Ahiru no Sora

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Ahiru no Sora
Ahiru no Sora vol1.jpg
Cover of Ahiru no Sora volume 1
(Ahiru no Sora)
Written byTakeshi Hinata
Published byKodansha
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Magazine
Original runDecember 10, 2003 – present
Anime television series
Directed by
Written byGō Zappa
Music byHiroaki Tsutsumi
Licensed bySentai Filmworks
Original networkTV Tokyo, AT-X, BS TV Tokyo
Original run October 2, 2019 – present
Episodes33 (List of episodes)
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Ahiru no Sora (あひるの空, lit. "Sky of the Duck" or "Sora the Duck") is a Japanese basketball manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Hinata. It started serialization in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2003. The first volume was released on May 17, 2004, and as of September 2019, fifty volumes have been released in Japan by Kodansha. An anime television series adaptation by Diomedéa premiered on October 2, 2019.


Sora Kurumatani made a promise to his mother, "I will dominate my first high school tournament". But as he joins the basketball club after entering Kuzuryū High School, he finds out that it's become a stomping ground for delinquents. A place where everything but basketball is done, but with Sora's genuine zeal for basketball, things begin to stir.


Sora Kurumatani (車谷空, Kurumatani Sora)
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji; Natsumi Fujiwara (child) (Japanese); Cameron Bautsch; Britney Karbowski (child) (English)[1][2]
Momoharu Hanazono (花園百春, Hanazono Momoharu)
Voiced by: Yuma Uchida (Japanese); Joe Daniels (English)[1][2]
Chiaki Hanazono (花園千秋, Hanazono Chiaki)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)[1][2]
Kenji Natsume (夏目健二, Natsume Kenji)
Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama (Japanese); David Matranga (English)[1]
Kaname Shigeyoshi (茂吉要, Shigeyoshi Kaname)
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano[1]
Shinichi Yasuhara (安原真一, Yasuhara Shinichi)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro (Japanese); Michael Wronski (English)[1]
Ryuhei Nabeshima (鍋島竜平, Nabeshima Ryuhei)
Voiced by: Chado Horii (Japanese); George Cote (English)[1][2]
Masahiro Saki (茶木正広, Saki Masahiro)
Voiced by: KENN (Japanese); Benjamin McLaughlin (English)[1][2]
Madoka Yabuchi (薮内円, Yabuchi Madoka)
Voiced by: Sayaka Senbongi (Japanese); Olivia Swasey (English)[1][2]
Nao Nanao (七尾奈緒, Nanao Nao)
Voiced by: Yuna Taniguchi[1]
Yuka Kurumatani (車谷由夏, Kurumatani Yuka)
Voiced by: Aya Endō[1]
Shinichi Chiba (千葉真一, Chiba Shinichi)
Voiced by: Kazuya Nakai (Japanese); David Wald (English)[3][2]
Tokitaka Tokiwa (常盤時貴, Tokiwa Tokitaka)
Voiced by: Sōma Saitō (Japanese); Heath Morrow (English)[3][2]
Tarō Kabachi (蒲地太郎, Kabachi Tarō)
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama[4]
Shingo Katori (香取真吾, Katori Shingo)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa[4]
Yukinari Kojima (児島幸成, Kojima Yukinari)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino[5]
Katsumi Takahashi (高橋克己, Takahashi Katsumi)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa[5]
Sei Shirai (白石静, Shirai Sei)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[6]
Shigenobu Yakuma (八熊重信, Yakuma Shigenobu)
Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara[6]
Hyou Fuwa (不破豹, Fuwa Hyou)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[7]
Yozan Kamiki (上木鷹山, Kamiki Yozan)
Voiced by: Yūto Uemura[7]
Shōgi Satsuki (五月正義, Satsuki Shōgi)
Voiced by: Masayoshi Takemoto[8]
Tomohisa Kurumatani (車谷智久, Kurumatani Tomohisa)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[8]
Yone Kurumatani (車谷ヨネ, Kurumatani Yone)
Voiced by: Kaoru Katakai[8]



Takeshi Hinata launched the manga in Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2003. Fifty tankōbon volumes have been released to date.


An anime television series adaptation was announced on February 28, 2018. The series is directed by Shingo Tamaki, with Keizō Kusakawa serving as chief director, and written by Gō Zappa, with animation by Diomedéa. Character designs are provided by Yoshino Honda, and Hiroaki Tsutsumi is composing the music.[1][9] The series premiered on October 2, 2019 on TV Tokyo, AT-X, and BS TV Tokyo.[10] It will run for four cours.[11] The opening theme song is "Happy Go Ducky!" by The Pillows, while the ending theme song is "Tsubasa" by saji.[12] The second opening theme song is "Never Mind" by Flumpool, while the ending theme song is "Over" by Yuma Uchida.[13]

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series worldwide excluding Asia.[14] The Dubcast premiered on November 13, 2019.[15]

