Wanna be the Strongest in the World
|Wanna be the Strongest in the World|
Cover of the first manga volume, featuring main character, Sakura.
(Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!)
|Genre||Sports, (Professional wrestling)|
|Illustrated by||Kiyohito Natsuki|
|Published by||Earth Star Entertainment|
|Magazine||Comic Earth Star|
|Original run||December 2010 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Rion Kujo|
|Network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, YTV|
|Original run||October 6, 2013 – December 22, 2013|
Wanna be the Strongest in the World (世界でいちばん強くなりたい! Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai!?) is a Japanese manga by ESE and Kiyohito Natsuki. It was adapted into an anime television series in October 2013.
Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! follows the story of Sakura Hagiwara, a pop idol and member of the fictional japanese idol group Sweet Diva that impulsively decides to turn into a pro-wrestler in order to avenge another fellow Sweet Diva member who got a beating from a female wrestler.
- Sakura Hagiwara (萩原 さくら Hagiwara Sakura?)
- Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Drama CD), Ayana Taketatsu (anime)
- The main character who is a member of the idol group Sweet Diva and currently 17 years old. She becomes the central vocalist at the start of the series. Initially cheerful and bright, she always puts her idol group before her own feelings but always tries her best at anything.
- Elena Miyazawa (宮澤 エレナ Miyazawa Erena?)
- Voiced by: Kana Asumi
- A member of the idol group Sweet Diva, she is Sakura's rival who is a tomboy and strong-minded. Currently 17 years old. She is later revealed to be Blue Panther, who was thought to be Juri. Though initially unskilled at pro-wrestling, her training in Miyabi under Juri's tutelage revealed that she actually has much untapped potential in the sport, as her rapid development allowed her to hold her own against Sakura during their first wrestling match against each other. She seeks to bring Sakura back to the idol life by defeating her in the ring.
- Aika Hayase (早瀬 愛華 Hayase Aika?)
- Voiced by: Sora Amamiya
- A member of the idol group Sweet Diva, always seen together with Yuuho. Although bright and cheerful like Sakura, Aika is also a bit timid.
- Yuuho Mochizuki (望月 悠歩 Mochizuki Yuuho?)
- Voiced by: Miku Itō
- A member of the idol group Sweet Diva, always seen together with Aika. She is the mood maker of the group.
- Nanami Kanno (菅野 七海 Kanno Nanami?)
- Voiced by: Yuka Ōtsubo
- Sweet Diva's leader. Like Elena and Sakura, she is 17 years old, but acts way older and is really calm.
- Rio Kazama (風間 璃緒 Kazama Rio?)
- Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Drama CD), Haruka Tomatsu (anime)
- A mid-class wrestler, who was the one who attacked Elena.
- Misaki Toyoda (豊田 美咲 Toyoda Misaki?)
- Voiced by: Kyoko Narumi
- Berserk's Ace pro-wrestler, she too was a former idol like Sakura. She is usually seen together with Kanae.
- Chinatsu Suzumoto (鈴元 千夏 Suzumoto Chinatsu?)
- Voiced by: Shizuka Ito (Drama CD), Suzuko Mimori (anime)
- Seiichi Inoba (猪場 清一 Inoba Seiichi?)
- Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki
- The President of Berserk, an ex-pro-wrestler who is 51 years old.
- Moe Fukuoka (福岡 萌 Fukuoka Moe?)
- Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto
- A karate prodigy and Inoba's niece. She became interested in pro-wrestling because of Sakura. Her style in the ring incorporates elements of karate together with pro-wrestling, and she uses powerful blows to stagger her opponent.
- Kanae Fujishita (藤下 香苗 Fujishita Kanae?)
- Voiced by: Rina Satou
- An enthusiastic news reporter who loves pro-wrestling.
- Jackal Tojou (ジャッカル東条 Tojou Jackal?)
- Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi
- Renowned world champion pro wrestler and Misaki's mentor. Like Misaki, she sees Sakura's potential, prompting Jackal to challenge her in a wrestling match.
- Juri Sanada (真田 朱里 Sanada Juri?)
- Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa
- The owner of Miyabi and another of Jackal's students. She is considered Misaki's rival
- Blue Panther
- She is a masked pro wrestler "assassin" that works for Miyabi. She tends to be a show-off, is a bit of a brute and is despised by Sakura because of it. It was originally thought that she was Juri Sanada, however it turned out to be Elena; Juri was just assming the role of Blue Panther whenever Elena wasn't available.
An anime adaptation produced by Arms Corporation, directed by Rion Kujo and with character designs by Rin Shin began airing on October 6, 2013. It will be the first 30-minute anime series based in a Comic Earth Star's manga. It is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.The opening theme is "Beautiful Dreamer" (ビューティフル・ドリーマー) by Kyōko Narumi and the first ending theme is "Fan Fanfare!!!" by Ayana Taketatsu, Kana Asumi, Yuka Ootsubo, Miku Itou, and Sora Amamiya, starting from Episode 1-7 and 9-12 whilst the second ending theme for Episode 8 is "Sorairo Monologue" (空色モノローグ lit. "Sky-Blue Monologue") by Kyōko Narumi.
- 女子プロ漫画『せかつよ』ドラマCD化！ 突撃アフレコインタビュー！ Terrafor.net
- "Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! Manga Has TV Anime in the Works (Updated)". Anime News Network. September 29, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
- 『世界でいちばん強くなりたい！』ボイスドラマ化でキャストに直撃 Animate Japanese
- "'Wanna Be the Strongest in the World' Anime's Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. April 1, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2013.
- Official Site (Japanese)
- Sekai de Ichiban Tsuyoku Naritai! (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
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