Hot-blooded sports manga comes to TV screens in Japan this April
Ever since the initial announcement, cast additions have been trickling out for Burning Kabaddi (known in Japan as Shakunetsu Kabaddi), a TV anime adaptation of the hot-blooded sports manga by Hajime Musashino. Now we have three more on the team with the addition of Shinichiro Kamio, Wataru Komada, and Ayumu Murase.
The three VAs star as first-year Kabaddi Club students Nobutaka Ban, Ryuta Seki, and Yuuki Hitomo, respectively. Here's a look at their designs and a little more background on each addition.
VA: Shinichiro Kamio (Rio Mason Busujima in Hypnosis Mic)
Nobutaka Ban looks scary but is otherwise unassertive and has a very quiet voice. Like lead character Tatsuya Yoigoshi, he has a background in soccer and was a fan of Yoigoshi's in the past. He joined the Kabaddi Club after seeing it in action during a practice match.
VA: Wataru Komada (Akiomi Kunugi in Ensemble Stars)
Ryuta Seki is a good communicator who made friends with fellow first-years Ban and Hitomi, and was invited to join the Kabaddi Club. As a former sumo wrestler who won a tournament years ago, he's quite the powerhouse.
VA: Ayumu Murase (Ginro in Dr. STONE)
Yuuki Hitomi also joined the Kabaddi club after the practice match. He is often mistaken for a woman at first glance.
Previously revealed cast members include Yūma Uchida as Tatsuya Yoigoshi, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Masato Ohjyo, Gen Sato as Souma Azemichi, Makoto Furukawa as Kei Iura, Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Kyouhei Misumi, and Shunsuke Takeuchi as Shinji Date.
The story of Burning Kabaddi follows Tatsuya Yoigoshi, a former soccer ace who gave up sports after graduating from middle school. One day Tatsuya is scouted by Masato Ohjyo, the captain of the Noukin High School kabaddi club. Tatsuya is convinced that kabaddi is just a joke, but his athletic instincts awaken when he attends a practice match and discovers that the sport is actually closer to a martial arts competition.
Hajime Musashino (serialized in Shogakukan's MangaONE manga app)
Yuko Kakihara, Midori Gotou
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