Touch (TV)

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[ adapted from Touch (manga) ]

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    Touch: Sebangou no Nai Ace (movie) (alternate retelling)
      Touch 2, Sayonara no Okurimono (movie) (sequel)
        Touch 3, Kimi ga Toorisugita Ato Ni (movie) (sequel)

Alternative title:
Bateadores (Spanish)
Prendi il mondo e vai (Italian)
Theo ou la batte de la victoire (French)
タッチ (Japanese)
Objectionable content: Mild
Plot Summary: The story centers around three characters - Uesugi Kazuya, his twin older brother Tatsuya, and Asakura Minami. Kazuya is the darling of his town as he’s talented, hardworking, and the ace pitcher for his middle school baseball team. Tatsuya is a hopeless slacker who’s been living the life of giving up the spotlight to Kazuya, despite the fact that he may be more gifted than him. Minami is the beautiful childhood girlfriend and for all intents, sister from next door who treats both of them as equals. Society largely assumes Kazuya and Minami will become the perfect couple, including Tatsuya. Yet as time progresses, Tatsuya grows to realize that he’s willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of his brother, except at the expense of giving up Minami to Kazuya. And thus the story is told of Tatsuya trying to prove himself over his established younger brother, how it affects the relationship between the three, and both brothers' attempts to make Minami's lifelong dreams come true.
User Ratings: 321 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 117 votes (sub:111, raw:2, dub:1, ?:1, others:2
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
)
 Excellent: 84 votes (sub:78, raw:2, ?:1, dub:1, others:2
1 Korean dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
)
 Very good: 55 votes (sub:46, raw:3, dub:1, others:5
1 French dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Russian subtitled
1 French subtitled
1 Italian dubbed
)
 Good: 33 votes (sub:30, raw:1, dub:1, others:1
1 French dubbed
)
 Decent: 14 votes (sub:12, raw:2)
 So-so: 6 votes (sub:6)
 Not really good: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Weak: 4 votes (sub:3, ?:1)
 Bad: 2 votes (sub:2)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 3 votes (sub:3)
Seen in part or in whole by 546 users, rank: #1640 (of 6023)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.523 (Excellent−), std. dev.: 1.8104, rank: #139 (of 6016)
Weighted mean: 8.424 (Very good+), rank: #152 (of 6016) (seen all: 8.71 / seen some: 7.77 / won't finish: 4.61)
Bayesian estimate: 8.390 (Very good+), rank: #101 (of 4534)
Running time: 26 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 101
Episode titles: We have 101
Vintage:
1985-03-24 to 1987-03-22
1991-09 (France)
Release dates: We have 1
Opening Theme:
#1: "Touch" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 1-27)
#2: "Ai ga Hitoribocchi" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 28-56)
#3: "Che! Che! Che!" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 57-79)
#4: "Hitoribocchi no Duet" by Yume Koujou (eps 80-93)
#5: "Jounetsu Monogatari" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 94-101)
Ending Theme:
#1: "Kimi ga Inakereba" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 1-27)
#2: "Seishun (Youth)" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (Eps 28-62)
#3: "Yakusoku" by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 63-79)
#4: "Kimi wo Tobashita Gogo" by Yume Koujou (eps 80-101)
Insert song:
"Ai ga Hitoribocchi" (愛がひとりぼっち) by Yoshimi Iwasaki (ep 27)
"Ame no Naka no One Boy" (雨の中のワンボーイ) by Aki Asakura
"Aoi Memories" (蒼いメモリーズ) by Kazuko Utsumi
"Bokutachi no Someday" (僕たちのSomeday) by Yuji Mitsuya
"Eien no Runner" (永遠のランナー) by Hiroaki Serizawa
"Hoshi no Silhouette" (星のシルエット) by Hiroaki Serizawa (eps 4,9,11,16,27)
"Kaze no Message ~Tatsuya no Theme~" (風のメッセージ~達也のテーマ~) by Hiroaki Serizawa (eps 17,28)
"Kimi ga Inakereba" (君がいなければ) by Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 4,16)
"Minami no Kaze Natsu Shōjo" (南の風・夏少女) by Aki Asakura
"Natsu no Tayori" (夏の便り) by Keiichi Nanba
"Suki de, Gomen." (好きで, ごめん。) by Kazuko Utsumi
"White Dream" (ホワイト・ドリーム) by Noriko Hidaka
"Yakyū" (野球) by Yoshimi Iwasaki
"Yume de Aitai" (夢で逢いたい) by Noriko Hidaka
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Series Director: Hiroko Tokita
Series Composition:
Satoshi Namiki
Yumiko Takahashi
Script: Tomoko Konparu
Original creator: Mitsuru Adachi
Character Design: Minoru Maeda
Art Director: Shichiro Kobayashi
Chief Animation Director: Tsuneo Maeda
Animation Director: Minoru Maeda
Producer:
Masamichi Fujiwara
Shinobu Nakaoyo (Fuji TV) 

