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Battle Athletes
Battleathletesvol1dvd.jpg
Region 1 DVD Cover of Vol. 1 released by Pioneer
バトルアスリーテス大運動会
(Batoru Asurītesu Daiundōkai)
GenreComedy, science fiction
Manga
Written byYūki Nakano
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Comics
DemographicShōnen
Original runMarch 1997November 1998
Volumes4
Original video animation
Directed byKazuhiro Ozawa
Written byHideyuki Kurata
Music byTakayuki Hattori
StudioAIC
Licensed by
Released May 25, 1997 June 25, 1998
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Battle Athletes Victory
Directed byKatsuhito Akiyama
Written byHideyuki Kurata
Yōsuke Kuroda
Music byYoshikazu Suo
StudioAIC
Licensed by
Discotek Media
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run October 3, 1997 March 27, 1998
Episodes26 (List of episodes)
Game
PublisherNewGin
GenrePachinko
PlatformArcade
ReleasedMarch 2009
Manga
Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART!
Written byRui Takatō
Published byJitsugyo no Nihon Sha
ImprintComic Ruelle & Comic Jardin
DemographicSeinen
Original runJuly 2020March 2021
Anime television series
Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART!
Directed byTokihiro Sasaki
Written byYōhei Kashii
Music byhisakuni
Yasuhiro Gasa
Shingo Yamazaki
Takuma Sogi
Yūko Takahashi
Kazuki Tomita
Kenta Yokochi
StudioSeven
Licensed byFunimation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run April 11, 2021 June 27, 2021
Episodes12 (List of episodes)

Battle Athletes (バトルアスリーテス大運動会, Batoru Asurītesu Daiundōkai) is a Japanese franchise which includes an OVA series animated by AIC, a manga by Yūki Nakano, and a 26-episode anime television series that aired on TV Tokyo from October 1997 to March 1998.

A reboot manga, Pale Blue Dot: Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART!, was serialized from July 2020 to March 2021,[1] and a new anime series was announced.[2] The new anime television series by Seven aired from April to June 2021 on TV Asahi's NUMAnimation [ja] block.[3][4][5] Funimation licensed the new series.[6]

Plot[edit]

Battle Athletes[edit]

Battle Athletes is a six-episode OVA set in the distant future where, after many years of war with an extraterrestrial race, a contest of physical strength between one representative from each race is agreed. Although the alien race is far superior to the humans, the human champion prevailed, marking an era of peace for humanity. A University Satellite is created where the greatest athletes of the age train with women competing for the title of Cosmic Beauty.

Akari Kanzaki, daughter of a former Cosmic Beauty, arrives at the University Satellite excited and ready to compete. After watching defending Cosmic Beauty Lahrri run faster than she ever has despite the artificial gravity being turned up, Akari realizes just how far she needs to go. Helping her are her fellow team members and roommates Kris Christopher, a soon-to-be priestess from the moon, and Anna Respighi, a shy girl with a secret so hidden even she is unaware of it. Kris is marked as a standout athlete and competes on a level near Lahrri drawing the wrath of another top competitor Mylandah onto the team as they prepare for the final competition.

Battle Athletes Victory[edit]

The television series is not a sequel to the OVA, but a complete retelling of the story. The basic premise of the series remain intact, as Akari still strives for the title of Cosmic Beauty, but the plot line and characterizations are often radically different. The characters and stories of this series tend to be more outrageous in tone than the first series.

The story begins with Akari Kanzaki at a school on Antarctica in the year 4999. There are a series of tests that she and her classmates must go through to determine who'll be the representatives to go to University Satellite, a satellite training facility. Living under the shadow of her mother, the legendary Cosmic Beauty Tomoe Midou, Akari, emotionally fragile in this version, struggles as the worst athlete at the training school. Eventually, with the help of her best friend Ichan, Akari succeeds in making it to the University Satellite where she competes for the title of Cosmic Beauty and trains for a mission that will decide the fate of the human race.

