Many Filipinos grew up watching anime as early as the 1960s. Various Japanese animated series entered the shores of the country that conquered most Philippine households. Who would forget about the iconic robot boy Astroboy? Don’t even get started with the catchy opening of Voltes V.
Anime has become part of the usual daily routine of millennials and Gen-Z growing up. This might be the reason why a lot of people are excited when the Japanese television network TV Asahi and the local animation and game development studio Synergy88 announced an anime project, Barangay 143.
Barangay 143 is a sports-oriented anime series featuring basketball, a widely known sport in the country. It is the first-ever Philippine-made anime started two years ago. The show is set to air the series with the local TV giant GMA with an all-Filipino cast on their pilot episode on October 13.
“Handa na ba kayo sa liga ng buhay (Are you ready for the league of life)?”
Barangay 143 features the story of Bren Park, an emerging Korean basketball star searching for his biological father, leading him to the Philippines. He then met an unlikely family and a group of misfits in his stay in Tondo. Bren joins a high school basketball team to help them redeem honor in their hometown through playing the sport.
Star-studded all-Filipino cast
Many celebrities are voicing the characters in the animated series. Migo Adecer will voice Bren; Julie Anne San Jose voices the all-around team manager Vicky; Ruru Madrid dubs the rival Wax; the Heneral Luna actor John Arcilla will voice Coach B. Edu Manzano is the commissioner, and Cherie Gil voices Sophia.
Barangay 143 app
The developer Synergy88 released a game app, “Barangay 143: Street League” before the anime’s premiere. This is a game where the player battles with opponents via basketball shootout.
Barangay 143 is associated with similar famous Japanese anime TV series like Slamdunk and Kuroko no Basket. Hopefully, the new anime will feature the best of our own.
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