Star of the Giants (巨人の星 Kyojin no Hoshi?) is a sports manga written by Ikki Kajiwara and drawn by Noboru Kawasaki. It was adapted as the first sports anime television series[citation needed]broadcast in Japan, in 1968. It later spawned 2 anime sequels and different anime movies.

The manga appeared in Weekly Shōnen Magazine about the actual baseball team 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, the newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, as well as Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation.[citation needed]

The show targeted young audiences expanding the imagination of what is physically possible by dramatizing pitches and wind-up sequences. While staying true to being a sports anime, the contents are not simulated like real baseball. It was closer to fantasy surreal anime, though that was the norm within manga publications at the time.[citation needed]


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 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, he would have to take out his best pitching magic to step up to the challenge.






Beginning in 2001, the series was re-released on DVD format.


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[1].

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 Edition: Fierce Tiger Mitsuru Hanagata 2002 series 13 Episodes

Video games

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



  1. Clements, Jonathan. McCarthy Helen. [2006] (2006). The Anime Encyclopedia: Revised & Expanded Edition. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-933330-10-5

External links

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