Characters[edit]

Akari Kanzaki (神崎 あかり, Kanzaki Akari)
Voiced by: Rio Natsuki[7] (Japanese); Dyanne DiRosario (OVA),[8] Lia Sargent (Victory) (English)
Born in Hokkaido, Japan on March 23, 4983.16 years old.[9] She is the daughter of Tomoe Midou, a former Cosmo Beauty. She's determined to follow in the footsteps of her mother in order to be Cosmo Beauty. However; she is usually ditzy, clumsy, and sometimes a crybaby. In the TV series, whenever she is embarrassed she hides in a cardboard box labeled "Akari House" (あかりハウス, Akari Hausu).
It is revealed later, however, that she is not truly inept, but had very little confidence in herself and was unable to cope with the death of her mother. After she was demoralized by top student Jessie and retreated to her home, Ichino visited her and she returns to school with new determination, and then demonstrated a rapid improvement in skill, even defeating Jessie in the final exam race.
Towards the end of the series, after meeting several greater challenges and struggles, she becomes stronger and confident in herself, and successfully reaches the final race for Cosmo Beauty alongside her friend and teammate Kris.
In the OVAs, as she becomes stronger and more confident, she cuts her hair short. Her hobby is to read.
Ichino Yanigida (柳田 一乃, Yanigida Ichino)
Voiced by: Aya Hisakawa (Japanese); Wendee Lee (English)
She was born on December 31, 4982, in Osaka, Japan. She is the best friend of Akari and, like her, also wants to become Cosmo Beauty. She cares for Akari very much, and always tried to help her when Akari was struggling. But when Akari rapidly improved herself, Ichino feels threatened and, in their last race against each other, Ichino fractured her right ankle; losing her chance to compete for the prestigious University Satellite, much to both their depression. In the end, Akari went on to enter the University with blessings from Ichino. After her full recovery, she later helps Akari in defeating the Nerillians. Initially her feelings for Akari are ambiguous until near the end of the series where she confesses her feelings towards her. She likes playing Shougi (Japanese chess) and is a big fan of the Osaka Tigers. Her personality is more upbeat, positive than Akari. She does not appear in the OVAs.
Tarnya Natdhipytadd (ターニャ・ナティピタッド, Tānya Natipitaddo, Tanya in English dub)
Voiced by: Aya Sakuguchi (Japanese); Brianne Siddall (OVA), Julie Maddalena (Victory) (English)
She was born on May 5th, 4984 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is fourteen years old, enjoys hunting and fortune-telling, and has a voracious appetite; her personality is described as willful. She is very childlike, hyperactive, and even somewhat wild, and would occasionally run on all fours like an animal. She passes the Antarctica final exam in third place, and gets accepted into the University Satellite alongside Akari and Jessie. However, she's unable to enter the competition for Cosmo Beauty due to her team being defeated by Akari's, but even still Tanya still remains good friends with her.
Jessie Gurtland (ジェシー・ガートランド, Jeshī Gātorando)
Voiced by: Miki Itō (Japanese); Lia Sargent (OVA), Christina Carlisi (Victory) (English)
She was born on July 10th, 4981 in New York City, United States. Living in poverty and having lost both of her parents when she was young, Jessie was forced to work hard to care for her younger siblings, especially her ill younger sister. She was then taken in by a priest and, with the encouragement of Tomoe Midou, she resolves to become Cosmo Beauty. She is very hardworking and was the top student of the school in Antarctica, holding a great deal of admiration for Tomoe Midou, even wanting to become her. However, she is also a perfectionist and overachiever. Because of this, she strongly detested Akari, whom she views as weak and unworthy to be called Tomoe's daughter. The only classmate she felt any sort of respect for was her rival, Ayla. She is highly critical of weakness, including her own. She is never seen praising or encouraging others not as good as her, and becomes embittered and even heartbroken when she is surpassed which ultimately leads to her resigning from the prestigious University Satellite after being unable to compete with top student, Larrie Fel Donato. In the original manga story, however, she is a friendly rival of Akari and does not resent her; rather she views Akari as one of her best friends. Jessie also enjoys dancing, motorsports and playing piano.
Ayla Veverská Roznovsky (アイラ・ヴェフェラスカ・ロスノフスキ, Aira Veferasuka Rosunofusuki)
Voiced by: Yōko Sōmi[10] (Japanese); Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (English)
She was born on May 8th, 4981 in Moscow, Russia. She has a cold and distant personality, but she is actually quite nice and becomes friends with Akari, Ichino, and Tarnya. She was one of the Antarctica school's top students, a rival of Jessie, and the only one Jessie showed any respect for. She joined the school of Antarctica in order to bring honor to her country. However, after finding out that her country was conquered, she decided to quit. She later marries her swimming instructor, Sergei, and they have a child together, whom she named Jessie, in honor of her former rival. Swimming is her favorite sport. She does not appear in the OVAs.
Ling-Pha Wong (王 鈴花, Wong Ling Pha)
