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 
Sound Effects:
Aki Yokoyama 
Masakazu Yokoyama 
Theme Song Performance: The Loose Dogs (OP,ED) 
Ken'ichirou Maeda as Takao Taniguchi 

Chikahiko Minamida as Yamaguchi 
Kazuki Taketani as Sasaki 
Kouichi Shibasaki as Yokoi 
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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