A new teaser visual, the main staff, and the main cast have been revealed for Burning Kabaddi (known in Japan as Shakunetsu Kabaddi), an upcoming TV anime based on the hot-blooded sports manga by Hajime Musashino about a former soccer ace who gets wrapped up in the world of a unique contact sport that originates in India. The main staff includes:
- Original work: Hajime Musashino (serialized in Shogakukan’s MangaONE manga app)
- Director: Kazuya Ichikawa
- Character design: Mari Takada
- Sound director: Shōko Hata
- Series composition: Yuko Kakihara
- Screenplay: Yuko Kakihara, Midori Gotou
- Music: Ken Itō
- Animation production assistance: Domerica
- Animation production: TMS Entertainment
- Production: TV Anime “Burning Kabaddi” Production Commitee
The main cast of Burning Kabaddi includes:
Yūma Uchida as Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former soccer ace nicknamed “Unconquerable Yoigoshi”. Tatsuya gave up sports when he entered high school, but he ends up joining the kabaddi club after being scouted and challenged by Masato.
And Nobuhiko Okamoto as Masato Ohjyo, the captain of the Noukin High School kabaddi club. Despite his slender physique, Masato has mastered the art of the “counter”, and he takes on a completely different, beast-like expression when playing kabaddi. Masato has been playing kabaddi for about 10 years, and his skill level at the sport is one of the highest in Japan.
The story of Burning Kabaddi follows Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former soccer ace who gave up sports after graduating from middle school. One day Tatsuya is scouted by Masato Ohjyo, the captain of the Noukin High School kabaddi club. Tatsuya is convinced that kabaddi is just a joke, but his athletic instincts awaken when he attends a practice match and discovers that the sport is actually closer to a martial arts competition.
Burning Kabaddi is scheduled to broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo and other stations beginning in April of 2021.
Copyright notice: © 2020 Hajime Musashino・Shogakukan / Burning Kabaddi Production Committee
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