Voiced by: Taeko Kawata (Japanese); Bridget Hoffman (English)
She was born on August 12th, 4982 in Hong Kong. She uses various cheating methods in order to win but still always ends up losing in the end. However, she sneaks into the Satellite University, wearing a pink wing and going by the name "Marshall". She serves as the comic relief of the show. She enjoys bicycling. She doesn't appear in the OVAs.
Kris Christopher (クリス・クリストファ, Kurisu Kurisutofa)
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami (Japanese); Dorothy Elias-Fahn (English)
An agrarian priestess from the Moon and member of Akari's team in the University Satellite, born January 1st, 4982. She is roommates with Akari and Anna at the University Satellite. She has strange habits, such as walking around the dorm naked, and she also has a pet cow called "Gyubei", whose milk she cannot live without. She falls in love with Akari at first sight, much to Akari's shock. But as Akari bonds with her teammates, they become close friends, and competed with each other in the final race for Cosmo Beauty. She becomes love rivals with Ichino.
Anna Respighi (アンナ・レスピーギ, Anna Resupīgi)
Voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Japanese); Bridget Hoffman (English)
A girl from Satellite Colony 7, born August 7th, 4982. In the OVA, Anna is enrolled in the University Satellite by his mother. Eventually, it is revealed that Anna is a boy and was raised to be a girl. Because of this, Anna transfers out of the Girls' satellite and moves into the Boy's satellite. In the TV series, she is a girl, de facto. She becomes Akari's and Kris' teammate and friend in the University Satellite. She is a cute girl who enjoys cooking. However, her psyche possesses an inner rage that occasionally makes her become hostile. In the past, she and her twin sister Elaine fought for the attention of their mother, which led to Anna injuring Elaine in an act of jealousy during a game. By the end, the two later make up and become sisters again.
Miranda Acker Valder (ミランダ・アーカー・ヴァルター, Miranda Ākā Varudā, Mylandah Arkar Walder in English dub)
Voiced by: Akemi Okamura (Japanese); Debra Jean Rogers (English)
A senior student from Satellite Colony 3, born February 10th, 4980. She's one of the top students in the University Satellite, but also the most brutal, aggressive, and dangerous, which led her to continue her training in the school's detention prison away from the others. She was once friends with Larrie, up until the final round which resulted in her losing the Cosmo Beauty title to her. This caused her to become obsessed with defeating Larrie, which was more important to her than even the title of Cosmo Beauty. During the Cosmo Beauty competition, she cruelly injured Anna during their tennis match, knocking Anna out of the competition and earning Kris' anger. Both Miranda and Larrie were defeated in the semifinals by Akari and Kris, just one match away from racing against Larrie in the final race for Cosmo Beauty. She and Larrie continued their rivalry afterwards, on friendlier terms. In the OVAs, she gets expelled from the satellite.
Larrie Fel Donato (ラーリ・フェルドナント, Rāri Ferudonanto, Lahrri Feldnunt in English dub)
Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi[7] (Japanese); Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (OVA), Mimi Woods (Victory) (English)
A senior Mongolian student, born June 30th, 4980. She was the top student at the University Satellite and winner of the Cosmo Beauty title 2 years in a row. She is so powerful that she is the only student (alongside her rival, Miranda) without a teammate, defeating all other three-girl teams by herself. She's devoid of emotion, focuses only on being the best, and is dismissive of everything and everyone else. Despite already holding the title of Cosmo Beauty, she remains unsatisfied until she can break Tomoe Midou's universal running record. She initially had no respect for the cheerful and friendly Akari because she believed that the only way to succeed and win is to be how she is: completely machine-like. But after seeing how happy and fulfilled Akari was during their semifinal match, Larrie realized what she had lost, and was defeated by Akari, finally losing her title as Cosmo Beauty. In the past, Larrie was more friendly and sociable with a great love for sports. When they first competed with each other, she noticed how unhappy Miranda was and suggested they become rivals and compete with each other, so that Miranda can see how fun sports can be. Sometime afterwards, she focused only on winning and nothing else, and adopted her robotic drive to succeed. This caused her to break up her friendship with Miranda and the two have been bitter rivals ever since. But after the two of them were defeated in the Cosmo Beauty competition, they continued their rivalry with each other, this time, on friendlier terms.
Grant Oldman (グラン・オールドマン, Guran Ōrudoman)
Voiced by: Kouji Nakata (Japanese); Steven Blum (English)
The headmaster of University Satellite. He possesses super strength, and was once a top athlete who brought Earth to victory against the aliens. He is very friendly and encouraging to his students as well as highly supportive of Akari in her goal to become Cosmo Beauty. In the OVA, he is a pervert who sneaks in to the Women's dorm and bath.

Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Characters[edit]

Kanata Akehoshi (明星かなた, Akehoshi Kanata)
Voiced by: Sumire Morohoshi[4]
Eva Garenstein (エヴァ・ガレンシュタイン, Eva Garenshutain)
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa[4]
Shelley Wong (シェリイ・ウォン, Sherii Uon)
Voiced by: Miyu Tomita[4]
Yana Christopher (アナ・クリストファ, Ana Kurisutofa)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[5]
Lydia Gurtland (リディア・ガートランド, Ridia Gātorando)
Voiced by: Akari Kitō[5]
Paglia Respighi (パリア・レスピーギ, Paria Resupīgi)
Voiced by: Hikaru Nanjō[5]
Jefferson Natdhipytadd (ジェフェルソン・ナティピタッド, Jeferuson Natipitaddo)
Voiced by: Satoshi Mikami[11]
Stella Rosnovsky (ステラ・ロスノフスキ, Sutera Rosunofusuki)
Voiced by: Yūko Mita[11]
Tamami Yanagida (柳田球美, Yanagida Tamami)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda[11]
Johann Reinhardt Roberts (ヨハン・ラインハルト・ロバーツ, Yohan Rainharuto Robātsu)
Voiced by: Shūta Morishima[11]
Chal Walder (チャル・ヴァルター, Charu Vuarutā)
Voiced by: Reina Kondō[11]

Development[edit]

At first, the creation of the franchise was set for a public radio drama at start of 1996 on "Orikasa Ai's Moonlight Cafe".[12] When the end of 1996 approached, a video game of the same name was released for the Sega Saturn system. It was followed up by the OAV series (the first video adaptation) and, some months later, by the TV version. Two more games were released eventually ("Alternative" in 1998, also for the Saturn, and "GTO" in 1999, for the PlayStation). There was also a comic adaptation, subtitled "A.D. 4999".