Episode list[edit]
No.Title [16][a]Original air date
1"The Ugly Duckling"
Transcription: "Minikui ahiru no ko" (Japanese: みにくいあひるの子)
October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)
2"Boys Without Talent"
Transcription: "Sainō no nai shōnen-tachi" (Japanese: 才能のない少年達 (ひとたち))
October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
3"Momoharu's Wings"
Transcription: "Momoharu no Tsubasa" (Japanese: 百春の翼)
October 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
4"First Flight"
Transcription: "Hajimete no Hishō" (Japanese: 初めての飛翔)
October 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
5"Broken Wings"
Transcription: "Oreta Tsubasa" (Japanese: 折れた翼)
October 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)
6"Now's the Time"
Transcription: "Imashikanee" (Japanese: 今しかねえ)
November 6, 2019 (2019-11-06)
7"The Troublesome Freshman"
Transcription: "Meiwaku na Ichinenbō" (Japanese: 迷惑な一年坊)
November 13, 2019 (2019-11-13)
8"The Duck and the Kite"
Transcription: "Ahiru to Tobi" (Japanese: アヒルとトビ)
November 20, 2019 (2019-11-20)
9"Kite, His Ball, and the Team's Pain"
Transcription: "Tobi to Bōru to Nakama no Itami" (Japanese: 鳶とボールと仲間の痛み)
November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27)
Transcription: "Manējā" (Japanese: マネージャー)
December 4, 2019 (2019-12-04)
11"The Boys' Stubbornness and Girls' Pride"
Transcription: "Otoko no Iji to Onna no Puraido" (Japanese: 男の意地と女のプライド)
December 11, 2019 (2019-12-11)
December 18, 2019 (2019-12-18)
13"Differing Enthusiasm"
Transcription: "Ondo no Chigai" (Japanese: 温度の違い)
December 25, 2019 (2019-12-25)
14"Towards Victory"
Transcription: "Shōri ni Mukatte" (Japanese: 勝利に向かって)
January 8, 2020 (2020-01-08)
15"The Boys' Spirit"
Transcription: "Otoko no Kokoroiki" (Japanese: 男の心意気)
January 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)
16"The Best Start and the Worst Start"
Transcription: "Saikō no Hajimari to Saiaku no Hajimari" (Japanese: 最高の始まりと最悪の始まり)
January 22, 2020 (2020-01-22)
Transcription: "Bāsasu" (Japanese: バーサス)
January 29, 2020 (2020-01-29)
Transcription: "Ima..." (Japanese: 今・・・・。)
February 5, 2020 (2020-02-05)
19"Higher Than Anyone"
Transcription: "Dare Yori mo Takaku" (Japanese: 誰よりも高く)
February 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)
20"Last Play"
Transcription: "Rasuto Purei" (Japanese: ラストプレイ)
February 19, 2020 (2020-02-19)
Transcription: "Namida" (Japanese: )
February 26, 2020 (2020-02-26)
22"The Last Piece"
Transcription: "Rasuto Pīsu" (Japanese: ラストピース)
March 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)
23"The Moon and the Hoop"
Transcription: "Tsuki to Ringu" (Japanese: 月とリング)
March 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
Transcription: "Hikari" (Japanese: )
March 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)
25"Undiscovered Talent"
Transcription: "Umoreta Sainō" (Japanese: 埋もれた才能)
April 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
April 8, 2020 (2020-04-08)
April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
Transcription: "Chikai" (Japanese: 誓い)
April 22, 2020 (2020-04-22)
Transcription: "Kizuna" (Japanese: キズナ)
April 29, 2020 (2020-04-29)
30"Reason for Living"
Transcription: "Sonzai-igi" (Japanese: 存在意義)
May 6, 2020 (2020-05-06)
31"What Must Be Protected"
Transcription: "Mamorubeki-mono" (Japanese: 守るべきもの)
May 13, 2020 (2020-05-13)
May 20, 2020 (2020-05-20)
May 27, 2020 (2020-05-27)


Volume 23 was the 35th best-selling manga volume in the period of 17 November 2008 to 17 May 2009, with 347,574 copies. Volume 22 was placed 46th in the same period with 316,221 copies.[17] Volume 26 was the 42nd best-selling manga volume in the period of 23 November 2009 to 23 May 2010 with 343,662 copies. Volume 27 was placed 49th in the same period with 300,331 copies.[18] Volume 30 was the 47th best-selling manga volume in the period of 22 November 2010 to 22 May 2011 with 340,851 copies.[19] It was the 23rd best-selling manga series in Japan in 2011, with 1,739,105 copies.[20] As of February 28, 2018, the manga had 24 million copies in print.[9]


  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Pineda, Rafael Antonio (November 14, 2019). "HIDIVE Reveals Ahiru no Sora Anime English Dub Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Kazuya Nakai, Sōma Saitō Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime". Anime News Network. June 14, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Jun Fukuyama, Makoto Furukawa Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime". Anime News Network. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Hiroyuki Yoshino, Daisuke Namikawa Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime". Anime News Network. June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Takahiro Sakurai, Yuichiro Umehara Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime". Anime News Network. July 5, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Yūto Uemura Join Cast of Ahiru no Sora Anime". Anime News Network. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  8. ^ a b c "Ahiru no Sora Anime Reveals Additional Cast". Anime News Network. November 6, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Ahiru no Sora Basketball Manga Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. February 28, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Ahiru no Sora Basketball Anime Premieres in October". Anime News Network. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ahiru no Sora Anime to Air for 4 Cours". Anime News Network. August 28, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Ahiru no Sora Anime's 2nd Promo Video Previews saji's Ending Song". Anime News Network. August 27, 2019. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "flumpool, Yūma Uchida Perform Ahiru no Sora Anime's New Theme Songs". Anime News Network. December 11, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Rafael Antonio Pineda (September 25, 2019). "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Ahiru no Sora Basketball Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  16. ^ ストーリー (in Japanese). Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 1st Half of 2009 (Updated)". Anime News Network. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 1st Half of 2010". Anime News Network. 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  19. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Volume: 2011 (First Half)". Anime News Network. 31 May 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  20. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2011". Anime News Network. 30 November 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2014.

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