Dokaben

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Dokaben
Dokaben opening.jpg
Screenshot from the anime opening featuring the team.
ドカベン
Genre Sports, School
Manga
Written by Shinji Mizushima
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run April 24, 1972March 27, 1981
Volumes 48
Anime television series
Studio Nippon Animation
Network Fuji TV
Original run October 6, 1976December 26, 1979
Episodes 163[1]
Manga
Dai Kōshien
Written by Shinji Mizushima
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run March 23, 1983August 7, 1987
Volumes 26
Manga
Dokaben Professional Baseball
Written by Shinji Mizushima
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run March 23, 1995December 25, 2003
Volumes 52
Manga
Dokaben Superstars
Written by Shinji Mizushima
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run January 8, 2004May 8, 2012
Volumes 45
Manga
Dokaben Dream Tournament
Written by Shinji Mizushima
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 12
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Dokaben (ドカベン?) is a baseball manga by Shinji Mizushima, serialized in Akita Shoten Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from April 24, 1972 to March 27, 1981. Chapters of the series published in 48 Tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. It was later made into an anime by the same name. It was immensely popular in Japan during its original release, and in sports manga of all time it likely ranks second only to Slam Dunk by Takehiko Inoue.

A dokaben is a kind of bento box which the protagonist, Taro Yamada, likes to eat.

Outline[edit]

Dokaben is centered on Taro Yamada and his teammates Iwaki, Tonoma, and Satonaka and was focused mainly on their activity as a high school baseball team. At first, it focused on Yamada, Iwaki, and Sachiko and was set in Takaoka Middle School. But in Volume 8 the team is transferred to Meikun High School for their baseball skills.

The story of Dokaben continues in Dai Kōshien, Dokaben Pro Baseball Story, and Dokaben SuperStars Story.

Characters[edit]

Meikun High School baseball team[edit]

Yamada generation[edit]

Taro Yamada (山田太郎, Yamada Tarō?)
Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka
Position: Catcher
Masami Iwaki (岩鬼正美, Iwaki Masami?)
Voiced by: Tessho Genda
Position: Third Baseman
Kazuto Tonoma (殿馬一人, Tonoma Kazuto?)
Voiced by: Kaneta Kimotsuki
Position: Second Baseman
Satoru Satonaka (里中智, Satonaka Satoru?)
Voiced by: Akira Kamiya
Position: Pitcher
Santaro Hohoemi (微笑三太郎, Hohoemi Santarō?)
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara
Position: Catcher, Left fielder

Senior / Younger student[edit]

Sho Doigaki (土井垣将, Doigaki Shō?)
Voiced by: Katsuji Mori
Position: Catcher, First Baseman
Tetsuji Yamaoka (山岡鉄司, Yamaoka Tetsuji?)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba
Position: Center fielder
Mitsuo Kita (北満男, Kita Mitsuo?)
Voiced by: Kazuomi Ikeda
Position: Right fielder
Koichi Ishige (石毛幸一, Ishige Kōichi?)
Voiced by: Bungo Nakano
Position: Shortstop
Keiichi Nagisa (渚圭一, Nagisa Keiichi?)
Voiced by: Toshio Furukawa
Position: Pitcher
Tomoaki Takashiro (高代智秋, Takashiro Tomoaki?)
Voiced by: Yū Mizushima
Position: Shortstop, Second Baseman

Manager[edit]

Ieyasu Tokugawa (徳川家康, Tokugawa Ieyasu?)
Voiced by: Reizou Nomoto
Manager of Meikun High School baseball team

Yamada family[edit]

Sachiko Yamada (山田サチ子, Yamada Sachiko?)
Voiced by: Minori Matsushima
Taro's 9-year-old little sister
Ji-chan (じっちゃん?)
Voiced by: Minoru Yada
Taro's grandfather
"Ji-chan" means grandpa in English

Rivals[edit]

Kanagawa[edit]

Mamoru Shiranui (不知火守, Shiranui Mamoru?)
Voiced by: Osamu Ichikawa
Daigoro Unryu (雲竜大五郎, Unryū Daigorō?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Ohtake
Gosuke Domon (土門剛介, Domon Gōsuke?)
Voiced by: Mugihito
Goro Tanitsu (谷津吾郎, Tanitsu Gorō?)
Voiced by: Yoku Shioya
Gonza Nankai (南海権左, Nankai Gonza?)
Voiced by: Setsuo Wakui
Shinji Kobayashi (小林真司, Kobayashi Shinji?)
Voiced by: Makio Inoue

Kantō[edit]

Gosuke Gama (賀間剛介, Gama Gōsuke?)
Voiced by: Takeshi Kuwabara
Hayato Kagemaru (影丸隼人, Kagemaru Hayato?)
Voiced by: Masane TsukayamaMichihiro Ikemizu (ep. 82)
Jiro Kinoshita (木下次郎, Kinoshita Jirō?)
Voiced by: Haruya Kato
Chuji Kunisada (国定忠治, Kunisada Chūji?)
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa
Fumio Ataru (中二美夫, Ataru Fumio?)
Voiced by: Ryoichi TanakaTakashi Tanaka

Whole Japan[edit]

Sankichi Sakata (坂田三吉, Sakata Sankichi?)
Voiced by: Yoshito Yasuhara
Kojiro Inukai (犬飼小次郎, Inukai Kojirō?)
Voiced by: Masato Ibu
Takezo Inukai (犬飼武蔵, Inukai Takezō?)
Voiced by: Shingo Kanemoto
Tsutomu Ogata (緒方勉, Ogata Tsutomu?)
Voiced by: Rokuro Naya
Ryo Inugami (犬神了, Inugami Ryō?)
Voiced by: Shun Yashiro
Kazuma Musashibo (武蔵坊数馬, Musashibō Kazuma?)
Voiced by: Osamu Saka
Hikaru Yoshitsune (義経光, Yoshitsune Hikaru?)
Voiced by: Rokuro Naya

Others[edit]

Natsuko Natsukawa (夏川夏子, Natsukawa Natsuko?)
Voiced by: Yuko Maruyama
Iwaki's girlfriend
Toshiko Kobayashi (小林稔子, Kobayashi Toshiko?)
Voiced by: Mami Koyama
Shinji Kobayashi's little sister

Manga[edit]

When Takehiko Inoue (author of Slam Dunk & Vagabond )was young, he drew a lot of spectacular scene from Tokaben, the first manga he paid.

Cultural references[edit]

  • In the "Simpsons Comics internationale" in issue #132, the Japanese supplement (Too crazy, Juvenile Prankster, BARTOMU! (serialized in "Laughing Laughing everyone is laughing")) opens as a parody of Dokaben, with Bartomu playing for the "Yokohama Li'l Ninjas," and an art style heavily based on Dokaben's highly recognised style of art.

Art style[edit]

The art style of Dokaben is very rubbery and motional, with surprisingly dynamic use of speed lines, with a heavy use of black and very straightforward body construction. The motion and Dynamics are highly retained even in reprints. In his book Reinventing Comics, Scott McCloud mentions it as the example of the sports genre, drawing high recognition to the style.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dokaben". Nippon Animation. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 

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