弱くても勝てます / Yowakutemo Katemasu

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Tagline: 青志先生とへっぽこ高校球児の野望 / Aoshi-sensei to Heppoko Koukoukyuuji no Yabou
On-Air: 12 April to 21 June, 2014
Network: NTV
Type: Renzoku
No. of Episodes: 11
Runtime: Saturdays, 9pm
Average rating: 9.9%
Based on the non-fiction novel by Takahashi Hidemine
Theme song: GUTS! by Arashi
Official site @ntv
Official twitter @katemasu

Synopsis:

Tamo Aoshi (Ninomiya Kazunari) is a substitute teacher at his alma mater, a prestigious private high school which admits 200 students to Tokyo University every year. He becomes the coach of the weak baseball club which has only five members and has never won a game since it was established. The highest number of times they have thrown the ball back and forth without dropping it is nine. They prefer the outfield because the infield is scary. Furthermore, they practice on the grounds only three hours a week. At other times, they study, study and study. But they love baseball. Finding them interesting and strange creatures, Aoshi decides that he will give his charges victory, guided by his offbeat theory “triumph is possible even if weak”. And then they seriously set their sights on the annual nationwide high school baseball championship with their brand of preposterous baseball.

Cast:

Ninomiya Kazuya as Tamo Aoshi
Aso Kumiko as Tone Riko
Arimura Kasumi as Tarumi Yuzuko
Yakushimaru Hiroko as Tarumi Kaede
Fukushi Sota as Akaiwa Kimiyasu
Nakajima Yuto as Shirao Tsuyoshi
Yamazaki Kento as Ebato Kouki
Hongo Kanata as Kamezawa Shunichi
Mamiya Shotaro as Okadome Kei
Sakurada Dori as Shiho Eisuke
Suzuki Katsuhiro as Kashiyama Masami
Yanagi Shuntaro as Ushimaru Natsuhiko
Ichikawa Ebizo as Yamada Kentarou

Episode ratings:

  • 12 April, 2014 – Episode 1 @ 13.4%
  • 19 April, 2014 – Episode 2 @ 11.7%
  • 26 April, 2014 – Episode 3 @ 9.4%
  • 3 May, 2014 – Episode 4 @ 7.6%
  • 10 May, 2014 – Episode 5 @ 11.9%
  • 17 May, 2014 – Episode 6 @ 10.4%
  • 24 May, 2014 – Episode 7 @ 9.9%
  • 31 May, 2014 – Episode 8 @ 8.5%
  • 7 June, 2014 – Episode 9 @ 7.4%
  • 14 June, 2014 – Episode 10 @ 8.4%
  • 21 June, 2014 – Final Episode @ 8.9%

DVD/BD release (10 December, 2014)

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DVD-box @ Amazon JP | HMV
BD-box @ Amazon JP | CDJapan | HMV

Related translations @ Yamazaki Kento’s official blog:

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[Message] 20140405 – Men
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[Message] 20140421 – Grateful
[Message] 20140502 – Chikuwa
[Message] 20140503 – Episode 4!
[Message] 20140506 – Hello
[Message] 20140517 – Episode 6
[Message] 20140524 – Episode 7!
[Message] 20140531 – Episode 8!
[Message] 20140614 – Episode 10!!!!!!!!!!

Press Conference:

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