Hungry Heart: Wild Striker

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Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
Original title ハ ン グ リ ー ハ ー ト WILD STRIKER
genre Sport , shons
country JapanJapan Japan
author Yōichi Takahashi
publishing company Akita Shoten
magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
First publication 2002-2004
expenditure 6th
Television series
Country of production Japan
original language Japanese
year 2002
length 24 minutes
Episodes 52
music Nobuyuki Nakamura
First broadcast September 11, 2002 - September 10, 2003 on Fuji TV

Hungry Heart: Wild Striker ( Jap. ハングリーハートWILD STRIKER , Hangurī Hato Wild Striker ) is a football - Manga of Japanese cartoonist Yōichi Takahashi . It can be assigned to the Shōnen genre and was also filmed as an anime series.


The boy Kyōsuke Kanō ( 叶 恭介 ) has been in the shadow of his brother Seisuke Kanō ( 叶 成 介 ) for years , as he is under contract with AC Milan. Plagued by self-doubt, Kyōsuke decides to turn his back on football and spend his day visiting the karaoke bar. But an incident in the city and the encounter with the girl Miki turn things around in his life. He begins to play in the team of his school Jōyo Akanegaoka and meets there the stubborn exchange student Rodrigo, a Brazilian, and the European goalkeeper Sakai. Trouble is inevitable, of course, but this trio develops into the heart of the team after a while.


The manga was published from 2002 to 2004 in individual chapters in the manga magazine Shōnen Champion of Akita Shoten- Verlag. These individual chapters have also been summarized in five edited volumes.

A French version of the manga was published by Asuka Comics , a Spanish version by Editorial Ivréa in Argentina. Star Comics published an Italian translation.


In 2002, Nippon Animation produced a 52-part anime series for the manga, directed by Satoshi Saga . The series was broadcast from September 11, 2002 to September 10, 2003 on the Japanese television station Fuji TV . Later repetitions by Animax followed . This station also broadcast the anime in English in Southeast Asia. It has also been translated into Spanish, Italian and Tagalog, among others.

A sponsor of the television series was AC Milan .


role Japanese speaker ( seiyū )
Kyōsuke Kanō Kosuke Toriumi
Seisuke Kanō Takehito Koyasu
Rodrigo Katashi Ishizuka
Kōji Sakai Jefferson Masaya Takatsuka


The music in the series is by Nobuyuki Nakamura. The songs 2nd Stage by Kids Alive and Kiseki no Tsubasa by Natsuki Kato were used for the opening credits . The endings were underlaid with Mi Title by Utaibito Hane and Tell Tell Bōzu and Watashi no Taiyō by Kokia.


The manga scene names clear stylistic similarities between the anime and Super Kickers 2006 - Captain Tsubasa , another series about footballers that was previously produced by the same studio. Their template also comes from Yōichi Takahashi . But both manga series differ significantly in style, which is not a disadvantage for Hungry Heart . The plot is by no means a “new infusion” by Captain Tsubasa : “The characters are refreshingly different and afflicted with far more errors. This gives space for personality development and excitement even off the field ” .

Individual evidence

  1. a b MangasZene No. 13, p. 26.

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