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation also exists. The story is very different from the anime series which involves Akari being a new candidate in the Antarctica Academy. There she meets her male instructor aa he helps her improve her skills. Akari meets some of the athletes as some become her good friends and some as her sworn rivals. There is a few differences with most of the characters:

Akari: In the anime series, she is hardly an athlete who believes she shouldn't be an athlete like her mother Tomoe Midou and believes she should quit. In the manga, she wanted to improve herself to see if she is worthy of being a true athlete like her mom.

Ichino: In the anime series, Ichino and Akari have been friends since they were twelve years old and Ichino is helping Akari to keep going of being a worthy athlete. In the manga, Ichino first met Akari when Akari enrolled to the academy and become friends right away. Ichino still acts hot-headed sometimes.

Jessie: In the anime series, Jessie acts kind to everyone except to Akari because Akari is the daughter of Tomoe Midou, for Jessie's goal is to become the next Cosmo Beauty Queen and surpass Tomoe Midou. She wants to be the best to everyone including Akari. In the manga, Jessie is a lot more cheerful and is nice to all the athletes which she doesn't see Akari as a rival but a friend. She sees all sports as her favorite hobby to do and have fun.

Tarnya: In the anime series, Tarnya has darker skin and acts all funny. She looks like a cat and acts all childish. In the manga, Tarnya is close to resemble her OVA appearance has less childlike personality and likes to do fun stuff.

Ling Pha: In the anime series, Ling Pha is a princess of China and has a selfish personality that she would do anyway of becoming the new Cosmo Beauty Queen even if it means by cheating. In the manga, Ling Pha is much kind to her friends, has a ponytail, and doesn't cheat. Her father is a very rich merchant who sells special medicine which Ling Pha gives some of her medicine to her friends to help them out, in which case the medicine backfires of that cause side effects for which Ling Pha doesn't know much about the medicines she gives out. She is close friends with Tarnya.

Ayla: In the anime series, Ayla's hair style is a wrap of pigtails and has calm personality. Ayla likes to remain calm and never losses her cool. In the manga, Ayla's hairstyle is a well groom pouf fashion and has a dark personality. She watches on all the athletes to learn of their skills and to know of their weakness as she gathers information (data) on them and take them out.

Anime[edit]

OVA[edit]

No.TitleDirected by [a]Storyboarded by [a]Original release date
1"Chronicle Beginning"
Transcription: "Nendaiki no Hajimari" (Japanese: 年代記の始まり)
Kazuhiro OzawaKazuhiro OzawaMay 25, 1997 (1997-05-25)
2"Oath Entrant"
Transcription: "Chikai no Shinnyūsei" (Japanese: 誓いの新入生)
Ken'ichi YatagaiKen'ichi YatagaiJuly 25, 1997 (1997-07-25)
3"Screaming Advance"
Transcription: "Odoroki no Shinpo" (Japanese: 驚きの進歩)
Kyūichi SotoyamaKyūichi SotoyamaOctober 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)
4"Match Unexpected"
Transcription: "Omoigakenai Kōtekishu" (Japanese: 思いがけない好敵手)
Ken'ichi YatagaiKen'ichi YatagaiDecember 21, 1997 (1997-12-21)
5"Objective Tension"
Transcription: "Mokuhyō e no Doryoku" (Japanese: 目標への努力)
Takafumi HoshikawaKazuhiro OzawaMarch 21, 1998 (1998-03-21)
6"Stage Yonder"
Transcription: "Butai no Mukō ni..." (Japanese: 舞台の向こうに…)
Kazuhiro Ozawa, Ken'ichi Yatagai,
Kyūichi Sotoyama
Kazuhiro Ozawa, Ken'ichi Yatagai,
Kyūichi Sotoyama, Takafumi Hoshikawa
June 25, 1998 (1998-06-25)

1997 series[edit]

