- Koichi Kawato is the new Japanese Literature teacher at the ill-famed Futakotamagawa high school, whose baseball club is composed of thugs and bullies who have been suspended for a year from all school competitions, for causing a brawl during an official match. The newly appointed teacher finds that the club members left are only interested in women, smoking and doing nothing until, under Kawato's guidance, they discover their dream of going to the Koshien high school baseball tournament. However, the road to Koshien is far from easy as many obstacles await them.
2nd Tokyo Drama Awards: Best Drama (Renzoku)
58th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Drama
58th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor - Sato Ryuta
58th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Ichihara Hayato
58th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Theme Song - Kiseki
58th Television Drama Academy Awards: Special Award - Nikogaku Nine
13th Asian Television Awards: Highly Commended in the Best Drama Series Category