Seasonal Opening Ceremony (始球式) acts as the prologue of volume 01 of the Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens light novel installments.
"There is someone you want to kill at any cost. How would you kill someone?" Saitoh goes in for a job interview when he is asked an unbelievable question. After several interviews and not landing any jobs, Saitoh struggles on what to say to catch their attention. Desperate, he tells the interviewer of a past experience when he almost accidentally killed a batter by throwing a pitch at his head.
Weeks later he receives a letter of acceptance. However, he is unaware of how much his life would change from it. Eventually he will be left to wonder just when his life veered off course.