No.TitleDirected by [a]Written by [a]Storyboarded by [a]Original air date
1"Ready Go!"
Transcription: "Yōi don" (Japanese: よういどん)
Takashi KobayashiHideyuki KurataKatsuhito AkiyamaOctober 3, 1997 (1997-10-03)
2"Kowloon's Attack!"
Transcription: "Kūronzu Atakku!" (Japanese: クーロンズ・アタック!)
Toshimasa SuzukiHideyuki KurataTakashi KobayashiOctober 10, 1997 (1997-10-10)
3"The Night of Woong-A-Ji"
Transcription: "Ngaji no Yoru" (Japanese: ンガジの夜)
Noboru TakizawaHideyuki KurataToshimasa SuzukiOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
4"My Rival"
Transcription: "Mai Raibaru" (Japanese: マイライバル)
Yoshiaki IwasakiHideyuki KurataYoshiaki IwasakiOctober 24, 1997 (1997-10-24)
5"Arrogance"
Transcription: "Gōman" (Japanese: 傲慢)
Masahiko MurataYōsuke KurodaToshiaki KomuraOctober 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
6"The Return Home"
Transcription: "Kikan" (Japanese: 帰還)
Takashi KobayashiHideyuki KurataTakashi KobayashiNovember 7, 1997 (1997-11-07)
7"Lamentation"
Transcription: "Dōkoku" (Japanese: 慟哭)
Toshimasa SuzukiYōsuke KurodaToshimasa SuzukiNovember 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)
8"The Sinking Talent"
Transcription: "Shizumi Yuku Sainō" (Japanese: 沈みゆく才能)
Seiji MizushimaHideyuki KurataSeiji MizushimaNovember 21, 1997 (1997-11-21)
9"The Thing on the Other Side"
Transcription: "Sono Mukōgawa ni Aru Mono" (Japanese: その向こう側にあるもの)
Noboru TakizawaYōsuke KurodaToshiaki KomuraNovember 28, 1997 (1997-11-28)
10"The Promise Resurrected"
Transcription: "Yomigaeru Yakusoku" (Japanese: 蘇る約束)
Shigeru YamazakiHideyuki KurataTakashi KobayashiDecember 5, 1997 (1997-12-05)
11"Girl Meets Girls"
Transcription: "Gāru Mītsu Gāruzu" (Japanese: ガール・ミーツ・ガールズ)
Masahiko MurataHideyuki KurataTakaaki IshiyamaDecember 12, 1997 (1997-12-12)
12"There Go the Three!"
Transcription: "Sanbiki ga Yuku!" (Japanese: 三匹が行く!)
Ken AndoHideyuki KurataNaoki HishikawaDecember 19, 1997 (1997-12-19)
13"There Go the Three Again!"
Transcription: "Zoku Sanbiki ga Yuku!" (Japanese: 続・三匹が行く!)
Akio KawamuraYōsuke KurodaAkio KawamuraDecember 29, 1997 (1997-12-29)
14"There Go the New Three!"
Transcription: "Shin Sanbiki ga Yuku!" (Japanese: 新・三匹が行く!)
Toshimasa SuzukiHideyuki KurataTakaaki IshiyamaDecember 29, 1997 (1997-12-29)
15"Light"
Transcription: "Hikari" (Japanese: )
Takashi KobayashiYōsuke KurodaTakashi KobayashiJanuary 9, 1998 (1998-01-09)
16"Shadows"
Transcription: "Yami" (Japanese: )
Masahito OtaniHideyuki KurataTakaaki IshiyamaJanuary 16, 1998 (1998-01-16)
17"I'm Sorry"
Transcription: "Gomennasai" (Japanese: ごめんなさい)
Takafumi HoshikawaYōsuke KurodaYoshiaki IwasakiJanuary 23, 1998 (1998-01-23)
18"Reason to Fight"
Transcription: "Tatakau Riyū" (Japanese: 戦う理由)
Tsuyoshi YoshimotoHideyuki KurataToshimasa SuzukiJanuary 30, 1998 (1998-01-30)
19"From Heart, To Heart"
Transcription: "Furomu Hāto tu Hāto" (Japanese: フロム・ハート トゥ・ハート)
Akio KawamuraHideyuki KurataAkio KawamuraFebruary 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)
20"Friend"
Transcription: "Tomodachi" (Japanese: ともだち)
Makoto BesshoHideyuki KurataTakashi KobayashiFebruary 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
21"Save the Last Dance for Me"
Transcription: "Rasuto Dansu wa Watashi ni" (Japanese: ラストダンスは私に)
Toshimasa SuzukiHideyuki KurataTakaaki IshiyamaFebruary 20, 1998 (1998-02-20)
22"Farewell and Introductions"
Transcription: "Sayonara, Konnichi wa" (Japanese: さよなら、こんにちは)
Ken AndoHideyuki KurataKen AndoFebruary 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)
23"Day of Resurrection"
Transcription: "Fukkatsu no Hi" (Japanese: 復活の日)
Seiji MizushimaHideyuki KurataSeiji MizushimaMarch 6, 1998 (1998-03-06)
24"Cultural Catastrophe"
Transcription: "Minzoku no Saiten" (Japanese: 民族の災典)
Takafumi HoshikawaHideyuki KurataTakafumi HoshikawaMarch 13, 1998 (1998-03-13)
25"Oh, God! The Evil Trap of the Nerilians!"
Transcription: "Kami yo Nake! Neriri Seijin no Hidoi Wana!" (Japanese: 神よ泣け! ネリリ星人のひどい罠!)
Makoto BesshoHideyuki KurataTakashi KobayashiMarch 20, 1998 (1998-03-20)
26"Goal!"
Transcription: "Gooru in!" (Japanese: ごぉるいん!)
Katsuhito AkiyamaHideyuki KurataKatsuhito AkiyamaMarch 27, 1998 (1998-03-27)

