TAF2007 Exclusive Report: Buzzer Beater
By Jonah Morgan
Another new anime that was first announced and extensively promoted at The Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007 1 month ago but virtually ignored until just a week or so ago when it sprung up all of a sudden as “brand new news” is the pending remake of Takehiko Inoue’s sci-fi basketball themed Buzzer Beater. Starting out in 1997 as a freely available all color 80 installment internet comic (one of the first webcomics) serialized on the Sports-i ESPN website, it was later serialized in Shonen Jump, collected to tonkoubon form and adapted to a 13 episode anime TV series, broadcast on WOWOW in February, 2005. The story has a Space Jam kind of concept going on for it, 2 highly talented human basketball players from are enlisted by their Phil Jackson like coach to compete in the intergalactic space league against aliens and win a title victory for Earth.The new series will be animated by TMS and debut in Japan in July, 2007 on Nippon Television Network. Much of the staff of the original will return including Director / Character Designer: Shigeyuki Miya. Akatsuki Yamatoya will handle series composition, Supervision by Takehiko Inoue, Production by Buzzer Beater Partners.
I stood and watched a full clip for the new BB looping at NTV’s booth on Sunday, a public day of the fair. It was basically standing room only if you wanted a peek. The animation quality was much better than the previous series (which I have viewed in its entirety) and the basketball action was fluid 3D panning through the fullcourt of play.