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Cover of the 19th volume of Futari Daka
|Written by||Kaoru Shintani|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Sunday|
|Original run||1981 – 1985|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tokizō Tsuchiya|
|Music by||Joe Hisaishi|
|Original network||Fuji TV, YTS|
|Original run||September 20, 1984 – June 21, 1985|
Futari Daka (Japanese: ふたり鷹, lit. "Twin Hawks") is a Japanese motorcycle racing manga written and illustrated by Kaoru Shintani. It received the 1984 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga. The series focuses on Sawatari Taka and Toujou Taka as they compete with each other and other competitors in motorcycle racing. Their names means "hawk" and "falcon", respectively.
The manga was adapted as a 36 episode anime series broadcast on Fuji TV between September 20, 1984 and June 21, 1985. The anime premiered in France on March 11, 1990 and was released on La 5 and Mangas. Only 32 were aired in France.
This was one of the last series to be animated by Kokusai Eiga-sha.
When Taka Sawatari and his mother were heading home after having dinner, they were attacked by a motorcycle gang. They got saved by a mysterious young man. The next day, Sawatari learned that that young man was a professional racer who has the same first name, Taka Toujou. In a race, Sawatari loses control when entering a curve, nearly killing Toujou. After the event, the two become rivals as they compete against each other with their racing skills.
- Sawatari Taka (沢渡鷹, Taka Sawatari) Voiced by: Tohru Furuya
- Tōjō Taka (東条鷹, Taka Tōjō) Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa
- Kogure Asako (あさこ こぐれ, Asako Kogure) Voiced by: Hiromi Tsuru
The opening theme for the series was "The Heartbreak Crossin'" (ハートブレイクCrossin', Hātobureiku Crossin') and the ending theme was "Sayonara o Iwa Nai De Kure" (サヨナラを言わないでくれ), both performed by Takanori Jinnai. Music for the series was composed by Joe Hisaishi.
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