2021 series[edit]

No.Title [13][14]Directed by [a]Written by [a]Storyboarded by [a]Original air date [15]
1"On Your Marks!"
Transcription: "On Yua Māku!" (Japanese: オンユアマーク!)
Jirō ArimotoYōhei KashiiTokihiro SasakiApril 11, 2021 (2021-04-11)
2"Dreams Begin to Run"
Transcription: "Hashiridasu Yume" (Japanese: 走り出す夢)
Yasuyuki FuseYōhei KashiiTokihiro SasakiApril 18, 2021 (2021-04-18)
3"Individual Feelings"
Transcription: "Sorezore no Omoi" (Japanese: それぞれの想い)
Sō TakeuchiRyōsuke KobayashiKyōhei YamamotoApril 25, 2021 (2021-04-25)
4"Crumbling Fair Play"
Transcription: "Kudake Yuku Seiseidōdō" (Japanese: 砕けゆく正々堂々)
Choi JongkiMakoto TakadaRyūichi BabaMay 2, 2021 (2021-05-02)
5"Because There's Light"
Transcription: "Hikari wa Aru Kara" (Japanese: 光はあるから)
Tatsu YamamotoYōhei KashiiKyōhei YamamotoMay 9, 2021 (2021-05-09)
6"The Night Before the Decisive Match"
Transcription: "Kessen Zen'ya" (Japanese: 決戦前夜)
Yasuyuki FuseRyōsuke KobayashiTakashi IidaMay 16, 2021 (2021-05-16)
7"The Rain That Falls on Destiny"
Transcription: "Shukumei ni Furu Ame" (Japanese: 宿命にふる雨)
Ryūichi BabaYōhei KashiiRyūichi BabaMay 23, 2021 (2021-05-23)
8"Memories"
Transcription: "Kioku" (Japanese: 記憶)
Han YounghoonYōhei KashiiTokihiro SasakiMay 30, 2021 (2021-05-30)
9"The Power to Accomplish"
Transcription: "Koto o Nasu Chikara" (Japanese: 事を成す力)
Jirō ArimotoMakoto TakadaTakashi IidaJune 6, 2021 (2021-06-06)
10"A World Out of Reach"
Transcription: "Todokanai Sekai" (Japanese: 届かない世界)
Go SungwoonRyōsuke KobayashiSaburō MiuraJune 13, 2021 (2021-06-13)
11"Requests"
Transcription: "Onegai" (Japanese: お願い)
Itsuki ImazakiMakoto TakadaItsuki ImazakiJune 20, 2021 (2021-06-20)
12"Over the Rainbow"
Transcription: "Ōbā za Reinbō" (Japanese: オーバー・ザ・レインボー)
Tokihiro SasakiYōhei KashiiTokihiro SasakiJune 27, 2021 (2021-06-27)

