Burning Kabaddi Sports TV Anime Casts Shunsuke Takeuchi

posted on by Alex Mateo
Takeuchi plays former baseball player in TMS Entertainment's April show

The official website for the television anime of Hajime Musashino's Burning Kabaddi (Shakunetsu Kabaddi) sports manga announced a new cast member on Tuesday. Shunsuke Takeuchi plays Shinji Date, a second-year student on Nōkin High School's kabaddi team. He was an experienced pitcher in baseball, but he retired due to an injury. When Shinji was thinking about what to do in high school, Misumi invited him to the kabaddi team. He is clumsy, but he has a body blessed with muscles and physical strength. He has been playing kabaddi for six months.

The anime also stars:

Yūma Uchida as Tatsuya Hoigoshi (pictured below left) and Nobuhiko Okamoto as Masato Ohjyo (below right)

Gen Sato as Sōma Azemachi

Makoto Furukawa as Kei Iura

Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Kyōhei Misumi

Kazuya Ichikawa (The World Ends with You the Animation, Clean Freak! Aoyama kun) is directing the anime at TMS Entertainment, in collaboration with Domerica. Yuuko Kakihara (Aikatsu franchise, Digimon Adventure tri., Cells at Work!) is writing and overseeing the series scripts, and Midori Gotou (Otogi Zoshi, Hozuki's Coolheadedness) is also writing the scripts. Mari Takada (Bakugan: Armored Alliance, Bakugan Battle Planet) is designing the characters. Shōji Hata (The Ancient Magus' Bride, Fairy Tail) is directing the sound, and Ken Ito (Hina Logic - from Luck & Logic, I'm Standing on 1,000,000 Lives.) is composing the music.

The series will premiere next April.

The manga's story centers on first-year high school student Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former ace soccer player who dislikes sports. He gets invited to join a team for the contact sport kabaddi. He scoffs at the idea at first but becomes interested after watching a kabaddi practice.

The manga debuted on Shogakukan's Manga ONE app and Ura Sunday website in 2015. Shogakukan published the 15th volume on October 12. The series ranked on the top 20 list of manga for male readers in the 2017 edition of Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga Is Amazing!) guidebook.

Sources: Burning Kabaddi anime's website, Comic Natalie

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