes: 24
Release Year: 2017 – 2019
Both animes have a genius badass protagonists which manipulates/toys with the other characters to achieve victory. Although One Outs is about baseball and Kakegurui is about gambling, both somehow revolve around gambling, cheating and using strategies.
7. Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
Description: 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?
Number of Episodes: 50
Release Year: 2006 – 2008
Both feature main characters who are rather heartless. They’re calculating and gain enjoyment from making their enemies squirm as they fall under the boot of imminent defeat. They are capable of throwing away everything and anything to ensure victory, taking risky gambles in tough situations. Always under pressure from their superiors, they come across as an underdog that you can really get behind because of the entertaining methods they employ whilst overcoming opposition.
6. Eyeshield 21
Description: 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…
Number of Episodes: 145
Release Year: 2005 – 2008
Aside from both being sports anime, they both are a little odd, in the sense that they rely on tactics and quick thinking. These tactics made by characters who feel and look similar. Both have weak teams at the beginning, and then a character who seems to excel at their position, giving the other teams a hard time, while they also give their all. The animation and sometimes the OST feels kind of similar too. The main differences, aside from the sport they include, is that One Outs is a seinen, and is focused on the protagonist; while Eyeshield 21 is a shonen and is longer, so it has more space for character development, and focuses on the team.
5. Giant Killing
Description: 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…
Number of Episodes: 26
Release Year: 2010
The atmosphere and tones in both anime are similar – focusing less on happiness and teamwork and passion, but more on the realities of professional athletes. This isn’t about high school kids so there is a broader view of the different parties involved such as management and fans. Granted, Giant Killing is a lot more laid back compared to One Outs where the psychological game is pretty strong.
4. No Game No Life
Description: An urban legend states that those exceptionally gifted at gaming will be sent a special game invitation, and the winners of the challenge will be whisked away to another world. When Sora and Shiro, two hikikomori NEETs who happen to be both siblings and notorious gamers, receive this invitation, they defeat it with ease. And like the legends tell, they’re transported to another world where conflicts, peoples’ lives and even country borders are decided by competitions and games. Always up for a challenge, the pair quickly take on the obstacles that come their way, whether it be restoring lowly humanity’s good name compared with the other races or helping influence who will become the next king.
Number of Episodes: 12
Release Year: 2014
Different in settings only. But they share many similarities. Winning gambles is the main objective. Both MCs own high intelligence. Use deceiving tricks to win. Both MCs are unbeatable. People around them do not have faith in them for the first time, but after several games, they are shocked and amazed. Produced by the same company.
3. Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai (Akagi)
Description: 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.
Number of Episodes: 26
Release Year: 2005 – 2006
Both revolve around gamblers with amazing talent of analyzing/reading their opponents mind and using it to win the games they play. Both Akagi and Toua are very calm and seem to not care about the results of the games but in reality their calmness comes from their high level of confidence in their abilities. The main characters are both very realistic and act based on logic.
2. Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor
Description: 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?
Number of Episodes: 52
Release Year: 2007 – 2011
Although One Outs is less intense and thrilling and significantly less brutal, both animes are quite similar in the sense that they feature protagonists that use gambles and play with the minds of others to accomplish their goals. Both feature a rich, evil and unlikable antagonist who tries to mess with the protagonist. A difference though is that Kaiji is a lot less levelheaded and “overpowered” than Tokuchi but both are geniuses in their own respective way and come up with incredible solutions to the problems they face. Also, both have the same voice actor which has a fitting voice for those roles.
1. Death Note
Description: 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…
Number of Episodes: 37
Release Year: 2006 – 2007
Both have many mind games between the main character and his opponent. Both are very thrilling and fun to watch. One Outs is more on the baseball strategies side whereas Death Note focuses on crime and mystery a bit more, but both have the same feeling when you watch them and are recommended.
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