Gen Sato Plays a Tiny Powerhouse in Burning Kabaddi TV Anime

Adaptation based on full contact sports manga by Hajime Musashino hits TV Tokyo in April of 2020

Protagonist Tatsuya Yoigoshi prepares to tackle with all his might in a scene from the upcoming Burning Kabaddi TV anime.


A shiny new cast member has been revealed for Burning Kabaddi (known in Japan as Shakunetsu Kabaddi), an upcoming TV anime based on the sports manga by Hajime Musashino about a young man who gets drawn into the highly competitive world of a full-contact sport that originates in India.


A character visual of Souma Azemichi, a small but powerful member of the Noukin High School kabaddi club. Souma is quite muscular despite his small stature, and his head is shaved.


In Burning Kabaddi, voice actor Gen Sato plays Souma Azemichi, a first year student at Noukin High School. Since he's lived most of his life on a tall mountain where his family home and his parents' pottery kiln are located, everyday for Souma has been like rugged muscle training, and he's much stronger than his small frame would indicate. Souma has been playing kabaddi for about one month.



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.


A key visual for the upcoming Burning Kabaddi TV anime, featuring the main characters Tatsuya Yoigoshi and Masato Ohjyo in their team uniforms, preparing to pounce.


Burning Kabaddi is directed by Kazuya Ichikawa and features animation production by TMS Entertainment. The series is scheduled to broadcast in Japan on TV Tokyo and other stations beginning in April of 2021.




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Copyright notice: © 2020 Hajime Musashino・Shogakukan / Burning Kabaddi Production Committee


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