Play Ball (TV)

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Alternative title:
プレイボール (Japanese)
新青少棒揚威記 (Chinese (Taiwan))
Genres: tournament
Themes: sports
Plot Summary: Takao Taniguchi was the captain & pitcher of his junior high school's baseball team, but after suffering a fractured finger during a game Takao enters Sumitani High School as a fan and not a player. Even though Takao joins the soccer team and shows potential, he still has a great love for baseball and still umpires games in secret until his coach hears of this and gets angered, forcing Takao to leave the team. At the recommendation of the soccer team captain, Takao joins the Sumitani baseball team... Unfortunately, the team is notorious for losing big games due to their inexperience.
Number of episodes: 26
Episode titles: We have 26
2005-07-04 to 2005-09-26 (Season 1 Episode 1-13)
2006-01-09 to 2006-03-27 (Season 2 Episode 14-26)
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
#1: "Kimi wa nanika ga dekiru~Play Ball 2002~" by The Loose Dogs
#2: "Kimi wa Nani ka ga Dekiru~Play Ball 2006~" by Tokyo 60Watts
Ending Theme:
#1: "Rainbow" by The Loose Dogs
#2: "Summertime Blues" by Tokyo 60Watts
#3: "Arigatou~Play Ball 2006~" by Tokyo 60Watts (ep 26)
Official website:
Play Ball (Japanese)
Trivia: We have 1
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Chief Director: Satoshi Dezaki
Director: Setsuko Shibuichi
Music: Kaoru Wada
Original creator: Akio Chiba
Character Design:
Keizo Shimizu
Ryousuke Senbo
Art Director: Toshiko Kaizu
Chief Animation Director: Ippei Masui
Art design: Shichiro Kobayashi

Chief Episode Director: Shigeharu Takahashi
Key Animation: Toshiaki Kobayashi
Recording Director: Masashi Tsuboi
Theme Song Performance: The Loose Dogs (OP,ED)
Ken'ichirou Maeda as Takao Taniguchi

Chikahiko Minamida as Yamaguchi
Kazuki Taketani as Sasaki
Kouichi Yamada as Matsumoto
Michiru Sato as Igarashi
Ryou Kubota as Tomuro
Shinsuke Fukui as Oota
Takashi Hikida as Yamamoto
Yoshitaka Kuremoto as Nakayama
Yutaka Kouno as Tadokoro
Yuu Asano as Marui
Yuuki Taniguchi as Muramatsu

Hideki Ogihara as Konno
Hiroshi Kamiya as Aiki
Keiko Tsukamoto as Taniguchi's Mother
Kenji Iwama as Matsugawa
Kyouhei Tanaka as Handa
Naoto Seki as Kato
Ooki Sugiyama as Suzuki
Ryuuta Anzai as Shimada
Satoshi Hino as Yutaka Kurabayashi
Umeji Sasaki as Taniguchi's Father
Yuuichi Nagashima as Kondo (eps 12-13)
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Magic Bus
Music Production: avex entertainment
Sound Production: Glovision
English staff
English cast
Michael Pizzuto as Takao Taniguchi (Animax dub)
English companies
Broadcaster: Animax India
Korean staff
Korean companies
Broadcaster: Animax Korea
Korean cast
Chinese (Taiwan) staff
Chinese (Taiwan) companies
Licensed by: Mighty Media Co., Ltd.
Chinese (Taiwan) cast

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