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“Gurazeni” Anime Gets Visual, Lead Actor, & Staff

With a packed house, the star pitcher takes the mound.

Earlier today, the team behind the upcoming Gurazeni anime unveiled several new details on the show. The crew unveiled a key visual, the lead actor, the main staff, and a general première window. We break the details down below.


Fukushi Ochiai will play lead character Natsunosuke Bonda.


The new visual features lead character Natsunosuke Bonda standing on the mound. Cash flutters down from the ball (with more than a few bank notes littering the ground already) as he prepares to throw a pitch.

The team also shot a promotional photo of Fukushi Ochiai in-costume as Bonda, striking the same pose. You can check it out below:


Ayumu Watanabe (If Her Flag Breaks, Space Brothers) was tapped to direct Gurazeni at Studio DEEN, with Kenichi Ohnuki (Garzey’s Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) providing character designs. Hideo Takayashiki (Maison Ikkoku, Rideback) is in charge of series composition and writing the scripts.


Gurazeni will première in the Spring 2018 broadcast season. SKY PerfecTV!’s SkyPer channel will air the first episode “during the opening of the 2018 professional baseball season”, which kicks off in March.

Yūji Moritaka and illustrator Keiji Adachi’s Gurazeni manga kicked off in the pages of Kodansha’s Morning magazine in December 2010. The series ran through August 2014, and saw seventeen compiled volumes hit retailers.

An ongoing sequel series, titled Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome-hen (Gurazeni: Tokyo Dome Chapter) began in September 2014.

Manga resource Baka-Updates describes the series as:

Money Is Buried in the Ground!

Natsunosuke Bonda is a relief pitcher in Tokyo Spiders. In his eighth pro season, he makes 18 million yen at age 26. But he is always troubled by how little he makes, given that he is surrounded by high income earning baseball players.

This is a relief pitcher’s story in Nippon Pro Baseball, his envies, worries, sweat and tears.

Source: Comic Natalie

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