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KYOJIN NO HOSHI (巨人の星, trans. Star of the Giants) is a Japanese sports manga written by Ikki Kajiwara and illustrated by Noboru Kawasaki . It was adapted as the first sports anime television series broadcast in Japan
Japan
, in 1968. It later spawned two anime sequels and different anime movies.The anime was ranked #15 on TV Asahi's Top 100 Anime.

The manga appeared in Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Weekly Shōnen Magazine
about the actual baseball team Yomiuri Giants
Yomiuri Giants
using fictional characters. It was launched by the " Yomiuri Group " which at the time owned not only the actual baseball team, but the TV network Nippon Television
Nippon Television
, the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun
Yomiuri Shimbun
, as well as Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation .

CONTENTS

* 1 Story * 2 Characters

* 3 Adaptations

* 3.1 Anime
Anime

* 3.1.1 Staff * 3.1.2 DVD

* 3.2 Movies * 3.3 Video games

* 4 Impact * 5 References * 6 External links

STORY

The story is about Hyuuma Hoshi, a promising young baseball pitcher who dreams of becoming a top star like his father Ittetsu Hoshi in the professional Japanese league. His father was once a 3rd baseman until he was injured in World War II
World War II
and was forced to retire. The boy would join the ever popular Giants team, and soon he realized the difficulty of managing the high expectations. From the grueling training to battling the rival Mitsuru Hanagata in the Hanshin Tigers
Hanshin Tigers
, he would have to take out his best pitching magic to step up to the challenge.

CHARACTERS

* HYUUMA HOSHI: Tohru Furuya
Tohru Furuya
* ITTETSU HOSHI: Seizō Katō * AKIKO HOSHI: Fuyumi Shiraishi * BAN CHUUTA: Jōji Yanami * MITSURU HANAGATA: Makio Inoue * KAWAKAMI TETSUHARU : Tadashi Nakamura * MASAICHI KANEDA : Teiji Ōmiya * KYōKO: Reiko Mutō * HOSAKU SAMON: Shingo Kanemoto * MINA HADAKA: Yoshiko Matsuo

ADAPTATIONS

ANIME

Staff

* Original creator: Ikki Kajiwara , Noboru Kawasaki * Director: Tadao Nagahama , Yoshio Kabashima , Tadaaki Tamazaki , Mamoru Sasaki * Script: Masaki Tsuji , Seiji Matsuoka , Tooru Sawaki , Ryohei Ito , Toru Sawaki , Yoshiaki Yoshida * Music: Takeo Watanabe * Art director: Isamu Kageyama * Animation director: Daikichirou Kusube * Editing: Kazuo Inoue

DVD

Beginning in 2001, the series was re-released on DVD format. On June 2013, a five set Blu-ray release was released.

MOVIES

The first Star of the Giants movie was debuted in 1969 as part of the vacation anime festival on large screen theatres in color. The draw was that most people had black and white TVs at the time. The Star of Giants vs Mighty Atoms TV special reached the U.S and was renamed to Astro Boy vs. the Giants.

JAPANESE NAME ENGLISH NAME RELEASE DATE TYPE RUN TIME

巨人の星 Star of Giants the movie 1969 movie 90 mins

Star of Giants vs the Mighty Atom 1969 TV special 30 mins

巨人の星 行け行け飛雄馬 Star of Giants: Ike Ike Hyuma December 20, 1969 movie 75 mins

巨人の星 大リーグボール Star of Giants: Big League Ball 1970 movie 70 mins

巨人の星 宿命の対決 Star of Giants: Shukumei no Taiketsu 1970 movie 60 mins

新巨人の星 New Star of Giants 1977 series 52 Episodes

新巨人の星 New Star of Giants the movie 1977 movie

新巨人の星II New Star of Giants II 1979 series 23 Episodes

Stars of Giants Special
Special
Edition: Fierce Tiger Mitsuru Hanagata 2002 series 13 Episodes

VIDEO GAMES

Kyojin no Hoshi (The Anime
Anime
Super Remix) was released for the PlayStation 2
PlayStation 2
by Capcom
Capcom
on June 20, 2002. There were also a number of other games on the same platform.

IMPACT

* Professional baseball player Ichiro Suzuki used Star of Giants as a reference to his grueling childhood baseball training. * The anime was remade in India in 2012 as Suraj: The Rising Star where cricket was substituted for baseball.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5 . * ^ "TV Asahi Top 100 Anime
Anime
Part 2". Anime
Anime
News Network. Retrieved 2016-11-01. * ^ Correspondent, A (3 December 2012). "Colors to air Japanese ‘anime’ remake from Dec 23". MxM India. Retrieved 20 October 2016.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Star of Giants Official anime site by Tokyo Movie Shinsha. (in Japanese) * Kyojin no Hoshi