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Ahiru no Sora Anime Sells Its Own Basketballs

posted on by Kim Morrissy

The television anime of Takeshi Hinata's basketball-themed Ahiru no Sora manga is getting its own special basketballs courtesy of sports equipment manufacturer Molten. The basketballs went on sale on Friday via DMM.com's online store. Online orders will last until December 15, after which point the product will be restocked and sold in sport shops around Japan.

The balls show black-and-white line art from the anime's key visual and will come in two sizes: size 7 (the official size of balls used in the NBA) and a size 5 for children. The size 7 ball will cost 6,380 yen (US$58), while the size 5 ball will cost 4,620 yen (US$42).

Ordering the balls online will come with a badge shaped like a basketball as an exclusive bonus while stocks last. Shoppers will also receive a QR code to watch the Ahiru no Sora anime for free on DMM.com's video streaming service PlayPic, as well as a digital bromide that can be accessed on the service.

Molten will also develop mini-balls showing super-deformed art of Sora, Momoharu, Chiaki, Tobi, and Mokichi. The mini-balls are expected to go on sale in February 2020.

The anime premiered in Japan on October 2 and will run for four cours (quarters of a year). Sentai Filmworks acquired the anime's worldwide license (excluding Asia) and describes the anime:

He may be shorter in stature, but Sora Kurumatani can soar and score on the basketball court! With a passion for the sport he inherited from his mother, Sora vows to her that he'll take top prize at a high school basketball tournament… but there's one problem. His new school's basketball club has turned into a hangout for delinquents! Will Sora's sheer tenacity and amazing three-point shooting change their minds and get the club up and running again?

Source: Comic Natalie


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