Abarenbō Rikishi!! Matsutarō Anime's TV Spot Previews Animation

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Actor/singer Ken Matsudaira leads cast as titular character in anime premiering April 6

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:

Actor and singer Ken Matsudaira as Matsutarō Sakaguchi

Yuko Mizutani (Black Jack's Pinoko, Digimon Adventure's Sora) as Reiko Minami

Kôzô Shioya (Dragon Ball Z's Majin Buu, Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ's Mondo) as Shin Tanaka

Issei Futamata (Ashita no Nadja's Herman, Ah! My Goddess's Ohtaki-senpai) as Shimada-sensei

Bin Shimada (Gintama's Gengai, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam's Paptimus) as Nishio

Masaharu Satou (Dragon Ball Z Kai's Kame-sennin, Mewtwo ~Kakusei e no Prologue~'s Oscar) as Company President

The website also lists the staff:

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.

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