Reception[edit]

THEM Anime Reviews reviewed the 1997-1998 OAV series and the 1997-1998 TV series, the latter entitled Battle Athletes Victory. For the OAV series, reviewer Tim Jones criticized the art style as "recycled" and said the plot is "no winner" but that the animation and characters is what makes the OAV worth watching. He added that while the series is "hardly revolutionary," it is fun, sweet, and "riddled with eye candy."[16] For Battle Athletes Victory, reviewer Carlos Ross said that it is different from the OAV series, as it has a "more lighthearted feel" and it has a different cast of characters, noting that while there are various stereotypes in this series, along with people of all races, there is humor, like a female character having "a crush on her female superior."[17] Ross also said that while the animation is "beautiful" and it has a lot of "cute girl characters," the storyline is "seemingly inconsequential" and it reminds him of Gunbuster.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Information is taken from the ending credits of each episode.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pale Blue Dot Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! Manga Ends".
  2. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (26 June 2020). "Battle Athletes Victory Returns With New Manga, Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (31 August 2020). "Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! Anime Reveals TV Format, 2021 Debut, Visual". Anime News Network. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Pineda, Rafael Antonio (15 December 2020). "Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! Anime's Video Reveals Cast, Staff, April 2021 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Pineda, Rafael Antonio (18 February 2021). "Battle Athletes Daiundōkai ReSTART! Anime's Video Reveals More Cast, April 10 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ Friedman, Nicholas (March 4, 2021). "Up to the Task? Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Exclusively Joins the Funimation Spring 2021 Lineup". Funimation. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "バトルアスリーテス大運動会(TV) [キャラクター紹介]" [Battle Athletes Daiundōkai (TV) [Character Introduction]]. AIC (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 1 August 2001. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Dyanne DIROSARIO - Anime News Network".
  9. ^ "バトルアスリーテス大運動会(TV) [キャラクター紹介]". 2009-02-02. Archived from the original on 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  10. ^ "マウスプロモーション公式サイト:所属タレント" [Yoko Soumi Talent Profile]. Mausu Promotion (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  11. ^ a b c d e Hodgkins, Crystalyn (17 April 2021). "Battle Athletes Victory ReSTART! Anime Adds 5 More Cast Members". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 April 2021.
  12. ^ Marc Marshall (2005-01-23). "Battle Athletes". Anime Reviews. Akemi's Anime World. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  13. ^ "Batoru Asurītesu Daiundōkai Risutāto!" バトルアスリーテス大運動会 ReSTART! [Battle Athletes Victory Restart!]. daiundoukai-restart.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  14. ^ "Watch Battle Athletes Victory Restart! Sub | Action/Adventure, Comedy, Sci Fi Anime | Funimation". Funimation. Archived from the original on April 11, 2021. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  15. ^ "Hōsō/Haishin Jōhō | Batoru Asurītesu Daiundōkai Risutāto!" 放送/配信情報 | バトルアスリーテス大運動会 ReSTART! [Broadcast / Distribution Information | Battle Athletes Victory Restart!]. daiundoukai-restart.jp (in Japanese). Archived from the original on March 30, 2021. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  16. ^ Jones, Tim (2015). "Battle Athletes". THEM Anime Reviews. Archived from the original on March 9, 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  17. ^ Ross, Carlos (2015). "Battle Athletes Victory". THEM Anime Reviews. Archived from the original on March 9, 2020. Retrieved February 17, 2021.

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