News Abarenbō Rikishi!! Matsutarō Anime's TV Spot Previews Animation
posted on 2014-03-31 12:50 EDT
Toei Animation began streaming the TV spot for Abarenbō Rikishi!! Matsutarō, the anime adaptation of Tetsuya Chiba's Notari Matsutaro sumo manga, on Monday.
The anime's cast will star:
Chiemi Chiba as Tsuruko
Yukiko Morishita as Takeshi
Shino Shimoji as Yuri
Rieko Mima as Kiku
Chiemi Chiba as Umeo
Kimiko Saito as Ei
The website also lists the staff:
Producers: Tomohiro Tsuji (TV Asahi), Gyarmath Bogdan (Toei Animation)
Series Director: Yukio Kaizawa
Character Design: Noboru Koizumi
Art Director: Shinzo Yuki
Series Composition: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Production: Toei Animation, TV Asahi
The story follows Matsutarō Sakaguchi, a giant roughneck man with strength far beyond ordinary people. He never uttered words like "work hard," "strive," and "dream" like the typical shōnen manga protagonist. However, he is stronger than anyone and peerless in sumo wrestling. His greatest weakness is his own carefree personality. He grows into a full-fledged sumo westler.
The long-running original manga ran from August 1973 to June 1993 and again from October 1995 to May 1998 in Shogakukan's Big Comic Magazine. It won the Shogakukan Manga Prize in 1977. It already inspired a string of original video anime episodes in the 1990s. The new anime will premiere on April 6.