Assistant Director: Gisaburô Sugii
In-Between Animation: Yasunori Miyazawa (ep 18)
Insert Song Arrangement:
Hiroaki Serizawa (7 episodes
eps 4, 9, 11, 16-17, 27-28
)

Light House Project
Insert Song Composition: Hiroaki Serizawa (7 episodes
eps 4, 9, 11, 16-17, 27-28
)

Insert Song Lyrics:
Chihiro Sawa
Chinfa Kan (7 episodes
eps 4, 9, 11, 16-17, 27-28
)

Masao Urino
Insert Song Performance:
Aki Asakura
Hiroaki Serizawa (7 episodes
eps 4, 9, 11, 16-17, 27-28
)

Kazuko Utsumi
Keiichi Nanba
Noriko Hidaka
Yoshimi Iwasaki (eps 4, 16, 27)
Yuji Mitsuya
Key Animation: Yasunori Miyazawa (eps 28, 33, 40)
Music Director: Fusanobu Fujiyama
Planning:
Tadashi Oka (Fuji TV)
Yoshiro Kataoka (Asatsu)
Planning Coordinator: Yasushi Usami (OB Planning)
Theme Song Arrangement:
Hiroaki Serizawa (OP1-5; ED1-3)
Tsugutoshi Goto (ED4)
Theme Song Composition:
Hiroaki Serizawa (OP1-5; ED1-3)
Tsugutoshi Goto (ED4)
Theme Song Lyrics:
Chinfa Kan (OP1-3, 5; ED1-3)
Koi Takayanagi (ED4)
Masao Urino (OP4)
Theme Song Performance:
Yoshimi Iwasaki
Yume Koujou (OP4, ED4)
Keiichi Nanba as Kazuya Uesugi
Noriko Hidaka as Minami Asakura
Yuji Mitsuya as Tatsuya Uesugi

Banjou Ginga as Harada
Hideyuki Tanaka as Eijirou Kashiwaba
Hiromi Tsuru as Sachiko Nishio
Hiroshi Masuoka as Minami's father
Kaneto Shiozawa as Takeshi Kuroki
Kazue Komiya as Tatsuya's Mother
Kazuhiko Inoue as Akio Nitta
Kobuhei Hayashiya as Koutarou Matsudaira
Kôichi Kitamura as Coach Nishio
Miina Tominaga as Yuka Nitta
Ryo Horikawa as Takeshi Yoshida
Ryusei Nakao as Isami Nishimura
Shigeru Chiba as Tatsuya's father

Ayumi Watanabe as Moriyama(ep 18)
Daisuke Gouri as
Boy A(ep 6)
Teacher(eps 6, 8)
Ikuya Sawaki as
Member A(ep 15)
Teacher(ep 8)
Issei Futamata as Teacher(eps 4-5)
Jun'ichi Kanemaru as Narita
Junichi Sugawara as
Ikeda
Member B(ep 10)
Teacher
Tome-san(eps 20, 24)
Junji Kitajima as Hirose
Juurouta Kosugi as Terajima(eps 21-23)
Katsuhiko Nanba as Sasaki
Katsumi Suzuki as
Chief Umpire(eps 25-26)
Kubota
Male Student(ep 27)
Male Student A(ep 18)
Member A(ep 10)
Mihara(ep 23)
Moriyama(ep 29)
Referee(eps 8, 17)
Kazue Komiya as
Female Student A(ep 5)
Tatsuya(young; 9 episodes
eps 1-6, 11, 14, 16
)
Kenji Utsumi as Eiichirou Kashiwaba
Kôichi Kitamura as Director(eps 12, 20)
Kyousei Tsukui as
Male Student(ep 14)
Member C(ep 10)
Old Man B(ep 24)
Masaaki Tsukada as Wedding Ceremony Staff(ep 7)
Masae Maeda as Female Student B(ep 18)
Masaharu Satou as Katagiri
Masashi Hirose as Master(ep 21)
Masato Kubota as Kudou(baseball player)
Masayuki Omoro as
English Teacher(ep 14)
Guest A(eps 22-23)
TV Announcer(ep 26)
Maya Okamoto as Natsuko(eps 13, 22)
Miho Yoshida as
Female Student(ep 14)
Female Student A(ep 18)
Miki Ayazaki as Announcer
Miki Takahashi as Tomoko Terashima(eps 9-10, 21-23)
Minoru Inaba as Sakada
Mitsuaki Hoshino as
Guest B(eps 22-23)
Ishigaki(eps 17, 21, 26)
Kuma-san(eps 20, 24)
Nagao
Naoko Kouda as Yoshida's Mother
Naoko Watanabe as Miho Kashiwaba
Nobuyuki Furuta as
Kudou
Player A(ep 8)
Rica Fukami as
Female Student B(ep 13)
Kazuya Uesugi(Young)
Nitta's Mother
Sakurako Hoshino as Female Student B(ep 13)
Sakurako Kishiro as
Aoki(ep 51)
Minami(Young)
Shigeru Chiba as Punch
Shigezou Sasaoka as Delinquent A(ep 9)
Shinya Ohtaki as Morita(ep 91)
Tesshô Genda as
Captain of Boxing Team(eps 12, 17)
Head of Department(eps 14-15)
Principle
Toshihiko Seki as
Delinquent B(ep 9)
Doctor(ep 25)
Fujimoto(eps 17, 21)
Nakajima
Old Man A(ep 24)
Yasushi Sugihara as
Male Student B(ep 18)
Maruyama(ep 16)
Radio Announcer(ep 26)
Yamazaki(ep 9)
Yoshino Takamori as Kusaka
Yousuke Akimoto as Kamimura
Japanese companies
Animation Production: Group TAC
Backgrounds: Kobayashi Production
Broadcaster:
Animax
Fuji TV
Music Production Assistance: Toho Music
Photography: Studio Gallop
Production Assistance:
Kitty Films
Studio Gallop
Studio Junio
Sound Production: Zack Promotion
French staff
French cast
ADR Director: Brigitte Lecordier

