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The financial news source Nikkei reported on Friday that an Indian/Japanese animated series will adapt Ikki Kajiwara and Noboru Kawasaki's Kyojin no Hoshi baseball manga — except the production will remake the story with India's ball game of choice, cricket.
The Japanese publisher Kodansha is collaborating on this project, which will begin airing as a 26- or 52-episode weekly television series in India this fall under the tentative name Rising Star. Japan's TMS Entertainment anime studio will be in charge of the scripts, storyboards, and other parts of the early production process. (TMS Entertainment, under its original name Tokyo Movie Shinsha, already adapted the manga into a 1968-1971 baseball anime series in Japan.) Local Indian studios will also work on the latter parts of production and cover about half of the animation's production costs.
The new adaptation's story will follow a sports scenario similar to the original manga, despite moving the setting to modern India. A young left-handed cricket player wants to be like his father, also a former cricket player. Because his family is poor, the boy faces many challenges as he strives to become a star player. Kajiwara's original manga story follows the baseball pitcher Hyūma Hoshi as he dreams of becoming a star player in Japan's professional baseball league.
Kodansha serialized the original Kyojin no Hoshi manga series in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1966 to 1971. The story inspired three television anime series in the 1960s and 1970s. Yoshiyuki Murakami began serializing Shinyaku [Kyojin no Hoshi] Hanagata as an alternate retelling of the original manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2006.