It’s an all-new type of moneyball!
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream Gurazeni: Money Pitch as part of their Spring 2018 simulcast lineup. The series will launch on April 6 at 7:30 Pacific (10:30AM Eastern) for subscribers in the following regions:
- North America
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
- South Africa
- Latin America
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.
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.
Crunchyroll describes the series as:
There’s money buried in the grounds.
Bonda Natsunosuke (26, single), is a left-handed relief pitcher for the professional baseball team, the Jingu Spiders. He became a pro right after high school and now in his 8th year makes 18 million yen a year, and is not what you’d call a “first rate player.”
“I don’t know how many years I’ve got left to play after 30.”
“Only a few can become coaches or commentators after they retire.”
“After some players retire, there are people who end up in a slump having to make a living around 1,000,000 yen a year.”
“Pro baseball players need to make their money while before they retire!”
Despite the harsh realities, Bonda always repeats the same phrase:
“There’s money buried in the grounds.”
Bonda goes up to the mound yet again today.
Yes, seeing dreams of money in those grounds, “Gurazeni!”