Theme Song Performance: Claude Lombard
Thierry Bourdon as Theo

Dany Laurent as Théo's mother(first eps)
Hélène Otternaud as Théo's mother
Hubert Drac as Théo's father

Annabelle Roux as Debbie
Brigitte Lecordier as
Nathalie
Stéphane
Frédéric Jeanneau as
Boris
Franck
Hélène Otternaud as
Cécile
Zoé
Hubert Drac as
Adrien
Raymond Rochefort
Maurice Decoster as
Guy(1st voice)
Raymond Rochefort(1ère voix)
Michel Lasorne as
Raoul Rochefort
Serge
Victor
Tanguy Goasdoue as Guy(2nd voice)

French companies
Broadcaster:
La 5 (from September 1991)
Mangas (2002)
TMC (1995)
Distributor: Déclic Images
Dubbing Studio: Chrismax Films
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
Theme Song Lyrics: G. Ledem (Spain dub)
Theme Song Performance: Sol Pilas (Spain dub)
Abraham Aguilar as César Alvarado(Spain dub)
Claudio Serrano as Carlos Alvarado(Spain dub)
Pilar Santigosa as Bárbara Ochoa(Spain dub)

Carlos Cárdenas as Mario Ríos(Spain dub)
Chelo Molina as Carla Ríos(Spain dub)
Juan Antonio García Sáinz as Ricardo(Spain dub)
Manuel Bellido as Claudio Fridal(Spain dub)

Ana María Simón as Ríos' mother(Spain dub)
Mar Sánchez Gatell as Marina(Spain dub)
Mario Martín as Teacher(Spain dub)

Daniel Sánchez(Spain dub)
Iñaki Crespo(Spain dub)
Juan Antonio Arroyo(Spain dub)
Spanish companies
Broadcaster: Telecinco (Spain)
Italian staff
Italian cast
Dubbing Director: Maurizio Torresan

Theme Song Performance: Cristina D'Avena
Donatella Fanfani as Minami

Antonello Governale as Padre di Minami(2nd voice)
Antonio Paiola as Padre di Minami(1st voice)

Alessandra Karpoff as
Chicca(1st voice)
Tiziana
Antonio Zanoletti as Emanuele(2nd voice)
Caterina Rochira as Sandra
Dania Cericola as Chicca(2nd voice)
Debora Magnaghi as Mirella
Donato Sbodio as Giancarlo
Enrico Maggi as Allenatore di boxe
Federico Danti as Emanuele(1st voice)
Gabriele Calindri as Kim Brandel
Gianfranco Gamba as Giulio
Guido Rutta as Arada
Luca Semeraro as Nello(2nd voice)
Luigi Rosa as Tom Brandel
Maurizio Scattorin as Allenatore di baseball
Orlando Mezzabotta as Signor Roccaforte
Paolo Torrisi as Maurizio
Pietro Ubaldi as
Padre di Tom
Punchie
Raffaele Farina as Sebastiano
Rossana Bassani as Madre di Tom
Italian companies
Broadcaster:
Boing (from 10 September 2007)
Italia 1 (from September 1988)
Italia Teen Television (from 5 November 2004)
Distributor: Merak Film
Dubbing: Merak Film
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