The official website for the television anime of Hajime Musashino’s Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) sports manga announced a new cast member on Tuesday. Gen Sato plays Sōma Azemachi, who is a first-year Nōkin High School student like the protagonist Hoigoshi is. Azemachi’s family pottery is on a high mountain, so his daily routine is like intensive weight training. As a result, he is far more powerful than his wiry body would suggest. He has only been playing kabaddi for a month.
Kazuya Ichikawa (The World Ends with You the Animation, Clean Freak! Aoyama kun) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment, in collaboration with Domerica. Yuuko Kakihara (Aikatsu! franchise, Digimon Adventure tri., Cells at Work!) is writing and overseeing the series scripts, and Midori Gotou (Otogi Zoshi, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness) is also writing the scripts. Mari Takada (Bakugan: Armored Alliance, Bakugan Battle Planet) is designing the characters. Shōji Hata (The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Fairy Tail) is directing the sound, and Ken Ito (Hina Logic – from Luck & Logic, I’m Standing on 1,000,000 Lives.) is composing the music.
The series will premiere next April.
The manga’s story centers on first-year high school student Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former ace soccer player who dislikes sports. He gets invited to join a team for the contact sport kabaddi. He scoffs at the idea at first but becomes interested after watching a kabaddi practice.
The manga debuted on Shogakukan‘s Manga ONE app and Ura Sunday website in 2015. Shogakukan released the 14th volume on July 10. The series ranked on the top 20 list of manga for male readers in the 2017 edition of Takarajimasha‘s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook.