It seems that the ABS-CBN’s Anime channel, HERO, is having fun airing Sports-related Anime titles, as it continues this August.
Aside from the American football anime, Eyeshield 21, in its second season, and the baseball anime, Major, in its third season, HERO will add two more sports-related anime titles starting this August 2010.
And it will be the basketball-related yet out-of-this-world anime, Buzzer Beater, and the popular boxing anime, Hajime no Ippo.
As we recall, both anime programmes has been aired on GMA Channel 07.
Buzzer Beater has aired on GMA Network, on July 02, 2009 and Hajime no Ippo (better known to the Filipino viewing public as “Knock Out!”) has been aired since its “Anime Resurrection” days, and is currently re-airing on the morning block, also on GMA Channel 07.
But both anime programmes are handled by Telesuccess Productions, Inc.
For those who are not familiar with Buzzer Beater, here is the synopsis:
After being drafted into the Earth Team – a basketball team comprised solely of humans – street-punk-turned-pro Hideyoshi couldn’t be more cocky. The team is still up against the Gorons, a physically superior race of aliens who have dominated the game for some time. New challenges and problems stand in their way. Hideyoshi is unhappy with the team and the Gorons have new tricks up their sleeves. (–Anime News Network)
And for Hajime no Ippo (Knock Out!):
Ippo Makunochi is a very shy high school student who never had the time to make friends because he was always busy helping his mother run their family-own fishing business. Because he kept to himself, a group of bullies led by Umezawa got into the habit of picking on him. On one particular day these bullies decided to give him a rather serious beating, but a middle-weight professional boxer who was passing by stopped the bullies and took the injured Ippo to the Kamogawa Gym, owned by retired boxer Genji Kamogawa, to treat his wounds. After Ippo awoke to the sounds of boxers training, the boxer who saved him, Mamoru Takamura, tried to cheer Ippo up by letting him vent his frustrations on a sandbag. It was then that they had their first glimpse into Ippo’s talent for boxing. After that incident, Ippo started his regular training and began his path in Japan’s professional boxing, beginning with two spars against the talented Ichiro Miyata who is the same age as Ippo.
The story focuses heavily on character development, even during the matches something is learned about the fighters. Ippo and his friendly rivalry with Miyata is the main draw in the early part of the series. That later changes to Ippo’s path towards the Japanese Featherweight Championship and eventually the world championship. Along the way we are given glimpses into the other side character’s pasts, motivations, relationships to others and current boxing trials. A colorful cast of support characters and opponents as well as side stories concerning their path in the boxing world rounds out the series. (–Wikipedia)
Buzzer Beater will premiere on August 20, Weekdays at 07:30am, 02:30pm, 10:00pm, and 01:00am.
And Hajime no Ippo will premiere on August 23, Weekdays 07:30am, 01:30pm, 07:00pm, and 10:30pm.
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