Battery (novel series)

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Cover of the fist volume of the novel series
Genre Sports
Light novel
Written by Atsuko Asano
Illustrated by Makiko Satō
Published by Kyōikugageki
Kadokawa Bunko
Imprint Kyōikugageki no Sōsaku Bungaku
Kadokawa Shoten
Kadokawa Tsubasa Shoten
Original run October 1996January 2005
Volumes 6
Audio drama
Station NHK FM
Original run April 17, 2000April 28, 2000
Episodes 10
Written by Atsuko Asano
Illustrated by Chikage Yuniwa
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine Monthly Asuka
Volumes 8
Live-action film
The Battery
Directed by Yōjirō Takita
Written by Tadashi Morishita
Music by Ryō Yoshimata
Studio Toho
Released March 10, 2007
Runtime 119 minutes
Television drama
Written by Atsuko Sagara
Original network NHK
Original run April 3, 2008June 12, 2008
Episodes 10
Anime television series
Directed by Tomomi Mochizuki
Written by Tomomi Mochizuki
Music by Akira Senju
Studio Zero-G
Licensed by (streaming)
Original network Fuji TV (Noitamina)
Original run July 14, 2016September 22, 2016
Episodes 11[1]
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Battery (Japanese: バッテリー Hepburn: Batterī?) is a Japanese light novel series by Atsuko Asano that was published by Kadokawa Shoten. The series is about Harada Takumi and Gō Nagakura, two boys who start a baseball team. For the work the author received the Noma Prize for Juvenile Literature in 1997 and the Shogakukan Children's Publication Culture Award in 2005.[2] It has sold over 10 million copies in Japan,[3] and has been adapted into a film in 2007[4] and an anime television series in 2016.


This story is about a young pitcher(baseball) named Takumi Harada who just recently moved into his grandfather's house named Ioka Youzo-who is a former coach of Nitta Highschool. Later on, Harada met a catcher named Go Nakagura. They started playing and Harada realized that Go can catch up with his pitches. Harada become motivated and joined the baseball team in Nitta High. They later began their journey as a baseball team.


Main Characters[edit]

Takumi Harada (原田 巧 Harada Takumi)
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama (anime), Mamoru Miyano (radio drama)[5]
Portrayed by: Kento Hayashi (movie), Yūma Nakayama (TV drama)
Gō Nagakura (永倉 豪 Nagakura Gō)
Voiced by: Tasuku Hatanaka (anime)[5]
Portrayed by: Kenta Yamada (movie), Shō Takada (live-action series)

Other Characters[edit]

Seiha Harada (原田 青波 Harada Seiha)
Voiced by: Yūi Fujimaki (anime), Hayato Taya (radio drama)[5]
Portrayed by: Akihiro Yarita (movie), Shintarō Morimoto (TV drama)
Shūgo Kadowaki (門脇 秀吾 Kadowaki Shūgo)
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (anime)[5]
Portrayed by: Dai Watanabe (movie), Ryūta Nakamura (TV drama)
Shunji Mizugaki (瑞垣 俊二 Mizugaki Shunji)
Voiced by: Ryōhei Kimura (anime)[5]
Portrayed by: Yasuaki Seki (movie), Kazuma Kawahara (TV drama)
Kazuki Kaionji (海音寺 一希 Kaionji Kazuki)
Voiced by: Yuichiro Umehara (anime)[5]
Portrayed by: Hiroshi Yazaki (movie), Ryōsuke Kawamura (TV drama)
Keita Higashidani (東谷啓太 Higashidani Keita)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (anime)[6]
Fumito Sawaguchi (沢口文人 Sawaguchi Fumito)
Voiced by: Ayumu Murase (anime)[6]



An anime television series adaptation began airing on July 14, 2016 on the noitaminA block of Fuji TV.[7][6] The series is directed and written by Tomomi Mochizuki, with animation by the studio Zero-G. Hideoki Kusama is serving as character designer and chief animation director and Akira Senju is in charge of the music.[5]


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