Touch (TV)

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[ adapted from Touch (manga) ]

Related anime:
    Touch: Are kara, Kimi wa... - Miss Lonely Yesterday - (special) (sequel)
      Touch: Cross Road - Kaze no Yukue (special) (sequel)
    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) 
Genres: drama , romance , tournament 
Themes: baseball , school , sports , tragedy 
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: 320 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: 32 votes (sub:29, 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 544 users, rank: #1634 (of 6012)
Median rating: Excellent
Arithmetic mean: 8.528 (Excellent−), std. dev.: 1.8112, rank: #140 (of 6005)
Weighted mean: 8.430 (Very good+), rank: #153 (of 6005) (seen all: 8.72 / seen some: 7.77 / won't finish: 4.61)
Bayesian estimate: 8.398 (Very good+), rank: #96 (of 4573)
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 
Episode Director:
Gisaburô Sugii 
Tomomi Mochizuki 
Music: Hiroaki Serizawa 
Original creator: Mitsuru Adachi 
Character Design: Minoru Maeda 
Art Director: Shichiro Kobayashi 
Chief Animation Director: Tsuneo Maeda 
Animation Director: Minoru Maeda 
Executive producer:
Chihiro Kameyama (Fuji TV) 
Masamichi Fujiwara 
Shigeji Tsuiki 
Yoshinobu Nakao (Fuji TV) 
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 
Thierry Bourdon as Kim 

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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