It looks like this player’s ready to take the mound for a second inning!
Earlier today, the official Gurazeni: Money Pitch anime website announced that the series will receive a second season. A teaser trailer, plus the first confirmed crew members were revealed.
We break the details down below.
The minute-long promo features a narrator hyping up the new season, as clips from the new run flash by.
Ayumu Watanabe (If Her Flag Breaks, Space Brothers) will return to the director’s chair, with Hideo Takayashiki (Maison Ikkoku, Rideback) reprising their role on series composition.
Gurazeni will return to Japanese TV in October. BS-SkyPerfect will carry the series again.
The first season of Gurazeni: Money Pitch aired in the Spring 2018 broadcast season.
Ayumu Watanabe was tapped to direct Gurazeni at Studio DEEN, with Kenichi Ohnuki (Garzey’s Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) providing character designs. Hideo Takayashiki was 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 streamed the first season on their digital platform and describe 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!”